Startup ideas from Sikh entrepreneurs

Urine bag for patients, low cost prosthetic limbs and alternative education centre won the day at startup challenge at Asean Sikh summit

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| Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia | 22 July 2017 | Asia Samachar |

STARTUP IDEA: First year university student Gurvinder Singh from Akaal Innovations presenting idea to design, develop and deliver a sustainable low cost alternative prosthetic technology for developing countries at the ASEES Startup Challenge – Photo / Asia Samachar

By Anandpreet Kaur

Three business ideas with the potential to make a difference in the lives of people were the favourite choices in a startup challenge at a recent regional Sikh conference in Kuala Lumpur.

Proponents of the ideas – urine bag for patients, low cost prosthetic limbs and an alternative education centre – won the day at the Asean Sikh Economic and Entrepreneurship Summit (ASEES).

The idea paddlers won cash prizes of RM5,000, 3,000 and 2,000 respectively in the ASEES Startup Challenge held on the final day of the two-day summit on 9 July 2017.

The startup challenge at the inaugural summit had another carrot dangled to them. The organiser said ‘investors had committed up to RM100,000 grant for any idea they may choose to fund’. It is not clear if that took place.

Five ideas were presented at the startup challenge which were judged by MOL Accessportal Bhd director Ganesh Kumar Bangah, Ravneet Singh from MSL Thailand and Bobby Bhatia from Singapore.

It is understood that none of the ideas received the grant, but the investors are ‘actively assisting’ the selected ideas to tap crowd funding, one summit organiser told Asia Samachar.

The first place went to the urine collector idea by Dr Gurmit Singh called the Pi Collector. It is a portable, vacuum cleaner like device that can collect and dispose large amounts of urine in a discreet, safe, hygienic, time and energy saving method.

First year university student Gurvinder Singh from Akaal Innovations won the second spot. The idea: to design, develop and deliver a sustainable low cost alternative prosthetic technology for developing countries.

Next came Me.reka, touted as an innovative and alternative education space, created to challenge the limits of 21st century designing and making.

The other two ideas were Eventda, a Malaysian-born startup looking to reinvent and digitalise the event industry, and Evogenesis which is looking at establishing the first air cargo in Myanmar.

 

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  1. Even if there is no support from the said grant during the Seminar, Malaysian entrepreneurs must get together and see how these projects can be assisted, if viable. There are many grants available from the Malaysian government, like Tekun, Seed etc.

    Someone with the necessary funding knowledge and who can assist should be brought in.

    Once having looked at the initial feasibility of production and cost, a program as to the product saleability and market response must be measured and analysed.

    On the other hand I believe that a committee comprising of technocrats , accounting, financial and marketing professionals should be set up. These will be an added incentive so that these group could plug into many of the government and private sector schemes of developments .

    I believe we must harness the youth initiatives in this respect and this group could effectively guide them into entrepreneurial achievements.

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