The ASEAN Mentorship for Entrepreneurs Network (AMEN) – a flagship programme of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) is partnering with BAC Education to host THE ENTREPRENEUR MASTERCLASS, a one-day specialized programme, which will bring together CEO’s, entrepreneurs, innovators and thought leaders to share how innovation, technology and entrepreneurship can be used to advance employability and co-design change that moves and benefits people and communities around the region. This intensive programme is designed to provide high-quality, practical education and business support to leaders of high-growth small businesses and social enterprises across Malaysia. The programme also looks to empower entrepreneurial talent and small businesses in Malaysia to embrace the future of work to be market-ready. SMEs account for between 88.8% and 99.9% total establishments in ASEAN Member States (AMS) and between 51.7% and 97.2% of total employment. The contribution of these enterprises to each AMS’ GDP is between 30% and 53% and the contribution of SMEs to exports is between 10% and 29.9%. Hence, these enterprises are important in terms of income and employment generation, gender and youth empowerment through their diverse business participation, and their widespread presence in the non-urban and rural areas. SMEs are thus the backbone of ASEAN and SME development is fundamental towards achieving long-run and sustainable economic growth and narrowing the development gap. Speakers will include Raja Singham, Managing Director of BAC Education, Raymond Markus, Educator, Entrepreneur and Trainer as well as Lawrence Chan, Chief Operating Officer of IACT College. Media are welcome to attend the event.

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