Al-Huffaz Management CEO Loqman Hamdan. Image: Rafidah Hamit

Religious education startup Al-Huffaz Management is among three local companies selected to represent Brunei in Darussalam Enterprise’s (DARe) Accelerate Demo Day in Singapore.

Accelerate, formerly known as Startup Bootcamp is a platform that started in 2016 for startups to seek advice from mentors consisting of private-sector experts and established entrepreneurs over a period of 14 weeks.

During the session, the companies will be trained in product development, business plan creation, securing financing and making sales.

Speaking to The Bruneian, CEO of Al-Huffaz Management Loqman Hamdan said being selected to participate in the Demo Day event will provide more opportunities for the Islamic education startup.

“Demo Day events are where companies are able to pitch our businesses to a panel of regional investors.”

“For any company, this would mean further expansion and not just locally but possibly worldwide while providing more employment opportunities,” he added.

Loqman pitching during the Accelerate programme. Image: Courtesy of Loqman Hamdan

Loqman said it was the company’s second time participating in the Accelerate programme.

“I decided to take part again to acquire more knowledge as there are still so many more things that I can learn to further elevate Al-Huffaz.”

“Alhamdulillah, I feel very humbled and grateful to be selected and for the opportunity to represent Brunei – I want our country to flourish and for local businesses to succeed.”

If selected, Loqman aspires to expand Al-Huffaz Management even further, internationally.

“We have had teachers aid participants in the United Kingdom, Australia, Netherlands and even Germany. We have also partnered up with a company in Singapore to hold Islamic education classes in the Lion city.”

“If we are able to secure more capital, we’ll be able to partner up with even more countries to further spread Islamic education,” he said.

File photo of an Al-Huffaz Management educator shifting lessons online. Image: Azrina Zin

Furthermore, the entrepreneur said that participating in Accelerate helped enhanced his management and interpersonal skills.

Al-Huffaz Management was established in 2016 with the aim to nurture an Al-Quran literate generation through a fluid and flexible schedule for students from the ages of 2 to 90 years old.

The company currently has over 2,000 students nationwide and more than 200 educators who have shifted their lessons online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As of late, classes are slowly adjusting back to normal where students either have sessions at the educator’s residence or have educators teach them at the comfort of their own homes.”

When Al-Huffaz was first established, the company only had 13 educators and 11 students.

“It is amazing to see how far we have come. We are still welcoming more individuals to apply and become our educators as well as students who wish to gain more knowledge.”

The Islamic education startup will be representing the country alongside travel e-wallet company, Yuwal and fertigation based crop farm, Ameenfarm.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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