TPM hopeful of empowering technopreneurship among Tamparuli folk


TAMPARULI: Technology Park Malaysia Corporation Sdn Bhd (TPM), the national grassroots enabler of science, technology and innovation, is hopeful of empowering technopreneurship among Tamparuli communities at the two-day Science4U exhibition organised by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) starting today.

Taking part among some 20 other key agencies of MOSTI, TPM will be introducing their services to visitors at the Tamparuli expo on the benefits of science, technology and innovations (STI) towards uplifting the communities’ future socio-economic status.

The company will display and provide in-depth information on the range of its services for the development and expansion of entrepreneurship and technopreneurship in the core industry clusters of biotechnology, advanced engineering, ICT and green technology.

In addition, TPM will also promote its Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) career awareness corner which provides in-depth information especially to rural school children on the opportunities in pursuing their future careers in the fields of STI.

TPM President and Chief Executive Officer, Dato’ Ir. Haji Azman Shahidin said TPM has a pivotal role to play in informing, encouraging and empowering all communities at grassroots level toward exploring new opportunities through the adoption of science, technology and innovation.

He said as a part of TPM’s social innovation initiatives and corporate objectives, it remains pertinent for the Group to encourage school children to develop an interest and better understanding on the importance of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

“TPM, as the agency to encourage the development of science, technology and innovations among Malaysians, is committed to play its social community service role not only to the urbanites, but also to the rural folks and children.

“We hope the communities of Tamparuli, especially the youth and school children, will grab this opportunity to visit our booth to gain a better insight into the benefits of STI and the career prospects in the respective fields,” he added.

Dato’ Azman said that with the rapid development of STI, potential grassroots technopreneurs and/or new start-ups throughout the Malaysia are now able to access TPM’s incubation services through its virtual incubator model know as the “ADVISE” programme without being physically present at the technology park.

The virtual ‘ADVISE’ programme offers a full spectrum of services from advisory, hand-holding assistance and coaching, funding access, technology access and market access for the core industry clusters which have been mandated by MOSTI.

The successful enterprises in Sabah that TPM have assisted in penetrating both domestic and global markets were Nurkasih Entreprise (well known for its pickled tuhau); Nusayba Sdn Bhd (Pintar Kids chocolate drinks); and Trade Wind Global Energy Sdn Bhd (noted for its cinnamon tea and essential oils).

Citing the exemplary success and efforts of Sabahan entrepreneur and owner of Nurkashih Enterprise, Puan Washiha @ Resiminah bt. Kuntagil, Dato’ Azman said by adopting new innovative technology costing about RM100,000, it has enabled her to increase monthly revenue from a paltry RM850 to RM17,000.

Nurkasih Enterprise, which is located at Kampung Marakau, Ranau, is the first to utilise the tuhau mass production innovation for its commercialisation to the domestic and international markets.

“This clearly demonstrates with the limitation of funding for any new start-ups or businesses, they too can achieve success if they have the will to adapt to changes and adopt latest innovations that can increase productivity and efficiency,” said Dato’ Azman.

The two-day MOSTI-organised exhibition at Tamparuli will be held on May 17 and 18 at the Dewan Tun Hamdan from 9.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m.

Technology Park Malaysia Sdn Bhd, an agency of MOSTI, has an integrated infrastructure, facilities and support services to assist technopreneurs and entrepreneurs who are keen to commercialise their ideas in the four industry clusters, namely, ICT, Engineering, Biotechnology and Green Technology.

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New Sabah Times