Calling young entrepreneurs, time to put your ideas to the test in the Tin Alley Cultural Creative Awards 2019, now open for entries.

“The objective of the award is to attract young, passionate entrepreneurs to realise their business via cultural creativity, enabling tourists and local visitors to explore Ipoh in-depth,” Tan Kai Lek, the organiser of the Tin Alley Cultural Creative Awards 2019 explained during a press conference held on Thursday, January 24 at No. 1, Lorong Bijeh Timah (Tin Alley), 30000 Ipoh.

According to Tan, Ipoh has become a popular tourist destination after being recommended by international media consecutively as the best place to visit in Asia. “The creative tourism seems to be booming during these years but lack the innovation and creativity needed to satisfy tourists’ needs. The trendy integration of travel, lifestyle, culture and legacy has gradually changed the tourism quality. With its geographically strategic location, No. 1 and No. 3 lot at Tin Alley shall be turned into the creative base in Ipoh,” he pointed out.

Interested creatives (either solo or in a team) under the age of 45 (local or overseas) can participate by tendering their business proposal of not more than five pages of powerpoint or PDF file describing their commodity, service, style, selling point, marketing strategy among others to the organiser, Ipoh Tin Valley Sdn Bhd. It shall incorporate elements of Ipoh or Perak in it.

Award winners stand a chance to get up to one year of free rental to expedite business start-up. In addition, there will be further assistance from enterprise mentor, interior designer and professional promotional team in order to spice up the Ipoh tourism industry collectively.

The entry form can be obtained from the Tin Alley Facebook page and submitted together with the proposal to [email protected] by March 11.

The preliminary review result will be announced on March 13 at the Tin Alley Facebook page. Top ten candidates will be shortlisted for the final review to be held on March 24 at the Tin Alley Ipoh creative base at 10am. Finalists will be given not more than six minutes to present their business proposal and then to answer questions from enterprise mentors. One grand prize winner and two runners-up will be awarded.

Mei Kuan