Secondary schools compete for BigStart grant to launch biz

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FOURTEEN secondary schools will vie for a $200 grant that allows its participating students run a business in the fourth BigStart competition, which starts next month.

The students are expected to submit their business proposals focusing on the theme of ‘The Cube Box - To Start With’.

Saidah Saidin, an education officer at the Department of Co-Curriculum Education, said students would have to find creative and innovative ideas to an already popular business.

The participating school students attended an entrepreneurship workshop yesterday to prepare them for the competition.

The one-day workshop covered topics such as generating ideas and problem-solving, marketing and finance.

“Entrepreneurship is more popular now compared to five years ago, most people know what it is but needs to do more. What I’m doing here is how to do problem solving and how to act entrepreneurial,” said Goh Chai Li, one of the trainers at the workshop.

She added that the main challenge faced by students is usually the money needed to start a business.

“The (main challenge) is usually from the money aspect and how to start a business.

“But (some people) cannot relate to entrepreneurship so what we can do is we try to relate with their life and from there move on to the business level,” added Goh.

Another workshop facilitator from Politeknik Brunei Mohd Deddy Erwan Hj Abd Mutalif said the workshop focuses on helping the students produce a proposal that can convince all the judges.

Four trainers from Business School and Politeknik Brunei conducted the workshop at Pehin Datu Seri Maharaja Mentiri Secondary School.

The preliminaries will be held from May 10-11 to select five finalists.

The finalists will then be provided a $200 grant to run their business for 15 weeks. They will then be evaluated through their monthly reports, final report and a video presentation to determine the winner.

After the event, all finalists will donate $200 to five non-governmental organisations, namely the Association for Children with Special Needs (KACA), Pusat Bahagia, Society for the Management of Autism Related Issues in Training, Education and Resources (SMARTER) and Brunei Darussalam National Association for the Blind.

Last year, 18 secondary schools participated in the competition that aimed to promote entrepreneurship among students.

The Brunei Times