This initiative is spearheaded by Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Sarawak (TEGAS) through fundings received from the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA). The opening of the SMA – TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub is part of SMA’s initiative to proliferate digital economy enablers within the state, according to the Sarawak Digital Economy Strategy 2018-2022 (Digital Innovation & Entrepreneurship: Action 37). Under this strategy, the State Government through SMA will establish one innovation centre in each division and facilitate others (private sectors, universities and communities).
The SMA – TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub Miri is the fourth DIH in Sarawak, with the first three being in Kuching, Sarikei and Bintulu. SMA hopes to further expand this initiative to other regions in Sarawak such as Kapit, Mukah, Limbang and Lawas in the near future.
The hub is now open for use, but the official opening will be on the End of February 2019 (Date to be announced). For live update follow SMA – TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub official Facebook page [here].
The hub was recently officiated by The Right Honourable Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg on the 15th February 2020. Read more here.
Cultivating Digital Sarawak
The opening of the SMA – TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub Miri is in line with the Chief Minister’s goal to boost the growth of the Digital Economy Ecosystem within the state. They have been very proactive in encouraging the locals especially the youths to be involved in the entrepreneurship and innovation scene, as can be seen from programmes such as Startup Weekend, Youth Co:Lab, TEGAS Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp and the TEGAS Startup Lab.
The DIH is supported by SMA, a regulatory body established in pursuant to Section 3 of Sarawak Multimedia Authority Ordinance 2017 with the primary objective to spearhead, oversee and facilitate the development and implementation of the communication, multimedia and the State’s Digital Economy Initiatives.
The partnership with TEGAS ensures continuous growth opportunities for early-stage startups and social enterprises, while at the same time building a very strong entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem within the state of Sarawak.
Several programmes to accelerate the growth of early-stage startups at DIH include TEGAS Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp, TEGAS Startup Lab and Sarawak Shell LiveWIRE. The hub’s facilities and benefits include access to co-working spaces, high speed internet, discussion rooms, knowledge sharing and capacity development programmes as well as access to Sarawak Digital Village Ecosystem Network.
With the opening of the SMA – TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub Miri, a more inclusive digital ecosystem is now available and accessible for people in the northern region of the state.
Strengthening the Ecosystem through Strategic Partnership
The DIH works extensively with strategic partners from all across the globe to ensure the sustainability and growth of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Sarawak.
The current partners include:
- SHELL Malaysia
- Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak Campus
- MaGIC @ Borneo744
- SME Corp Malaysia
- Australian Trade and Investment Commission (AUSTRADE)
- Satu Creative
- All Aboard Young Leaders Centre (AAYLC)
- Petrosar Academy
- NOH Phrofile Enterprise
- Media Prima
- Kloena Digital
- Universiti Putra Malaysia
- iCube Innovation
- WTF Accelerator
- Curtin University Malaysia
These strategic partners support the #InnovateSarawak campaign that focuses on promoting digital innovation and entrepreneurship in Sarawak.
Strategic Location in the heart of Miri’s Central Business District
Miri Times Square @ Marina ParkCity is the newest addition to the Marina Park City’s commercial area. Recently launched in mid 2018, the area boasts beautiful urban architecture. The square centerpiece is a grand clock that’s a symbol of livability, vitality, sustainability, and community in Miri.
SMA – TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub Miri occupies three lots in Miri Times Square. It’s officially located at lot A-2-29 – A-2-31-A and A-2-31B on the second floor of block A, Miri Times Square at Marina ParkCity. You can easily find it above the new Sushi Zanmai and take the elevator to the second floor. If unsure about the location, you can simply Waze or use Google Maps to get there.
The SMA – TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub Miri is open from Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 6 PM aside from public holidays. They are only open for programs and events during the weekends.
Comprehensive Variety of Services and Facilities
The SMA – TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub Miri is specially designed to enhance the experience for those interested in kick-starting their business, with facilities ranging from private rooms to open space hotdesks.
The SMA – TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub Miri offers amenities such as private office spaces, shared spaces, fast internet connectivity, printing / copying / scanning services, free flow coffee from the complete pantry, surau, discussion rooms and meetings rooms.
The comprehensive space creates a conducive and tech-savvy environment for any entrepreneur. The shared facility encourages work efficiency and fraternizing between fellow entrepreneurs. This enables a tight-knit and well connected entrepreneurial ecosystem to form locally.
Besides a comprehensive facility, the SMA – TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub Miri also holds a multitude of incubation and acceleration programmes to grow any young or new entrepreneur. These programmes include the TEGAS Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp, TEGAS Startup Lab and Sarawak Shell Livewire (in partnership with TEGAS).
Besides programmes, SMA – TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub Miri Miri also provides funding opportunities and facilitation. Tenants of TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub Miri will also have access to all programmes organized by either SMA, TEGAS or their strategic partners.
If you’re interested to be part of the ecosystem, SMA- TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub Miri welcomes you over. Come grab a cup of coffee with the team and they’ll willingly show you around the sophisticated space.
Double-A rates; Attractive and Affordable
This table provides a detailed overview of facility usage rates at the SMA – TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub. There are different plans and benefits tailored to suit any of entrepreneur or startup.
Rates are capped well within a manageable range. Miri’s startup community is so advantageous. They’ve been gifted such a comprehensive and useful service for a bargain. Such reasonable rates for the extensive array of benefits are close to non-existent in private shared office spaces.
Collaborative spaces and open concepts are prevalent in mega-corporations such as Google, Apple, and Tesla. The implementation of collaborative spaces in these multi-billion dollar businesses further proves its effectiveness.
Early birds to sign up get to enjoy up to 50% in discounts . If you’re looking to bring your startup to another level, but lack resources and an environment to work in, sign up to use the shared space. Get all the perks of a business environment without having to break bank setting up your own space.
Visit SMA – TEGAS Digital Innovation Hub Miri today!
Check it out for yourself. This new DIH is definitely going to impact the community positively. The knowledge, innovation and technology-driven initiative to accelerate economic growth within Sarawak is beyond commendable.
The local community is so lucky to have government agencies that are so proactive and involved in communal growth. The growth opportunities provided for start-ups and entrepreneurs are sure to benefit many. One can only wonder of progress this will bring the state.
This government initiative by SMA and TEGAS is sure to inspire many youths and members of society. The state inches closer to realizing the Chief Ministers vision of giving ample opportunity to drive Sarawak’s digital economy while enriching the community.