KUCHING: Technology company SOCOE Sdn Bhd was announced as the winner of the Malaysia Technology Excellence Award (MTEA) held at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.

The MTEA is an inaugural award programme recognising organisations at the forefront of technological revolution and digital exploration within their respective industries.

The award recognises companies that successfully innovate revolutionary IT products and solutions that create impact. SOCOE is the first company from Sarawak to earn this award.

One of SOCOE’s success stories involved connecting women entrepreneurs through the company’s eWanita project, a Sarawak government digital economy initiative by the Sarawak Multimedia Authority (SMA).

The pioneering platform gives women opportunities to collaborate online through business matchmaking, which leads to effective product marketing and enterprise growth.

Wong with JWKS director Noriah Ahmad (third right) and SMA’s Eileen Ng.

SOCOE also developed an app–ePreneurs–that is integrated with eWanita, which is an online marketplace that promotes sustainable growth through the “click-and-mortar” model.

Women who have undergone training with the Department of Women and Family Sarawak (JWKS) would be able to explore sustainable strategies immediately to expand and scale their business effectively.

eWanita helps women obtain new trade skills and adapt to the demands of a technologically advanced marketplace through the intensive eWanita Digital Trade Skills Training. The training includes onboarding with the ePreneurs app as well as digital marketing and online branding skills.

“eWanita is a useful tool that enables effective and innovative collaborations between JWKS and NGOs such as Dewan Usahawan Bumiputera Sarawak, Swinburne University of Technology through the Sarawak Women Aspiring Group (SWAG) initiative, and other institutions,” according to SOCOE CEO Sam Wong.

The app includes the flexible integration of existing technology such as SarawakID and SarawakPay.

The success of eWanita has helped a single mother elevate her business online. She was able to use the platform to promote her online business and subsequently secured a two-year contract with a television production house.