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Openminds

Consultancy
Jan Wong, 31, is an online strategist, youth advocate and an entrepreneur. Starting at the age of 17, he has ventured into eight businesses, a part-time lecturer at the Asia Pacific University (APIIT / APU), a certified e-commerce consultant, published an academic journal during his Masters degree, sits on the Academic Advisory Board of KDU University College and Sunway College, and also serves in both the music and youth ministry of Calvary Church KL. Through his passion, Jan founded OpenMinds in 2012 that serves as a MarTech (Marketing Technology) startup to provide strategic solutions, data analysis, technology development, consultancy & training programmes and a venture division to also assist startups. The venture division has also seen the birth of startups such as CLOVR (a virtual reality tech startup), RoundUp (a data analytics startup), and OpenSpace (a co-working space passport) in 2018. Having bootstrapped from zero and being a new player in the industry, OpenMinds managed to acquire world-class brands and renowned agencies as clients and in 2017, set up a subsidiary in Hong Kong, after placing Kazakhstan‘s office in hiatus in 2015 due to the declining oil & gas outlook. In within 4 years, OpenMinds has grown to a valuation of USD5 million and is featured as a company with one of the best workplace culture in Malaysia. His entrepreneurial experience also enabled him to work with different startups, and the opportunity to speak at various entrepreneurship and social media events in universities, corporations, workshops and conferences in the region. He is also a mentor for multiple startup communities and the NEXT50 Singapore initiative. Jan has also been featured on various media on his entrepreneurship journey, social media expertise, and the SME industry. Jan is also a regular digital marketing consultant on BFM and recently, listed on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list under the media, marketing and advertising category. Openminds has joined ZOM-IN to participate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join ZOM-IN at www.zom-in.com/zomin/students/register to participate in collaborative programs brought to you by ZOM-IN and Openminds in the near future! To understand more about Openminds, don’t forget to watch the video below to listen to Jan’s sharing!

Curlec

Payment Solutions
Direct Debit is an arrangement made with a bank that allows a business to pull payments directly from a customer’s account on agreed dates, typically to pay recurring bills. It is a common payment method for paying utility bills, health insurance bills, entertainment or lifestyle service subscriptions, etc. For businesses, Direct Debit is convenient and can help to maintain a stable cash flow by automating the collection process. It eliminates the need to chase clients about monthly payments. However, SMEs usually find difficulties in accessing this feature as it comes with some heavy restrictions and requires complicated paperwork. Running and administrating a paper-based Direct Debit is complex and time-consuming, with dedicated teams of full-time employees needed to set-up, collect and manage the process. As a result, cash and cheques have remained the most common payment options for SMEs well into the 21st century in Malaysia. Having had experience building the integrated workflow system for the processing of paper Direct Debit mandates for PayNet (Payment Networks Malaysia), Zac Liew and Steve Kucia want to fix the issue and open the doors of digitising this traditionally paper-based process for SMEs—like boutique gyms, monthly subscription services, property management fees collection, just to name a few. In 2018, the duo launched their Fintech company, Curlec, to make direct debit easy. The novel online solution simultaneously solved the issue of high rejection rates when the customer’s signature frequently mismatched their financial institution’s records during the authorisation process of a paper-based mandate. Curlec’s system uses the latest technology to automate online Direct Debit payments seamlessly. “Our software replaces the old method of paper workflow with a more efficient cloud-based solution,” shared Zac. Curlec makes the process of collecting recurring payments of varying amounts into a faster, cheaper and far more efficient one. This will reduce the reliance that SMEs place on cash and cheques, and help to propel Malaysia to cashless status. Curlec transformed Direct Debit from an expensive and manual system to an affordable and automated one with three steps: E-Mandate Set Up Customers sign up by completing an eMandate, which authorises a merchant to collect payment from a customer’s account when they are due. This process is completed instantly with a 100% approval rate. Automated Payment Collection When payments are due, Curlec collects the necessary files to enable the debiting and crediting of bank accounts. Payments then get settled directly into the business’ accounts in a seamless manner. Auto Account Reconciliation Successful transactions allow for automatic reconciliation with a merchant’s accounting system. For unsuccessful transactions, a one-off Instant Pay (FPX) enables customers to pay with a different bank account or credit card. Traditionally, customers can log into Curlec’s portal to view the transactions record for their direct debit payments. If they want to alter or terminate the service and payment, they can also do so in the portal, at the discretion of their merchant. On the other side of the transaction, merchants can sign-in to the Curlec Dashboard to track all of their collections—with details like its frequency, customer name and transaction status. On top of that, they can also manage and cancel the recurring payments all on one platform. Since its launch in 2018, Curlec has processed more than RM50 million (S$16.6 million) worth of transactions and served companies such as CTOS, Funding Societies, HelloGold and a wide range of small and medium enterprises (SMEs). Recently, Curlec has completed its seed funding round led by Captii Ventures. In an interview with the Business Times, Zac Liew stated, “We’re delighted to have secured funding from Captii Ventures and are looking forward to bringing direct debit to the Malaysian SME market and beyond.” Curlec has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

POMEN

Automotive
Imagine driving home from work in the peak of traffic, and your car suddenly breaks down or worse, another vehicle swerves into your lane and you. It could be a nightmare for many people because the time wasted after getting into an accident could stretch up to hours. Figuring out how to pull over is only the first step because, after that, you’ve got a checklist of things to do. Besides the long waiting time between processes, you should be on alert of opportunistic scammers, especially the infamous tow truck scammers in Malaysia. The question is, who could you ask for help if your trusted foreman is unreachable at the moment? In January 2018, Syed Zulhilmi Tuan Sharif established Pomen Autodata Sdn Bhd to develop a platform connecting drivers in need of help with the nearby workshop and mechanic. After ran through some tests, in October 2018, he finally launched the mobile app, Pomen. Pomen is a smart mobility ecosystem for car drivers who urgently need help to fix their cars’ troubles or even for a booking for the regular car servicing. It collects data from users’ cars and creates profiling for drivers, cars and workshops. Through the algorithm, it can match drivers to their nearest and most suitable workshop and mechanic. For the app users, when facing troublesome situations like an accident, sudden breakdown, battery kong or tyre punctured, they can get instant help with just a few taps with the app. The app also shows the exact quotation before the user confirms an order. This feature is essential because it helps to avoid scams by unethical workshops and tow trucks. Besides, Pomen has connected with large numbers of certified and competitive workshops which have registered under the Workshop Transformation Program (WTP) by MARii. Hence, it gets you covered 24/7 in most of the major cities in Malaysia like Ipoh, Seremban, Bandar Melaka, Batu Pahat, Johor Bahru and even Kuching. One of the unique features of Pomen app is that it keeps all family members under the same profile. It can notify every family member in real-time when one of them is in an emergency. It is especially helpful for families with young drivers who just got their licenses and need to commute to university or workplace. The parents don’t need to keep calling their children to check their safety on roads anymore. For many Malaysians, the car is our important companion. When our cars broke down, we could be very helpless. Pomen’s goal is to help the users to pass through all the complicated processes to get their cars fixed. Our mission is to help everyone, anytime, anywhere no matter what.” Pomen has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

RentGuard

Property & Housing
Proptech (property technology) is now the buzzword in the industry. Airbnb’s success has motivated a lot of technopreneurs to introduce their proptech startups. These fast-growing proptech startups are changing the way we invest in property as it dismantles the traditional way of buying, selling and building properties. While many proptech platforms focus on the matching properties with potential buyers/tenants, Jeff Tan took a leap of faith to explore a different segment, to go purely B2B (Business-to-Business). Jeff started his entrepreneurial journey in the property industry since 2011, where he co-founded Proprop Management Sdn Bhd, a property management company providing investment solutions by assisting investors seeking value investment & tenant management. In 2016, Jeff and his partners, Clement Ng and Law co-founded RentGuard. RentGuard is a proptech platform that caters to property agencies as one-stop tech solutions to enable agents to perform more efficiently. It offers mobile booking system and CRM to property agents, bringing convenience and freedom to them, saving their valuable travel and waiting time. “Real estate agents are always on the go. They not only need to constantly attend roadshows and events to collect leads but also need to accompany clients to property sites. On top of that, there are lots of paperwork and data entry tasks. RentGuard is helping agents to save time by automating and simplifying the data management tasks so that they can focus on closing deals and building good relationships with more clients,” shared by Jeff. By using the services of RentGuard, agencies and leaders can remotely monitor the group sales and commission payout of the agents. Meanwhile, agents can submit their cases anywhere via the online platform. Agents don’t need to travel all the way back to the office just to key-in their leads and cases anymore. “Imagine you were bringing clients to preview sites at Kepong area, then you have to rush back to your office in Ampang to submit the case. If it was during peak hours, you might get stuck in the traffic for hours. But with RentGuard, you can submit data to your cloud account and schedule one more preview session with another group of clients. In the end, more sales generated and more commission earned.” Besides, the system also reminds agents automatically when tenancy periods about to end. This feature enables agents to start preparing for tenancy renewal cases at least 2 months in advance. “Recently, we’ve introduced the auto-debit feature for recurring rental fees. Agents and landlords don’t need to remind and urge tenants to pay their rental anymore.” RentGuard is proven as a helpful tool for real estate players, with over 1000 agents actively using the platform on a daily basis. “We are committed to transforming the real estate industry.” RentGuard has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Ping-U

