17-20 December, 2018
The fourth edition of the Bootcamp was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 17 to 20 December. The bootcamp brought together 150 youngsters from 40 different countries along with a dozen entrepreneurs and experts as mentors to create an environment for innovation.
The 4-day-long event, which was co-organized by Lincoln University College and Asia School of Business (ASB) in collaboration with MIT Sloan School of Management, kicked off with an opening ceremony in the evening of 17 December and was followed by team formation, interactive talk sessions, startup workouts, business model canvas formation, business idea pitching, and other related activities in the other three days. Various sessions of the Bootcamp were held at Asia School of Business.
The participating youngsters worked in teams under the guidance of the mentors to form innovative business ideas. And that has been the identifying feature of the Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp (GEB) for four of its consecutive editions.
16 different business ideas were pitched in the bootcamp. The ideas were judged by a panel of Dr. Ali Abdulbaqi Ameen Ali, Dr. Abhijit Ghosh, Mr. Abhinav Krishna Gautam and Mr. Daxeel Soni. The Winning Idea of the bootcamp was ‘ReMark-Reliable and Relatable Marketing’, which was about revolutionizing the online advertisement market with the use of Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality. Abhijeet Swarnkar, Yash Choudhary, Meet Babiya, Ritik Mathur, Saujanya Thapaliya were the members of the team that came up with the Best Idea. Another idea ‘Bone Fracture Detector’ which proposed the use of computers to automatically detect the bone fractures in X-Rays won the title of “Best Team”. Rami M. S. Salman, Ahmad J. A. Jamal, Anas M.H. Alkhatib, Mohamad Farouk Kuftarou, Isla, S.K. Jabaren, and Meryem Aksbi were the members of the Best Team
However, other 15 business ideas were also equally competitive. Most of the ideas were motivated by the needs of a market, whereas some others were designed to solve certain problems in daily life. Other ideas pitched in the bootcamp were RenToys—an online platform to rent toys for children, iPharma—a mobile application designed to provide round the clock medicine service to overcome the problem of not getting medicines at night, Crumblyy—online platform summarizing long blogs and articles into short, bite-size hacks/facts and facilitating a unified platform to make content discovery and consumption easy, N-Mercato—an online platform to connect startup beginners and low-profit making start-ups for mutual benefits through matching and online marketing, Learning Factories— a social venture to bring industries in the role to solve unemployment problems and boost vocational training, Strivers— a B2B Human resource marketplace for striving refugees in Kuala Lumpur, Newtral— an idea of retrieving, refurbishing, and upcycling the textile trash into usable goods, Job Finder— an online platform to match the service seekers and service providers, Blood Donation Application— a mobile app to connect donors, patients, blood banks, and hospitals to solve the problem of blood crisis for the medical patients, AGRee To WASH HUB—a solution to increase the quality and quantity of people working in the agriculture and WASH (water, sanitation and hygiene) sector as well as building the connection between stakeholders in Cambodia, narratives— an idea to help the writers succeed by connecting them to a community of publishers as well as readers, EHeal— a simple and time-efficient platform for digital prescriptions, emergency handling, and online therapy, SafetyFirst— an AI-based environmental startup to help people to make safety preparations to face natural disasters, and Social Domestic Service (SDS)—for-profit social platform to empower an individual to lead a better lifestyle with education and waste management.
The bootcamp was more than a competition. The participants were facilitated with interaction sessions presenting the successful entrepreneurs, entrepreneurial experts, and other mentors. Prof. Dr Rajesh Nair, the Director of ASB Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, interacted with the participants about ‘Ideation’ and ‘Design Thinking’. Datuk Dr Hajjah Bibi Florina Abdullah, the Pro-Chancellor of Lincoln University College and Daniel de Gruijter, the CEO of Incitement, were also present as a speakers in the program. Dr. Renard Siew from World Economic Forum Expert Network Group talked about the climate reality and its solutions. Matthieu Mertens, Head of Technology and Sales-Partner of The Biji Biji Initiative, explained why money cannot be the only value in business. Other notable speakers were Ryosuke Ishii—Chief Scientific Officer of ZENTech Inc.0, Nguyen Quang Huy—Startup Incubation Program Manager at Foreign Trade University, Chit Aein Thu—Founder of CCEducare, Buna Dahal—Founder of Dynamic Buna, Abhinav Gautam—Founder of FreshBox Rwanda, Daxeel Soni—Founder of Version Labs, Muhammad Sumon Molla Selim—CEO at Let’s Learn Coding, and Yin Yin Boey—Raw Vegan Celebrity Chef and Educator.
The bootcamp also featured cultural exchange and networking. The participants and the mentors (speakers) collaborated in the cultural night to share their culture, personal beliefs and views. The cultural night and networking sessions were organized to help the participants to grow their network globally.