Encouraging Youth Entrepreneurship

As part of their Community Outreach Programme under the Brunei Council on Social Welfare, third year students from Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD) organised a one-day seminar and workshop on youth entrepreneurship.

Aimed at promoting youth awareness in pursuing independent job opportunities while enhancing critical thinking and problem solving skills in entrepreneurship, the one-day seminar and workshop also hopes to inspire and motivate youths to take their first steps in developing their own business ideas.

The seminar saw a number of successful young entrepreneurs, sharing their thoughts on unlocking business potential, understanding challenges and overcoming failure as well as a look at consumer mentalities. A representative from LiveWIRE Brunei then ran the workshop which highlighted the importance of originality and innovation.

Limited to 50 people, participants were invited from institutions of higher learning such as IBTE Sultan Saiful Rijal, IBTE Business School, Politeknik Brunei as well as Darussalam Enterprise (DARe). UBD students and other members of the public who were interested were also free to participate.

Present to officiate the seminar and workshop at the Lecture Hall of the PAPRSB Institute of Health Sciences was the President of MKM Datin Paduka Hjh Intan Hj Mohd Kassim. In her keynote address, she pointed out that many people forget that there are options aside from working for others. While entrepreneurs are an "in" thing in Brunei Darussalam as evident from the rise of online sellers, she asked participants to ponder the question, "Are those sellers entrepreneurs?"

Applauding young entrepreneurs who take the leap of faith, she told seminar participants that they are lucky to have some prime examples present to share their knowledge and experience. To those who were still thinking of going into business, she advised them to not wait. "Take the plunge," she said. "Especially if your instinct tells you to go for it."

The seminar and workshop hopes to demonstrate that one can succeed in business through creativity, innovation as well as acquiring the characteristics of other successful entrepreneurs.

Community Outreach Programme is part of UBD's flagship Discovery Year under the GenNEXT Programme where students get to put to good use practical knowledge and skills in real world situations. Often, this involves exploring disciplines beyond their areas of study.

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