IdeaLab, an initiative of WIEF Foundation’s Young Leaders Network (WYN), is an established startup conference that cultivates entrepreneurs and assists in the development of startup ecosystems. IdeaLab’s relevance stems from its assorted features, developed and refined through five years, that spur key players in the global startup ecosystem to share experiences and find ways to sustainably scale up.

At this crucial time when startup ecosystems are disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the virtual arm of WYN called WIEF Idealab 2020 Series, serves as survival guide for startups during the pandemic and beyond through online discussions and workshops by industry experts. This final edition of WIEF Idealab 2020 Series will explore the potential of agriculture as a business, ways to make farming attractive to youth and how to start small, then scale up through innovation.

MOCAfest Pop-up
A solo performance by a remarkable WIEF MOCAfest artist.

Artist:
Kilema Clement, Musician, Madagascar

Supporting Startups in the COVID-19 Era
As the COVID-19 pandemic takes over the world, entrepreneurs and startups are desperately in need of protective measures and funding avenues to reinforce their endurance through this crisis.

This first edition of WIEF Idealab 2020 Series explores:

  • COVID-19 opportunities for startups and young entrepreneurs
  • How does a startup re-engineer itself and move on in a post-COVID world?
  • New ways of doing business rather than reinventing the wheel
  • The required support for startups and small businesses

Speakers:

  • Gopi Ganesalingam, Vice President, Global Growth Acceleration, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
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  • Ebrahim Patel, Chairman WIEF Young Leaders Network & Managing Director, SiyaXoxa Technologies, South Africa
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Moderator:

  • Anisa Hassan, Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Joompa Pte Ltd, Singapore

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Ebrahim Patel

Chairman WIEF Young Leaders Network & Managing Director, SiyaXoxa Technologies, South Africa
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Anisa Hassan

Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Joompa Pte Ltd, Singapore
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Gopi Ganesalingam

Vice President, Global Growth Acceleration, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) Sdn Bhd, Malaysia
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Kilema Clement

Musician, Madagascar

MOCAfest Pop-up
A solo performance by a remarkable WIEF MOCAfest artist.

Artist:
Zohab Zee Khan, Performance Poet, Motivational Speaker, Didgeridoo Player, Hip Hop Artist and YouTube Film Maker, United Kingdom, United Kingdom

Startups and small businesses have been heavily affected by the global pandemic, especially those without online presence. Post-pandemic, small business landscape is no longer the same and it is essential that they follow the trend to stay in the market.

This workshop marks the third Edition of WIEF Idealab 2020 Series, and it explores:

  • New trending online business ideas and opportunities
  • The journey to launching your business online
  • online business planning as well as marketing strategies, building an online store, and the necessary supports to scale

Trainer:

  • Mohammed Yacoob Abdullah Humayun
    • Director of Client Services ASEAN at Virtusa Inc, Malaysia
    • Former Digital Officer at Maxmoney
    • Former Vice President of Regional Vendor Acquisition & Management at Lazada

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Mohammed Yacoob Abdullah Humayun

Director of Client Services ASEAN at Virtusa Inc, Malaysia, Former Digital Officer at Maxmoney, Former Vice President of Regional Vendor Acquisition & Management at Lazada
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Zohab Zee Khan

Performance Poet, Motivational Speaker, Didgeridoo Player, Hip Hop Artist and YouTube Film Maker, United Kingdom

MOCAfest Pop-up
A solo performance by a remarkable WIEF MOCAfest artist.

Artist:
Nisa Addina, an incredible young contemporary R&B/pop violinist, composer and producer from Sarawak, Malaysia

ThinkTalk: Enticing Youth to Agribusiness

The world risks an impending food crisis due to COVID-19 pandemic. Quick actions and measures should be taken to save the most vulnerable, create more jobs for young people and keep the food supply chains thriving.

In this final edition of the WIEF Idealab 2020 Series, the ThinkTalk speaker uncovers:

  • How to better develop an entrepreneurial mindset in agriculture for young people
  • Ways to engage youth in agriculture
  • The new agricultural mechanisation from technological revolution
  • How tech and agricultural companies should collaborate and build trust to create new agricultural innovations

Speaker:
Darren Tan, Head of Education and Community Outreach, ComCrop, Singapore

Moderator:
Jessy Chahal, TV Personality and Broadcast Journalist, Malaysia

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Darren Tan

Head, Education and Community Outreach, ComCrop, Singapore
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Jessy Chahal

TV Personality and Broadcast Journalist, Malaysia
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Nisa Addina

Violinist, Malaysia