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Two more local ICT business awarded with AITI Grant
12/02/2014
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12 February 2014 – The Authority for Info-communications Technology Industry of Brunei Darussalam (AITI) today held another Grant award ceremony for two more successful recipients of the “AITI GRANT for Development of Local ICT and Digital Media Industries”.
 
The event took place at Seri Kerna Hall of AITI Building in Kg. Anggerek Desa and was officiated with the contract signing between Awang Haji Osman bin Haji Ladis, Deputy Chief Executive of AITI with the two Grant recipients, namely Keeran Dato Janin of MeSixty Sdn Bhd and Simon Soo Say Wah of Giftbox Enterprise Sdn Bhd.
 
This signing ceremony was witnessed by the Guest of Honour, Yang Mulia Awang Haji Yahkup bin Haji Menudin, the Chief Executive of AITI; (Members of Authority of AITI), government officials and representatives from various stakeholders from the ICT and digital media industries.
 
MeSixty Sdn Bhd was awarded with B$100,000 to further enhance, market and claim ownership through Intellectual Property (IP) for its “Best of Halal” project. “Best of Halal” is an application for good food guide to Halal food outlets for Muslim travellers targeted in various cities worldwide.
 
Meanwhile, Giftbox Enterprise Sdn Bhd was awarded with B$20,000 for their project called “Malppy.com”, an online retail platform that provides the ease of online payments and door-to-door deliveries. The Grant is to partially fund their marketing activities to further penetrate the local market as well as to reach wider customer base in the region through various marketing channels.
 
The event ended with a briefing of the GRANT recipients’ projects to the audience and a group photograph with the Guest of Honour.
 
Since 2010, AITI has awarded Grants to twelve (12) local ICT and digital media businesses for development of products ranging from various ICT solutions, digital animation and e-learning, with an overall amount of B$1.7 million funded under the 9th and 10th National Development Plan. The past recipients were MARS Enterprise, Crescent Sdn Bhd, John Harith Technology Sdn Bhd, Alif Technologies Sdn Bhd, BruGPS Technologies Sdn Bhd, Syarikat Indah Sejahtera Development and Services Sdn Bhd, ZimacSilicon Technologies Sdn Bhd, Ambuyart Animations Company, PHMD Publishing Company, SocialBuzz Advertising, Cinematicpro Services and Media Hikmah.

 

According to the Chief Executive of AITI, Haji Yahkup bin Haji Menudin, both AITI and BEDB has further enhanced their collaboration on the two (2) existing financial schemes available for the ICT industry namely the AITI GRANT and the BEDB LEAP Grant. From this batch onwards, any request application for partial financial assistance to develop new products or prototypes will be supported by the BEDB LEAP Grant. The AITI GRANT, on the other hand, will focus more towards enhancing the successfully developed product or prototype, as well as carrying out marketing and filing for legal ownership and protection of each ICT or/and digital media products.

AITI GRANT applications and proposals were evaluated based on four main criteria; namely technical merits, commercial potential, financial resources, project plan and capacity to deliver. Further evaluation also emphasized on Brunei-Made elements of the proposed product.
 
The AITI GRANT aims to assist local ICT and digital media businesses to further develop their products and encourage Research and Development activities and capabilities in producing local innovative Brunei Made products with commercial potential through partial Government funding.
 
There are currently three (3) types of AITI GRANT that an applicant can apply, namely:
1. Product Enhancement – for improving and upgrading existing products;
2. Product Ownership – for obtaining certification and quality management systems; and
3. Product Marketing – for marketing and improving existing packaging, design or labeling.
 
The amount varies depending on the number and types of Grant applied and the classification of the business. Each applicant is allowed to apply for more than one Grant type for the same product within the eighteen months’ project duration.
 
For more details and guidelines about the AITI GRANT, please visit AITI’s website at www.aiti.gov.bn/AITIGRANT and for further enquiries, interested parties can contact Ms Farihah Haji Md Said or the ICT Industry Development Group at 2323232 (during office hours).