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Mission

• SSA is a venture by the Founders of StartupMalaysia.org to help young children between the ages of 10-17 to understand the world of entrepreneurship;

• At SSA we believe entrepreneurship is not just about starting a business but about starting anything;

• We thus run a series of weekend and school holidays programs that aims to teach the young participants the art and science of venture creation;

• The contents of the program rests on 2 key ideas:

– Every problem is an opportunity. The bigger the problem, the bigger the opportunity
– Entrepreneurs do a lot more with a lot less;

Founder

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Dash – Founder of StartupMalaysia.org

StartupMalaysia.org has a mission to increase the number of fundable startups. Dash has a passion for entrepreneurship and has founded various companies and programs that aim to help startup entrepreneurs. Startup School Asia his newest awesome addition to the startup ecosystem!

Frequently asked questions

Most current education systems do not prepare children to solve real life problems. Children between the ages of 12-17 years have very little exposure to engineering, technology and entrepreneurship within the school system other than as a consumer. Startup School Asia wants to encourage youth to go beyond being a consumer and become creators and unleash their innovation and creativity.

Every two years, new technical information doubles. This means that halfway through a four-year degree, students will already be left trailing behind the industry, even before finishing. The problem is, graduating students firmly hold the belief that their degrees qualify them for a number of different jobs, when in fact, many employers seek candidates with degrees that no one seems to provide.

We cannot change the education systems and policies, but we recognise that in today’s highly competitive global “knowledge economy,” our youth need new skills for college, careers and citizenship, as traditional school based learning increasingly becomes insufficient. Looking at our education system, we must acknowledge that schools are not moving at the same pace as the world.

Startup School Asia has a sole purpose to advance the skills of the young generation and enable them to reach their full potential by providing them with a deep dive into the area of innovation, coding and tech industry. We focus on Tech, Coding, “Problem Solving and Solution Building” and “Communication & Teamwork”. Through project based and fun filled learning of tech and entrepreneurship we aim to encourage more children to pursue education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and follow career paths in the fields.

Read more about our programs here.

The majority of Startup School Asia’s programs take place on the weekend (Sat-Sun 9am-5pm). Specific dates and topics are listed on here. Twice a year we also host a weeklong entrepreneurship & tech bootcamp called DEEPDIVE & a large awesome special event which will be announced later this year.
Your child could aim to be an entrepreneur or an engineer, an actuary or a research scientist, the entrepreneurial mindset will always be valuable. It is a high-value mindset in their day-to-day lives, even after the program ends. Many corporations are looking to hire people with the entrepreneurial mindset and its best to develop it at early stage..
All new beginnings are hard, but our building sessions are structured for children without any experience and will take them step by step through basic and engaging exercises. If your child is more advanced our trainers will challenge them further. Our trainers are very experienced in working with young people. Young people will be encouraged to learn at their own pace and to explore this new world of building apps & tools!
We will be focusing on different areas of Tech such as software building, mobile applications, coding, raspberry pi, and web programming languages depending on which SSA program is chosen. This way, it can be adapted and useful in any future projects your child might embark on.
Our team of trainers is a diverse group of people from Malaysia and other parts of the world with various backgrounds, but they all share the same passion of teaching kids. We combine teachers from universities with experienced professionals and they all go through a stringent training and vetting process. We are NOT a traditional school program. We focus on hands-on experience.
We would love the opportunity to further develop the mindset of our youth! All of our SSA graduates have the opportunity to join our SURF series (IDEASURF & TECHSURF), which are various topics that supplement the entrepreneurship learning experience. Startup School Asia will also host a special challenge event each year. In the meantime, your child should be receiving monthly newsletters with information of such programs and links to useful entrepreneurial resources.
Yes, Each program is designed specifically to complement the subject being taught. Programs can range anywhere from 1 to 10 days. However, if your child is unable to attend a certain day due to sickness or for any other reason, we need to be notified on beforehand.
Startup School Asia is powered by StartupMalaysia.org. We focus on initiatives that targets young aspiring entrepreneurs – from schools through universities and also youth in general. Read more about StartupMalaysia.org and meet the team.
Yes, your second child will get 10% discount to join the program. Contact us at hello@startupschoolasia.com for more details.
For most programs, we have a dedicated last day for Pitching and Graduation that will be open for parents, hence you are more than welcome to join us and observe during that day. We will inform all parents prior to program commencement if your selected program has a graduation day.
Fees will vary depending on which program is selected. Kindly have a look at the programs page for further reference.
No, you don’t have to worry about unexpected additional costs!
Once you have registered for the program you will receive an official offer to join Startup School Asia’s program. You will then be required to make full payment via bank transfer. The details will be provided to you via email. The payment must be done within 48 hours from official offer letter extended to the student.

In the event of withdrawal from the program the following refund policy will apply:

Date of withdrawal Free refund (%)
Within 3 days after acceptance of offer letter 80%
Prior to first day of school / camp No refund
During school / camp No refund