Monthly Archives: July 2014

Funding Event Turned Into Sharing Event

We planned and prepared for a new event series called Pitch ‘n’ Win FUND. A main speaker from one funding organization was requested to speak in the event. He was invited to speak on how to get fund from the organization, as well as comment on and evaluate on pitches presented.

Unfortunately, one day before the event, we discovered there was a misunderstanding with the speaker, that he would not make it to the event. But the event had attracted many participants and had to go on.

The main speaker was changed to Wadud Mughal who also hosted the event. Pitch ‘n’ Win FUND @ Trep Alley was held in Trep Alley co-working space at 3pm, right after an earlier sharing event at the same place.

The news that the original main speaker was not around disappointed many participants in the event, as they expected to hear about the funding, and some of them even prepared their pitches to be presented to the speaker.

The pitches went on anyway, but a few presenters held back their sharing and didn’t elaborate much on their startup idea. One even changed his presentation on the spot to his existing business.

The pitching crowd at Trep Alley

The pitching crowd at Trep Alley

Nevertheless, the host Wadud gave a good overview on how startups could get funded in Malaysia. He also explained how his Better World Makers Network could help entrepreneurs to create enterprises, create jobs, and do a part in eliminating poverty around the world.

Among all presenters, Richard Kok was voted as the best presenter for his sharing on his logistics business. As one who got funded with a grant before, he also enlightened the group on his experience and how they could get funded as well.

The planned funding event was so turned into an usual sharing event on business and ideas. But thanks to Wadud and Richard, the audience were still pleased to have learned something relevant from the event.

Pitch ‘n’ Win FUND @ Trep Alley – Photo album

Chinese Sharing Event @ Trep Alley

Most business events out there are in English, but we have a huge population speaking other languages such as Malay and Chinese. There is no reason why there can’t be more events in our own mother tongues.

A member contacted us earlier to express interest to collaborate on a new event series in Chinese. The owner of Trep Alley, a new co-working space in Serdang, also contacted us to offer his place for our events.

As a result, we decided to organize two back-to-back events in Trep Alley on 12th July 2014. The first session was a demo meeting in Chinese to showcase Pitch ‘n’ Win event to the member. This was followed by the second session, a pitching event in English on raising funds.

The first event 中文 Pitch ‘n’ Win @ Trep Alley started at 1pm and was hosted by Eric Lim from SOHOland. Eric started by briefing the group what the event was about, and then he had all of us introducing ourselves.

Each of us then took 5 minutes to share about ourselves, our business, our projects, and anything about ourselves. As we needed to decide the best presenter later on, we listened attentively to one another in the meeting.

We had the privilege to invite Mr Johnson Liang (连俊维) as the featured speaker in the event. Born in Malaysia, Johnson became a well known speaker in China and just came back to homeland recently. He is a corporate trainer, certified NLP practitioner, and coach in communication and soft skills.

Johnson spoke 15 minutes on the topic called Secret of Communication – Building Rapport Instantly (沟通秘密-如何建立瞬间亲和感). He shared with us tips on communicating and developing relationships with people using Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP).

Johnson Liang taught us on building rapport

Johnson Liang taught us on building rapport

Wireless marketing specialist John Kong was voted for his best sharing in the group. He elaborated on his mobile solution to help businesses for another 10 minutes. The host Eric also spoke on his offer from SOHOland to help people own houses.

The event was the first public event hosted in Trep Alley, a new co-working space in Serdang serving entrepreneurs, freelancers and small business owners.

中文 Pitch ‘n’ Win @ Trep Alley – Photo album

A Message From Universe With Tarot Card

Ever wonder what’s the Universe’s message for your life? Renee Loke demonstrated and showed to everyone of us in an event about Tarot cards.

We are not being any superstitious here. But Renee won her right to speak for one hour in one Pitch ‘n’ Talk session by getting enough number of votes (likes) for her post in our Facebook group.

Pitch ‘n’ Talk #7 – A Message From The The Universe by Renee Loke was organized on 11th July 2014 and hosted by Lim Keng Kee. The session started with Renee asking everyone for one thing that we were wondering or facing challenge in life.

After everyone has shared his or her current challenge, Renee quieted down into meditation mode. She handed out Tarot cards to the group, and interpreted the card reading for everyone.

Though the group reading was general due to privacy, it did strike some of us. Renee gave more info and comments as participants asked more questions about their cards.

Tarot card group reading by Renee Loke

Tarot card group reading by Renee Loke

Renee also explained about Tarot and how it does not conflict with religious beliefs. It was a session full of demonstration, theories and practices on the spot.

Renee also handed out another round of cards to everyone. All of us said something about ourselves in relation to the card we each received. She then responded to our sharing about our cards, and gave us further guidelines on what the cards meant to us.

The sharing ended with many of our eyes opened on what Tarot is about. We also chose the best sharing among all members. Coach Murphy Lum was selected by the group. He has been invited to speak in the next Pitch ‘n’ Talk session on how he has made his business so investable.

Pitch ‘n’ Talk #7 – A Message From The The Universe by Renee Loke – Photo album