11 October 2017 - Universiti Teknologi Brunei (UTB) held the ‘Innov8 UTB SB Homegrown Entrepreneurs’ in conjunction with UTB’s Fourth Convocation Festival 2017, at Teratak Putih, UTB. The event was jointly organised by UTB School of Business, and the Student Representative Council of UTB (MPPUTB) (translate as ‘Majlis Perwakilan Pelajar, UTB’).
The Opening Ceremony was held today and officiated by the Guest of Honour, Dr Hajah Noormaya binti Haji Md Salleh, Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Academic). Also present at the event were the university’s Principal Officers, staff, and students of the University.
A total of 17 entrepreneurs, mainly consists of UTB Students, participated in the event, that includes MPPUTB, Mayang Couture, The Soap Cottage, Hair Henna Dose, Capes Café, Flame Cook, Taste Better, Kitani Youth Forge, FavouriteStickBrunei, Nenek / B.1.0.1, Popoi Enterprise, annafoodworldbn, BWN, Nothing Fancy, damanis delight, skimchii.bb, and TechAce - Wrapngo.
The aims of the event are to ignite the spirit of entrepreneurship amongst UTB students, and to act as a platform in promoting their businesses. The event also encourages other students in setting up a business, and to develop students’ entrepreneurial networks amongst them.
‘Innov8’ which is derived from the word ‘Innovate’ has been chosen as the theme for the Convocation Festival this year. Innovate means making changes to the current state through the introduction of something new, new process, new idea, new methods or new product. Innovation is critical in a higher education institution as it ensures competitiveness through constant improvements in quality, efficiency, and productivity. The digit ‘8’ in the theme signifies the eight important areas where innovation has been applied in order to produce quality graduates who can make impactful contribution to the nation: Innov8 Network, Innov8 Research, Innov8 Campus, Innov8 FEng, Innov8 SCI, Innov8 UTB SB, Innov8 Enterprise, and Innov8 Leader. The theme is also in line with the university’s ambition to achieve excellence in the areas of Teaching, Research and Community Engagement.