Logistics
The e-commerce scene in Malaysia has been growing tremendously in these few years, its contribution to the GDP in Malaysia continuously improved throughout seven years to RM85.8 billion in 2017 from RM37.7 billion in 2010. This scenario has created a great opportunity for the logistics industry. Nicholas and Alex started Ping-U, an e-commerce logistics solution which allows the customers to send and collect parcels at anywhere and anytime. While point delivery service is not a new thing, Ping-U takes it to the next step by integrating the service with a unique device. Ping-U provides their merchants (Ping-U Points) with a device that can print out the consignment note with only a simple scan on the sender’s QR Code. This device has made the whole drop-off process more convenient by saving up the time of queues and form filling! Anyone who wants to send a parcel just needs to login to the Ping-U Mobile App or Website, key in the parcel and recipient details, and complete the parcel order by making the payment. Sender then brings the parcel to the nearest Ping-U Point, and the merchant will help to print out the parcel label sticker for free. It’s convenient especially for senders who do not have a printer to print their consignment note! Whereas for Ping-U Collect, Ping-U enables you to collect your parcels at your convenience. Delivery services usually operate on standard working hours, which most working people are also busy at work. Many people are not at home to collect their parcel, and in most companies, employees are not allowed to receive personal parcels at the workplace. Therefore, Ping-U partners with brick and mortar stores like convenience stores, pet shop, pharmacy, gadget store, etc. which have longer operating hours. All you need to do is to log in to Ping-U Mobile App or Website, book a slot at your preferred Ping-U Point, then copy the Ping-U Point address and the generated recipient name as your delivery address and recipient name when you check out your order at any e-commerce site. When the parcel arrives at the selected Ping-U Point, you will receive notifications via in-app, email and SMS notification, and you can collect your item using the given QR code at any time within its operating hours! Ping-U had their soft launch in December 2018, and it is growing fast, with now having more than 100 merchants (Ping-U Points) and still counting. Now, they are setting up the Ping-U Points in Klang Valley and planning to expand to other states. “Once we have all covered, we will be looking at our neighbouring countries like Indonesia and Thailand, both of these countries have larger populations, which translate to a larger user base”, mentioned by Nicholas Wong, CEO of Ping-U. Ping-U hopes its innovative logistics solutions can empower the online micro-entrepreneurs for them to focus more on improving other areas of their businesses. As for the online consumers, Ping-U wishes to provide them with a simpler way to collect and return their online purchases, to make the whole online shopping more enjoyable! Ping-U has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com/zomin/students/register to participate in exciting events coming soon!

BH Global

Finance
BH Global Advisers offers client-centric fintech advisory and tailor-made solutions on investment related matters. They do a one-on-one consultation with each client to construct the best investment portfolio that matches the client’s risk profiles using their proprietary portfolio construction models. Be it for individuals who want to preserve their wealth or bigger corporations, foundations or even global family offices, BH Global Advisers always able to provide the best solutions to their clients with the automated industrial analysis generated by their fintech software. Besides, they have set up a subsidiary company, BH Global Fintech Solutions Sdn Bhd to focus on developing in-house Robo-Advisors to provide algorithm-based investment advice for both corporate and retail clients. These Robo-Advisors generate trading signals using the latest programming scripts and languages. All the information and solutions provided from these Robos are compliant ready in line with the Securities Commission Malaysia’s Requirements. BH Global Advisers Sdn Bhd has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Vivahomes Realty

Property & Housing
Whether you’re sourcing for latest property projects, or looking at billboard advertisements, chances are you may have already heard of Vivahomes Realty. It has been one of Malaysia’s fastest growing Real Estate company. Looking at its current scale, you will never imagine how it began. Alvin Foo, chairman of Vivahomes Realty, began his career as a Sales Executive. One day, when he lepak with a friend in Mamak stall, he was surprised at the amount of money the friend made as a Property Negotiator. “For people like us that didn’t have good education backgrounds and powerful connections, RM5000 was considered very appealing,” shared Alvin. Driven by curiosity and his desire for bigger challenges, he started to venture into the real estate industry. In 2006, Alvin and his partners established Vivahomes Realty, guided by it’s philosophy to provide specific and tailored services to their clients. “The beginning of our journey was not smooth at all. Our lack of experience in management has made us lose a lot of money. To gain trust from clients was not easy too. There were times when we thought we couldn’t make it through.” Fortunately, they have a good support system. Their staff were very loyal to the company and were willing to give grace period for late payment to help the company to get through the darkest period. “Sometimes, I believe it were their faiths and sacrifices that motivated everyone to overcome challenges,” Alvin added. Fast forward to today, Vivahomes Realty has become one of Malaysia’s most reputable real estate agency. Despite the Malaysian property market showing signs of bottoming out, Vivahomes Realty still experienced 200% growth in the past two years. Foo credits his team for believing in the company and performing exceptionally well to continually chart new possibilities without compromising standards of professionalism, trust and integrity. In fact, one of the winning strategies of the team is to keep their agents and staff up-to-date with the latest market trends and requirements by providing both theoretical and practical training. Their in-house academy provides training ranging from beginner to expert level. The training never stops as there is always something new to learn. Alvin also engages with external trainers in other areas to ensure each staff is wholesome in their work quality and delivery. Besides, the company encourages agents to attend external talks and classes to understand the market. For agents who want to take up a professional diploma in real estate and property, they can apply the company’s in-house scholarships too. Despite its success, Vivahomes Realty continues to rebrand and reinvent itself to ensure its growth and further expansion in the real estate business. “Our goal is to be the best incubator of real estate professionals in Malaysia.” Vivahomes has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Zoom

Logistics
In the world of e-commerce, having an effective logistics system is crucial. A sound logistics system doesn’t only deliver products to the end-users on-time, but also make sure the brand and impression are well-presented at customers’ doorsteps. However, delivery is not the core competency of businesses (except for logistics companies). Setting up a professional logistics team within the business obviously is not an option for most companies, as it involves expensive costs and it places a considerable liability on the company if the staff does something inappropriate or gets into an accident. Meanwhile, if a business chooses to sell its products on a third-party marketing platform that comes with delivery fulfilment, the costly delivery fees and marketing fees will wipe out all the profits in many cases. Mohamad Hafiz, Sean and Jeevan are long-time friends. One day, when Jeevan shared about his unpleasant experience while sending flowers to his wife. “A lovely action that turned sour because of the bad delivery services,” he recalled. Hafiz, who has been delivering gaming sets to customers, understood the flaws of the existing logistics system. “Traditional delivery agents are just not conditioned to do on-demand deliveries; they don’t have the effective mechanisms,” shared Hafiz. The trio started to think of possibilities to improve the current system. In June 2016, they founded Zoom to provide a web-based platform for businesses to solve their last-mile delivery issues via a system that employs professional riders and in-depth integration within their clients’ business ecosystems. With the past experiences in dispatching goods, Mohammad Hafiz has developed a series of training for the Zoomers. “We have prepared practical Bahasa Melayu and English classes to ensure our riders to communicate smoothly with the end-users. Besides, they must carry perfume and a comb in their pouch bag to show clients fresh and neat impressions,” shared Hafiz. Once signed up with Zoom, clients can upload their bulk orders through API for instant delivery to end-users at pre-scheduled times. Zoom’s system will optimise all the requests to search for the quickest route delivery to help clients maximise their delivery cost savings. Zoom has over 80 full-time Zoomers but also manages 300 registered freelance riders to fulfil clients’ orders. “We have over 200 clients registered on our platform, with 80 per cent of them using our services on a daily basis,” shared Sean. Zoom’s notable clients include BloomThis, Life Juice and Dahmakan, where the deliveries involve products that require extra care and must be served on time. “On-demand deliveries are highly challenging. However, since more customers value convenience and would love to have the products delivered to their doorstep, we strive to be the best last-mile delivery partner for our clients.” In its second year of operation, Zoom has won the “Startup of the Year” award at the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards. In 2018, Zoom successfully secured RM4 millions in a round of funding, with Gobi Partners as the lead investors. With the raised funding, Zoom is strengthening its services in Klang Valley, at the same time preparing for its expansion to Penang and Johor Bahru. “We’re also seeking opportunities to open our services to the Indonesian and Thai market,” shared Sean. Moving forward, Zoom also plans to provide while-label services for corporate clients that want to manage their logistics internally, but use Zoom’s system for the automation of grouping and assigning deliveries. Zoom has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Ento

