IPSMART “CREATE” 2019 | 5 Days Startup Festival To Get Ahead In Startup Industry


The largest startup festival in the southern region of Malaysia, IPSMART “CREATE” is back again in Iskandar Puteri on 26th to 30th June 2019 at the CIMB Leadership Academy, Afiniti Medini. This is a 5 days startup festival to equip yourself with the most sought after business mindset and skill sets in the internet era.


Featuring a series of programme including workshops & masterclass for kids, women, aspiring entrepreneurs, working professional & micro-business owners, a 54 hours hackathon, a pitching competition, 2 panel sharing sessions & networking sessions, curated specifically for ones who’re looking to embark on his entrepreneurial journey and working professionals who’re looking to upskill themselves.

Powered by the master developer, Iskandar Investment Berhad, the organisers had done 2 similar events in 2018 and had successfully trained & inspire more than 800 aspiring entrepreneurs & working professionals in this city. IPSMART will be inviting 25 instructors & mentors who’re serial entrepreneurs & industry experts to conduct the sessions over the 5 days and  is expecting more than 500 people participating in this year’s festival.

The IPSMART CREATE 2019 includes [4 workshops], [3 master classes], [54 hours of entrepreneurial weekends], [Entrepreneur Roadshow Contest] and [Entrepreneur Sharing Conference]. In order to give more people the opportunity to learn and improve their skills, the IPSMART “CREATE” 2019 Startup Festival lso has a special workshops for women and children which are the following:

*Google Design Sprint 2.0 Master Class: Solving entrepreneurial problems and creating innovative solutions in 4 days

*Social Enterprise Workshop: Creating a Sustainable Business and Reproducible Business Model for Social Enterprises

*EMOWAVE EQ Workshop: teach you how to break through the bottleneck and develop your own capabilities

*E-commerce Master Class: Achieving double-speed performance growth

*New Media Copy Master Class: Enhance brand influence with copywriting and writing

*Female Entrepreneurs Exchange: Exploring a multi-tasking working woman, how to break through in a competitive business environment

*Children’s Workshop: Learn to use recycled materials and practice by hand to create creative problem solutions.

There’s a total of 7 workshops & masterclass. You don’t have to attend all, just select those that interest you. There’s also specific session for women, kids. All session will be conducted in English.


Date : June 27 – 28, 2019 (Thursday to Friday; 9:00 am)

Location : IskandarSpace, CIMB Leadership Academy, Medini

Registration URL: https://ipsmart2019.peatix.com/

More information: https://startupjohor.org/ipsmart/

Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/PD6UMYjUSYC6RPvS6


The 2nd round of public pitching competition created for entrepreneurs to pitch their startups to potential investors & venture capitalist. A platform that combines elements needed the most by early stage founders including capital, resources, experience and innovation.

The objective of this pitching competition is to identify talented startup founders and high potential projects in the southern region of Malaysia. Entrepreneurs will be able to leverage on the IPSMART platform to showcase their products / services, receive professional advice from experienced mentors & to network with potential investors.

We’ll be selecting 10 startups at the pre-seed and seed stage from the southern region of Malaysia, inviting 5 investors / venture capitalist from the region as judges for the competition. Winner of the competition will be awarded RM5,000 cash prizes and other prizes worth more than RM10,000 from partners.


Date & Time : 26th June 2019 (Wednesday), 10.00am

Venue : IskandarSpace, CIMB Leadership Academy, Medini


Startups Application Link :http://bit.ly/2ERSLpf

Spectator’s RSVP Link :https://startupjohor.org/ipsmart/


STARTUP GRIND Fireside Chat, ft Ching Wai, CEO of The Alley Malaysia

Originated from Taiwan in the 1980s, bubble tea (or as some like to call it, boba) is often described as milk tea mixed with tapioca balls, but only true BBT connoisseurs will know that the word “bubble” in the name actually refers to the frothy bubbles produced during the process of making these delectable drinks.


This round, grinding not coffee, but bubble tea with Ching Wai, the CEO of The Alley Malaysia, one of the fastest growing “Bubble Tea” company in Malaysia. We’ll spend 90 minutes to get into his mind to find out how he build and scale his franchise chain across Malaysia within 2 years. Ching Wai will be sharing his journey of entrepreneurship, the business model and how they identify a “killer” product “Brown Sugar Tapioca” that takes over the market by storm.


Date & Time : 26th June 2019 (Wednesday) 7:00pm

Venue : IskandarSpace, CIMB Leadership Academy, Medini


Registration Link : https://ipsmart2019.peatix.com/

More information : https://startupjohor.org/ipsmart/


[Important] This session will be conducted in Mandarin.


p/s : The 1st 50 participants who arrived at the event will get a free The Alley’s signature drink.



Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs to learn about how to take an idea into a startup over the weekend, with the help from 10 experience mentors from across JB, KL & Singapore.

Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team. Over Saturday and Sunday, teams focus on customer development, validating their ideas, practicing LEAN Startup Methodologies and building a minimal viable product. On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes and receive valuable feedback from a panel of experts.

This weekend will be centred around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on an idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup.

The winner of this hackathon will receive a total prize pool of RM10,000 cash & prizes worth more than RM20,000 from sponsors & partners, including a chance to be incubated by the Founder Institute & free coworking space at IskandarSpace to take your idea to the next stage.


Date : 28th to 30th June 2019 (Friday to Sunday)

Time : 7pm to late – Friday

8am to late – Saturday

8am to 8pm – Sunday


Venue : IskandarSpace, CIMB Leadership Academy, Medini

Intro Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0INhwddlGv4

RSVP Link    : https://startupweekendip2019.peatix.com/


So, if you’re…

  1. A student planning to embark on a career in the technology startup industry,
  2. SMB business owner, looking for ways to scale and counter the disruptions from the new tech startup,
  3. Working professional, working in a local startup and wish to learn the latest internet trends and knowledge
  4. An entrepreneur who has an idea about a startup yet do not know how & where to start

Instead of staying at home doing nothing rewarding, why not get up, go out, and grab this great opportunity to attend the IP SMART “CREATE” 2019 5 Days Startup Festival and understand how you can get ahead in Startup Industry and break the game with the top experts in the field!

Best part, it’s all for FREE as long as you’ve RSVP-ed online. Limited to 100 tickets for every session. Secure your spot earlier!

Date : 26th to 30th June 2019 (Wednesday to Sunday)

Time : 9am to 10pm


Venue : IskandarSpace, CIMB Leadership Academy, Medini

Registration Link : https://ipsmart2019.peatix.com/

More information : https://startupjohor.org/ipsmart/


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