#SWBrunei: Questions Answered

#SWBrunei: Questions Answered

What is Startup Weekend Brunei?

Startup Weekend is an initiative by Google for Entrepreneurs. Startup Weekend Brunei; get from idea to action in 54 exhilarating hours and be a part of a global movement!

Start building your future in just 54 hours Startup Weekend: Learn, Network, Startup.

The FIRST EVER Startup Weekend in Brunei looks to have 50 participants, 10 mentors (local / regional), 3 judges and 1 facilitator. This year, our goal is to simply present entrepreneurship in its raw nature; exciting, fun and beneficial. The 50 participants will be made up of 25 students and 25 more seasoned or experienced entrepreneurs.

What is the objective of Startup Weekend Brunei?

Our worldwide network is filled with community leaders, corporate partners, mentors, and investors who embody principles that are aligned to our organization’s heart.

The chances for both groups of people to be in the same room, let alone work together are pretty slim. What would happen if we bring together high energy idea tanks/skills, with a group of people experience and knowledge under their belt collectively totalling up to XX years? Magic perhaps. In other words, the possibilities would be further and wider than the horizons.

Who can join? Are there any specific qualifications or requirements?

Startup Weekend Brunei is open to Students and also Seasoned Entrepreneurs. However, we also welcome the public to join and be a part of the global community. There are no specific qualifications or requirements to join, whether you are a designer, techie or visionary, we open our doors to you! If you’re here to network, or simply develop more skills, this is your chance! 🙂

Do i need to have a business? What if I don’t have a business idea?

No, you don’t have to have a business. It will be a plus if you do! If you don’t have a business idea as well, it is alright as well! We’re all students and constantly learning! 

How about the fee? How do we pay?

For students , $50 and regulars , $70. Payments are only allowed via cash. You may also drop by our office at KHUB, level 5 at Anggerek Desa.

Payments must be paid before the 21st July. In order to arrange for payments, please contact our team at +673 7246463.

Can we pay via walk-ins?

After registrations, we strongly advise payments to be made via cash before the event. This is so we can confirm your spot and finalize the list before the event itself. However, should you are not able to pay before the event , you may come early and pay for the commencement of the event. Final registration is at 3PM.

During Registration, what is the purpose of the code?

The purpose of the code is to track our participants. It also enables our participants to pay via cash without any additional fees charged.

What is inclusive in the payment?

Awesome stuff from the STARTUP WEEKEND BRUNEI tshirts, pens and notebooks! 🙂

Where is the event venue and when will it be?

It will be located at Progresif HQ . It will be held on 21st July 2017 to the 23rd July 2017.

What are in the programs?

Participants will be placed into teams which will be announced. A mentor will be allocated for each teams. Throughout the weekend, we want you to come up with your dream idea. Whether it be a website or an application or anything that can be off benefit to mankind, we want you to make it happen. The program is a 3 day event which will include workshops such as Market Validation workshop, Tech Check, One to one mentorship and also Pitch fire.

Who is the facilitator of Startup Weekend Brunei?

The facilitator is a valuable member of the Startup Weekend community. They are experts that have undergone training to properly manage the tone, flow, feel and logistics of Startup Weekend. Their role is to support the teams and make sure everything goes smoothly during the event.

The facilitator will help to ensure that all our Startup Weekend events in Brunei maintain a level of consistency in terms of quality and energy that is similar to other Startup Weekend events all across the world.

We are honored to have facilitator is Jowynne Khor, Director, Community & Events at Malaysian Global Innovation & Creative Centre. Based in Singapore, apart from her role in e27, Jowynne has also been working with Startup Weekends all across Malaysia and now more regionally. She has been organising Startup Weekends for the last 2.5 years. e27 is an online community platform that connects people and reports tech startup news and trends relevant to startup communities in Asia.

Who are the mentors ?

