SCALE2DUBAI PROGRAMME OFFERS MALAYSIAN STARTUPS AND SMALL BUSINESSES OPPORTUNITY TO SCALE GLOBALLY FROM ITS DUBAI BASE, DISTRICT 2020

KUALA LUMPUR (29 October 2020): Malaysia Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai is calling on Malaysian start-ups, innovators and small businesses to take advantage of the Scale2Dubai global entrepreneur programme. 

District 2020’s programme will enable eligible start-ups and small businesses to expand outside their native market, and establish themselves in Dubai the gateway to the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region (MEASA), as part of District 2020, the future evolution of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Scale2Dubai was launched in February 2020 by District 2020 which has been designed to become a human-centric community and an innovation ecosystem that promotes growth in industries that are critical to the growth of the innovation-driven economy. As the future of Expo 2020 Dubai, District 2020 will retain and repurpose over 80 per cent of Expo’s world class infrastructure. 

Scale2Dubai will offer start-ups and small businesses with a proven track record in their countries and industries the opportunity to leverage District 2020’s advanced physical and digital infrastructure and benefit from an ecosystem that curates all the elements that they need to scale and thrive. 

In support of this initiative, Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC) conducted a session on the Scale2Dubai programme as part of its XChange Virtual Global Engagement Series on 27 Oct. 2020, participated by 100 Malaysian businesses as well as ministries and agencies.

Malaysia is among more than 190 countries participating in Expo 2020 Dubai, which will take place from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 under the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. Malaysia’s participation is led by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation while MGTC is the implementing agency. 

“Small businesses and start-ups looking to scale-up and gain access to new markets can tap into the Scale2Dubai programme which will provide them with an ecosystem they need to break ground and flourish globally,” said MGTC Chief Operating Officer Syed Ahmad Syed Mustafa. 

Tala Al Ansari, Director of District 2020’s Innovation Ecosystem and Scale2Dubai, presented insights on the programme, and its benefits, which include two years’ free working space at District 2020, support in visa and business set-up, two years’ subsidised urban living, access to funding, access to networks and more.

Scale2Dubai encourages global innovators, start-ups and small businesses to leverage the programme for their growth and is currently accepting expressions of interest. The application and shortlisting process will follow in 2021, with successful applicants announced during Expo 2020 Dubai. 

Priority will be given to applicants that align to District 2020’s key, high growth potential industries of smart cities, smart logistics and mobility, and digital healthcare and enabling technologies such as Internet of Things, Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and Blockchain. 

“Entrepreneurs face many challenges when scaling, and our dedicated programme has been created specifically to help them expand their businesses in a city like Dubai which is geared towards encouraging entrepreneurial growth. This is an exciting opportunity for start-ups and small businesses looking to expand in Dubai and the UAE, and international markets.

“At District 2020 they can connect with global players and entities, as well as gain access to talent, deal flow and investment,” said Al Ansari. 

In October 2022 six months after the close of the World Expo the Expo 2020 Dubai site will transition into District 2020, evolving into a mixed-use community and smart urban destination. 

Those chosen to be part of the Scale2Dubai programme will be able to move into their workspaces at District 2020 as soon as it opens. These businesses can then choose to stay on as tenants at the end of the two-year programme, continuing to gain access to collaborative opportunities with global players located in District 2020, including Siemens, Terminus Technologies, DP World and Merck.

Syed Ahmad added that with less than one year left to the World Expo, and the Expo 2020 organisers and Malaysian Pavilion are already working together to connect and involve Malaysian businesses and industries in initiatives such as Scale2Dubai that aim to create an inclusive and global community and innovation-driven, resilient growth opportunities.

“Surely, there will be more collaborations in the lead up to Expo 2020, during Expo, as well as beyond the mega-event. Thus, we urge our private sector to join us in this journey to realise one of our key objectives – to intensify our global trade and business,” he said.

Elaborating further, he said Malaysia Pavilion aims to open as many doors and business opportunities as possible for Malaysian companies, especially in light of the economic slowdown caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“MGTC remains steadfast and committed in our deliverables for the Government by ensuring Malaysia’s active participation in Expo 2020 Dubai. We aim to deliver programmes that will benefit our national economy and industries,” he said.

Malaysian start-ups and small businesses can register their interest in the programme through  https://www.district2020.ae/scale2dubai or email enquiries to malaysiaexpo2020@greentechmalaysia.my 

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ABOUT MALAYSIA PAVILION AT EXPO 2020 DUBAI

Malaysia will be among 192 countries participating in Expo 2020 Dubai, scheduled for 1 Oct. 2021 to 31 March 2022. Themed “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, the world expo is the first to be held in the Middle East, Africa & South Asia regions.