Food & Beverages
What type of diet do you practice? Semi-vegetarian? Pescetarianism? Vegan? Low Carb? Gluten-free? Our diet type is affected by many factors, it can be religious or health conscious or other reasons. Recently, the term ‘Entomophagy’ has joined the game, and becomes one of the most discussed diet type. Entomophagy is the practice of eating insects by human. It is hailed by entomologists, or people who study them, as a healthy and eco-friendly food solution with a strong culinary tradition (in some cultures). Despite people generally associate insects with filth and decay, there are about 1,900 known species of edible insects out there. They’re nutritious, delicious and ripe for the taking. Insects are rich in protein, fiber, healthy fats, vitamins and essential minerals. According to research, grasshoppers in particular are packed with about just as much protein as lean ground beef with less fat, and mealworms are typically a fair substitute for fish. Some caterpillars have more protein by weight than a turkey leg! Law graduate Kevin Wu has observed the potential in entomophagy, thus, he founded ENTO is 2018. ENTO offers artisan roasted crickets in contemporary flavours such as BBQ, Salted Egg Yolk and Korean Kimchi. All the crickets are farmed in their indoor farm that is registered with the Ministry of Health and licensed by the local district council. The products are tested in internationally accredited labs before being commercialized. “Cricket contains higher protein, iron and calcium compared to the common meats that human consumes. Not only that, it is a good source of healthy omega fatty acids and contains prebiotic fibre Chitin to promote healthy gut. Most importantly, crickets are not exposed to hormones, GMO or antibiotics,” Kevin shared about the benefits of consuming crickets. Another reason that drives Kevin to introduced ENTO is the significant environment benefits of replacing our protein source with insects. “I was extremely passionate about sustainability. Cricket farming is environmentally sustainable since it requires less land, water and food compared to traditional livestock production. Insect farming also emits far less greenhouse gases.” Their products have attracted an increasing base of consumers. When they started, there were very little Malaysians accepting the concept of eating insects. However, as soon as people are more aware of the health and environment benefits of consuming crickets, ENTO is growing at almost 100% growing rate from month to month. “Think about it as lobsters. Lobsters were plentiful and smelly and no one knew how to cook them. When people started to know how to store it properly and cook it, fast forward to today, lobsters are high-priced delicacies over the world,” Kevin believed this could apply to insect-based proteins. Currently, ENTO’s products are not only available online, you can also spot them in retail stores and restaurants like Atlas Gourmet Market, Puro, Cnooc Oriental Restaurant, Malaifeng Local Products & Souvenirs Store in Kuala Lumpur, and Thai Nyonya Restaurant in Petaling Jaya. ENTO has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Biztory

Accounting
Started his career as a backend programmer, Bryan Soong has created software solutions for many clients and has experienced running a business as a shareholder. These experiences enable him to understand the problems and struggles that project managers and business owners are facing. “When the previous government implemented GST, my friends and I saw many SMEs struggled because they didn’t know how it works. We were requested by a client to create a cloud accounting system that includes GST to help them understand and use GST in the simplest way. That experience motivated us to quit our stable jobs to help more SMEs out there,” Bryan shared. Thus, in 2014, Bryan and his friends who share the same passion started developing Biztory, a cloud accounting software. Since all of them are from IT background, they worked their way up to learn accountings with several experienced accountants. After forming the first version of Biztory, they gathered over 20 SME business owners for feedback to finetune their product. “While meeting these business owners, we realized that many of them are having the same issues which most existing accounting software are hard to understand. Traditional accounting software requires users to have accounting knowledge and skills, which many of them are not from the accounting background.” Besides, they also noticed that many business owners were reluctant to use accounting systems because these systems required a large sum of upfront payment. To open doors to more clients, Biztory eliminated the traditional one-off payment and decided to introduce the subscription method to build sustainable and long-term business relationship with clients. With all the feedback gathered, the founding team improvised Biztory into an entry-level business-driven software that is designed for business owners rather than accountants. This is what sets Biztory apart from other competitors. Biztory enables anyone with very little accounting knowledge to use it effortlessly, to fulfil bookkeeping needs of all types of businesses. Now, Biztory is powering over 5,000 SMEs across 60 cities nationwide to produce RM27,000,000 worth of invoices each month. Since it is cloud-based, users can monitor their company’s progress and cash flow wherever they are, as long as there’s internet connection. Biztory also put their clients’ privacies as the top priority to ensure all data are well-protected at all time. “Many businesses fail within the first year they started because they are not on top of their cash flow and business expenses. We believe our software can help more businesses to sustain longer and scale faster.” Biztory claims that the software is designed in the simplest form, even people who are not tech-savvy can pick up and master the software easily. Biztory has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

HostAStay

Property & Housing
It has been a decade since Airbnb was introduced. Being one of the most successful pioneers of the sharing economy, Airbnb has transformed the entire travel industry around the world. More vacation travellers opt for short stays from online rental sites because of the convenience (users can settle everything from room selection to payment online), lower cost compared to conventional hotels and unique experiences. The rise of online renting platforms has encouraged many people to turn their properties into short stays or even start investing in short stay businesses. However, existing platforms are only online aggregators of short stay accommodations. These platforms don’t get involved in helping hosts with providing a hospitable stay, providing support nor aid to ensure a good staying experience. “Little did I know that hosting a short stay needed a lot of work and attention when I first bought a property for investment. Like many other property owners, I have a busy day job and had very limited knowledge of managing a short stay. This is what led my friends and I to the idea of HostAStay,” shared Jordan Oon, the co-founder and CEO of HostAStay Berhad. Established in January 2017, HostAStay is a Short Stay Management Platform that helps property owners convert their vacant property into an income-generating asset, whilst providing top-tier short stay experience for guests, hassle-free. “Some consumers might mistake us as a booking site like Airbnb, which we’re not. We don’t advertise our clients’ properties on our platform, but we partnered with all the renowned booking sites like Airbnb, Agoda, Booking.com, Ctrip and Expedia to expose our clients’ short stays.” HostAStay offers one-stop Short Stay Management Services to house owners which consists of consultancy services, short stay management, online and onsite trainings, professional interior design & renovation and more. Under the umbrella of HostAStay, there are many verticals, which includes: HostSearch – matching homeowners with professional short stay hosts. HostPlatform – the all-in-one short stay management system. HostProtect – the first insurance product cater to short stays. StaySuites – the complete concierge services. DesignAStay – professional interior design and renovation services. uCleans – professional housekeeping and cleaning services. XeniaPlus – extended concierge services for short-team leasing. Below we will walk you through the core features of these verticals. HostPlatform is a comprehensive short stay system. Once a guest has booked a stay on any online platform such as Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia, etc., the respective host is notified. The system eliminates key and pressing issues that allows for calendar syncing, double booking prevention, and generates clear reports for owners. Meanwhile, HostSearch enables homeowners to search for professional hosts that stay nearby their properties to manage the short stay. These hosts use HOSTPLATFORM to manage the short stay properties, which enables owners to monitor and track the renting activities with full transparency, providing the owners an ease of mind to focus on their daily routines. On top of the that, HostAStay also offers uCleans services to homeowners to ensure the cleanliness of the short stay properties. “Cleanliness has always be the leading factor of customers’ satisfaction during their short stay, thus, we engage with reliable cleaning service providers to do regular housekeeping and cleaning to ease the homeowners’ mind.” The strongest point that makes HostAStay stands out is its exclusive partnership with Tune Protect. HostProtect is the First Short Stay Insurance in Malaysia. “All the properties managed by HostAStay are protected with a comprehensive all-risk policy to ensure security and assurance to our hosts and homeowners alike,” shared Jordan. With a strong mission to build and promote responsible tourism, HostAStay strives for excellence in boosting Southeast Asia’s tourism scene while focusing on growing with the team of talents. To date, HostAStay has empowered more than 8000 short stays throughout Malaysia in less than two years. The team is constantly seeking to collaborate with businesses from different sectors, explicitly recognizing the transformative role that businesses can play in the short stay and tourism industry. HostAStay has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Nubex

Trading
"It is an obvious part of human nature to preserve. Putting life in the context of future tense, preservation makes much more sense.” Fayzi Omar always believes preserving wealth is one of the main concern in human life. With the frequencies of hyperinflation crises arising globally coupled with debt crisis everywhere, people are resorting to various alternatives of preserving their wealth. One of the options that many people go for is trading precious metal. Precious metals, such as gold and silver, have managed to endure multiple economic crises. In the past, metals that carried intrinsic value used to be the universal currency. “We believe that gold, which has been retaining its value for centuries, will make a comeback as a universal world currency.” However, the trading of precious metals like gold and silver bullion between buyers and sellers often performs in a very unsecured manner. Many trades occur on Facebook groups and e-marketplace like eBay, Lazada, and Shopee. Since there is no proper management on these trades, people can easily get scammed, be it on the buyers’ side or even the sellers’ side. Therefore, Fayzi and his like-minded partners co-founded Nubex (Nusantara Bullion Exchange) in 2009. Nubex is a secured online marketplace for anyone to trade gold and silver bullion. In Nubex, they will inspect all the bullion that up for sale and grade them according to their conditions. Buyers can check the grade indication and the detailed information of each bullion. Besides, the prices of the bullion are transparent. Sellers can set their selling price, and Nubex will display it to all buyers. “The obvious reason of people buying golds is the preserve their wealth. The last thing they would want to face is that the gold or silver bullion they bought is not authentic.” To eliminate the risks and provide the guarantee to the buyers, Nubex is not only focusing on the online marketplace. Like mentioned above, they also involve physical inspection and grading of the items to ensure authenticity. Thus, buyers can shop safely on their platform. Besides, since Nubex exchanges are connected to all its branches, a seller’s offerings are broadcast all over the world. This system creates massive liquidity where the seller’s items can be sold faster because of the high number of buyers. "To achieve our grand vision of turning gold into a universal world currency, we need to constantly improve our system to ensure gold can be easily traded globally and exchanged between people from around the world with great mobility.” The team is currently working hard to improve the three critical areas that they identified can build a better gold trading system, which are Decentralization, Liquidity, and Mobility. They are creating a complete ecosystem to address these areas. "The most important thing is to sustain Nubex as a healthy and safe playground for the gold trading activities.” Nubex has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com/zomin/students/register to participate in upcoming exciting events!

