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Manager, Startup Ecosystem

We are looking for a person with experience in building startup ecosystem, forming strategic partnerships, building interest communities. We are a newly formed State government agency tasked to accelerate efforts towards a digital economy and society. In this digital transformation journey, there are many interesting and innovative projects to engage civil society as well as enterprises to drive digital adoption and create a confident experience. It is a start-up opportunity for a visionary that wants to get hands-on to drive significant and impactful change in society. The candidate understands the frictions of change and develop pragmatic ethical action-oriented strategies to nudge behaviours into achieving desired outcomes.

Job Responsibilities

  • Lead and focus on the transformation agenda of digital economy and drive programmes to build and strengthen the startup ecosystem
  • Work with universities, ecosystem partners and generate pipeline of startups in software or product engineering and design through ideation programmes
  • Collaborate with other stakeholders to develop policies that promote the startup ecosystem by attracting investors in capital and expertise
  • Develop programmes to facilitate startups on access to funding, access to markets and access to mentors
  • Manage the seed fund programme jointly with private angel investors and VCs, running at least 2 cohorts a year
  • Maintain a dashboard on startup metrics and continuously raise ranking of ecosystem within country, region and globally
  • Implement branding and communication strategy to sustain momentum of startup ecosystem
  • Ensures compliance with all relevant laws, policies, and regulations.

Job Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering, Computer Science, Economics, Finance, Marketing, Business; Masters an advantage
  • Must be fluent in Bahasa Malaysia and English, spoken and written
  • Past experience in startup ecosystem, change management or digital transformation
  • Strategy experience in business consulting firm or entrepreneurial experience in a start-up
  • 3 to 5 years’ experience in strategic planning, business management, or financial decision making
  • Demonstrated proficiency in analytical research, leadership, and strategic planning.
  • Possess exceptional creativity and analytical problem-solving skills, able to see the big picture yet have an eye for details
  • Strong organisation leadership with experience leading a team of junior subordinates
  • Strong programme and project management skills
  • Knowledgeable of technology trends and digital transformation efforts
  • Comfortable with public speaking and communicating both verbally and in writing

To apply, email your resume to careers@digitalpenang.my.

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