Thursday, 27 July 2017 07:39

Semester June 2017 Entrepreneurship Month for Bachelor of Early Childhood Education (Hons), Bachelor of Education (Hons), Bachelor of Management (Hons), Bachelor of Business Administration (Hons) and Bachelor of Hospitality Management (Hons) students taking Social Entrepreneurship and Entrepreneurship, collectively organised an Entrepreneurship Month in July 2017 at SIDMA Atrium to showcase their entrepreneurship skills as well as their ability to meet the social need of the community.

According to Mr Zain Azrai, Lecturer for Social Entrepreneurship subject who is also the advisor to this semester’s UNITAR Sabah 2017 Entrepreneurship Month, and Mdm. Bibiana Buayie, Lecturer for Entrepreneurship subject and the co-advisor to the event, the main purpose of this programme is to provide students with hands-on practical knowledge with regard to the process of starting up their own business, to inspire and excite students for entrepreneurship. Specifically for the social entrepreneurship student, they will try to fulfil their social mission through entrepreneurial activity which in this case to provide item/food required by the nearby community.  This programme is designed to help students to acquire the skills of how to plan their business, present their proposal, manage their finances, to manage a small business, or a partnership, as well as on how to promote their business products and also how to use relevant pricing strategy in setting the price for their products.

You may have heard the saying, “Give a man a fish, and he can eat for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” Social entrepreneur on the other hand would argue, “Give a man the tools and resources to create a fishing business, and his whole village can thrive for generations.” That is the main idea behind social entrepreneurship.

For this July semester, this event is held on every Monday to Friday at SIDMA Atrium from 07.00 am to 5.00 pm daily. The kiosks they set up at the atrium were packed with these young social entrepreneurs’ and business entrepreneur with their unique set-ups of creative and innovative products ranging from local art and crafts, accessory items, home-made, mouth-watering food and beverage; as well as local delicacies, ranging from “kuih-muih” to “nasi lemak” and other local food products. These young and upcoming entrepreneurs showcase their creative and contemporary products, or demonstrate their innovative promoting and marketing skills by advertising their products online such as using their personal Facebook, WhatsApp or distributing pamphlets well before the event.

Most lecturers and staff were amazed by this semester’s student’s ingenuity in creating their sales accompanied by their excellent communicative skills during their promoting and marketing. Their eagerness was reflected through their early preparation, teamwork and collaboration with staff and lecturers of the college as well with their colleagues. It was also interesting to note that they were able to conceptualize innovative ideas and present it in the form of educational innovation, or related product to suit their client’s social needs.

The lecturers also encouraged all students to harbour dreams of venturing into new path of self-employment, such as launching business enterprises related to their field of studies, reflecting from their knowledge gained during their engagement with young entrepreneurs from diverse communities.

From record, the Higher Education Ministry targets that by 2020, 15% of students will venture into entrepreneurship while they are still pursuing their studies at institutions of higher education, with around five present of them harbouring the intention of becoming entrepreneurs upon graduating.

This was stated by the Deputy of Higher Education Minister, Hon. Datuk Dr Mary Yap Kain Ching to reporters after launching the Siswapreneur Showcase 2017 recently. Datuk Yap added that the entrepreneurship programme in higher education institutions under the Entrepreneurship Action Plan 2016-2020, were carried out with the concept of “Learn and Earn” with the opportunity to earn personal income while studying.

Uniquely for social entrepreneurship, the sector will have to be self-sustaining, equitable and people-centric as mentioned by the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak during the launching of the Malaysian Social Enterprise Blueprint 2015-2018, a three-year strategic roadmap for developing a social enterprise ecosystem with clear aim is to empower the Malaysian social enterprise sector to be self-sustaining, equitable and people-centric, and to create more impact-driven entrepreneurs by the year 2018.

 “The role of social entrepreneurship in promoting sustainable and equitable economic growth has been a focus of many governments around the world,” Najib said in the foreword of the blueprint, which was unveiled at the Cyberjaya headquarters of the Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC). Social enterprise is a new wave of enterprise that operates on a model that not only unleashes value through economic wealth creation, but also through creating beneficial impact to society and the environment. The Blueprint outlines the strategic thrusts needed to accelerate the development of the social enterprise sector in Malaysia and identifies three main building blocks: Social enterprises and social entrepreneurs; the ecosystem itself; and institutions including public and private players. It is hoped that these three strategic thrusts would in turn inspire the social enterprise movement, create an enabling ecosystem and affect systemic changes in the society

 Mr Zain and Mdm. Bibiana conveyed their appreciation to all college students who had turned out in full force as a show of support to their mates and to the event. They hoped that through such initiatives, more students will be inspired to pursue the path of creative, hardworking entrepreneurs of the nation. The event can also act as reminder to everyone that we all benefitted from the hard work of entrepreneurs, thus it’s our duty to enhance the entrepreneur spirit and to provide quality education to the students in order to mould them into creative, thinking and visionary individuals and can make significant contributions to the country’s economy in the future.

For more information about SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah 2017 Entrepreneurship Month, please call 088-732 000 or 088-732 020; or visit our SIDMA College Website.

By Teo Eng Seng and Mr Zain Azrai Bin Mohd Noor,

SIDMA College UNITAR Sabah,


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