Flytech scores with winning pitch during Startup Weekend
In 2013, about 15,000 tonnes of food was reportedly wasted every single day in Malaysia, revealing a worrying trend of over-consumption when more than 20,000 children died from hunger every day that same year.
Food waste causes additional environmental problems by releasing a greenhouse gas known as methane when they are trucked off to landfill sites, contributing further to climate change.
“To cope with this problem, we are organising an event called ‘Worming Up’ that aims to raise awareness on the food waste issue. Apart from that, it also helps to create awareness to control and prevent environmental degradation mainly caused by food waste, and introduce worm farming to public,” said Wee Hung Yee, the leader of Flytech, the winning team at last week’s Startup Weekend Kuching.
Wee added that the ‘WormingUp’ awareness campaign will be held at the Kuching Sentral on December 5, 6, 19 and 20.
The event which is set to start from 10am onwards will be filled with several exciting activities mainly focusing on food waste including a short survey on collecting food waste, video display, live worm display for worm composting among others.
He was speaking to The Borneo Post SEEDS after the prize-giving ceremony held at iCube Innovation Sdn Bhd at iCOM Square here on November 29, and encouraged those who wish to know more about the project to log on to www.facebook.com/wormingup.
Flytech was competing against six other teams, where each was judged by their business model, customer validation, execution and design by a panel of judges that included co-founder and managing director of Titanium Group of Companies Dato Chris Chung, founder and executive director of Level Up Fitness Kenny Sia, Impression Sarawak founder and CEO Gerald Goh, and Poppies founder Olivia Ling.
“At the moment, I can see that entrepreneurship in Sarawak has room to grow and we need more such programmes here for it to develop,” Chung said, hoping that more entrepreneurs with brilliant ideas in the state will emerge in future.
Organised by iCube Innovation in partnership with Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (Magic) and supported by OurYouth.my, Startup Weekend Kuching aims to inspire young entrepreneurs and move them towards the carrying out those ideas.
Besides inspiration, the event also provides resources required for building and launching a viable, scalable company that will help young graduates or soon-to-be graduates in the real business environment, said iCube Innovation Sdn Bhd founder and chairman Dato Patrick Liew.
“Through this programme, the participants not only listen to theories, but build their own and truly put it to the test while collaborating with like-minded passionate individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds and points of view.
“On top of that, Startup Weekenders receive invaluable one-on-one time with the movers and shakers within the community, as local tech and startup leaders take part in Startup Weekends as coaches and judges,” Liew added.
Liew also pointed out that it was important to remember that it was not just about the ideas, but also the team.
“Startup Weekend attracts the best makers and doers, and by spending a weekend working to build scalable companies that solve real-world problems, the participants can build long-lasting relationships and may even walk away with a job or an investor,” said Liew, adding that Startup Weekend was the best platform for aspiring entrepreneurs to find someone that they can actually launch a startup with.
On the first day of Startup Weekend Kuching which ran from Nov 27-29, about 40 participants mostly made up of university students learned the concept of pitching and team building.
Seven teams were then formed, leaving the remainder of the weekend for them to mind map, strategise, and build a real business.
On the final day, each team pitched their new business ideas before a panel of judges with Flytech coming out as the victors of the Startup Weekend Kuching programme against six other teams that include Snowfox, Majoh, Timely Revision App, Fitster, Hearts2Offer, and Shopama.
Flytech’s team members include Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (Unimas) students Tan Pei Chin, Lee Sze Wan, Phoebe Chong, Shajibur Rahman, Ahmad Afif and Wee who received a one-month complimentary Elite Workstation pass to iCube Innovation Coworking Space, worth RM2,000.
Meanwhile, Majoh and Timely Revision App emerged as first and second runner-ups and received a one-month complimentary Premier Workstation pass to iCube Innovation working space worth RM1, 000.
Startup Weekend has its beginnings in Colorado, United States of America in 2007, before the model quickly expanded to cities around the world.
This programme has since been held in 800 cities worldwide in 135 countires involving 210,000 entrepreneurs. Startup Weekend also set up its office in Kuala Lumpur late last year.
For more information on Startup Weekend, log on to www.startupweekend.org.
Alternatively, those who wish to be part of Startup Weekend Kuching or know more about other related programmes can also visit their website at www.icubeinnovation.com.my or their centre located at ICOM Square at Jalan Pending, Kuching.