Progresif recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Shell LiveWIRE Brunei on an agreement to develop the local startup ecosystem, putting the focus on the prospective education technology and on-demand logistics start-ups related to Progresif’s digital marketplaces.
The ceremony was held at the Progresif Headquarters and saw the agreement being signed by Progresif CEO Hjh Nurul Haniah Hj Jaafar and the Chairman of LiveWIRE Brunei and In-Country Value Manager of Brunei Shell Petroleum Hjh Rosita Hj Hassan.
The new partnership will bring about closer collaboration between the two organisations towards a similar vision, which is to significantly increase the promotion and improvement of local businesses.
This will be achieved through “educational projects and training opportunities, while also providing opportunities in marketing promotion through collaborative events” and moreover, the partnership is meant to enhance community development in entrepreneurship, which is aligned with Progresif’s CSR goals.
In spite of the current milestone, the collaboration between Progresif and LiveWIRE began almost a year ago when the technology and communications company recognised the relationship between, education, the environment and entrepreneurship by supporting AgroBIZ.
AgroBIZ is a collaborative project between LiveWIRE and the Ministry of Education aimed at providing entrepreneurial opportunities for future agropreneurs, primarily through the commercial production of rice.
The signing was then followed by a prize presentation ceremony for LiveWIRE’s flagship Hackathon which was organised to commemorate Shell’s commitment towards supporting budding entrepreneurs in this age of shifting global needs.
“The LiveWIRE Hackathon is a three-day hackathon designed to stimulate the entrepreneurial capacity of the youth to work together and develop suitable solutions from a broader perspective focussing on five core areas; agrotechnology, waste management, digitalisation, smart manufacturing and energy transition,” LiveWIRE shared in a statement.
All 50 participants of the LiveWIRE Hackathon consisted of students from higher education institutions such as the Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB), Politeknik Brunei, Universiti Sultan Sharif Ali (UNISSA) and IBTE.
To succeed during the hackathon, the participants were expected to take into consideration the “softer components” other than just innovation such as reshaping business strategies and processes to derive the value of the IR 4.0 prospects.
Alongside LiveWIRE as the main organiser of the event, the LiveWIRE HAckathon was also a collaboration with Progresif as the strategic partner and Darussalam Enterprise (DARe) as the ecosystem partner.
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