MA2017 connects startups and talent

  • Over 1,500 jobseekers and 103 companies participated
  • More than 300 jobs were up for grabs


MA2017 connects startups and talent


MALAYSIAN Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) concluded MaGIC Academy Symposium 2017 (MA2017) on Oct 7 with one of the largest startup career fairs in Southeast Asia. 

Hosted in collaboration with StartUpJobs and Talentvis, the MA2017 Career Fair connected an extended network of startups with talent within the ecosystem.

More than 3,500 disruptors, entrepreneurs, impact driven enterprises, and jobseekers gathered for the startup symposium under the theme of ‘disruptive entrepreneurship’.

Participants took part in 27 talks, 28 masterclasses, three keynote speeches, eight fireside chats, and 75 mentoring sessions all of which looked to unlock disruptive entrepreneurship in four specific ways: finding new ways to solve problems; identifying opportunities to grow; future-proofing their business and anticipating future trends; and, cultivating talent.

Global industry experts – including those from IDEO, Carousell, MAD Group, Katsana, Servishero, Pinterest, Tinder, CoinGecko, and others – shared intimate insights, real-life learnings, and relevant experience regarding their individual and startup-to-corporate journeys.

MaGIC chief executive officer Ashran Ghazi, said: “Disruptive entrepreneurship will shape and mould the future of Malaysia’s economy. Over the course of the past four days, MA2017 has shone a light on this form of disruption, helping homegrown talent understand more about the skills and capabilities they need to build to capture new opportunities, to innovate and to create more impact. This is part of our commitment in driving sustainable entrepreneurship development in Malaysia.”

MA2017 Career Fair bridges a gap in the market, pairing Malaysia’s talents with a startup network of more than 100 companies, including Zalora, Uber, Astro, Media Prima, sieo, Shopee, Kaodim, Honestbee, ipay88, GoCar, and many more.

With more than 300 jobs up for grabs, some of the startups recruiting this year were MaGIC’s accelerator programme graduates. They included CoffeeZone, CollectCo, Deliccia, Golazo,, PantangPlus, and others.

For more information on MA2017, please visit


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