Alpha Catalyst Consulting was the Innovation Partner for the IHL-MSC Startup challenge 2013/2014, organised by Multimedia Development Corporation (MDeC). The competition saw close to 100 submissions from 21 universities and polytechnics across Malaysia. There were two categories, Business Idea segment and the Business Plans segment. Aina Zahari, our Director for Innovation Processes & Analytics, was a final round judge for the Business Idea segment. This provided very good exposure for the students, as there were training workshops by sponsors and supporting organisations that provided guidance to the participants.
ACC was pleased to open up minds of about 30 interested university students via a one-day workshop prior to the competition kick-off. We want to be involved in competitions that encourage ideation and the innovation, as we are able to witness budding young entrepreneurs showcase their ideas and aspirations.
In this year’s rebranded edition of the challenge, the competition submission flow became paperless for the first time, pioneering the usage of InnovAsian® Space, ACC’s patent pending online platform for enterprise idea management (that we specially customised for MDeC, to allows participants to save and post their business ideas or plans). It also helped tremendously in the administrative and judging stages (both pre-qualification and final rounds), in particular.
Overall, we were pleased to be part of the IHL-MSC Startup Challenge experience and in furthering its objectives!