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MDeC announces Malaysian winners in national startups challenge

AvantiKumar | July 24, 2014
12 teams were shortlisted in the IHL-MSC Malaysia Startup Challenge (i-MSC) 2013/2014.

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Photo -  Team 360 Degree Sensing Car System from UTM won RM6,000 as the champion of the IHL-MSC Malaysia Startup Challenge 2013/2014 (Business Idea Category)


Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) and Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) have been recently awarded the top prize in 10th MSC Malaysia - Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) - MSC Malaysia Startup Challenge 2013/14, which saw 12 shortlisted teams in the final challenge.

National ICT agency Multimedia Development Corporation [MDeC] chief operating officer Ng Wan Peng said the competition, designed to develop entrepreneurial skills, focused on two categories.

- In the Business Idea category, the UTM team, called 360 Degree Sensing Car System (comprising Lim Thol Yong and Ng Ee Leen) won the RM6,000 [US$1,894] prize money and trophy for a smartphone application that monitored the surroundings of a car with a 360 degree view.

Mentored by Dr Yeong Che Fai, the team demonstrated the 360 Degree Sensing Car System, which included an alert system, parking guidance as well as a black box to increase the safety, convenience and protection to car users.

- In the Business Plan category, Team WoCo from UPM (Ahmad Wazizi Samsudin, Mohd Fadzli Razali, Muhammad Zaid Yusoff and Puteri Suhaiza Sulaiman) walked away with RM12,000 [US$3,788] and a trophy.

The team, mentored by P.Thinagaran, created the WoCo Stylus (World Colour Stylus) with a drawing application. The special features of WoCo stylus were an RGB sensor that captured the colour of surrounding objects surrounding around us.

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Photo -  Team WoCo from University Putra Malaysia (UPM) was crowned as the Champion of IHL - MSC Malaysia Startup Challenge 2013/2104 received RM12,000 cash prize (Business Plan Category)

 Nurturing talent

During the announcement, Datin Paduka Ir. Dr. Siti Hamisah Tapsir, deputy director-general (Public IHL Sector), Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, said, "I believe this competition has given the students a taste of ICT entrepreneurship, and what to expect in a journey of becoming one, as well as understanding the challenges of becoming entrepreneurs. It has also given them the opportunity to discover their strength, creativity, innovativeness and entrepreneurial capabilities."

Chairman of the IHL-MSC Malaysia Startup Challenge 2013/2014 Prof  Datuk Dr Ahmad Yusoff Hassan said the rebranded competition was specially designed in line with the Ministry of Education's mission to generate entrepreneurial graduates and hopefully, graduate entrepeneurs, in accordance to the critical agenda programme of driving entrepreneurship as one of the focus areas for IHLs.

A total of 21 universities and polytechnics took part in the competition with 55 and 45 submissions in the business ideas and business plan categories respectively.


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