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Is it just me or is the Australian Government rubbish at supporting entrepreneurs? Check out what they’re doing in Malaysia.


A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting Dr V. Sivapalan, a Malaysian serial entrepreneur with a deep interest in what factors influence entrepreneurial endeavour (and a strangely elusive first name).

In addition to 30 years spent building companies, he holds a Ph.D in Venture Capital studies, an MBA, has a law degree from the University of London and is a qualified Chartered Secretary.

He is also a certified Trainer for the Kauffman Foundation ‘FastTrac’ program and is the Founder & Past President of the Technopreneurs Association of Malaysia (TeAM). He’s currently Director of its Policy Institute.

In other words, his knowledge bridges the practical and academic aspects of this roller-coaster ride we call entrepreneurship.

I caught up with Dr Siva (as his Aussie mates now call him) for a few quiet beverages at Melbourne’s York Butter Factory Incubator. A thought-provoking conversation ensued.

On the topic of government support, here’s what he had to say.