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HIGHLIGHTS
 
 
 
As we anticipate the upcoming launch of Season 3 later this year, here is an overview of what happened last Season!
 
 
 

Season 2 of the AmBank BizRACE was launched in November 2018. And over the course of a few months, it drew close to a thousand entries from a wide range of business owners from across the nation. A series of BizCONFERENCES were held throughout November to December 2018 in Penang, Klang, Melaka, Johor and Kuala Lumpur - during which the launch of Season 2 was officiated.

 
 
 

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Chairman, AmBank Group (third from right), Dato’ Sulaiman Mohd Tahir, Group Chief Executive Officer, AmBank Group (fourth from right) and Christopher Yap, Managing Director, Business Banking, AmBank Group (second from right) along with the esteemed panel of judges who are also partners for AmBank BizRACE season 2, Perry Ong, Country Manager, Mastercard Malaysia & Brunei (first from left), Mr Yeo Swee Key, Director, One Commercial Partners and SMC, Microsoft (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, (second from left), Prof. Dr Nur Naha, Dean, Azman Hashim International Business School, UTM, Dato’ Kamal Khalid, Group Managing Director, Media Prima Berhad (fourth from left), and Datuk Ahmad Izham Omar, Chief Executive Officer, Primeworks Studio (far right) at the official launch which was held at Connexion Nexus on 27 November 2018.
 
 
 

The Top 100 shortlisted SMEs were then given the opportunity to undergo a business simulation training by UTM – Azman Hashim International Business School (AHIBS) called MonsoonSIM, an experiential learning programme about business & economic fundamentals, operations and business concepts. They also got the chance to take part InsideRisk, a highly acclaimed leadership training programme which offers a unique approach to enhance the participants’ ability to think critically while being immersed in an interactive learning concept incorporating film and multimedia.

 
 
 

Our Top 100 participants during the first session of the MonsoonSIM programme on 25 February 2019, held at Bangunan AmBank Group, Jalan Raja Chulan.
 
 
 

Our Top 100 participants during the InsideRisk programme on 26 February 2019, held at the Sime Darby Convention Centre.
 

 

 

The Top 30 finalists were announced in March 2019. And as the intensity of the competition grew, we also saw a growth in camaraderie amongst the participants during their 4-day development training sessions on the 4 “Constraints” that hinder an organization from growing and scaling. These 4 Constraints are: Leadership, Business Model & Strategy, Processes & Systems, and Culture. This training session also entailed some leadership sharing sessions by Seelan Paul, who is the CEO of Ripple Media and Anne Fernando, Microsoft’s Product Marketing Manager.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Our Top 30 finalists attended a 4-day development training course which covered topics on the 4 constraints of an organization.
 
 
 

Upon the completion of their Top 30 pitch to the judges, a selected few of the participants were also up for category awards by our sponsors which are UTM AHIBS, Microsoft and Media Prima.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Top 10 finalists delivered their final pitch to the judges on the 8th of April 2019 and the Top 3 winners were announced later that day during the Awards Night. The AmBank Business of the Year 2019 winner was awarded to PTT Outdoor! The 2nd place was awarded to AMS Metal Group and the 3rd place was awarded to Ticket2U!

 
 
 

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Chairman, AmBank Group (2nd from left), Dato’ Sulaiman Mohd Tahir, Group Chief Executive Officer, AmBank Group (far right) and Christopher Yap, Managing Director, Business Banking, AmBank Group (far left) with the team from PTT Outdoor (Malaysia), winner of the AmBank Business of the Year 2019 award.
 
 
 

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, (2nd from left), Dato’ Sulaiman Mohd Tahir, (right) and Christopher Yap, (left) with the team from AMS Metal Group, AmBank BizRACE First Runner Up 2019.
 
 
 

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, (2nd from left), Dato’ Sulaiman Mohd Tahir, (far right) and Christopher Yap, (far left) with the team from Cloudhax (Ticket2U), winner of the Microsoft Digital Transformation Award.
 
 
 

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, (2nd from left), Dato’ Sulaiman Mohd Tahir, (right) and Christopher Yap, (left) with the team from SHAPEE, winner of the Media Prima Best Marketing Strategy Award.
 
 
 

Tan Sri Azman Hashim, Chairman, AmBank Group (2nd from left), Dato’ Sulaiman Mohd Tahir, Group Chief Executive Officer, AmBank Group (right) and Christopher Yap, Managing Director, Business Banking, AmBank Group (left) with the team from PTT Outdoor (Malaysia), winner of the UTM-AHIBS Executive Education Award.
 
 
 
Stay tuned to find out what we will have in store for the AmBank BizRACE Season 3!
 
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