Winning 2nd Runner Up in ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Challenge!

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Two of UUM Enactus members, Mohammad Varel and Richard Tan are blessed to be 2nd runner up in “ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Challenge 2017”, an event organized by College Aminuddin Baki UKM in collaboration with Centre for Entrepreneurs and SMEs Development, UKM from 31st March to 8th of April in Bangi, Selangor.

In the whole competition, they were given 5 tasks throughout the competition and the final result would be the total points accumulated at the end of 5 tasks. In one of the tasks, they were required to come out with our own product innovations and to pitch our ideas in front of judges within 5 minutes, whereby 3 minutes for presentation and 2 minutes for Q&A session. The innovations were based on a health and beauty company named “Jamu Mak Dara” and its maternity products.

Eventually, they decided to focus more on process innovation rather than production innovation by applying they theoretical knowledge in Management Science class. They proposed the idea of adopting big data system into its operation and transforming the company’s call centre into Malaysia’s first beauty and health consultation toll that is open for the public as a part of product placement strategies and corporate social responsibility, killing two birds with one stone. Overall, they spent the first 30 seconds proposing the ideas and the rest of the time to justify our innovations in term of economic benefits and customer values.

Time constraint was one of the biggest obstacles they have to overcome in the competition. Tasks were usually given on the night before and they were required to complete the task and present their idea within a limited time in the next morning! Thus, besides of improving their time management skills, they learnt to think and work under tremendous pressure and approach problems from different perspectives.

Nonetheless, our friendships from all around the ASEAN are the most valuable rewards we got for participating in this competition. Mingling with participants from different backgrounds and countries taught us the importance of being humble and open yet sensitive towards other cultures and religions. Last but not least, we would like to express our gratitude towards Co-operative and Entrepreneurship Development Institute and special thanks to our members Varel and Richard for making this possible!

Social Innovation Ideation

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On 24th of March 2017, Enactus UUM host the Social Innovation Ideation (SII) which held at Convention B, University Utara Malaysia together with Enactus UniMap. It was a spectacular event by Enactus Malaysia Foundation which both Enactus UUM and Enactus UniMap members came together to acquire lots of essential knowledge and skills from two representatives from Enactus Malaysia Foundation especially about problem-solving concepts and coming up with new projects.

The first activity of the day began with having breakfast and morning tea. After that at 10.00 am members encouraged to play a game by having a different Enactus team partner from Enactus UUM and UniMap. The game was about how to came up an idea to combat the problem.

After that, at 2.30 pm we proceed to the next activity which we required to make a project to help society and came up with diverse ideas. Meanwhile, we tried to analyze other Enactus team projects to find the strengths and the weaknesses of the project.

The event finished at 09:00 pm after all groups presented their own group projects. The purpose of the event was to educate Enactus members how to innovate a sustainable new project. We believe our Enactus UUM and Enactus UniMap will continue their successful projects and create other new projects to help the people in need.

After the event, our Public Relations team approached Enactus Malaysian Foundation representative and SII program Coordinator Farhan Baharin, Current President of Enactus UniMap Muhammad Wafiudin Bin Bachtiar and an alumnus and former presenter of Enactus UMT Masrudin Bin MD Yusoff to express their feeling about Enactus and the event.

“Basically the objective of SSI, we try to encourage Enactus members to be able to come up with a new idea, and we want to instill them with the element of Social Innovation Ideation,” said SII Program Coordinator & Enactus UNIMAS Alumni Farhan Baharin.

“This kind of events helps to build a good relationship between Enactus UUM and Enactus UniMap. We learned how to come up with a project idea and innovate a project to help the people in need” stated current president of Enactus UniMap Muhammad Wafiudin Bin Bachtiar.

“In my point of view, the way I look at Enactus is in entrepreneurship, from Enactus we can learn what is an entrepreneur all about. Enactus taught me a lot of entrepreneurship values. And, we also can join any competitions that related with entrepreneurship” said an alumnus and former presenter Enactus UMT Masrudin Bin MD Yusoff

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