KUCHING: SnappEd, Seed and Kompia House emerged as the top three winners during the Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Sarawak (Tegas) Digital Innovation Hub Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp.
Ten out of 20 start-ups pitched their business ideas to a group of judges, potential early-stage investors, state and federal government and funding agencies as well as Tegas ecosystem partners during the event.
Prizes the winners received included RM5,000 from Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC), company incorporation support worth RM4000 from Tegas, six-month access to FutureLab’s mentorship platform and three-month free co-working access to Tegas Digital Innovation Hub in Kuching, Bintulu and Miri.
“I am very proud of all 20 start-ups who participated in this programme for the past six days.
“This truly reflects the capability and potential of our start-ups in driving Sarawak’s economic growth,” said Tegas chairman Datu Len Talif Salleh, who is also Urban Development and Resources Assistant Minister.
He also expressed his gratitude to partners and sponsors of the programme, namely, Sarawak Digital Economy Corporation (SDEC), MaGIC, FutureLab, Amazon Web Services, Grab and Borneo Digital.
“I would also like to thank all of our ecosystem partners for their contributions in building the state’s innovation entrepreneurship ecosystem,” he added.
MaGIC chief executive officer Amiruddin Abdul Shukor said that the centre was honoured to be part of the movement to empower innovations in the next generations of start-ups.
“This partnership between MaGIC and Tegas is a cross coordination between two unique agencies that believe in the transformative power of young entrepreneurs that are guided by the altruistic compasses.
“The bootcamp serves a stepping stone for the participants and their ideas to something better and greater for the world,” he added.
As for MaGIC’s Honorary Award Category, Moredoor Interactive Sdn. Bhd, and WAT Academy received RM2,500 each while the rest of the start-ups received RM1,000 each from MaGIC.
Pre-Accelerator Bootcamp is a one-week virtual programme designed to take early-stage start-ups to the next level. All participating start-ups were facilitated and mentored by industry experts and seasoned entrepreneurs, from validating their business ideas to creating a go-to-market strategy.