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LEAP into Risks - Identifying the Risk and Opportunities in the LEAP Market
Albeit a familiar topic among SME owners in Malaysia now, it has yet to influence SME movement on an industrial scale. Reason? There are not enough information circulating among the right business owners. The daily growing numbers of participating SMEs is insufficient in representing the true potential of the LEAP market.

An innovative move of introducing SMEs into listing markets, all risks and compliances surrounding the LEAP Market has left many SMEs blindly plunging into what they think is an opportunity to increase their business value. For some, the initiative is nothing more than another financial mean. Having released early statements saying that the initiative is meant for established SMEs ready to undertake new level of risks, companies with early promising growth, ones with positive track records and lacking in assets for collaterals.

We notice the absence of a benchmark and, frankly speaking, will be difficult to formulate owing to the dynamic and adaptable nature of SMEs coming from numerous industries. Hence, we change the question to reflect a more action-savvy nature; What should SMEs aim to achieve from the LEAP Market? What are the limiting factors that SMEs MUST address prior to participating? What are the risks in question here?

In doing so, we hope to drive an improved influx of SMEs preparing themselves to qualify for the LEAP Market, making the utmost of this initiative and driving the country towards greater development.
LEAP into Exports - How Export Enthusiasts may Plan Their Business
SMEs in Malaysia are known to be products of a robust economy, bold entrepreneurs and conducive government policies. Many have thrived in our local market alone and with the development of the Digital Free Trade Zone and LEAP Market, the sector is anticipated to grow more exciting. The announcement of our national Budget 2018 encouraging export/import activities among SMEs will also be another reason to peer deeper into the practise of exports and imports.

Last year at the SME CEO Forum 2017, Madam Sharimahton mat Salleh, Deputy CEO of MATRADE, shared that the participation of SMEs in exports and imports are minimal and is largely an untapped market. She also shared how international partnerships have allowed for robust growth in the practise, making exports and imports one of the leading sector for fastest growing SMEs in Malaysia. We are left with a trail of eager minds revising the possibility of their own business engaging such practises. This enthusiasm has convinced the organisers to re-visit the topic.
LEAP into Digitisation – Planning for the Digital Free Trade Zone
As of 3 November 2017, the Digital Free Trade Zone (DFTZ) is now ‘live’ in Malaysia. As the first DFTZ outside of China, this will ensure the progress of Malaysia of developing towards a healthy digital economy. To date, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced that over 2,000 SMEs have already engaged in its participation.

In quick glance, we understand how DFTZ will become a gateway for trading between China and Malaysia with higher convenience. Obstacles removed, we can also expect the sector to grow exponentially, catering for increasing amount of talents in this field. As the largest digital-commerce movement in Malaysia for 2017, all business owners are on eyes and ears. Yet, at this stage, we have yet to fully explore it full potential, as less than 10% of Malaysia’s SMEs have engaged this movement.

Our objective is to accurately gauge the influence of DFTZ on the flourish of digital commerce in Malaysia, which lead to the questions; Which SMEs are in immediate need to engage the DFTZ? How will commodities and trade be influenced? How will the DFTZ translate to exponential growth of other sectors of SMEs?
LEAP into Disruption - Knowing What is Disrupting Business among SMEs
We understand innovation. They are revolutionary ideas in creating better comfort and convenience for the society. Opportunities for entrepreneurs. Development for the people. Lesser known are the disruption of trend, notably SMEs, to which the force for revise in business structure is necessary. With the LEAP Market coming into discussion, wiser man will expect more of such innovations at a higher frequency.

We strive to identify and discuss the changes brought about selected innovations which brought about the biggest disruptions in Malaysia. Diverting attention from ideas, we peer closer into enablers which allow the introduction of such disruptions. This includes technology, accessibility, consumer behaviour, government policies and external demands for businesses. Revisiting the grass-roots of innovation, we hope to assemble a comprehensive insight on how businesses may adapt to changes when they arrive. Such a feat includes the questions; What are the most prominent disruptions in Malaysia and what did they do? What are the criteria that enabled their establishment? How can other SMEs emulate them?

Our objective points towards participants equipped to initiate their own disruptions instead of being victim to others.
LEAP into the Orient – The One Belt One Road Initiative
Since Malaysia approached the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement back in 2008 under persuasion of ex-President Barack Obama, business owners and academics alike have been active in presenting various speculations and opinion on possible ramifications and implementations. The idea, however, fell short of fruition when President Donald Trump announced the withdrawal of US from its line-up. Ever since, the topic has been little more than an unsettling story.

The focus then shifted, from partially to entirely, to the One Belt One Road initiative by economic powerhouse cum neighbour, People’s Republic of China. The same questions and speculation were thrown around, again heavily involving business opportunities among SMEs in Malaysia. Malaysian business owners are more than eager to hear and engage on a more active scale on possibly the most influential commercial movement across Asia.

Here, we aim to lay-out actionable foundations for SMEs with their minds set into the oriental commercial movement.

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