Carpit

Automotive
Every car needs four wheels to travel smooth and safely on roads. Malaysia is the second highest car ownership country in Asia; there is an apparent market demand for tyres and tyre services. “When I got my first car, I found it difficult to find good tyre shops and workshops that I can trust. It was always difficult to know how much to expect to pay when my car is serviced. Sometimes the bill comes as a shock, and I wonder whether I should really be paying this much,” said Qiyao Tai, the co-founder of Carpit. Qiyao knows he is not alone. Many car owners share the same problem. “I thought, instead of limiting our choices to friends and family’s recommendations, why don’t I use technology to create a transparent and trusted platform for tyre services?” This is how Carpit was born. Carpit is a mobile app that provides a more convenient way for car owners to get their car tyres serviced from trusted tyre shops. When you need to repair your tyres, simply open the app and choose for the type of services you need, all the available service providers within 20km will appear with the prices instantly displayed. Once you select a service provider and placed an order, they will pick up your car at the agreed location. All the payment will be made directly with Carpit’s app. Your credit card will only be deducted after the service provider has completed the service. In the event, if the service provider identifies other problems on your car, they will make professional recommendations for additional services. After the services are completed, the service provider will return your vehicle to your pick up point. With Carpit, you don’t need to take a day off, step into one shop by another to check and compare prices to get your tyres serviced. You don’t even need to leave your home or office anymore to wait at tyre shops. We’re not just a listing website, we make tyre servicing easy. The car and tyre servicing industry are still very traditional. We want to challenge the status quo and ultimately resolve the problem and hassle of servicing your car.” Nowadays, not only younger car owners are tech savvy. Imagine, many taxi drivers in Malaysia has slowly shifted to or picked up e-hailing apps. Sooner or later, the car and tyre servicing industry must adopt technology to keep up with the ecosystem changes. It was a challenge to bring tyre shops on board Carpit as they are very complacent with the way they have been doing things for the past decades. We try to gain cooperation from them by aligning our expectations. Younger tyre shop owners tend to look for business growth and breakthrough. So, we are there to assist them with their business as long as they look after our customers.” Carpit has grown steadily with its clear goals. Recently, it is being selected into an Accelerator Program by Cyberview and also being chosen as a mentor for the Startup Station Singapore, a roadshow organised by Facebook and IMDA Singapore. Carpit has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

My Weekend Plan

Event
What are you doing on weekends? After sitting in front of the office desk day after day, there are times when we felt bored and lifeless. You might not want to look at the computer screen anymore, at the same time tired of wandering around the shopping malls, but the hot sun out there doesn’t encourage you to hug the nature as well. What’s worse is you are getting lonelier when your friends started to get into serious relationships or even starting their families, no one could hang out with you all day long anymore. Bryan incidentally got to know many metropolitans share the same problem. Bryan’s sister loves arts but was stopped by their parents from pursuing arts as a career. Although she has become an engineer, she never stops doing arts. Being a computing engineer who possesses a combination of technical and marketing skills, Bryan created a website to promote his sister’s art classes. As the classes gained traction, he received a request from a friend to lease a baking class. “Many working adults desperately need some creative outlets to help them sweep away the stresses and to spice up their life. At the same time, there are people like my sister who need a platform to develop their hobbies into something profitable and sustainable. So, my friend and I decided to develop the website into an open platform,” Bryan shared the ideation process of My Weekend Plan. On February 2018, My Weekend Plan was launched as a events platform that develops and provides fun and creative activities for individuals, groups of friends and corporate clients. Events and activities providers or instructors can register and post their classes on the website to attract more participants. You can find various exciting classes on My Weekend Plan, from indoor learning like modern calligraphy, watercolour and acrylic artwork, flower arrangement, photography, soap making, cooking, baking workshops to outdoor challenges like archery classes, ATV rides, Nerf gun fights, night hikes and more! As the platform grows, My Weekend Plan started to organise parties, and large-scale events and team building for corporate bodies. To provide better experiences for corporate clients, they have their team building programs approved by the Human Resource Development Fund (HRDF). Unlike the usual workshops, their team building programs not only focusing on the activities but also have adopted some creative ways to improve participants communication skills, leadership abilities, and critical thinking skills. “Our team constantly brainstorms with providers on how to make a workshop more interesting and out of the ordinary. We want to provide activities and workshops that are unique and one that caters to clients’ need.” My Weekend Plan has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

AdStrux Asia

Advertising
Marketing and advertising are fundamentals in running businesses ever since business activities existed. In the last century, radio, TV, print and film have been ideal mediums for advertisers to market their products or services to the masses. In recent years, advanced technology has brought the dawn of a new area – digital marketing. Statistics show that many advertisers have diverted about half of the budget of TV ad spending to buy digital ads. However, some advertisers are looking at digital marketing as different mediums from the conventional mass communication mediums only. In fact, the most compelling advantage of digital marketing is its analytic capabilities that enable advertisers to make data-driven decisions. Melvin Chan being an early adopter of digital marketing has helped many organisations to achieve higher business results during his services in multiple digital media and marketing organisations. “Digital marketing is dynamic. You can track the results instantly and can analyse the gathered data to plan for enhanced actions. It’s always interesting to study the behaviours of consumers,” Melvin shared his passion for digital marketing. In 2018, Melvin founded AdStrux Asia, a data-driven digital marketing company that caters to primarily the automotive industry. AdStrux Asia helps clients to conduct media planning and buying with deep integration of analytics to drive maximum ROI and impact. “A good digital marketing agency should have great clarity on what are the factors that make a business successful. Besides, a good marketer should be able to give an indication of the potential leads that should convert into buyers for a client to make the marketing spend worthwhile. These are what AdStrux capable of providing to our clients.” Some of the services that AdStrux Asia offers are Media Planning & Buying, Analytics Consulting & Reporting, Social Media Management, Website Design & Development, Reputation Management & Database Marketing, Digital Advertising, Creative Services and Call Attribution. “A website designed by marketers is different because we will focus on optimising the website to generate leads by making conversions happen. As for social media, we will help clients to re-balance audience and optimise audience reach to begin optimising for leads to be converted either on social media itself or directed to clients’ websites,” Melvin explaining the uniqueness of services provided by AdStrux Asia. “We offer unique solutions to brands that are serious about their marketing mix strategy’s impact on its bottom line. It starts with finding out answers to crucial questions through a brand’s data touchpoints. That’s why we help our clients to make informed marketing decisions only.” Within eight months of operation, AdStrux has successfully worked with fourteen clients, consist of dealerships from well known automotive brands like Mini, BMW, Proton, Honda, Toyota, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz and Ford. AdStrux Asia has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

byMeiChi

Design
Two decades ago, we were not exposed to the world of the internet yet. Role-playing games are famous among kids especially girls because the games are interactive, fun and don’t require costly props. I believed a lot of girls played the ‘Miss Pageant Competition’ with siblings, cousins and friends before. While most of us prepared our props that looked very lousy using ‘manila cards’ and plastic jewellery, Mei Chi actually hand-sewn her full set of costumes from headdresses to gloves Most people think that Mei Chi’s passion towards the threads and fabrics is influenced by her mother, who used to sew clothes. “The sewing skills yes. But speaking about the passion, it’s from myself. And all my knowledge about fashion design and dressmaking are self-taught,” she said confidently. Petite ladies like Mei Chi often couldn’t find any clothes from female apparels shops. As she grew older, she became to feel uncomfortable and awkward to buy and wear children’s clothes. One day, she recalled back her memories of making the Pageant’s props and decided to sew some dresses for herself. They turned out great. In that part of the time, it was the golden era of blogging. Mei Chi posted her self-made clothes on her blog to share her joy with netizens. People started to request her to customize clothes and dresses for special occasions. "I never thought before that I can actually earn pocket money by sewing clothes!” She made the storeroom into her production house. Bespoke dresses require very detailed body measurements, it’s certainly not a great idea to invite clients to walk into the small storeroom. "I used to meet with my clients in washrooms at department stores to do the measurements. It sounds funny, but it was the happiest time in my life.” Every day after classes, Mei Chi rushed back home to start sewing. Sometimes she sewed for herself, sometimes for clients, sometimes just because some inspirations popped up. “There was a fabric shop that I frequently visited, they called me ‘the 1-meter girl’. Because for each pattern I only buy 1-meter.” Mei Chi only learnt the basic sewing techniques from her mum, in order to produce various designs of dresses, a lot of trials and errors were required. “When I ran out of ideas or solutions, I always visited a site called BurdaStyle. There are a lot of tutorials there and there is a forum with many helpful sewing-buddies sharing free resources.” After graduated, Mei Chi was offered a job that related to her field of study but quitted the job after half a year because she wanted to focus on her dress-making business. She branded her business as Emcee Couture as the word ‘emcee’ sounds like her initials, M.C. She rented a tiny shop in Taipan USJ to provide her clients with a more comfortable space to meet up. Besides, she also brought her ready-to-wear clothes to bazaars to gain more exposure for Emcee Couture. "A few years back the economy is very good. A lot of clients came to us to customize the wedding gowns and the bridesmaids’ dresses. We became so popular in making bridesmaids’ dresses.” Mei Chi started to recruit experienced sewing-masters including her mum to fulfil the orders. She also rented a bigger space to fit the Emcee Couture Studio consists of a front – a cosy boutique space and a back –complete design and production studio. Today, Emcee Couture is a place where professional masters using the finest materials and the best craftsmanship to bring every girl’s dream dresses to life. Regardless of your age, skin colour, heights and weights, you deserve a nice and unique dress. "I love what I’m doing now. It’s the passion that burning in my heart keeps me moving every day. If anything went wrong, I know I could always go back to my little storeroom, back to where I started.” From the way Mei Chi shared her stories, we can see the satisfaction and the happiness in her. She is contented by doing what she loves.

