Published on: Sunday, January 27, 2013
SEA founder Darwin Tan said since the inception of SEA six months ago, the non-profit organisation currently has more than 200 affiliate members and 3,000 entrepreneur contacts.
"The difference between this organisation and any other chamber of commerce is that in this organisation we concentrate more on young people. If you look at the other chambers or organisations, they are linked up because of their ethnicities or beliefs.
"Here, everybody is welcome. We conduct trainings, share resources.
We are not here exactly to help everybody because we must confess, we do not know everything. But we sure know someone who knows how to answer the questions our members ask.
"So our job would be to link them up in order that they can help each other and, at the same time, increase our knowledge, too," he said at the SeedNite Mocktail, here.
More than 100 entrepreneurs, social leaders and other interested parties attended the event officiated by Deputy Chief Minister Datuk Dr Yee Moh Chai.
During the event, SEA also launched its fund-raising event for its SEED Vision and aimed to raise RM1 million fund to form SEED Foundation which could be an engine to fund Sabah entrepreneurship development programmes in the future.
In his brief speech, Dr Yee, who is also the Minister of Resource Development and Information Technology, praised the efforts and initiatives taken by SEA and was impressed by the fact that almost all who came to the event were young people.
"I would like to extend an invitation to all entrepreneurs to make full use of the facilities provided by the Government for your own benefit such as this building (Wisma Bandaraya) from the sixth floor up.
"We also have lined up various programmes and training for you in order to help you with your business as well as to help you expand your thinking and your philosophy. If you need any help, come to us.
We are here to assist you," he said.
SEED Project Director, Alvis Loo, said the project welcomes participation and sponsors from any individual, SME company and MNC in the country.
For further information about SeedLink and SEED Foundation, contact Membership Director Chong at 010-8026333 or Alvis at 017-3635890.