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Encouraging young entrepreneurs

Young minds and fresh ideas took centre stage recently at Malaysia’s first Young Entrepreneur X Factor (YEX) at Dwi Emas International School.

YEX brought together innovators and entrepreneurs aged 9 to 17 to collaborate, learn and pitch their ideas to a panel of judges. The programme allowed the young participants to innovate and create solutions for current issues as well as be connected with entrepreneurial professionals through mentoring sessions.

The mentors and judges were blown away when they witnessed a 13-year-old with his app that solves parking problems, which he programmed it himself, and a 10-year old who wanted to save the ocean from pollution by writing and publishing about them in children e-story books.

Participants were split into two age groups and were judged on creativity, content and presentation by a panel of judges which included Endeavor Malaysia chief executive officer Arthur Chan, MaGIC executive director of ecosystem development Johnathan Lee and Circle of Excellence chairman and founder Mike Handcock.

The 56 participants hailed from 33 different schools and education background.

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