ZOM-IN

Technology
ZOM-IN is an online platform created for young minds and successful entrepreneurs to empower and inspire one another. Our co-founders have years of experiences in the corporate recruitment segment. While placing candidates into corporates, we observed one problem: the gap between corporate and millennials are getting bigger day by day. Despite how media is trying to portray, we don’t see this as anyone’s fault. This is because we have met a lot of talented and determined young candidates. Besides, we also understand how the corporates world operate. What we saw is the lack of exposure of young millennials to the business environment that has caused a lot of misunderstanding and miscommunication. Therefore, ZOM-IN is here to bridge the gap. We provide a series of programs, tools, inspiring articles and videos to help you understand the real working life before you step out of the school. Let's start your exploration from here.

Intrack

Consultancy
Many people practice prices comparison while doing grocery shopping. As the distance between FMCG (Fast Moving Consumer Goods) retailers in Malaysia is often very close – sometimes we can find many of them under one roof, like in Midvalley there are 2 supermarkets and 6 pharmacies – most Malaysians don’t mind to visit multiple stores to get the cheapest deal. Therefore, the competitions among FMCG retailers, distributors and principals are very huge. Have you ever wondered how they make decisions on when and how to run promotions to attract more consumers to buy their products instead of their competitors’? After accumulating years of experiences in the FMCG industry, CK Soon decided to start Intrack Market Services to provide a special niche area of services to the FMCG industry. They provide promotion tracking, category management/planogramming out-sourcing, in-store tracking, price audit, consultancy and training to their clients. Their market researchers gather the pricing data of FMCG and translate those data into valuable information which is actionable to both Suppliers and Retailers, enabling their clients to achieve a higher ROI. They also provide insights on competitor promotion activities to help their clients to induce better promotion planning. For the InStore Tracking, they deploy auditors into the selected outlets by channels to check for either space, promotion implementation or any information the clients need in appointed stores. This service is very useful to Suppliers or Distributors. They get to inspect the compliance of the planogram. Whereas the Mystery Shopping service enables the Retailers (supermarkets, pharmacies, etc.) to secretly monitor and measure the employees’ service performance and obtain feedback from front line operation. Intrack will assign trained shoppers to visit the store and anonymously evaluate customer satisfaction, top of mind awareness, employees/dealers service and operations efficiency, product knowledge, merchandising, and more. “What we offer is very niche, but very useful and practical for the big players in FMCG. Therefore, we have set foot in Singapore and recently we have started a team in Jakarta.” Last year, CK Soon and his team also introduced a mobile app called ‘Hargapedia’. Hargapedia enables end-consumers to locate the best prices of the items in their Grocery Shopping Lists and get notified of any promotional campaigns. The app aggregates pricing of more than 12,000 products from over 6300 offline stores nationwide as well as key online grocery retailers. Subscribers also get to enjoy exclusive Hargapedia promos from their business partners from time to time Hargapedia is a fast-growing venture of Intrack and is seeking to hire bright minds that are willing to challenge convention and who are independent and strategic thinkers yet willing to get their hands dirty. Be it a software developer, designer, digital marketer, data scientist- Hargapedia is keen to explore hiring anytime and creating career opportunities for fresh grads. Intrack and Hargapedia aspire to be a regional player, growing beyond Malaysian shores and have already established their presence in Singapore and Jakarta. The journey has only just begun for Hargapedia to be the leading grocery price comparison app in South East Asia. Isn’t this exciting? Intrack Market Services has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com/zomin to participate in exciting events coming soon!

B Wiil International

Consultancy
"My favourite animal is the wolf. They always live in packs, cooperate with one another and accommodate to each other. Besides, they have very accurate intuition.” This is the first information that Eric Tai shares about himself whenever he meets new friends. From young, Eric has attempted to make profits out of creative ways. After many ups and downs, he realized that he must equip himself with more skills and experiences to enable himself building a sustainable business. Since then, he has worked in various industries as different roles all the way from a salesman in Petaling Street to a marketing manager in an MNC. “There was one part of the time, I even joined a direct selling company. Every day, the company will provide us with a bag of products like pens, torchlights, keychains, etc., and we will sell those things on the streets, food courts and Kopitiam. At first, it was very tough. But when I saw the best salesperson could achieve that amount of sales, it motivated me. Finally, I became the best salesperson!” Eric shared on how he tried to improve his sales skill. Although he performed very well in the corporates, he never forgot his dreams. In 2011, by leveraging on his extensive experiences for more than 10 years in corporate branding and strategy management, he resumed his entrepreneurial journey again and founded a branding and designing agency, CLOAD (Creative Loading). While providing his services, he has accumulated more knowledge and insights of the industry and has established more connections, which has led him to his current business. In 2016, Eric partnered with Rex Bong and started B WIIL International Sdn Bhd. B Wiil is a comprehensive enterprise group that has numerous subsidiaries including wholly-owned companies, holdings companies, and joint stock companies. Currently, their businesses included Retail Consultancy, Fashions, Food & Beverage, Entertainment & Media, Automobile and Property. Under the umbrella of B Wiil, there are some famous names like GME Malaysia, Nerd Unit and House of Original Design (HOOD). GME Malaysia is an entertainment agency that houses many talents and organises many events. Nerd Unit is a Malaysian Designer’s streetwear label that targets the international market. HOOD is a multi-label fashion boutique that offers the trendiest and finest fashion. "Clothing, Food, Housing, and Transportation are the four bare necessities in our life. B Wiil will constantly evolve to provide our clients with more fun options while fulfilling their life necessities.” B Wiil has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Eric has hosted a session of Real Life Experience in July 2018. Students attended Real Life Experience™ at bwiil Join us now at www.zom-in.com/zomin/students/register/ to be involved with more upcoming events!

Kintry

Food & Beverages
Food safety is one of the major concerns for urbanites, especially for mothers like Michelle, whose daughter had major allergies to eggs and nuts. To ease her mind and satisfy her little girl’s cravings at the same time, Michelle began baking homemade, allergen-free cookies and snacks at home. While baking for her daughter, Michelle also baked extra portions to share with friends and families. Many of them love the snacks and began ordering from her. Soon, they started to encourage her to start selling her backed delights. In August 2017, Michelle started Kintry – derived from ‘kindred pantry’, a name chosen by her daughter – and making small batches to order. Kintry offers a variety of healthy artisanal treats such as salted egg potato crisps, oatmeal cookies, and granola. The orders received are increasing from time to time, to a level where the domestic oven alone is not enough to fulfil the orders anymore. “At first, I was unsure whether or not to go into full time. You have to invest in machinery and a lot of other underlying costs for certifications, equipment, staffing, day-to-day operations, etc. Eventually, I met my current business partner, who persuaded me to commit to Kintry fully,” shared Michelle. In April 2018, they found a small shop-lot, the new home for Kintry to operate full force. Currently, Kintry sells Salted-Egg-Yolk Potato Crisps, Oat Cookies with Chocolate Chips, Salted Butter Caramel Granola and Pandan Gula Melaka Granola. Recently, Michelle has added three more products to Kintry’s offerings, namely Macadamia White Chocolate Cookies, Honey Granola and Chocolate Granola. Besides selling them online, Michelle actively joins in pop-up markets around the Klang Valley and engages with customers to gauge reception and gain insights about their tastes and preferences. The brand has also hit a significant milestone to have its products appeared on supermarket shelves. Now, consumers can access to Kintry’s tasty offerings in retail outlets such as Ruyi & Lyn, Atlas Gourmet Market, and selected BIG Supermarket and Village Grocer locations. Michelle also disclosed during our interview that Kintry would soon appear in Watsons outlets! Although the brand is gaining more recognition from the market, Michelle always upholds her brand promise to maintain the authenticity and quality of the snacks. “Basically, it’s all handmade. I didn’t get the recipes from outside or outsource it to anyone else to do. I know the product from the beginning to the end, where I get my supplies from, and what eggs or oats I put into the product,” Michelle asserts. With the help of her two kitchen staff, production at her shop lot runs at full swing to keep up with the online orders and to stock the shelves at the partnering retail outlets. At the heart of Michelle’s business is her aim to show her daughter that she can achieve anything she sets her mind to do. “I want her to grow up strong and gracious, and to realise that she can do anything with the strength inside of her.” With this strong mission, Kintry is going to conquer the more prominent and broader market. The team is working hard to prepare for Halal and Mesti certification and seeking opportunities to export their products out. “I hope to bring our locally handmade artisanal Malaysian snacks out there into the world, and I hope to make us proud. That’s why I’ve made the packaging so Malaysian.” Nonetheless, the design of Kintry’s packaging is created by a local artist, Szetoo Weiwen from Stickeriffic. Kintry is also taking a more proactive approach when it comes to social issues. “I have this part of my company, which I call Kintry Kindness. It’s basically just a way for us to reach out to help others. We’ve conducted baking classes for Mon refugee children and donated to various food banks.” Kintry has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

