Team ‘BruFiniti’ from Sengkurong Sixth Form Centre (PTES) was named champions of the 4th Junior Achievement Brunei (JA Brunei) Student Company of the Year Competition 2019, from among the seven participating schools.
The competition was held at the Design & Technology Building in Kampong Anggerek Desa.
The Blume Company from Tutong Sixth Form Centre came in second place, followed by Khayzaran from Paduka Seri Begawan Sultan Science College (MSPSBS).
Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Baiduri Bank Pengiran Azaleen bin Pengiran Dato Haji Mustapha presented prizes to the winners.
The judges were Account Relationship Manager of Corporate Banking at Baiduri Bank Rosmawati binti PDIS Haji Johair, Chief Operating Officer of SUHBE Co Haji Rushdi bin Dato Haji Ibrahim and Chief Executive Officer of Rotuku Sdn Bhd Azri bin Jumat.
The winning team will represent Brunei Darussalam at the 2020 Asia Pacific JA Company of the Year Competition to be held in March 2020 in Guam, Island Territory of the United States.
JA Asia Pacific, the Regional Operating Centre of JA Worldwide, is the organiser of the competition in the Asia Pacific region. At this event, JA student companies will present the results of their enterprise and learning experience, appearing before a panel of judges who will determine their performance.
The event is not only a business competition for young people, but a goal to balance the business achievements of each student company as a whole with the personal development of each individual member within the student company. For a company to win the award, JA student company members must also demonstrate that they understand how and why the company performed as it did, aside from being financially successful and having created an exciting product or service.
Baiduri Bank Berhad is the main sponsor for the JA Company programme and JA Student Company of the Year Competition. The JA Company programme teaches upper secondary students how to start businesses that create jobs and prepare them to succeed in a global economy, and complements existing curriculums such as Business and Art Technology and Brunei Entrepreneurship Education Scheme, to impart entrepreneurial spirits and values among Bruneian youth.
The JA Company programme is the flagship entrepreneurship programme which has enjoyed success in the past years. Since 2014, 489 students from 12 secondary schools have benefitted from the programme.