Malaysia’s pavilion is self-built and depicts a Rainforest Canopy. It carries the theme “Energising Sustainability” to capture the nation’s commitment and approaches to sustainable development. It is the first pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai announced as net zero carbon.  Malaysia’s activities during the expo will include permanent displays, showcases, pocket talks, summits and forums, cultural performances, demos and 26 weekly thematic business programmes. The business weeks will be helmed and supported by 22 ministries, 40 agencies and 5 state governments.

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is the lead ministry for Malaysia’s participation at the mega event. Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC) is the implementing agency.

 

ABOUT MALAYSIAN GREEN TECHNOLOGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE CENTRE (MGTC)

Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC) was formerly known as Malaysian Green Technology Corporation or GreenTech Malaysia. MGTC is a government agency under the purview of the Ministry of Environment & Water, mandated to lead the nation in the areas of Green Growth, Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Resilience and Adaptation.

Under Green Growth, MGTC focuses on three key areas:

  • Green Incentives and Certification
  • Green Advisory and Capacity Building
  • Green Promotion and Investment

Under its recently expanded scope, MGTC now focuses on Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Change Adaption through the following roles:

  • Policy Analysis
  • National Reporting
  • National Programmes Coordination (Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation)
  • Focal Point for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption Data
  • Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA)

MGTC is the Implementing Agency for Malaysia’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai.

 

CLAYTAN AMONG MALAYSIAN BRANDS TO BE FEATURED PROMINENTLY IN MALAYSIA PAVILION AT EXPO 2020 DUBAI

The company which pioneered the country’s ceramic industry also reveals it plans to innovate disease-detecting system to warn toilet users of danger

KUALA LUMPUR (20 November 2020): Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC) has announced Claytan Group as corporate partner for Malaysia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, a global event scheduled for 1 Oct 2021 to 31 March 2022.

Malaysia Pavilion will feature Claytan along with several Malaysian brands including café and retail operators. Malaysia’s participation at the world expo is led by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation Malaysia with MGTC as implementing agency.

Claytan, founded in 1920, is a pioneer in the ceramic industry in Malaysia. It was the first in Malaysia to produce the Water Saver toilet cistern and in 2007 pioneered fireclay products in Malaysia and ASEAN. 

MGTC Chief Executive Officer Shamsul Bahar Mohd Nor congratulated Claytan for coming onboard as corporate partner as well as its success in securing jobs to install sanitaryware and fittings at several other pavilions and public areas at the expo site in Dubai, UAE.

Shamsul Bahar announced this at a virtual event to commemorate United Nation’s World Toilet Day 2020 themed “Sustainable Sanitation and Climate Change”. World Toilet Day aims to inspire actions to tackle the global sanitation crisis towards achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goal 6 which promises sanitation for all by 2030.

The virtual event organised by MGTC also celebrated Claytan’s 100th anniversary.

“Claytan’s centennial marks the company’s legacy and continued resilience and success as it grows from strength to strength since it was founded in 1920. Fast forward to today, the company has expanded its footprints globally.

“The recognition of Claytan products by other pavilions is testament to its product quality and companies like Claytan prove that Malaysia may be an emerging market but we have the capabilities of a developed nation,” Shamsul Bahar said.

Towards this, he said Malaysian companies should take advantage of Expo 2020, which anticipates 25 million visitors throughout the six months, to promote their branding globally by partnering with Malaysia Pavilion.

Elaborating further, MGTC Chief Operating Officer Syed Ahmad Syed Mustafa said that with an estimated 80% expo participants looking to enhance global trade, are bringing business delegations and hosting unique business programmes, Expo 2020 is an opportunity not to be missed.

“The expo is expected to produce multiple business partnerships and open up prospects for industries. We offer Malaysian brands opportunity to be our partners with various customised packages available,” he said, adding that more partnerships with Malaysia Pavilion will be announced soon.

Despite the expo’s postponement by one year, Malaysia Pavilion continues to hold activities, including virtually, to promote its participation at Expo 2020 where it will host 26 weekly thematic business programmes, he said.

The World Toilet Day virtual event was organised to promote Malaysia’s participation at Expo 2020 and share its sustainability messages, in line with Malaysia Pavilion’s ‘Energising Sustainability’ theme. 