LCP Buildsoft Technology

Technology
Like many other programmers, Henry joined a few of big corporations as an in-house software developer after graduated from university. In 2012, he quitted the ordinary programmer’s life as he noticed many businesses are still operating in very traditional ways. “Technology should not be a luxury. With the right investments in advancing or transforming the business processes using technologies, many traditional businesses can soar to a new height,” shared Henry about his belief. He then founded LCP Buildsoft Technology, a software production house that aims to deliver unique and simple solutions deemed necessary for all businesses. It houses a group of talented and passionate software engineers that possess more than 20 years of combined experience in diverse expertise to deliver future-proof solutions for customers. “We promise to serve tailor-made and innovative software development solutions to our respective clients that produced by our inhouse engineers. To ensure the quality of our productions, we never outsource the jobs to third parties,” shared Henry about the uniqueness of LCP Buildsoft Technology. To them, their services can make huge impacts and differences to their clients’ businesses, be it a new software product and re-engineering legacy application. Hence, they always strive for the best solution by understanding each client’s business process aspects. Since its inception in 2012, the team has been serving bespoke software development solutions to clients. They provide services such as Window-based solution, Intuitive Mobile Applications, and Functional System Development to fulfil their clients’ digitalisation needs for their businesses. Over the years, they have been serving clients from a wide range of backgrounds and various sizes. Some of the industries include Property, Retail, Automobile, Event, Manufacturers, Education, Law, etc. Besides businesses, they have also provided professional software development solutions to Government bodies and even for individuals’ personal use. “Each of our projects aims to solve existing brick and mortar problems. We always put ourselves into clients’ shoes to understand their pains and their visions not only to solve problems but perhaps to create better innovations.” Knowing that technology evolves rapidly, LCP Buildsoft Technology has adopted the Continuous Learning Culture in their company. Recently, they have kickstarted a biweekly internal training session which gathers all employees to learn exciting topics that voted by everyone. Examples of the past topics include How to Leverage Digital Marketing Concept into System Development & Django – Phyton web Framework. This effort is to continually upskill and reskill the talents in LCP Buildsoft Technology to enhance their customers’ satisfaction, which leads to loyalty and retention. LCP Buildsoft Technology has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

+Solar

Energy
Back then, many parents and teachers would advise kids, especially those good in math, to pursue engineering path, as they believe that would be a bright future for them. Ko Chuan Zhen followed the expectation and completed his study in Electrical Engineering. However, he was lost and struggled. “Though that is something that I’m capable, I couldn’t tell I like it. Looking at some friends who are very passionate about what they’re learning, I wish I could find my interest as well. Time in university passed quickly, very soon, we needed to conduct the FYP(Final Year Project).” While deciding the topic for his FYP, he came across to a title that caught his attention — Solar Power Car Ventilation System. He started to immerse himself into the world of Solar Energy. Sometimes later, Ko casually picked up a pamphlet, and he learnt that many global funds have moved from traditional energy to support clean (renewable) energy like Solar Energy, Hydro electrical Energy, Biomass, Geothermal Power, etc. He realised that he was on the right track and decided to do something big. He started to work aggressively and travel around all regions to absorb as many of experiences as he could. At the same time, he talked to some close friends, including Ryan and Poh, about his plan of starting a Solar Power business. In late 2011, Ko, Ryan and Poh sat down together to brainstorm on the business proposal, in mere weeks before the Feed-in-Tariff policy was launched in Malaysia. Seizing this opportunity, they intended to make full use of the chance to realise their dream of revolutionising the energy industry. They established their first company, Leaf Energy, which is the first solar consultancy firm in Malaysia on the tenth of January 2012. With sheer determination and a unique business model in the industry, the team managed to not only secure several iconic projects in hand but also brought impact to the industry through streamlined solar project financing facilitations and successfully delivered these projects to completion. To expand the team’s involvement to cover more areas of the renewable energy business, they founded +SOLAR in 2013. +SOLAR provides solar energy services as a turnkey solution for residential, commercial, industrial and utility sector. In the same year, they opened a new branch in Penang. Within 2013 itself, the group managed to complete 14MWp of solar projects. As the demand of Solar Energy services continually increasing, +SOLAR proliferated in 2014 and marked a significant milestone in expanding the business to east Malaysia by building a new establishment into Sabah. In the same year, both +SOLAR and Leaf Energy obtained the ISO 9001:2008 certified by TÜV SÜD Germany. Besides running the business, the team never forget to look back to the society. Under the group’s umbrella, there is +SOLAR Academy, a CSR initiative designed to provide complimentary Green Technology Education to academic institutions in Malaysia. “I always think that Clean Energy is beautiful and powerful, that is why I want to spend the rest of my life doing the solar business. It’s not only for money but to make renewable energy accessible for everyone. I hope that by 2025, 20% of the rooftops in our country are covered with the solar power plant,” shared Ko. +SOLAR has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

DF Automation & Robotics

Automation $ Robotics
As a lecturer of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM), Dr Yeong Che Fai always wanted to empower and inspire his students to believe that they have the abilities to build a world-class tech company. In 2011, an opportunity knocked on his door. A Multinational Electronic Manufacturer in Johor looking for innovative solutions to improve their operation. Dr Yeong found out that the Manufacturing Plant was still relying on physical workforces to push bulky goods in the production line. He joined forces with his students, Ricky Yap Wee Yang and Tan Ping Hua, a design engineer and programming and system designer, respectively, in identifying several potential projects. Finally, they came up with an Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV), a programmed mobile robot that moves by tracking pasted magnetic tape on the ground. Their first production, the prototype, was able to replace at least four operators to push the components in the plant. The client was satisfied with the results, thus repeated orders for several times again. Dr Yeong and his two students realised there is a huge market need for Robotics solutions in Malaysia. Robotics and AGV have already been in the market since the 1950s. In fact, most manufacturing plants in countries like Japan, German and the US already implemented AGV Systems in their production line. They were yet to venture into Malaysia because our market is comparably smaller.” For local manufacturers, importing AGV technologies and solutions means expensive costs and poor local support. Therefore, Dr Yeong decided to become the first AGV Manufacturers and Solutions Providers in Malaysia. He quickly gathered his students, especially those who had represented Malaysia in the Robocon Competition, to start DF Automation and Robotics Sdn Bhd. DF Automation & Robotics is a tech-based company that specialises in automation and robotics. They provide professional services including designing, manufacturing, marketing and maintaining of the Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) systems for various industrial and commercial usages. Bear in mind, AGV itself is not very useful. It would only work if you had a professional team to diagnose your requirements, then design and customise a comprehensive solution to implement in your business. Our team build all our products from scratch, which make our services very flexible and customer-oriented.” DF Automation & Robotics covers everything their clients need to build an AGV System in their respective businesses. They produce from the AGV machines to the handlers, charging stations, accessories to the key element, the Fleet Management System (FMS). Most of the existing AGV software was very complex to use. Therefore, we developed our own FMS Software, NavWiz (Navigation Wizard) to be the brain of our AGV Products. It took us quite some time to build it, but all that efforts paid off.” The NavWiz software and the experiences that they’ve gained enable DF Automation & Robotics to speed up the production time of new AGV models. In the past, it took them at least one year to develop a new AGV system. Now, for a simple AGV model, they only need three months to roll it out. With the good reviews from existing clients and the government efforts on pushing Industry 4.0 forwards, many businesses from various industries have come to DF Automation & Robotics. Their main customers are from the Electronic Manufacturing industry, which traditionally use AGVs to transfer loads from warehouses to production lines, or from finished goods to warehouses. DF has exported to various contries including Singapore, India, Vietnam, Thailand and all the way to Mexico. Recent years, DF Automation & Robotics also started to venture into the F&B Industry. “The F&B purposed Service Robots are much smaller than our standard AGVs. They are used to deliver food orders directly to customers’ tables without the waiters.” According to a report from Mordor Intelligence, the robotics market was valued at USD 31.78 billion in 2018 and is expected to register a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25% over the forecast period of 2019-2024. “It’s a huge potential market. For the past ten years, the industry was growing stable, but it becomes very aggressive since last two years. We foresee there are more industries to adopt robotics solutions to revolutionise their operation very soon.” DF Automation & Robotics has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Bai Zi Gui

Wellness
Growing up in a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) family in Pahang, Sayhooi Lee has gained a lot of precious Chinese Medical knowledge from both his father and elder brother that are TCM Practitioners. Sayhooi’s father has been operating a TCM Pharmacy since the 1960s. Although Sayhooi never pursued the same path with them to become a practitioner, he always wanted to promote the Traditional Chinese Healthcare among the new generation. Besides, he also wishes that TCM prescriptions and natural healthcare products can be more accessible to everyone. When he met CK Liew, a tech guy that shares the same passion towards TCM, the two almost immediately decided to start an online TCM platform that enables anyone to obtain consultations from trustable TCM practitioners. In 2014, they started Bai Zi Gui. ‘Bai Zi Gui’ in Mandarin, is the medicine cabinet that we usually see in TCM Pharmacies. They gathered a lot of highly qualified TCM practitioners on Bai Zi Gui to provide professional services to the users. Users can communicate with real practitioners via webcam to get instant consultations and prescription. Nevertheless, it did not take long for them to realize that many Malaysians are unable to accept the concept of distance medical consultations. Besides, they also noticed that instead of going through the tedious process of preparing and decocting Chinese medicine, many youngsters (even some older people) opts for supplements that are convenient and safe to consume as part of their healthcare routine. Therefore, they slowly transformed the business model into one-stop TCM supplements online store. They partnered with trusted suppliers and manufacturers of traditional Chinese herbal supplements and only supply products that are registered with the Ministry of Health. "The last thing a health-conscious consumer would want is a supplement that brings bad effects. All the products available on Bai Zi Gui are verified, this is our brand promise.” Today, with its headquarter in Kuala Lumpur, Bai Zi Gui is a decent online TCM platform with over 78k FB followers and still growing. It offers over 1,200 different types of premium Chinese herbal remedies and nutritional supplements to clients throughout Malaysia and Singapore. Moreover, it has successfully ventured into USA’s market earlier this year. This is a great milestone for Bai Zi Gui as the USA is the largest dietary supplements market in the world. Besides supplying natural health supplements, clients could obtain endless useful information on healthcare from the website. In addition, Bai Zi Gui is occasionally organising Chinese medical and healthcare seminars to create awareness on TCM and healthcare. People who in search of TCM consultations can also visit Bai Zi Gui to discover a list of trusted practitioners across the nation. Bai Zi Gui has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com/zomin/students/register/ to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Pantang Plus

