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Malaysia Rice Bowl Startup Awards Fetes Nation’s Best

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Winners of Malaysia Rice Bowl Startup Awards accompanied by Mr Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Communication and Multimedia Malaysia. - Source: New Entrepreneurs Foundation
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Winners will proceed to the exciting finale — ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2018 in Bali in December, a showcase of Southeast Asia’s best!

 

How to thrive in the age of constant digital disruption?  How can young startups forge their own path?

Answers to these questions and more were found at the muchanticipated Malaysia Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2018 that was held on 28th September at the Oasis Discovery Centre in Ara Damansara, Selangor.

Organised by the New Entrepreneurs Foundation Malaysia (myNEF) and now into its fourth year, the Malaysia Rice Bowl Startup Awards is the platform for recognising young startups disrupting old processes and industries.

A brainchild of myNEF, the awards recognise breakout startups in the country that harness digital technology, and celebrate rising tech entrepreneurs in various categories of excellence ranging from retail, media, digital, tech, products, services and innovative campaigns to women and social enterprises.

myNEF believes businesses can grow fast and be sustainable when they harness technology and knowledge.

It plays a significant role in bridging industry players and the government, working closely with various agencies and government-related organisations to support existing and upcoming entrepreneur development programmes.

The Malaysia Rice Bowl Startup Awards and ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards are among myNEF’s signature programmes.

The Rice Bowl Award (Rice Bowl) is beneficial to both the Malaysian startup and ASEAN startup ecosystems as it connects and empowers the ASEAN Economic Community to power up their local economies with startups and scaleups.

YB Tuan Gobind Singh Deo, Minister of Communications and Multimedia commented, “I am extremely happy to hear that Malaysian Startups are accelerating faster than ever, and we hope that they become a significant contributor to our nation’s GDP and growth, and also become a significant type of business that employs and cultivate cutting edge talent and become a key source of employment.”

Rice Bowl recognises innovation, excellence and best practice in startups and ecosystem players across ASEAN, as well as celebrates the ASEAN community’s spirit of diversity in entrepreneurship to solve local rice bowl issues that are replicable across the region.

It also recognises the excitement, risk and hard work involved in developing a startup and the influence each person has on driving the success of their company.

myNEF believes that by celebrating startups, together they can solve the diverse local rice bowl issues faced by each country across Southeast Asia. This will ultimately benefit Malaysia and subsequently ASEAN as a region.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of myNEF, Lilyana Abdul Latiff, “With over 50 nominations for Founder of the Year, and over 70 nominations for Startup of the Year at this year’s Rice Bowl Startup Awards – I think Malaysia’s Tech Startup Ecosystem has matured rapidly in the past 3 years. It is a testament to the developmental investments and programmes by the Malaysian government, private sector support and independent initiatives. For a modest market size, we should be on track to produce Malaysian-based ‘Unicorns’ within the next few years.”

The categories of the Malaysia Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2018 are Star Awards (Startup of the Year, Founder of the Year, Best Newcomer, People’s Choice); and Industry Awards (Best Fintech, Best Health/Med Tech, Best Food & Agri Tech, Best e-Commerce, Best Logistics & Supply Chain, Best Business Automation Tool, Best Life Helper).

The other categories are Ecosystems Awards (Investor of the Year, Best Accelerator/Incubator Programme, Best Ecosystem Initiative, Best Co-working Space); and Cross Sector Awards (Best Digital Marketing, Best AI/Machine Learning, Best IoT).

National award winners will proceed to compete at the regional ASEAN Rice Bowl Startups Awards 2018 to be held in Bali, Indonesia, in December, which highlights model entrepreneurship and inspires a dynamic community of startup enthusiasts, serial entrepreneurs, policymakers and diverse mentors in tech innovation.

Regional winners at the four-day ASEAN finale will benefit from partnership opportunities, media exposure, regional and global networking as well as funding from investors.

The Rice Bowl Community consists of 3,372 alumni from 10 ASEAN countries and connects with the Global Startup Awards.

The Rice Bowl has a total of US$108.4 million pledged investments from 2015 to 2017 as well as over 17,000 social media followers and five million media reach.

For more information about Malaysia Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2018, visit http://ricebowlawards.com/

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RICE BOWL JUNIOR

An app-developing competition that ran across the Southeast Asian countries for students below 18 years old.

The competition runs in parallel with a program called Technovation.

Technovation offers girls below 18 years old around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders.

ZERO BULLY BY IHU

Zero Bully is an app that aims to educate the community, adults and children about bullying and in doing so, to reduce the case of bullying at school in particular.

The app provides informative links and assistance to the users. Users also able to write a report of an incident into a central database, and will be submitted as public (anonymous) or private

Best Digital Marketing Solution

For the startup that was the best at developing tools that are used by organizations to improve digital marketing, customer experience and sales conversion.

