Con­test seeks en­tries from bud­ding IT en­trepreneurs

The Myanmar Times - - News - – Saw Yi Nanda

THE 2019 Myan­mar Youth Techno­preneur­ship De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme will be or­gan­ised next year by the Myan­mar Com­puter Fed­er­a­tion in co­op­er­a­tion with tele­coms com­pany MPT, fed­er­a­tion chair U Khun Oo said.

Those who want to en­ter must sub­mit com­mu­ni­ca­tions-based or tech­nol­ogy-based pri­vate busi­ness mod­els.

The con­test, be­ing held for the sec­ond year, will take place in Jan­uary and Fe­bru­ary.

“I be­lieve in the cre­ativ­ity of lo­cal young peo­ple who are com­fort­able with tech­nol­ogy and have good ideas, and MPT is happy to pro­vide a plat­form that will boost the skills of en­trepreneurs,” said Yoshi­aki Benino, chief op­er­a­tions of­fi­cer of MPT-KSGM Joint Op­er­a­tions.

To par­tic­i­pate, teams must iden­tify a prob­lem, pro­pose a so­lu­tion, and come up with a com­mer­cial plan for a spe­cific tar­get au­di­ence.

Ap­pli­ca­tion forms can be sub­mit­ted from now un­til De­cem­ber 31, and 15 teams will be se­lected for the first stage. Three win­ning teams will be awarded prizes of K8 mil­lion each. In ad­di­tion, the win­ners will get six months of ac­cess to a co-work­ing space to work on their start-ups.

“In Myan­mar, ex­per­tise re­lated to dig­i­tal tech­nol­ogy has im­proved. With the right method, work re­lated to tech­nol­ogy will de­velop fur­ther. New tech­nol­ogy-based ideas are in­creas­ing the in­no­va­tive­ness of youths,” said U Khun Oo.

Par­tic­i­pants in the com­pe­ti­tion are ex­pected to pri­mar­ily work on busi­ness ideas or plans for tech-based so­lu­tions in civics, agri­cul­ture, health­care, so­ci­ety/com­mu­nity, open-data, ed­u­ca­tion, en­ter­tain­ment, or eco­nomic busi­ness.

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