Wellness
The Traditional Post-Natal Practices In Asia, confinement is a common practice for post-partum mothers regardless of their races or religions. Although confinement is a traditional practice, many young mothers are practising it because it is scientifically proven as one of the most effective health aftercare, mentally and physically. While confinement is crucial for new mothers, the channels of getting a trustable confinement therapist are very limited. Some are lucky because of their mother, mother-in-law or aunties can help taking care of them and the baby(s) during the confinement month. A more common way of finding a ‘confinement lady‘ is through mouth-to-mouth recommendations by friends. Some would also opt for confinement centres that provide one-stop postnatal care and baby-care services for new mothers, but the charges are usually very high. Due to the limited channels, new mothers often get scammed or being charged ridiculously high. This is obviously not good for new mothers because the one thing they should do during confinement is to rest. If they are angry, worried or unhappy during this period, it might affect their recovery. From Corporate Lady to Confinement Lady Zamzana, the founder of PantangPlus.com, has been providing traditional Malay post-natal care services since she walked out of the corporates environment. Being a workaholic, she was a spa enthusiast back then as that was her favourite way of releasing her work stress. When her favourite spa spot facing a risk of closing down, with the support of her husband, she quitted her corporate job to take over the spa centre. That was the time she started to learn how to give confinement therapies and eventually became a confinement therapist. A few years later, Zamzana was approached by a shelter home requesting her to educate its residents about confinement care. That is a shelter home that protects unwed teen mothers. In our society, they are being discriminated and disaproved by the society due to social stigma. They will fall into the vicious cycle if no one offers help. That will create a lot of social problems. There’s no use of judging and blaming, the only thing that can turn the situation better is to empower them,” said Zamzana. Becoming a Social Entrepreneur She provided the pregnant teens with knowledge about confinement care so that they can regain their strengths post-natal. She also taught them how to take care of their newborn babies. Then she came across to a new problem: these teens were drop-outs with little prospects. They need jobs. The babies are waiting to be fed! This is the real problem.” Therefore, Zamzana decided to launch PantangPlus so that these teens are empowered with useful skills to become economically independent mobile therapists. She provides systematic training for the unwed teen mothers and any women who want to pick up the skills, gives assessments to ensure they have mastered all the skills and links them to clients who need confinement services. A Tech-Twist for Traditional Post-Natal Care As the business grows, she partnered with a tech guy, who is now the co-founder of PantangPlus, to develop the tech platform to cater to the young and tech-savvy mothers-to-be to book and enjoy the confinement therapies provided by their reliable therapists. With PantangPlus, new mommies can select the packages or a la carte services they require based on individual health conditions and financial capabilities to enjoy the confinement comfort. The platform offers transparent pricing structures and various packages that reserves the flexibility for all mommies. For example, you can order the Basic Package that only provides Mothercare Treatment (comprises of various massages, herbal bath, vaginal steam, etc.) if you have family members (mother, aunty or sibling) that can cook and take care of the baby for you. Of course, you can select the Premier Stay-In Package then they will cover everything from A-Z for you. The therapists can travel anywhere where their clients need them. Hence, mommies from outside of Klang Valley can also book for the services. In the near future, PantangPlus will also explore to serve more customers globally. Unlike the traditional ways of getting confinement lady, PantangPlus is worry-free and hassle-free. All the therapists are 100% Malay and Muslim, and have undergone systematic training and assessments before they are qualified as a therapist. The bottom line is, if you’re unsatisfied with your therapist, there is a proper channel for you to voice out. I personally advocate women wellness first and foremost, because a healthy and contented mother is the key to the happiness of the entire family.” —— Zamzana Mohd Arifin

Kravve.co

Food & Beverages
Growing up in a single-wage family, money has always been something that Teh’s family have to fight month over month. Yong Lin’s mother, who bakes amazing homemade pumpkin jam from scratch, always wanted to help out with the family’s expenses by selling her pumpkin jam. “Everyone who tasted the jam loved it. Many people encouraged her to sell the jam for some extra incomes. However, my mum had no idea how to market the product and get the word out on social media. She also had no idea how to handle the delivery and customer service. Thus, she wasn’t keen on exploring it as an avenue,” Yong Lin shared. As a millennial who very familiar with the e-commerce scene, Yong Lin was very confident that he could help to sell the jam on online marketplaces. However, he soon found out that it was not as easy as it sounds. “I never knew that most e-commerce platforms don’t allow sellers to upload perishables onto their site.” Yong Lin decided to start Kravve to empower more individuals like his mum to afford a better living, by selling freshly handmade food products from their home kitchen. Kravve serves as a convenient platform for home chefs who have been doing social selling all this while (on Instagram, Facebook or WhatsApp) or even those home chefs who have always been encouraged to start selling their food but are not sure how to start. “We believe in the concept of sharing economy, and one day, who knows, you might just buy your food from someone in your neighbourhood instead of going into a restaurant.” His co-founder, Jean Heah shares the opinion that Malaysia is a culinary melting pot and are impressed with the growing list of entirely original products from their merchants that range from banana wine, lavender marmalade jam, black truffle potato chips, nasi lemak fish skin and more! The duo wants to provide the home chefs with a stable and convenient platform so that they can focus on producing fantastic food without needed to managing dozens of Private Messages from customers, handling deliveries to customers and bearing the risk of preparing too many supplies for weekend bazaars. Kravve prepares a lot of tools and services to support their sellers. Besides the backend workflow system that shows the orders and payment updates, Kravve has an in-house team to manage customers’ queries at all time. They also engage will about 20 delivery partners that are experienced at handling food deliveries, dealing with fragile items such as mooncake, and seasonal items like pineapple tarts that are popular during Chinese New Year. To further empower the homecooks, Kravve also organises photography classes to help sellers figure out the camera lens, to help them tackle this world of internet selling. As a result, there are more appealing pictures up on the site, which leads to a win-win situation for both sellers and Kravve. To date, over 200 merchants have registered on Kravve. There is no restriction on the number of products a merchant can list as there is no listing fee. Kravve only charges a small percentage on each sale generated to maintain the platform. To ensure the freshness of the artisanal food products and to help save inventory space, most products sold on Kravve are made to order. Hence, customers might need to be patient as the delivery period is usually between five and seven working days. “It may sound long, but I believe customers don’t mind waiting as it arrives fresh and is nice to consume.” Kravve has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Grub Cycle

Social Enterprise
"On an average, a Malaysian throws almost one kilogram of food daily,” —— said Dr. Wan Azizah during the Malaysian Agriculture, Horticulture and Agro-Tourism Exhibition (MAHA) 2018. Food wastage is not a new issue in Malaysia. Over the years, authorities and non-governmental organizations have put in many efforts to address this problem. In most discussions, we are focusing on the cooked food waste or kitchen wastage. In Buffet Restaurants, every day there are excess foods that ended up in the bin. The obvious solution to this scenario is composting. However, there are other types of food wastage beside this. Will you check the expiration date on the box of the Cream Crackers when you doing groceries? Ever wonder where will they go after their shelf life ended if no one purchased them? Many people thought supermarket can simply donate these items to low-income families, but is this the best option? “Of course it is nice if they get to eat some Koko Krunch. However, what they need the most is still the basic food essentials like rice, oil, salt, etc. Therefore, we don’t think it is suitable to donate all the surplus food to low-income family,” said Redza, the co-founder of Grub Cycle. What we don’t know is that surplus food is perfectly edible a day, a week, a year, or even multiple years after the expiration date branded onto a package. For examples, canned goods are safe to consume up to 6 years if you store it nicely. For the egg, if it never floats in water, it is edible. Dried food like pasta has no water content, you can still cook perfect pasta as long as it doesn’t smell odds. In 2016, social entrepreneur Redza Shahid and his co-founders started Grub Cycle as a social supermarket to reduce food wastage. In the beginning stage, they sell surplus food items on social media. As they grow, they have developed a website and a dedicated mobile app to improve the process. Grub Cycle works closely with supermarkets to get a variety of surplus food products like condiments, sauces, olive oil, drinks, chocolates, cereal, and even milk. Then, they notify their subscribers about the list of surplus food items with bargain prices. The users can order the items that they want, Grub Cycle will deliver the items to them at no delivery cost. Besides, they also collect ‘unsexy-look’ fruits and vegetables, and turn them into products like Pineapple Jam or Kimchi Cabbage that have a longer lifespan. Additionally, part of Grub Cycle’s profits is used to subsidize the cost of basic food essentials for low-income families. By purchasing the food products from Grub Cycle, the consumers not only save a lot of costs, but they are also contributing to the community by supporting the efforts to cut down food wastage and helping low-income families. Over the past two years, Grub Cycle has been working hard in changing the perspective of both businesses and consumers towards surplus food. “We are building awareness to let people understand that the expiration date doesn’t always indicate the exact expiration of the food.” With their write-ups and videos, more and more people understand that they don’t need to throw away the edible surplus food, and they are more confident to consume surplus food products. Grub Cycle has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths! Join us now at www.zom-in.com/zomin/students/register to stay updated with the exciting events coming soon!