SushiVid

SushiVid helps brands launch and manage influencer marketing campaigns at scale through their content management software

Best AI / Machine Learning Startup

(AI is Artificial Intelligence)

A startup that was the best at developing powerful application of deep tech / artificial intelligence / big data to reinvent how business and societies develop solutions to previously unsolvable problems.

Hyperlab

Hyperlab automates sales and support for visionary enterprises with their leading Conversational AI and RPA technology.

Best IoT Startup

(IoT stands for Internet of Things)

A startup that was the best at developing a product embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and internet connectivity enabling efficient data collection and exchange.

Jom Parking

JomParking is a quick and convenient way to pay for parking platform.

Best Life Helper Startup

For the startup that was the best at developing tools that works virtually to “get things done” for people and consumers — so they can get back valuable time to spend with family and friends, giving the healthy work-life balance that people aim for, and also celebrate digital innovations that improves the world around us.

Vidi

Vidi is a visual discovery platform that helps travellers see and book amazing experiences for their next holiday

Best Business Automation Tool

For the startup that was the best at developing tools, software, or devices that help companies and organizations to cope with changing markets, ensure a competitive position and improve business performance and productivity.

RunCloud

RunCloud is a modern control panel to help web developer managing multiple cloud hosting and web deployments easily.

Best Logistic & Supply Chain Startup

For the startup that was the best at disrupting traditional business models and impacting productivity and efficiency in logistics and supply-chain (via storing or movement of goods) by using online, communication or mobile technology.

Zoom

Zoom is a technology based on-demand delivery platform for e-commerce businesses that requires last mile fulfilment

Best e-Commerce Startup

For a startup that was the best at developing innovative business solutions through online or mobile merchandising, sourcing, distribution, logistics, marketing and/or retail.

Tripfez Travel Sdn Bhd

Tripfez offer Muslim friendly travel solutions all over the globe.

Best FoodTech / AgriTech Startup

(Agritech is agriculture tech)

A startup that was the best at developing a product/service that uses technology to improve agriculture and food production, supply chain, distribution channels and consumption.

STIXFRESH

Stixfresh is a sticker that can prolongs the shelf life of fresh fruits which indirectly can reduce fruits wastage.

Best HealthTech Startup

A startup that was the best at developing a product/service that uses technology to keep people (or animals) healthier and/or improve the ability to diagnose and treat illness.

MEDKAD

MEDKAD provide a Medical Benefits Automation Systems for companies to efficiently manage their staff medical benefits.

Best Fintech Startup

(Fintech is Finance Tech)

A startup that was the best at developing a product/service/technology in the delivery and/or infrastructure of financial services.

CurrenSeek

CurrenSeek is a platform connecting money services to travelers to make money changing & remittance convenient & secure

Best Coworking Space

For the co-working space that deserves the recognition for its services, support and resources to fast-growth tech startups, and for creating a culture and environment that fosters innovation.

PAPER and TOAST

PAPER + TOAST is the first coworking space in Malaysia. Established in 2010, their aim is to serve as a one stop community platform for talents, entrepreneurs and startups to get together.

Best Ecosystem Initiative

For the organisation (not including co-working spaces or accelerator programs) initiated by individuals, community building organisations, corporates and/or government that has proven to support entrepreneurs and tech startups.

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)

Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC) is the lead agency in driving the digital economy in Malaysia.


MDEC’s implementations and efforts are centred on building awareness on digital economy, creating credible talents for the industry, and encouraging digital technology adoption among the people (rakyat) and businesses.

Best Accelerator or Incubator Program

For a fixed-term, cohort-based, mentorship-driven program, this program helps and empowers entrepreneurs to foster the growth of their innovative companies by providing tools, resources, connections, knowledge and expertise.

MaGIC Global Accelerator Program

(GAP)

MaGIC GAP is a programme to accelerate global startups to be investment-ready in 4 months and build a strong startup community in ASEAN.

Investor of the Year

For an individual or company that has displayed the best investment acumen over the last year. This could be in the form of a successful exit, early investment of a notable startup, or realization of an earlier investment.

Andrew Tan

Andrew Tan is a serial entrepreneur and an all-rounder venture capitalist. He is now at helm of a venture capital firm and a private equity firm with a pool of funds totalling USD50 million.

People Choice

A startup with a huge fan-base for their product or service. They got the most accumulated votes throughout the national public voting round.

11tune

11Tune is a total music solution platform that connects composers with users in just a few clicks.

Best Newcomer

For the startup with up to 2 years of age (or from incorporation) that has shown the greatest development over the last year based on growth, innovation and impact with their product/service.

Dropee

Dropee is a B2B marketplace that brings together suppliers and retailers on a single platform.

Founder of the Year

For the person who is an inspirational leader for thier startup. They are astute in business, has strong leadership skills, and a skilled promoter. They make running their business look easy, and their team, partners and customers are inspired by their vision.

