Congratulations to 5 Sarawakian Enterprises that won State-Level Shell LiveWIRE 2022!

Recently in December 2022, IME was invited as a guest by one of our partners, Tabung Ekonomi Gagasan Anak Sarawak (TEGAS) as a competition judge for Shell LiveWIRE event in 2016, even during the COVID MCO period.

The Sarawak Shell LiveWIRE program started in 2016 and has seen entrepreneurs from Kuching, Bintulu and Miri participate and go on to become winners, and through this programme, more Sarawakian entrepreneurs will be recognised.

The event was officiated by Premier of Sarawak, YAB Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri (Dr) Abang Haji Abdul Rahman Zohari bin Tun Datuk Abang Haji Openg, Premier of Sarawak, who also witnessed Shell and TEGAS finalising the extension of the Memorandum of Understanding for their collaboration in Shell’s LiveWIRE programme.

Premier of Sarawak, Chairman of Shell Malaysia and Chairman of TEGAS on stage with 5 winners of Shell LiveWire Sarawak 2022 winners and Shell Global Runner-Up Winners

Among 60 participants whi joined the programme, 10 were selected as the finalists for the final pitching competition. The entrepreneurs were assessed based on their business pitches and demostration of their business ideas and five winners were chosen on the same day by us (IME, being on of the judges).

The winners received a start-up fund of RM10,000 from Shell and additional RM5,000 and a year of business coaching to flourish their business plans into well-established businesses and access facilities and opportunities made available by TEGAS. They will alse be given the opportunity to connect with the global LiveWIRE ecosystem and share their knowledge with entrepreneurs around the world, while standing a chance to compete in the annual Shell Global Top Ten Innovators Awards.

Out of 5 winning teams, one of the groups caught our attention, whichos EasyGrow by Satok Bridge Digital (SBD). Fun fact, SBD also one of the winners the MYHackaton 2022 Cohort 2 programme, where they developed and AI-based system, GajahSafe. It is a technological solution that helps to detect and scare the elephant from afar without harming them. This time,  the team bring in new project known as EasyGrow project, a modern complex system where they use IoT solution to manage, to innovate the new norm of water plant agriculture in East Malaysia.

Lavindar Singh and Rizal Roney, Founder of EasyGrow Project

Sarawak Shell LiveWIRE 2018 winner, Heineken anak Laluan presenting his business to the Premier of Sarawak

Shell LiveWIRE is th flagship enterprise development programme of Shell to strengthens local economies across the globe by promoting entrepreneurship and developing entrepreneurs. It was such an inspiring programme to inspire young entrepreneurs to innovate and bulid real businesses solutions that meets today’s socio-economic needs.

We at IME congratulate all the winners and wish all of them ‘Good Luck!’ in competing against other five winners each from Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia at the national final of Shell LIveWIRE Malaysia, which will take place this year.

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