LeapSprint Founders Program

A tech-focused program made for first-time founders

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About us

LeapSprint Founders Program is a 10-day incubation program based in Penang for idea-stage founders to pursue entrepreneurial ventures in tech.

Our goal is to help entrepreneurs overcome the challenges inherent in starting a company as part of the Penang State Government’s innovation efforts to cultivate technology entrepreneurship.

Through our program, accepted startups will receive access to our high-impact curriculum and extensive mentorship from our strong community of mentors and advisors—all that will position them for top-tier venture funding.

Applicants should be based in Penang only.

Who is this for?

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Program Structure

An intensive 10-day program designed to get you all started up.

DE is a systematic approach to Entrepreneurship that has been proven over time, and by thousands of startups. This course is taught and certified by an MITx Certified Knowledge Partner and will change the way you think about starting a company.

You will learn:

  • Who is Your Customer?
  • What Can You Do for Your Customer?
  • How Does Your Customer Acquire Your Product?
  • How Do You Make Money from Your Product?
  • How Do You Design and Build Your Product?
  • How Do You Grow and Scale Your Business?

Kevin Sandahl
CEO of Covalience

The PPTS curriculum introduces a powerful blend of storytelling and visual design techniques to help you communicate more clearly and persuasively.

You will learn:

  • Using presentations as a persuasion tool to build trust and sell ideas
  • Learn proven 5Ps story structure and methodologies that inspires the audience to take desirable action
  • Be able to identify audience triggers and common objections to increase buy-in opportunities
  • Leveraging on powerful visuals to impress and engage the audience
  • Using anecdotes and analogies to increase impact and memorability

Eugene Cheng
Visual Communications Expert of High Spark

Accepted founders will get the chance to engage with our network of trusted and experienced mentors that is dedicated to play the role of a sounding board for any ideas and reality checks for plans.

The mode of engagement would either be meetups at aCAT Penang or scheduled calls.

Kevin Sandahl
CEO, Covalience
Howie Chang
Founder and CEO, Ayuh Bina and Gut Studio
Dr Hari Narayanan
Chairman, Board of Governors, USM
Charles Tang
Founder and CEO, eSolved MSC and Retaily Analytics
Radin Ikram
Author, Coach and Entrepreneur
Ober Choo
Co-founder and Technical Director, Cytron Technologies


A structured curriculum and workshops covering the essentials of Entrepreneurship.


When and when?

There’s only one cohort for this year. So, seize your opportunity and apply now as seats are limited.

Only 25 startups will be accepted. Applicants accepted into the program will be notified in mid-April.

Key Dates

  • Applications Open
    Feb 27, 2019
  • Applications Deadline
    April 19, 2019
  • Start of Program
    April 29, 2019
  • Demo Day
    May 28, 2019



Founders Program

The program fee includes your lunches and tea breaks, all program sessions and activities with your fellow participants, proven tools and materials.

  • Food: Lunch will be served every day that there is programming, and tea breaks will be provided throughout.
  • Course Materials: The Disciplined Entrepreneurship course book and workshop handouts will be provided.

RM 1,500 RM 4,800

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Application Deadline: April 15, 2019