Meanwhile, Claytan Group director C. S. Chen said the Covid-19 pandemic has driven the company to innovate a system that can safeguard people’s health and safety. Claytan is conducting research on smart home technologies and big data analysis, specifically to create a disease or even cancer-detecting system that alerts users of potential health issues they might have.

“Some countries are utilising sewage surveillance programmes to test untreated sewage for fragments of the Covid-19 virus. If we can create a similar system that tests and collects data automatically from households or public toilets, which can warn you of any potential health risks you are exposed to, we can pinpoint and stop the spread of the virus more effectively,” Chen said.

He stressed that well-designed hygienic toilets can prevent many disease outbreaks, considering how rapidly germs can spread infectious diseases from the sewage or restrooms if waste is not properly disposed of or if proper toilet hygiene is not practised.

“Toilets play a vital role in protecting the environment and people’s health. In a typical household, with modern water-saving bathroom products we will be able to reduce our water consumption by up to 40%. So, on this occasion, we should be reminded to do our part to help reduce our water footprint,” he added.

In keeping its business model aligned with the triple bottom line of people, planet and profit, Claytan continued its CSR programmes during the course of the pandemic. It funded local communities and nine schools around the country to upkeep and install more systematic and hygienic toilets.

The company will be celebrating its 101st anniversary during Expo 2020 Dubai, where it will reveal the transformation of Claytan 2.0. 

United Nations Pavilion Commissioner-General for Expo 2020 Dubai, Maher Nasser in his  pre-recorded message for the World Toilet Day event, said sanitation, having access to clean water and the ability to wash hands regularly is critical to contain Covid-19  and to ensure all work together to eradicate the virus.  

“Sustainable sanitation means building systems that contribute to reduction in climate change impact, reduce carbon emissions and help with carbon capture, for the wellbeing of communities,” said Maheer, who is also Director of the Outreach Division in the UN Department of Global Communications. 

“World Toilet Day helps us galvanise our resolves to leave no one behind. It is no longer or should no longer be acceptable that half of the world’s population does not have access to proper sanitation, that over 800,000 people die every year from diarrhoea and other diseases that result from the absence of proper sanitation,” he added.

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ABOUT MALAYSIA PAVILION AT EXPO 2020 DUBAI

Malaysia will be among 192 countries participating in Expo 2020 Dubai, scheduled for 1 Oct. 2021 to 31 March 2022. Themed “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, the world expo is the first to be held in the Middle East, Africa & South Asia regions.

Malaysia’s pavilion is self-built and depicts a Rainforest Canopy. It carries the theme “Energising Sustainability” to capture the nation’s commitment and approaches to sustainable development. It is the first pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai announced as net zero carbon.  Malaysia’s activities during the expo will include permanent displays, showcases, pocket talks, summits and forums, cultural performances, demos and 26 weekly thematic business programmes. The business weeks will be helmed and supported by 22 ministries, 40 agencies and 5 state governments.

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is the lead ministry for Malaysia’s participation at the mega event. Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC) is the implementing agency.

 

ABOUT MALAYSIAN GREEN TECHNOLOGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE CENTRE (MGTC)

Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC) was formerly known as Malaysian Green Technology Corporation or GreenTech Malaysia. MGTC is a government agency under the purview of the Ministry of Environment & Water, mandated to lead the nation in the areas of Green Growth, Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Resilience and Adaptation.

Under Green Growth, MGTC focuses on three key areas:

  • Green Incentives and Certification
  • Green Advisory and Capacity Building
  • Green Promotion and Investment

 

Under its recently expanded scope, MGTC now focuses on Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Change Adaption through the following roles:

  • Policy Analysis
  • National Reporting
  • National Programmes Coordination (Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation)
  • Focal Point for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption Data
  • Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA)

MGTC is the Implementing Agency for Malaysia’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai.

 

LOCAL SOCIAL ENTERPRISE MAKES MALAYSIA PROUD FOR WINNING EXPO 2020 DUBAI INNOVATION GRANT

Grant will allow PichaEats to expand its food business that rebuilds lives of refugee families

SELANGOR, MALAYSIA (12 August 2020) — What began as a noble initiative to empower refugee families to be self-sufficient and able to send their children to school has earned PichaEats global recognition when it recently won the Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant. PichaEats beat thousands vying for the much sought-after Expo 2020 Dubai grant.

For its achievement, PichaEats was honoured at an event organised by the Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC) today in celebration of the International Youth Day themed “Youth Engagement for Global Action”.

