| Danial Norjidi |
BUDDING entrepreneurs pitched their business ideas to a panel of judges at the iCentre yesterday as the Ignite Entrepreneurship Challenge went into its semi-final round.
Out of over a hundred submissions for this year’s edition of the business plan competition, 39 participants qualified for the semi-finals.
Beginning yesterday, the semi-final round sees participants present their business ideas to a panel of judges that include industry partners of the iCentre, such as the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB), Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI), Bank Islam Brunei Darussalam (BIBD) and well-known entrepreneurs in the country.
“This is the exciting part of the challenge, where participants have the opportunity to pitch their ideas and get validation from industry professionals as well as entrepreneurs who have already embarked on this journey,” said Jeremy Chua, the iCentre Manager.
After the semi-finals, the number of participants will be lessened and those selected will proceed to the final panel of judges, comprised of top level officials and management of industry partners on November 24.
“The IGNITE challenge is the starting point of the entrepreneurship journey, and is a platform to validate an idea, but the iCentre is always open to entrepreneurs who are passionate all year round,” highlighted the iCentre manager. He added that, after the completion of the challenge, the iCentre will also be providing mentoring sessions to participants who were not shortlisted but still passionate to pursue their ideas.
The Ignite Entrepreneurship Challenge is a business plan competition that serves as a platform for identifying, nurturing and showcasing emerging entrepreneurs, and this year’s awards ceremony is slated to take place on December 2.