If the shoe fits: Najib and (from left) Teraju CEO Husni Salleh, deputy prime Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and minister in the prime minister department Datuk Seri Wahid Omar looking at the shoe made with batek elements and worn by Nur Hidayah Hassan after announcing the Superb bizpitch winners in Putrajaya.
PUTRAJAYA: An ecstatic group of 25 Malaysian entrepreneurs have received RM6.5mil in Government grants collectively under the Skim Usahawan Permulaan Bumiputera (Superb) awarded by the Bumiputra Agenda Coordinating Unit (Teraju).
They were selected from a pool of 1,791 business idea entries submitted for the scheme from Feb 2 to Feb 21.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who announced the winners yesterday, said the scheme was aimed at supporting high-impact business proposals from qualified individuals.
“It is not about who you know but what you know,” Najib said about the scheme before presenting certificates to the recipients at the Prime Minister’s Department Complex.
The top 13 finalists were awarded with RM500,000 grant each while 12 others will receive RM25,000 each for their business proposal.
The entries in the first series were screened by a jury of business leaders consisting of AirAsia Berhad executive chairman Datuk Kamaruddin Meranun, Mydin Holdings Berhad managing director Datuk Ameer Ali Mydin, Malay Chamber of Commerce Malaysia (Sabah chapter) chairman Datuk Awang Buhtamam and Omni Petromaritime Sdn Bhd chief executive officer Dr Jamal Yusof.
Business development manager Nur Azini Mohamed Kamal, 37, was overwhelmed after her business idea was announced as one of the top entries for the Superb scheme.
She said she had spent two years trying to convince local manufacturers to take on her idea to bring the the Electric Muscles Simulations (EMS) alternative gymnasium to Malaysia but without much success.
“The EMS Gym is not just aimed for those wanting to lose weight but also to help those with issues such as back problems, frozen shoulders and arthritis,” said Nur Azini, who was looking forward to launch her EMS studio in Bangsar.
Another delighted recipient was software architect Megat Farril Rizal, 37, who developed a multilayer data security solution dubbed the “ENCR8TORXlayer” which he hopes to be implemented in the Government’s systems.
“I am thankful to be chosen despite the stiff competition as there were many good entrepreneurs out there.
“This scheme shows that the Government cares for bumiputra entrepreneurs, such as myself, and this grant will be the turning point for me in my business,” he said.