Young entrepreneurs get to learn from Liew

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The finalists of the Alliance Bank SME Innovation Challenge 2014 posing for a group shot after meeting with Liew (centre, in white shirt).

KUALA LUMPUR: The top 20 finalists of the Alliance Bank SME Innovation Challenge 2014 had a chance to interact with Eco World Development Group Bhd’s director Tan Sri Liew Kee Sin, besides undergoing a structured learning programme and mingling with other top business leaders.

They will also be in the running for the Tan Sri Liew Entrepreheurship Award of RM250,000. Besides that, there is a first runner-up prize of RM150,000, second runner-up prize of RM100,000 and a Microsoft-sponsored Technology Award of RM100,000.

“It is exciting to see this year’s challenge attracting more entries and from across the country too,” Liew, who is also the chair of the challenge’s judging panel, said in a press release from Alliance Bank Malaysia Bhd yesterday.

Alliance Bank head of group business banking and senior executive vice-president Steve Miller said the challenge has attracted 480 submissions from all over Malaysia and across all SME sectors, ranging from food and beverages, retail and e-commerce businesses, to robotics, medical devices and green technology.

Liew: It is exciting to see this year’s challenge attracting more entries and from across the country too.

“The challenge takes the young entrepreneurs through a meaningful learning experience and networking platform over the next three months to enable them to fulfil their business aspirations,” he said.

The competition is supported by Eco World Development, Microsoft Malaysia, Groupon Malaysia, Telekom Malaysia Bhd, and its IPTV service-Hypp TV and Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd.

This article first appeared in The Edge Financial Daily, on October 17, 2014.