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Digi team wins spot in Telenor global ‘intrapreneur’ programme

AvantiKumar | June 17, 2016
Following Digi's recent entry into the digital transformation arena, a Malaysian team has won a place in Telenor Group's global startup innovation programme.

Digi intrapreneur team 

Photo - Digi employees (from left) Lee Leong Tat, Chia Weng Yan and Ian Yap holding up their golden ticket for the Ignite Incubator


Following Digi Telecommunications' Digi-X announcement, a Malaysian team of its employees will join a global startup innovation intrapreneur programme to further develop eight digital product and service ideas.

Organised by Norway-based Telenor Group, the employee innovation programme initiative, called Ignite Incubator, is a three-month incubator program to build internal startups.

Telenor Group president & chief executive officer Sigve Brekke said Ignite Incubator is an innovation program for Telenor Group's own budding intrapreneurs with an idea for a great digital product or service, and an ambition to transition 'napkin ideas' to pilot products impacting millions.

"Our minds are set on taking an exciting, relevant position in the digital lives of our customers. With the Ignite program, we encourage employees to come forward with their ideas for engaging, mass market digital products with the potential of global success. I congratulate the eight winning teams and dedicate my support to their continued journey to develop their business plans and prototype their products," said Brekke.

Beginning September, the winning team from Digi will spend three months at a startup incubator in Bangkok, Dhaka or Oslo to build their idea into a testable prototype or minimum viable product.

From more than 500 applications, 30 teams from ten countries were shortlisted and pitched for a place in the incubator at an event in Bangkok last week.

Pain points

 Albern Murty, Digi's chief executive officer, said, "Some of the most successful global companies not only empower their employees and facilitate innovation but have seen some of their best products and services emerge from within their walls."

"The Ignite Incubator is part of our drive to stimulate further innovation internally, fashioned after the work we do with startup communities," said Murty. "I'm extremely proud to see the many solid ideas Digizens have put forward in this intrapreneurship programme - some of which we could potentially pick-up locally - and that we will see one of our teams push ahead and establish their own startup."

He said the ideas selected to the next stage range from payment solutions and tuition apps to a system for identity verification for worry-free online transactions.
One of these winning ideas emerged from a group of three Digizens, namely Chia Weng Yan, Lee Leong Tat and Ian Yap Vern-Choong. Named after Batman's famous butler Alfred, their idea focuses on an app that makes it hassle-free to deal with your apartment's management office by digitising how you pay your monthly service charges, check-in guests, book facilities, lodge complaints, receive resident information and more.
"In many cases, dealing with property management has always been a highly manual process. We believe it's time to leverage on the technology we use every day - our smart devices and connectivity - to bring convenience to home owners everywhere. It's an idea that is globally applicable and we hope to benefit as many people as we can with Alfred. I can't wait to get started in the incubator and receive hands-on experience working as an intrapreneur," said Chia Weng Yan, founder of Alfred. 


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