Bringing spark to entrepreneurship
 15 Dec 2017 17:34
Collaboration with entrepreneurs is a critical way for corporates to find innovation, says Ashran
The recently concluded two-day Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GECommunity Summit) 2017 drew close to 15,000 participants across 80 countries, sparking insightful conversations and drawing focus to key topics on the future of Asean’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The summit, themed Designing the Future, activated over 250 collaborations between corporations, government agencies and entrepreneurs, in order the help corporates innovate new ways of working and give entrepreneurs the opportunity to test-bed their ideas.

Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre CEO Ashran Ghazi says, “Collaborations with entrepreneurs is one of the most critical ways for corporates to find truly groundbreaking innovation that fundamentally changes the status quo.

“This is perhaps one of the most important ways to unleash untapped market potential and the power of emerging start-ups at the same time – shaping a new future for the industry together.”

Aspiring entrepreneurs made up 30% of the summit’s participants, followed by 20% of experienced entrepreneurs. The rest of the participants represented large corporations, ecosystem partners and government policymakers.

A total of 100 GEC Labs were organised during the summit, encapsulating over 15 themes including smart cities, machine learning and artificial intelligence, as well as social innovation. GEC Labs are core to the summit as they connect corporates to the broader ecosystem players and influencers in designing the future.