Space for growth – Cradle of Opportunity

Malaysia’s first Blue Ocean Entrepreneurs Township (BOET), Borneo 744, is ready for takeoff with various facilities in store for start-ups

KUCHING: Malaysia’s first Blue Ocean Entrepreneurs Township (BOET), Borneo 744, in Bintawa will be ready in time for the handover to licensees or operators on March 1.

New opportunities: Block C of Borneo 744 is targeted to be used for arts, craft and design, including batik manufacturing, songket or basket weaving or T-shirt printing. (Inset) The interior of Block C.

Former mechanical workshop turns into hub for aspiring entrepreneurs

It is in the final stages of signing agreements with anchor licensees, including Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre and Tanoti.

The 4ha riverfront project, with a total built-up area of 11,148 sq m, was first announced by the Prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in April last year.

It is an initiative by the Federal Government, supported by the state government, to strengthen the national entrepreneurship ecosystem.

The buildings were formerly used as Public Works Department’s mechanical workshop, but now they have been transformed into a hub for youths and entrepreneurs to network and grow businesses.

A Memorandum of Understanding between the Finance Ministry and Sarawak Economic Development Corporation resulted in a 15-year rent-free agreement on the project land which is owned by CMS Land.

Borneo 744 general manager Evelyn Jutem said this entrepreneur and art district was poised to be the platform for entrepreneurs and creative individuals to grow their passion while reviving the Bintawa area.

 

“Borneo 744 will be a nonprofit, community-driven project, we want this platform to work for the Government, youths and communities,” she said during a media tour at the site on Wednesday.

She said the project would also be an avenue for cultural exchange, market development, cross creative production and talent development.

Eight key focus sectors have been identified, namely entrepreneurship, performing arts, music, visual arts, crafts, fashion, films and start-up manufacturing and support.

Borneo 744 provides five large warehouses where creative and performing arts, selected sports and leisure activities, start-up and small scale producers and entrepreneurs from the community can push their boundaries without worrying about high overheads.

Aspiring entrepreneurs will be able to network with experienced entrepreneurs while seeking professional training, coaching and mentoring from on-site experts from different creative fields.

To make it even better, operators who can confirm their participation and move in before April 15 will enjoy free rental for six months.

From March to August, organisers taking up space for any event will be offered a 44% discount off published rates.

Jutem noted that Borneo 744 would also be a community space for sports and recreational activities such as skateboarding, wall-climbing, parkour and graffiti.

She added that the management was looking into the possibility of partnership with Uber and Grabcar to provide better connections between Borneo 744 and the city centre.

The area is ready for an exciting start with the management already finalising programmes slated for the next 12 months, among them dance competition, beading workshop and public speaking engagement.

Proposals and ideas from the public for events and activities are welcome.

For details, visit borneo744.com or facebook.com/borneo744/ or call 082—238 888 or email to enquiry@borneo744.com

Events

Past Highlights
16th February 2017
The Sarawak State Secretary, YB Tan Sri Datuk Amar Haji Mohamad Morshidi bin Abdul Ghani, and other trustees on a Borneo744 site tour after the completion of refusrbishment works - 16 Feb 2017
Past Highlights
16th January 2017
Majlis Bandaraya Kuching Selatan (MBKS) mayor and councillors, members of Persatuan Arkitek Malaysia (Sarawak Chapter), other community leaders - 16 Jan 2017
Past Highlights
21st February 2017
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