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Designed and developed specifically to support Brunei’s tertiary community

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Innovation@Uni: Catalyst

Catalyst is the InnoLab Programme designed and developed specifically to support Brunei’s tertiary community, in collaboration with our Academic Partner, Universiti Teknologi Brunei and our Entrepreneurship Partner, Darussalam Enterprise .

Tertiary students and recent graduates often lack experience in their field of study, and have a limited view of the depth & breadth of career options and pathways available to them. Catalyst will support the development of innovation expertise of those seeking to become ‘problem solvers’, and the entrepreneurial capability of those seeking to become entrepreneurs.

The Catalyst Founders Series will support the creation and development of first-time entrepreneurs, who, as young founders will create their own product, establish & grow their own business, and build their future to be their own boss. The Catalyst Builders Series will support those keen to apply the knowledge & skills gained at university, to address and solve real-world problems.

   Create  your Product    •   Build your Business   •   Be your own Boss

•   Create  your Product

•   Build your Business

•   Be your own Boss

The Founders Series will provide real-world, hands-on experience of an entrepreneur’s journey, from conceiving an idea through to starting up a new business. Founders will get the opportunity to develop an idea that solves a real problem, create a new product or service to meet the customers’ needs, and work towards starting up their own business.

Founders will be exposed to many aspects of innovation & entrepreneurship via workshops, hands-on mentoring and coaching from Bruneian and global entrepreneurs, investors and experts. This includes learning how to ‘be creative’ & innovating new products & services, establishing & managing a founding team, engaging customers, fundamentals of setting up a new business, through to presenting to investors & senior executives.

Catalyst is the perfect opportunity to turn a class project or that great idea, into a real business.

With the aim of supporting the creation of new student & graduate owned businesses, upon completion of Catalyst, Founders will be invited to pitch for Awards. These Awards will support the ongoing development of the new business, including developing products or services, securing customers, setting up the new business, generating sales.

The Awards will include :

  • Financial Awards – for development of products / services, executing the commercialization strategy, establishing the new business.
  • Mentoring – hands-on start-up, innovation, commercialization and capital raising mentoring.
  • DST Guidance – technical, market and commercial advice from DST senior executives; access to proprietary DST market knowledge, intelligence and customer understanding; potential sourcing of customers for product validation; opportunity to leverage DST’s channels to market and sales eco-system.
  • Start-Up Support – entrance into DARe’s start-up and entrepreneurship education and development programmes, such as Accelerator, BootCamp, Business Mentoring; opportunity to apply for DARe’s ‘Co-Matching’ financing grant.

•   Apply your Knowledge   •   Enhance your Expertise    •   Solve your Problems

•  Apply your Knowledge

•  Enhance your Expertise

•  Solve your Problems

The Builders Series will provide real-world, hands-on experience of an innovator’s journey, from identifying the problem through to developing – and possibly even implementing – the solution. Builders will get the opportunity to work with DST’s management, and DST’s Bruneian & international partners, while solving DST’s problem statements and building solutions to meet DST’s needs.

Builders will gain first-hand experience in aspects of creativity & innovation, via workshops, coaching and sharing from Bruneian and global experts and professionals. This includes learning how to define the customer’s problems and needs, ‘be creative’ to develop new solutions, innovating new products & services, establishing & managing the relationship with the customer, through to testing and validating the solution with the customer to ensure their needs are met

Catalyst is the perfect opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills gained at university to address real-world technical and commercial needs.

With the aim of supporting the creation of young Bruneian ‘problem solvers’, upon completion of Catalyst, teams will be invited to pitch for Awards. These Awards could support the ongoing development of the newly created solution with DST, or the opportunity to work on other projects at DST.

The Awards will include :

  • Financial Awards – for solutions that meet DST’s requirements.
  • Paid Internships – opportunity to work with DST to address problem statements, develop creative & innovative solutions for DST, and our customers and clients.
  • Mentoring – hands-on technical and commercial mentoring and support by senior executives from DST and their partners.

Awards

In the aim of supporting
youth-led creations and
businesses, participants that
graduate the Catalyst
programme will be invited to
pitch for the Awards.

Timeline

The programme will start in
August and end in December.
During this period, teams will
develop, test, engage and
finalise their MVP (Minimal
Viable Product).

Awards

In the aim of supporting
youth-led creations and
businesses, participants that
graduate the Catalyst
programme will be invited to
pitch for the Awards.

Timeline

The programme will start in
August and end in December.
During this period, teams will
develop, test, engage and
finalise their MVP (Minimal
Viable Product).

Eligibility

  • Cycles – there are two Cycles of Catalyst in 2020 – Cycle 1 is only open to UTB’s 2018 & 2019
    Technopreneurship students; Cycle 2 commences end of September and is open to students and graduates from any university.
  • Students & Graduates – current university students must be in their final year of study, and graduates should have
    graduated from any university within the past 5-years. All entrants must be at least 18 years old.
  • Team Size – there is no restriction on team size – individuals to larger teams are eligible to take part.
    Ideally, Founders will create a balanced team to ensure a good combination of technical (engineering / technology),
    finance and marketing skills. Builders teams will be created around specific problem statements.

Expectations

  • Engagement – entrants are expected to take part in all workshops, mentoring and coaching sessions, as these
    are opportunities to learn & apply best practice, which will support the development of the Founders’ business
    opportunities and the Builders’ solutions.
  • Doing IT!! – Catalyst is for Founders wanting to build their own businesses and Builders wanting to develop
    real-world solutions. We therefore expect entrants will spend a lot of their time ‘in the real-world’, developing real
    solutions and business opportunities. Catalyst is not theory – it is putting theory into practice!
  • Active Support – entrants will get access to a wide range of support throughout Catalyst, including: workshops
    by experts; mentoring and coaching by DST senior executives, Bruneian entrepreneurs, investors & professionals.

Rules

  • Confidentiality – InnoLab & DST will treat entrants’ ideas / concepts / products / services, etc., as confidential
    and will aim to treat all entrants’ matters accordingly. However, entrants are responsible to protect any information
    concerning their solutions / products or services / businesses, that is shared with advisors, team members and fellow
    entrants.
  • Marketing & Media – by taking part in Catalyst the entrants agree that they will participate in any associated
    marketing, promotion or media activities and provide their consent and authorisation for the use of any marketing
    materials obtained during the competition.
  • Withdrawal – DST reserves the right to withdraw any entrant from Catalyst at any time, for any reason.