With over five information technology (IT) projects identified this year, there will be a huge potential for start-up companies to take the opportunity as a platform to develop and grow into established IT companies.
This was said by Brunei Shell Petroleum Company Sdn Bhd (BSP) Supply Chain Management-In-Country Value (ICV) lead Haji Amirul Shahnoel bin Mohd Noeh said.
He said this during the third ICV Market Engagement on IT and Digitalisation event organised by BSP, supported by Brunei Innovation Lab (BIL), which saw over 20 local IT companies including start-ups and over 40 students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) and Institute of Brunei Technical Education (IBTE).
Haji Amirul Shahnoel said recently, a local company under the IT Framework Agreement was awarded a project by BSP Health, Safety and Environment (HSE) Department to develop a greenhouse gas monitoring application.
“Facilitated by BIL, this local company is partnering with an international company as a technology accelerator to increase the company’s technology capability.
“As we welcome 2023, we would like to see more local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and start-ups participating in our projects,” Haji Amirul Shahnoel said.
Started in 2020, the ICV Market Engagement on IT and Digitalisation is a series of events bringing together industry leaders, start-ups, SMEs and students to explore, share and discuss IT and digitalisation opportunities among Brunei Shell Joint Venture (BSJV) companies.
The market engagement aims to identify talents within the local IT industry, build new collaboration with local IT companies and promote the development of local technology entrepreneurs. BSP has signed IT framework agreements with six local SMEs to date as an outcome from past market engagements.
Attendees also learnt about the oil and gas industry, the BSJV company registration and tendering process and the requirements to participate in business activities with BSJV companies.
Darussalam Enterprise (DARe), Shell LiveWIRE Brunei and BIL also presented on entrepreneurship programmes such as bootcamps and masterclasses available for local companies.
Shell LiveWIRE Brunei Chairperson Erwan Said and BSP Supply Chain Management Manager Mariana Omar also participated.