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Ignite your ideas

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in News


Ignite your ideas 


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Been there, done that. And yes, it was a great experience and you can only get better and better when you participate in this kind of competition. Sometimes it’s not about winning the competition but to fully test your capabilities, your resounding ideas, your vision, your marketing plan and so on. It has been two years since I joined the competition and I don’t intend to this time round. But this is the best way to spearhead your dream or your venture into the business world with your creative ideas.

So it’s good to see the competition is back year after year and the standard gets a big tougher too. The great thing about iCentre’s 2014 IGNITE Entrepreneurship Challenge is that they provide bootcamps, workshops and mentoring sessions which was highlighted by Brian Koh, Director of NUS Enterprise & KR Consulting. I mean, where else can you get all these benefits that can guide you and it’s free *lol*

The launch of the 2014 IGNITE Entrepreneurship Challenge took place last Tuesday and the guest of honour was Dr. Haji Abdul Manaf Hj Metussin, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and CEO of Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB).

It seems like a long time indeed as this competition was first introduced back in 2008 under the name of THiNKBIG Business Plan. You will see that some of the winners of the past competition have used this platform to make their ideas into reality namely Malppy, Social Deal and DotRoot Technologies. Sometimes the winning ideas may not translate into success but it will spur on other ideas and Keeran the founder of Expansys and MeSixty showed that success doesn’t really mean on just building one idea. He is now on a great journey as a “technopreneur” where his latest project Chrends is now based in the Silicon Valley (my kinda of dream that has faded years ago).

Dr. Haji Abdul Manaf Hj Metussin, Deputy Permanent Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office and CEO of Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB). Image courtesy of The Brunei Times.

Dr. Haji Abdul Manaf Hj Metussin receiving memento from Brian Koh

Asri Razak, Corporate Communication of iCentre briefed through the guidelines of IGNITE

Ladies and gentlemen, don’t wait. Do take this opportunity and you will have nothing to lose. I don’t mind to mentor if you need some help especially when it comes to presentation. Content wise, I might be a bit weak especially on the financial side.

Anyway, below are some of the guidelines that you might need to be aware of if you plan to join the competition.

1) Submit your EXECUTIVE SUMMARY by 28th September through ignite.icentre.biz website

2) Bootcamps on 10th and 11th of October and 17th and 18th of October (teaches you on team make up, financial soundness, investment and quality of presentation.

3) Final submission of business plan – 9th November 2014.

4) Award presentation will be 26th November 2014.


So that’s just a brief run down of what to expect from this year’s competition. As for the prizes, refer to the categories available.

ICT Open Business Plan Category

• 1st Prize will be awarded BND$20,000

• 2nd Prize will be awarded BND$10,000

• 3rd Prize will be awarded BND$5,000

College and University Category

• 1st Prize College category will be awarded BND$4,000

• 2nd Prize College category will be awarded BND$2,000

• 3rd Prize College category will be awarded BND$1,000

International Category

• 1st Prize International category will be awarded BND$8,000

• 2 Consolation winners will be awarded BND$1,000

Most Innovative Award

• Special Price will be awarded up to BND$5,000

Ambrose Nathan and Pg Aki were among the invited guests during the launch and later on, iCentre hosted open house

iCentre open house last Tuesday

Representing the associates of iCentre

Kebab was sold out



The landslide victory

Written by Rano Iskandar. Posted in DPMM FC, News


DPMM FC set the benchmark 


Highlights of DPMM FC vs Woodlands Wellington FC


All they needed was three points. A two or three goal victory would have suffice. I didn’t expect DPMM FC to steamroll pass Woodlands Wellington with such ease. I’m not too sure if this is the biggest score line for DPMM FC or the S•League this season as they humiliated the visitors with a 8-1 score line last Tuesday.

The result meant that DPMM FC are confirmed to be playing in the 3rd round of the S•League which I still think is kinda of a weird format. They could have just let it be for two rounds (home and away) like any other league. So regardless whether DPMM FC top the league, it doesn’t mean that they won the championship. They will still have to face the top clubs in the third round to determine the champions of the S•League.

Adi Said was again on the score sheet as he grabbed a brace. That makes it 5 goals as in many games for Adi Said and it was good to see Steve Kean fielding all top forwards – Roy O’Donovan, Rodrigo Tosi and Adi Said. They all scored five goals among them and now Tosi has leading the scoring charts with Albirex Niigata’s Kazuki Sakamoto.

Now DPMM FC have one match remaining this Saturday as they take on Tanjong Pagar in Singapore. Regardless of the outcome for the last match of the second round, DPMM FC will remain in the summit of the S•League which accounts for nothing as the top six teams will be vying for the championship.

Steve Kean shared that DPMM FC were quite ruthless upfront and it’s a message to the rest of the title contenders. He was happy with the goals and it could have been more if it wasn’t for the heroics of Woodlands’ Ahmadulhaq (in goal). However, Kean was slightly disappointed that DPMM FC didn’t walk away with a clean sheet. He also praised that back line as they played as a unit compared to previous matches.

Will DPMM FC carry their momentum this Saturday against Tanjong Pagar in Singapore? We shall wait and see. Images courtesy of Sapyri.


Adi Said scored twice last Tuesday. Will he ever stop scoring?

It was nice to see DPMM FC striking a Yasmine pose after scoring a goal

Another Yasmine pose during the goal celebration

Boris scoring from a corner. It’s nice to see goals coming from different players.

The fans that turned up last Tuesday and it wasn’t such a big turn out after the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy event

Roy O’Donovan was back from suspension and scored twice




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