Startup Weekend Brunei’s mentors are of regional network with global experiences in their respective industry. They will be present to guide the participants and focus their attention on building a strong foundation for a solid startup through problems, market size, customers, value proposition and business model. They will also assist in directing the teams towards becoming experts in the applicable sphere of their potential startup.  They are :

  • Aimi Ramlee , Co- Founder & Chief Business Development Officer of Tyne Solutions Sdn Bhd
  • Wirdy Hamidi, Multidisplinary Designer & Illustrator
  • Aizuddin Fakhri , Web Developer & Founder of Naindah.com
  • Asri Razak, Enterprise Programme Manager at DARe
  • Maverick Foo, Business Development Strategist at BDlabs.co
  • Debbie Ang, Freelance Content & Digital Marketer, Lecturer, Trainer at Tmax Venture Sdn Bhd / Key Content / Diamond Heels AG
  • Fatin Arifin, Marketing Manager of Brunei Halal, VP of Young Entrepreneurs Association Brunei & Founder of Cogent Inc.
  • Barbora Grexa, Managing Director & Co Founder of Nuara Group
  • Reenu Lodha, Digital Marketer
  • Jeremy Chua, Business Development Mentor and Coach

How about the speakers?

Well trained from reputable backgrounds, our speakers are carefully chosen to ensure that they can assist and provide you guide on how to direct your ideas to the right directions and to the right audience. They will provide talks that are beneficial whether it be for when you are pitching for investors or simply to a customer. Their talks will be able to useful on how to manage your businesses as well and ensure you to stay motivated throughout the journey.

  • Stuart Lee, Trainer and Award Winning Speaker
  • Bobby Fadhiullah Tudun, Senior Business Counsellor in LiveWIRE Brunei
  • Yazid Azahari,  Senior Project Manager for Microsoft Brunei & Brunei Solutions Development Centre
  • Zaim Ismail, Senior Engagement Manager for Microsoft Consulting Services, Brunei.

Who are the judges?

Our panel of 3 judges will be evaluating the final presentation on Sunday 23rd July 2017, and it will be a great way to provide additional valuable feedback to the teams. This will provide a great learning experience for the teams that pitch on Sunday especially for those who are pitching for the first time.  

They are

  • Rahimah Yusoff, Co-Manager & Lead from Women Tech Maker
  • Radi El Fassed , the head of Product Development at Progresif
  • NJ Hamdi Matussin , the Creative Director at Mixmediaworx.

Is this a competition?

Startup Weekend Brunei is not a competition, however, we do encourage participants to utilise the full use of the event to their benefit. Build networks, share ideas and work smart! There are prizes to win which can help you and your newly established team to push the idea to be the next big thing! Did we mention prizes? So watch out for our prize announcements! 😉

Who will benefit from Startup Weekend Brunei?

We believe by building this community , we are also welcoming the next generations of leaders. Startup Weekend Brunei also empowers the leaders of respective industries to give back to the community and help each other grow.

What are the prizes included on the last day?

Our prizes will be informed upon the launch of Startup Weekend Brunei.

Who are our organizers for Startup Weekend Brunei?

The organizers consists of a collaborative team for Startup Weekend Brunei which are The Creative Core BN and East and Charlie Co.

The Startup Weekend Brunei teams are

  • Jason Tse Tow , Project Leader
  • Shuu A. R , Lead Organizer & Founder of East And Charlie Co
  • Charlotte Lim , Project Manager & Co Founder of The Creative Core BN
  • Amali Roslin , Media & Public Relations
  • Sally Hani , Designer
  • Afiq Mohammed , Technology & Marketing


Feeling hyped up for Startup Weekend Brunei? Registrations are open until 20th July!  SIGN UP and if there are anymore questions, do drop us an email at startupweekendbrunei@gmail.com or contact us at +673 7246463. We shall see you there ! 🙂

Skills to succeed as an Entrepreneur

Skills to succeed as an Entrepreneur!

Our team is excited for the first ever Startup Weekend Brunei. By hosting this event, we hope we can help more people join the Startup Weekend community globally. Please check out http://bit.ly/startupweekendbrunei to find out more about Startup Weekend Brunei.

You may wonder what skills are needed to begin your entrepreneurship journey. The journey does not have to be difficult. In fact, setting on your entrepreneurship career may be one of the most fun thing to do. You will learn and discover the unexpected. Not to mention, you make new friends or find more business opportunities along the way. There’s a lot of ways to make yourself useful in a startup. Good news is that you don’t have to know everything. You simply need the right ones and a winning attitude. This list aims to help you to tune into the positive entrepreneurship mindset and become successful.

Ability to adapt and stay focused.

There are so many distracting factors that can hinder and slow you from achieving your goals. An entrepreneur must strive to overcome challenges and ensure that he is able to achieve the set vision. Some ideas and strategies may not work and you may resort to an alternative. That is completely fine because you will grow. Be resilient and don’t lose sight of your goal because the moment you snooze, you will lose.

