Equipping with entrepreneurial skills

The creativity and critical thinking of the full-time students of WOU were evident during the Entrepreneurship Product Idea Pitching exhibition held at the main campus today.

The students from the Entrepreneurship course, divided into nine teams of four, put their best foot forward to create their new innovative product models along with the description, costing, benefits, competitive advantages, target market, competitors and marketing strategy.

Senior Lecturer Lalitha Ramasamy (2nd from left) with Hann Tech Gloves, who won the Team Excellence award.

Senior Lecturer Lalitha Ramasamy (2nd from left) with Hann Tech Gloves, who won the Team Excellence award.

The teams and their products were: Hann Tech Gloves with vision impaired reading glove; Solis with multi-function camping water container; 3R Smart Garbage with Go Green garbage disposal system; A-Eye with virtual reality software application;  Bri-Med Pill Dispenser with medical tablets and capsules dispenser; EZ-Cart with Go Green foldable shopping cart; Easy Enterprise with easy e-tutorials; Laser Enterprise with eco-friendly stack and grow; and Quantum enterprise with PRO-mote (remote control device with multiple functions.)

Creative Innovation award went to Solis, and Best Presenter was Ameline Lai (left).

Creative Innovation award went to Solis, and Best Presenter was Ameline Lai (left).

A panel of judges visited the booths for review and assessment. They comprised WOU’s School of Science & Technology Lecturer Ms Azrina P Jamal Mydin, Ripples of Joy Enterprise Director Ms Khor Chiew Chi, and Bank Negara Malaysia’s northern region liaison officer for Economics, Ms Panimalar Kalidass

Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Educational Technology) Prof Zoraini Wati Abas was on hand to present the awards and certificates to the winners. The Team Excellence award for teamwork was won by Hann Tech Gloves team that created a reading glove for the visually-impaired to read normal books without using Braille.

Ooi (3rd from left) and A-Eye team with judges (from right) Khor, Panimalar and Azrina.

Ooi (3rd from left) and A-Eye team with judges (from right) Khor, Panimalar and Azrina.

The Creative Innovation award went to Solis and the best presenter award was won by Ms Ameline Lai from Solis, while the judges’ choice for best presenter was Mr Ooi Aun Chuan from A-Eye.

Earlier in her speech, Prof Zoraini commended the students for their product pitching and presentation skills as they explained about their products to the staff and students who visited their booth. She added, “You have learned something about how to get started on a journey to becoming an entrepreneur.   Should you pursue, perhaps one of the products today will come to fruition.”

Prof Zoraini applauded the students’ presentation and product pitching skills.

Prof Zoraini applauded the students’ presentation and product pitching skills.

The product pitching event was organised by School of Business & Administration Senior Lecturer Lalitha Ramasamy to offer a platform for her Entrepreneurship course students to learn about creativity and teamwork, and to help them explore innovation for potential start-up ventures.

Kudos to the full-time students from the Entrepreneurship course.

Kudos to the full-time students from the Entrepreneurship course.