Lennise Ng

Lennise is the Miss Chief (CEO) of Dropee

She kickstarted her entrepreneurship journey during college years by starting her own talent management company.


Her life goal is to push humanity forward through merging traditional businesses with innovative tech solutions.

Startup Of The Year

For the startup that is above the rest of the competition, in terms of user or customer acquisition, or sales or profit projection and is likely to be bought by Facebook or Google or Ali Baba for millions.

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The Biggest Contest in the World of Photography: An AGORA images Contest

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The world’s greatest photo of the year will win $25,000 in the AGORA Awards 2019

On January 4th the biggest international photography contest will open for submissions. The winner of this year-long contest stands to take away $25,000 for a single image. What’s more, anyone from anywhere in the world can participate with their best shots, for free.

Photographers of all levels can participate simply by downloading the free app on the Apple Store or Google Play and can upload as many of their best photos as they like to the contest once it is launched. In the fall of 2019 50 finalists will be announced, after which the AGORA community will vote for their favorite shot to determine who wins. The AGORA Awards 2019 winner will be announced in November during an offline ceremony and streamed live to the rest of the world.

With the Awards, AGORA images is disrupting the world of photography; proposing, unlike others, a photo contest with no categories. For this reason the contest will reveal the year’s top visual trend, and thus forth every year in the contests to come. Aiming for global photographic democracy, the app values everyone’s unique point of view, allowing the international community of millions to participate and later vote for their favorite image. As Octavi Royo, CEO and co-founder, puts it: “What we are doing in AGORA and in the Awards is starting a creative revolution. We believe everyone has the chance to win with their best photo.”

The world’s greatest images in AGORA photo contests

AGORA images has already awarded a total of over $50,000 through its photo contests. The app launches contests weekly, giving the 52 weeks of the year a theme such as #Love, #Eyes, #Travel and #Landscape. With over 2 million users in 193 countries and over 6 million photos uploaded, the photography app is rapidly becoming the place to participate in the curation of the world’s best visual content.

For more information download the app, visit the website and check out the Facebook and Instagram accounts.

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Datamatics Recognized as the Best Cognitive Technology Provider by Computer Society of India, Mumbai

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Datamatics Global Services Ltd. (DGSL), a global IT & BPM company, announced today that it has been recognized as the Best Cognitive Technology Provider of the Year 2018 at IT Innovation & Excellence Awards by Computer Society of India, Mumbai.

Datamatics is recognized for its Robotic Process Automation (RPA) product, TruBot which helped a leading bank in India to automate their credit limit extension process. Datamatics TruBot enabled the client to automate an end-to-end complex, repetitive, and error prone process of Cash Credit and Overdraft Facility limit extension that has a high impact on end-customer credibility. The automation helped the client to execute all credit limit extensions in real time with 100% accuracy.

Commenting on the occasion, Mitul Mehta – SVP & Head-Marketing & Communications, Datamatics Global Services Ltd., said, “TruBot has enabled numerous banks in India and around the world to automate several critical processes across retails assets, retails liabilities, global trade services, corporate banking and direct banking. We are happy to be recognized as the best cognitive technology provider by Computer Society of India.”

Datamatics TruBot is a versatile, multi-skilled bot that automates a range of repetitive and rule-based processes without any manual intervention. TruBot has 95 customers globally and has automated more than 800 processes across multiple industries including Banking, Insurance, Manufacturing and Healthcare.

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Greengate Power’s 113 MW Stirling Wind Project in Alberta Awarded 20-Year Contract by AESO

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Greengate Power Corporation (“Greengate”) is pleased to announce that its 113 MW Stirling Wind Project (“Stirling Wind”) was awarded a 20-year Renewable Electricity Support Agreement (“RESA”) by the Alberta Electric System Operator (“AESO”). Stirling Windis jointly-owned by Greengate, Potentia Renewables Inc. (“Potentia”) and Paul First Nation with Potentia owning a majority interest. With the award of this key contract, the project is expected to be under construction in the near future.

Stirling Wind is located in the County of Warner No.5 and Lethbridge County approximately 30 km southeast of the City of Lethbridge. Located on a large plateau of cultivated and grazing land, the project has an excellent wind resource which is among the best in Alberta. Under the terms of the RESA, Stirling Wind will receive a guaranteed price for all the power it produces for a period of 20 years.

“The Stirling Wind Project is among the first successful renewable energy project partnerships between industry and a first nations community in Alberta. We applaud the Government of Alberta for the continued success of its Renewable Electricity Program which is delivering long-term, low-cost clean power for Albertans,” said Dan Balaban, President and Chief Executive Officer of Greengate. “Stirling is the third wind energy project successfully developed by Greengate in Alberta and demonstrates Greengate’s continued leadership in Alberta’s fast-growing renewable energy sector. We look forward to completing Stirling with our partners so that its social, economic and environmental benefits can be realized by all involved.”

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