When it comes to all things startup, we’re often exposed to the glamorous side of it. Stories of a massive success, like a founder who banks in millions or a founder who gets listed on the Forbes list, are usually the kind of things that are shown to us.
What people don’t often see is how difficult the journey is. What we thought of as an overnight success was actually years of blood, sweat, and tears. From finding the right venture capital firms to penetrating the market, being a founder is not for everyone.
The Malaysian startup scene is promising for founders and aspiring entrepreneurs looking for funding, especially with more venture capital firms, like Golden Gate Ventures, opening their Malaysian office in Kuala Lumpur.
The local startup scene also offers a conducive environment for founders and aspiring entrepreneurs to thrive with the right resources, for example, tools and tech-centric workshops for one to build their company.
If you’re thinking of becoming a startup founder, or are simply interested in entrepreneurship, there are plenty of free and affordable startup events and workshops that will benefit you. Such events are often held in major cities like Greater Kuala Lumpur, Penang, or Johor.
We found a few free and affordable startup and business events in around KL that you can attend this month.
1. Founder’s Talk: The On-Demand Industry for Startups (Dec. 6)
There are 20 industries being disrupted by on-demand apps, such as transport, beauty, laundry, and grocery. Find out what the challenges and opportunities are for founders and where the on-demand apps are heading in Malaysia.
When: Dec 6, 2018 (11am-1pm)
Where: Common Ground, Damansara Heights
2. Build a Mobile App for Beginner Workshop (Dec. 8)
In this 4-hour workshop for beginners, you will learn to build an Android mobile app, understand how can the mobile app help in your business task and generate side income for you. You’re required to bring your own laptop and an Android smartphone.
When: Dec 8, 2018 (2pm-6pm)
Where: Futurise Centre, Cyberjaya
3. Lean In unConference 2018 (Dec. 8)
Do you agree with Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In philosophies? Then you might be interested in attending this event, which focuses on discussing a wide range of progressive ideas to empower women. Find out what the future holds for career women in Malaysia and get inspired by industry experts and entrepreneurs from the Malaysian startup scene.
When: Dec 8, 2018 (8am-2pm)
Where: Lanai Kijang, Kuala Lumpur
Fee: RM50 (Breakfast and lunch are provided)
4. Startup2FxxKup Volume 5 (Dec. 10)
Failing is part and parcel of a startup life. With 90% of startups fail within the first five years, you’re bound to face your own kind of failure sometimes. How can entrepreneurs live through the bad times, and how can they bounce back and learn from it? Leza Parker, the founder of Bebe Bargains, a marketplace for baby goods, will share her wisdom and journey.
When: Dec 10, 2018 (6.30pm-8.30pm)
Where: Co. The Row, Jalan Doraisamy
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5. Golden Rules to Killer Content for Your e-Commerce Site (Dec. 12)
There are many ways to build an empire, and content is one of them. A good web content will make your website look legit and trustworthy. In this 2-hour workshop, you’ll learn the must-haves of web content (including terms and policies), how to take a good product photo, and how to manage product shipping and packaging.
When: Dec 12, 2018 (10am-12pm)
Where: iPay88 (M) Sdn Bhd, Plaza Sentral
6. Techstars Startup Weekend Kuala Lumpur (Dec. 14 – 16)
In this 54 hour-long event, you’ll experience the highs and lows that define life at a startup. Learn how to create a real company, utilise the tools at your disposal, and meet industry experts who are ready to help you get started.
When: Dec 14 – Dec 16, 2018
Where: PAPER + TOAST, Bukit Bintang
Fee: RM41 – RM82
7. Email Marketing in Malaysia (Webinar) (Dec. 14)
This online event features speakers from various top companies. Some of the hottest topics that will be discussed include Engaging Content, Advanced Data & Targeting, Enhanced Personalisation, Automation, Multi-Channel Integration, ESPs & Deliverability, Driving Engagement and more.
When: Dec 14, 2018 (2pm-3.30pm CST)
8. #ExportNOW via FACEBOOK (Dec. 14)
Organised by MDEC’s eCommerce Division, the event will focus on all things online business, including affordable shipping, how to boost your online business, and how to perform cross-border selling via Facebook.
When: Dec 14, 2018 (9.30am-2pm)
Where: The Orbit, Bangsar South
9. Hire BETTER, Hire FASTER! – Using The Right Platform to Attract Top Talent (Dec. 18)
As a startup founder or business owner, hiring young top talents can be a challenge, and the process can be tedious. This event will show founders and owners how to build strong and accurate employer branding, as well as capitalising on contemporary digital recruitment trends to attract quality and relevant candidates.
When: Dec 18, 2018 (10am-12pm)
Where: WOBB, Jalan Damansara
10. Start Selling Online! Setup Your e-Commerce Store with Fulfillment Today (Dec. 19)
In this 2-hour workshop, you’ll learn how to build an e-commerce website in a day using the drag-and-drop concept (with no coding or design skills necessary), identify the best shipping and fulfilment services, plan for your fulfilment, and get to know the available online payment solutions for online merchants.
When: Dec 19, 2018 (10am-12pm)
Where: iPay88 (M) Sdn Bhd, Plaza Sentral
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