Accepting failure and try again.

There will definitely be bumps along the way. You may be rejected by an investor or you may not launch your product upon schedule. Do not dwell on it. Take it as a lesson and see where you did wrong. Entrepreneurs should do their homework beforehand and gather the necessary knowledge and resources to enable better execution. There are numerous reliable tools that can help you be more efficient and productive. There are situations where a failure would seem impossible to bounce back. Fortunately that is all in your mind. You can always strive to persevere and hit hard the next time.

Always communicate and connect.

We would like to stress how important it is to communicate. Communicating involves listening and understanding your employees, mentors, clients, vendors, customers and investors. Follow up with them. Try to figure how your business can be of value to them and how your product can solve their problems. Connect with them and you may potentially open up more business opportunities. Take time to assess their feedbacks and ensure them that you’re there to help. On most occasions, they can also be the one helping you.

Develop leadership skills.

One of the beauty of starting up a business is to work together and become proactive. The ability to lead and motivate others to deliver is crucial otherwise, the business will be inefficient and end up wasting its resources. Learn how to delegate effectively and listen to your team mates. Ensure that you’re easily accessible and keep a positive energy. One of the misconception of leading is that there can only be one leader when in fact, all the team members are leaders of their own!

Continuously learning.

Entrepreneurs at one point will realise that they do not know everything. They will want to know how to do many things as well as getting to know the latest trends. It is important to allow oneself to be open to learning whether it be in business knowledge or learning a new programming language. Do not be afraid to set aside some time to read and try new things.

All of these skills can be learnt and there are vast skills that can be particularly useful in a Startup. Being an entrepreneur can be daunting , but do not let it discourage you. While there is no certain skill that can make you the best entrepreneur there is, there are skills that can help you succeed. If you’re thinking you’re lacking in any of these skills, don’t fret, we’re here to help! SIGN UP at Startup Weekend Brunei and let’s build those skills up! See you there! 🙂


Startup Weekend Brunei : First in Brunei!

Startup Weekend Brunei : First in Brunei!


Make way for Startup Weekend Brunei ! Startup Weekend is an entrepreneurship movement that is derived from Seattle. It is a 54-hour event that brings together active and empowered entrepreneurs to be challenged and create an impact in the business world with an idea to action generated over the weekend. It brings about the largest community of passionate entrepreneurs, with over 2000+ past events held across 135+ countries around the world.

This year, it will be a first for Brunei Darussalam. The event will put seasoned entrepreneurs and students into a room to generate ideas,combine business and tech skills and work together to make it happen. Mentors and investors are invited to challenge these ideas. For a first , the theme will revolve around empowering youth.

Here’s why we think you will have a blast on Startup Weekend Brunei:

  1. Channel that entrepreneurial spirit

Startup Weekends are designed to encourage entrepreneurship. We want you to make it happen! You will find yourself reaching milestones that you never thought you could before.

  1. Build your network

Startup Weekend will attract passionate individuals and leaders from various industries. The best thing is, you will not be alone. By building relationships, your network will be able to help you solve real life problems and grow with you. In addition, you will have access to potential investors and mentors who can help scale your business.

  1. It’s all about teamwork

Two heads are better than one! Every business idea needs people and resources to bring it to life. You will be assigned to teams and will learn to work together to develop your idea. Teamwork makes the dream work! ;D

  1. Develop new skills

Have you always wanted to learn to code, or have you dreamed of delivering that perfect pitch. Well, Startup Weekend is going to make you step outside of your comfort zone. The event will ensure that your creative juices flow and expose you to unexpected situations. You will learn skills that will be suitable to develop your ideas in the future.

  1. Meet leaders and become one

You will meet leaders locally and globally who are active in the startup world. By joining Startup Weekend, you will be able to hear their stories and get inspired. You will find yourself setting your own journey and one day inspire others.

  1. Join Startup Weekend’s global community

Join and become a Startup Weekend alumni. You will have the opportunity to meet others who are also on a mission to make a difference to the world.

  1. Come out as a winner

Did we mention that it is also a competition? Compete with other teams and come out victorious! Even if you do not win the competition, you’re already a winner. The idea of Startup Weekend is to empower individuals to become leaders in the entrepreneurship world.

The best way to know Startup Weekend is by experiencing it firsthand. Go to our link http://bit.ly/startupweekendbrunei to SIGN UP. We’ll see you there! 🙂