Say Aspire lets Selangor MSMEs explore global market

Participants will receive an export training course, a working network with govt agencies and a chance to win a grant 


THE Selangor state government is encouraging micro, small and medium industries to explore the global market through the Say Aspire initiative. 

In partnership with the State Executive Councillor for Entrepreneurial Development and the Selangor Youth Community, the programme will run from March to May 2023. 

It targets 30 micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) that are based in Selangor, whose directors are between the ages of 18 and 40, and the companies have not been declared bankrupt or blacklisted. 

Participants of Say Aspire will receive an export training course, a working network with government agencies such as the Malaysia External Trade Development Corp (Matrade) and Export-Import Bank of Malaysia Bhd (Exim Bank Malaysia), the opportunity to present in front of Raja Muda Selangor Tengku Amir Shah Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah, as well as the opportunity to win the Say Aspire grant in the final round. 

Entrepreneurial Development Exco Rodziah Ismail said that such programmes would help promote the name of Selangor on the world stage through the export of locally-made products that are comparable to international quality. 

“The state government hopes that programmes such as Say Aspire won’t only be continued but also expanded further to foster high fighting spirit and competitiveness among MSMEs in Selangor in order for them to continue to be viable and remain resilient,” she said in a statement recently. 

Selangor Youth Community is an NGO established by Tengku Amir Shah that aims to develop young entrepreneurs on the international stage. 

Since its establishment in 2018, the programme has created a number of successful entrepreneurs, namely Medics-Pet, Pops- Malaya and Innersejuk. 

Companies may visit to register. Applications will close on Feb 12, 2023.

  • This article first appeared in The Malaysian Reserve weekly print edition