In 2016, we have bring our innovation and initiative to 2 competitions. Our first entry to DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2016 was fail at the selection stage competing with all other participants to represent Malaysia to this International competition. We wasn’t good in writing our competitive edge and also presenting our innovation and initiative. Also, may be having big environmental impact is not the priority. Most of the participants are benefiting disadvantage group. I might be wrong. However, I still believe by empowering more and more homes and communities to grow own food globally will contribute to moderating global warming, reduce farmland used, and improve our health globally.
Our 2nd entry is to NBOS competition. We were lucky this time to get into the finalist. Being very new in such competition and presenting business plan, we learn as we prepare for it. It was a very rush preparation with minimal help and evaluation on the pitch. I rushed to Magic, Cyberjaya with the early flight to make it for the 10.30am pitch slot.
This was the first time I pitch in a competition. I barely know what to expect and how to do it right. I have not seen myself as a champion pitcher. I manage to deliver the pitch in time. I answered most of the questions pretty well except one. I think this is the one I least expect and was not well thought of and included in the pitch.
One of the judges ask me how I would expect to sustain the business. As I didn’t prepared a good business plan, I presented gut feeling projection. After I answered this question, I knew realized I have given the most naive and silly answer. With that, my chance to achieve the top 3 is very very slim. I can only hope for miracle.
True enough, the result was within my expectation. We failed to cling on the prizes. However, we have learn a very good lesson which I hope will have us more prepared should we enter into another competition next time.
I would like to thank NBOS for given me a chance to take part and learn my lessons. A consolation prize has console us much and looking forward to other competition when we are more prepare and ready for another challenge. Meanwhile, we have to focus on completing our design and innovation of our modular system. We believe our modular system is very unique and would be able to compete on international level. By then, we hope to achieve our goal; “empower every home to grow own fresh and healthy food”.