Tegas to host virtual Demo Day

Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Sarawak (Tegas) board member Dr Hazland Abang Hipni at a pitching event at Tegas Digital Innovation Hub Kuching in 2019.

KUCHING: Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Sarawak (Tegas) will host a virtual Demo Day on Feb 27 to showcase the social enterprises which have participated in its six-month Social Impact Accelerator (SIA) programme.

The five early-stage social enterprises will be pitching virtually to an audience of diverse stakeholders including potential impact investors, government and funding agencies, policymakers, as well as research, academic and ecosystem partners.

Members of the public can tune in for the Demo Day live streaming on Tegas Digital Innovation Hub’s Facebook page at 2.30pm on Feb 27.

Tegas chairman Datuk Len Talif Salleh and Youth Trust Foundation (myHarapan) chief executive officer Nurfarini Daing will be present for the opening and keynote speeches that day.

SIA is a six-month programme which aims to accelerate the growth of Sarawak-based early-stage social enterprises in order to effectively deliver goods in the state and beyond.

The programme, which started back in September last year in partnership with Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation Berhad (SDEC) and myHarapan, attracted five social enterprises from Kuching, Bintulu, Miri, and Long Nen, namely Jonita Enterprise, Pungu Borneo, SupaReaders, EdaBeran and Timogah.

Over the past six months, these social enterprises have learned, networked, and been mentored by seasoned entrepreneurs and industry experts in the social entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Three out of the five social enterprises were alumni of the previous Tegas Pre-Accelerator programme.

“It is my hope that the inaugural SIA programme will help our social entrepreneurs bring their businesses to greater heights.

“Tegas will continue to support and empower our local entrepreneurs to scale globally, through the soon to be completed Tegas Digital Village, which is expected to be launched by Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg in the middle of this year,” said Len Talif.

He also encouraged the private sector to support local social enterprises.