The Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB) conducted an outreach session with 50 students from the Wasan Vocational School recently.
Following a brief presentation, the students took part in an activity called the ‘mini Hackathon’. By presenting participants with global problems, such as irrigation and farming, and oil and gas industry safety issues, the ‘mini Hackathon’ encourages active participation and group work in finding creative and innovative solutions through the use of technology.
During the session, the BEDB delegation also briefed on various support programmes and initiatives available to aspiring entrepreneurs, including the Entrepreneurship @ Campus (E@C), StartUp Brunei (SUB) and the Local Enterprise Applications and Product (LEAP) Grant Programme.
They further encouraged participants to step forward and engage BEDB if they had business ideas and proposals that could be further developed through E@C. The Engagement Programme forms part of BEDB’s 14-week engagement programme on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Through the Engagement Programme, the BEDB works closely with different schools and institutions to encourage students to generate new ideas and validate those ideas through interaction with potential customers as well as various pitching sessions.
The objective of the Engagement Programme is to spark the interest amongst Bruneian youths in innovation, technology and entrepreneurship, and create a pipeline of startups that can reach global success.