Shah Alam, March 14- The Selangor Information Technology and E-Commerce Council (SITEC) launched two new initiatives, the SITEC Academy and Startup Connect, earlier yesterday at the Selangor Digital Creative Centre (SDCC) here in Shah Alam. Concurrently, SITEC also celebrated the graduation of its second batch of 100 merchants under the SITEC Online 100 programme.
The trio of events were officiated by Datuk Teng Chang Khim, Senior Councillor of the Selangor State Executive Council for Investment, Industry & Commerce, Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and Transportation, along with representatives from Invest Selangor Berhad, the secretariat of SITEC.
The SITEC Academy, a virtual learning and online resource platform, will serve as an extension of its E-Commerce Education thrust, which sees the provision of free educational classes, workshops and events for the burgeoning e-Commerce community in Selangor.
The SITEC Academy makes it easier for those who are unable to attend SITEC’s EC Classes (held at the SDCC in i-City, Shah Alam), and will be able to access media resources such as class content, video and images relevant to each topic.
“With the launch of the SITEC Academy, it is my hope that more and more Malaysians will take the opportunity to learn more about e-Commerce, and take the opportunity to improve themselves with all the knowledge readily available - at their fingertips. From what I understand, the resources from SITEC Academy will cater to different levels of learning, hence it still has relevance to even our competent Online 100 Graduates today as well,” said Teng.
Startup Connect, meanwhile, will serve as a platform for local startups to reach out to the Selangor Government, potential partners and investors, and vice versa. It is also a one-stop repository and hub to access resources for startups. Registrants with Startup Connect will also receive special rates to enjoy facilities at the SDCC in i-City, Shah Alam.
“Startup Connect serves as the next step in building up the startup community, while serving as a promotional platform to help local startups reach out to a wider audience of potential clients, partners, and investors. This is a resource that should serve to aid our online merchants, along with the creative and technical talents that form the core of the startup community, ” noted Teng.
SITEC Online 100 Graduation
Launched in July 2015, the SITEC Online 100 programme sought to assist 100 traditional brick and mortar retailers to establish themselves in the e-Commerce sphere within a targeted period of 12 months. The programme had successfully completed training for its first batch three months ahead of schedule, with the graduation ceremony held in March 2016.