Business accelerator programme open for application

Len Talif Salleh

KUCHING: The Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Sarawak’s (Tegas) Social Impact Accelerator (SIA) programme second batch is now accepting applications.

The programme will run from November 2021 to April 2022 in partnership with Me.reka Maker Space, which is an educational arm of The Biji-biji Initiative.

SIA is a six-month programme aiming to accelerate the growth of early-stage social enterprises and businesses.

“SIA programme merges the learnings of future digital economies with the entrepreneurial and impact creation mindset required for Sarawakians to establish their own social businesses,” said Tegas chairman Datuk Len Talif Salleh, who is also Assistant Urban Planning, Land Administration and Environment Minister.

“Through the programme, we have supported five social enterprises and businesses from Kuching, Miri and Baram (Long Nen), by providing them access to mentors, investors, and ecosystem partners as well as free access to our Tegas Digital Innovation Hub in Kuching, Bintulu and Miri.”

Tegas also noted that selected social enterprises would get a funding of RM35,000, mentorship and access to investor network.

In addition, social enterprises would also be given six-month access to the Digital Innovation Hub (Kuching, Bintulu and Miri) and Me.reka in Kuala Lumpur.

It also includes six-month access to FutureLab’s online mentorship platform, scholarships for Digital Marketing Institute’s online professional certification course and green lane to participate in Tegas Digital Village scale-up programme.

SIA is open to social enterprises and businesses registered under SSM (or other recognised registration body) with at least 51 per cent Sarawakian shareholding or one Sarawakian co-founder, in operation for at least six months and not more than five years with proof of traction in the form of revenue or customer acquisition.

Registered social entrepreneurs will participate in a series of bootcamps that will run from September to October 2021.

Only five top social enterprises and businesses will be selected for the six-month mentorship programme. To apply, visit http://bit.ly/TSIA2021.