MGTC is the implementing agency for Malaysia’s participation at the world expo while the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) is lead ministry.

The Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant programme funds novel and innovative solutions that make the world a better place. It has received over 11,000 applications so far and 142 global innovators, including PichaEats, have been offered grants of up to US$100,000 each. 

PichaEats received an acknowledgment from Deputy Commissioner-General of Malaysia for Expo 2020 Dubai, Dr. Mohd Nor Azman Hassan, who is also MOSTI Deputy Secretary-General. Also present were YAM Tunku Dato’ Seri Zain Al-‘Abidin Ibni Tuanku Muhriz who is brand ambassador for Malaysia Pavilion’s #MyButterflyEffect campaign, and MGTC Chief Executive Officer Shamsul Bahar Mohd Nor.

The #MyButterflyEffect Campaign aims to be a powerful tool for Expo 2020 as it carries the hope and idea that one small action will lead to great impact, and one small nation will create a great success.

“With the grant funding, PichaEats is able to continue our project with the refugee families and help them sustain through this tough time posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. This includes  building a training and production space for them to train and cook,” PichaEats co-founder Suzanne Ling said.

“As the sole Malaysian entity to have won this grant, we are very excited to put Malaysia on the world map. We were lucky to join the Expo Live programme that brought together global innovators where we met many other innovators, and along the way, learned many amazing things which inspired us further,” Ling, 27, added.

PichaEats was founded in 2016 by a group of volunteer teachers who saw that many refugee children were forced to abandon their studies due to poverty. They were drawn to assist this community and came up with the idea to provide them opportunity to earn a living through the food business.

Meanwhile, also honoured at the event was Sean Lin, producer and co-founder of Studio Birthplace which has bagged more than 50 international awards for its films that advocate ecological and humanitarian causes.

The films have been screened in over 100 film festivals globally with his award-winning films including “Terraform” (2017), “Birthplace” (2018) and “Sleepless” (2019).

“Change begins with awareness. As filmmakers and more importantly, humans, we strongly believe it is our responsibility to shed light on these crucial topics. Stories have the power to drive positive change. So, let’s keep telling stories to build a more sustainable future,” Lin said.

Lin’s films will be among the contents featured at the Malaysia Pavilion amphitheater during Expo 2020 Dubai. 

Expo 2020 is a world exposition held to encourage international relations by congregating global countries as they exchange ideas, develop new thoughts and share their experience in various areas such as sustainability, education, business, technology and culture. 

Themed “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, Expo 2020 will be held from 1st Oct.  2021 to 31st March 2022 following a one-year postponement due to Covid-19. It will be participated by 192 countries as the first of such event to be held in the Middle East and North Africa region. Malaysia Pavilion’s theme is “Energising Sustainability”. 

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ABOUT MALAYSIA PAVILION AT EXPO 2020 DUBAI

Malaysia will be among 192 countries participating in Expo 2020 Dubai, scheduled for 1 Oct. 2021 to 31 March 2022. Themed “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, the world expo is the first to be held in the Middle East, Africa & South Asia regions.

Malaysia’s pavilion is self-built and depicts a Rainforest Canopy. It carries the theme “Energising Sustainability” to capture the nation’s commitment and approaches to sustainable development. It is the first pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai announced as net zero carbon.  Malaysia’s activities during the expo will include permanent displays, showcases, pocket talks, summits and forums, cultural performances, demos and 26 weekly thematic business programmes. The business weeks will be helmed and supported by 22 ministries, 40 agencies and 5 state governments.

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation is the lead ministry for Malaysia’s participation at the mega event. Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC) is the implementing agency.

 

ABOUT MALAYSIAN GREEN TECHNOLOGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE CENTRE (MGTC)

Malaysian Green Technology and Climate Change Centre (MGTC) was formerly known as Malaysian Green Technology Corporation or GreenTech Malaysia. MGTC is a government agency under the purview of the Ministry of Environment & Water, mandated to lead the nation in the areas of Green Growth, Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Resilience and Adaptation.

Under Green Growth, MGTC focuses on three key areas:

  • Green Incentives and Certification
  • Green Advisory and Capacity Building
  • Green Promotion and Investment

 

Under its recently expanded scope, MGTC now focuses on Climate Change Mitigation and Climate Change Adaption through the following roles:

  • Policy Analysis
  • National Reporting
  • National Programmes Coordination (Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation)
  • Focal Point for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaption Data
  • Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA)

MGTC is the Implementing Agency for Malaysia’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai.