Last month, I received a phone call from Moses, a friend of my dad.

I remembered our initial contact, being introduced to him when I was just a 17-year old in high school. He’s definitely in my list for one of the friendliest person I know.

He suggested a casual meet up at his office premises in UCSI, and I thought – what better way than to catch up after uhm...8 years.

I arrived 10 minutes early, and headed to the cafeteria to have a drink.

I looked around and noticed a few young people running around, aggressively approaching the students who were walking in from the main entrance.

I approached them and found that they were part of an entrepreneurship programme – selling products to earn extra income. Interestingly, I was told that the programme offered credit points which are tied to a class subject.

Meeting new people, trying to sell them something, earning money and getting higher marks for a subject – sure sounds like a good start for some practical entrepreneurship.

Half hour later, I was in a spacious office room, discussing with Moses about everything under the sun – students, work experiences, entrepreneurship, MBA programs and food!

A simple phone call led to introduction of the few core leaders behind the UCSI organization.

Including the chairman of UCSI.

Dato’ Peter Ng. E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year 2007.

We spent almost half an hour talking and sharing, mostly about the journey on entrepreneurship. His current project is the establishment of the BOS Regional Research Centre right here in KL.


Synergized effort with a successful global brand will surge UCSI into the eyes of the world.

Just last week, UCSI received their University status and I’m extremely excited for them. This organization is definitely one to be watched closely.

Anyway, the 2nd National Youth Entrepreneur Convention 2009 is now open for participants to sign up. Hop on to www.youthmalaysia.com/nyec.

This is the avenue to unleash the fundamental passion in the young – that while we breathe, we hope, and where we are met with cynicism and doubt, and those who tell us that we can’t, we will respond with that timeless creed that sums up the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Yes We Can!


  1. thats so cool! coz its my college. even cooler - now i know who owns it!

    btw joel - i've registered for the youth entrepreneur convention. see you there! and the rest too....

  2. it's sounded awesome joel...

    hope gonna meet u there as well...

  3. i was at the 1st NYEC and it is really great! i met you joel and the winner of nescafe kickstart joo nee. both of you are so inspiring..

  4. Nice visit to UCSI! The E&Y Award may be something you may want to look at yourself - Become their youngest Champion again!

  5. Jennifer Eu1/12/08 11:42 PM

    Joel, you've lost weight!

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