Oxwhite

Fashion
The interview between ZOM-IN’s representatives and OXWHITE’s co-founders, CK and Zi Kang was a fruitful one. They both supported ZOM-IN’s idea of giving back to society and empowering the youth. A good-looking white shirt is a must-have item for college boys who are going to entering the career world. A good quality and clean white shirt not only helps you to be spotlighted in your Convo but also helps to boost up your confidence to slay the job interviews. However, a good piece of white shirt often exceeds the budget of many college kids. Most of the time, even office workers felt it’s expensive. CK Chang understands the struggle very well. As an entrepreneur and frequent traveller, it’s not an easy task for him to find a dress shirt that fits well on his slim Asian physique. Once, while wandering in Savile Row, he splurged on an expensive shirt, and experienced what perfect fit really meant. I could tell that this made-to-measure shirt and the confidence it gave me would be the key for me to tip the scales in my success, in life and in business.” This inspired him to start OXWHITE, so that he can share the magic of that perfect fit at a price anyone can afford — RM69. This doesn’t come easily. It is a result of him spending 2 years and 20000 miles in search of the best fabric and manufacturers. OXWHITE collected and analysed body data from 70,000 Asian men to design the perfect tailored fit. Each OXWHITE shirt is made of 100% SUPIMA® cotton, an American-made cotton known for its incredible softness and silky feel, and undergoes a non-iron heat treatment during the manufacturing process. The team is also working closely with a factory that has years of experience producing for global brands such as Brooks Brothers and Thomas Pink to ensure the same quality you would expect from other designer menswear. To maintain the incredibly low price for the premium quality shirts that might cost RM400 in other branded shops, OXWHITE operates on a 100% e-commerce, pre-order only model. All the middlemen and unnecessary inventory costs have been cut out to reduce the cost mark up. After gaining recognition from the users, the team starts to introduce a wider range of products. One of them is the recently released Freedom Strech Pants, a finely tailored-fit business pants at RM99. With CK’s strong vision and clear mission, there will be more products such as more colour choices for the shirts and pants, and perhaps the scratch-resistant luggage bags for business travellers. Young men in Malaysia no longer need to struggle from saving their meal allowances to buy a piece of luxury shirt. Thanks to OXWHITE, now you can look good in any important events at a price below RM200! Their actions of empowering the young generation don’t stop here. Now, they have become part of ZOM-IN to provide more business exposure to young people! To join our collaborative events, sign yourself up now at www.zom-in.com/zomin/students/register!

myTukar

Automotive
In Malaysia, car is not just a sort of transportation, it also plays a very crucial role in our economic activities. Every day there are people who buy cars and people who want to get rid of their used cars. The Kuala Lumpur “V” prefix number plates have only been released in August 2016, just after two years, JPJ is now selling “VCE”. Can you imagine how fast-selling are the cars in Malaysia? However, to sell off a used car, is never a ‘fast’ experience. There is where the myTukar.com comes in. myTukar.com is a tech platform that aims to Change (Tukar) and Digitise the traditional car ownership lifecycle. They focus on developing the online car bidding website to provide users with fast and effortless experience. It only takes 3 simple steps for users to sell their used cars at the best price! The Three Simple Steps to Sell A Car on myTukar: APPRAISAL – Let the trained inspector access your car’s condition LIVE BIDDING – Watch LIVE BIDDING at myTukar.com website for the maximum value GET PAID! – Let myTukar do all the Procedure and Processing while waiting for the transaction. The most exciting part is myTukar.com has brought in many Certified Car Dealers nationwide to compete in the Live Bidding. Therefore, the final price that you received will definitely be the maximum value of your car. According to carbase.my, the current average market price of the 2003 Toyota Wish is at RM30k. As we can see from the final bid price of the Toyota Wish on myTukar.com, the value that the user been offered is a fairly good price! I honestly didn’t think it could be this fast and convenient. I managed to sell my car for above what I thought I could get it for, and that’s a big bonus.” —— Mr Edi from Kuala Lumpur who recently sold his 2011 Volkswagen Polo TSI for RM26,600 on myTukar.com myTukar.com has successfully utilised their knowledge, experience and skills from the automotive industry to design a user-friendly platform for both consumers and businesses to complete the car ownership lifecycle through a smooth experience.

GoGet

Technology
Thanks to the convenience brought by the mobile technology, methods of getting things done are no longer the same as the past decades. There is almost nothing that we couldn’t solve using our smartphone. Of course, solving urgent problems using certain mobile apps may have some costs, but all these costs are much reasonable. GoGet.my is a technology platform founded in 2014. This platform utilizes the power of mobile technology to help its users in achieving greater productivity and connectivity in everyday work. It is a mobile app that connects people who want to get tasks done faster with people who want to work flexibly. Be it to deliver important documents to your clients, getting a part-time helper for your exhibition booth, or to satisfy your craving when you are stuck with works, you can outsource these errands to a community of trained runners (“GoGetters”) on GoGet.my. Whereas for the GoGetters, GoGet is a platform that redefines part-time opportunities through a location-based job generator. You can choose your own working time and select from various job types. You can be a food delivery helper on one day and a promoter on another day. You can even queue for a concert ticket for yourself and for a poster (the person who posted the job) at the same time! This platform is very convenient and flexible for groups of people who have irregular free time. For instance, students and housewives who want to earn extra money. Full-time mums have free time while their children are at school or tuition classes. With GoGet, the mums can send their children to school, then open the app to look for opportunities near them that can fit their schedule. These opportunities can upgrade their lifestyles and also widen their horizon. GoGet’s vision is to be the best open platform for flexible work. They empower people to connect to each other, get tasks done faster and with better quality. It allows you to work with trusted people in a safe environment. "We hope that the tasks and job opportunities created not only empower honest hard working individuals, but ultimately unite the city.” To achieve their vision, GoGet is not only focusing on the technical aspects of the platform. They require every GoGetter to complete an online English test and attend a training session before they can start accepting tasks from the platform. This policy is more than a quality control system. It actually empowers the GoGetters by helping them to perform better in carrying out tasks, which eventually add values to them. This makes GoGet stands out from other freelancer platforms because all GoGetters need to go through proper background checks, test, and training. This practice helps to prevent avoidable problems from happening, minimize the risks of hiring random freelancers to complete important tasks. Posters can assign jobs like banking errands, surprise party set up, bringing pets for grooming, etc. so that they can focus on other more important tasks. The growing trust-level among the posters and GoGetters not only creates higher productivity and efficiency in carrying out micro-tasks, but also improve the entire society. GoGet is currently covering 3 cities: Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Johor Bahru. We hope to see their existence in more cities to connect and empower more Malaysians. GoGet has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com/zomin/students/register to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Favoriot

Technology
The Internet of Things (IoT) is a system of interrelated computing devices, mechanical and digital machines, objects, animals or people that are provided with unique identifiers (UIDs) and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction. The IoT helps people live and work smarter as well as gain complete control over their lives. In addition to offering smart devices to automate homes, IoT is essential to business. IoT provides businesses with a real-time look into how their companies’ systems work, delivering insights into everything from the performance of machines to supply chain and logistics operations. IoT enables companies to automate processes and reduce labour costs. It also cuts down on waste and improves service delivery, making it less expensive to manufacture and deliver goods as well as offering transparency into customer transactions. Speaking about IoT, Dr Mazlan is one of the iconic influencers of IoT in Malaysia. He is ranked Top 10 in IoT Top 100 Influencers by Postscapes 2017 & 2018, ranked Top 20 Global Thought Leaders on the Internet of Things (February 2019) by Thinkers360, ranked No. 20th Thought Leader in IOT by 2014 Onalytica Report – “The Internet of Things – Top 100 Thought Leaders, ranked among 50 Most Impactful Smart Cities Leaders by World CSR Congress 2017 and UTM Alumni Industry Personality 2016. With more than 30 years of rich and diverse experiences in the academia, government R&D agency and telco industry, Dr Mazlan has flowed from the job world onto a journey of entrepreneurship. The experience that he gained from working for different sectors helped him gain considerable knowledge of the intricacies involved in various industry domains. Through IoT solutions that are being offered by FAVORIOT, he dreams of touching every aspect of life with technology, therefore, making lives of human beings modern yet straightforward. In 2017, Dr Mazlan founded FAVORIOT to offer IoT solutions to enterprises of all sizes, SMEs and Startups. The company is ardent to provide highly innovative solutions that satisfy the need of its client and establish a long term relationship with them. FAVORIOT products are highly innovative and equipped with advanced technology in the Internet of Things. FAVORIOT is known by its clients for its prompt response to client’s demands both in terms of product offering and its business model. The company has built a secure IoT ecosystem for seamless customer experience across the entire value chain. The company’s expertise lies in IoT platform or middleware that allows sensors with different connectivity protocols to be connected on a single platform. It also allows IoT software developers to create their solutions using the APIs provided. IoT is complex, and there are numerous services attached to a single product. Therefore, it is not feasible for a company to equip the entire range of IoT services. Looking into the complexity that comes with IoT, FAVORIOT has kept its product line simple yet innovative to exceed customer’s expectations. FAVORIOT encourages the growth of an IoT ecosystem and helps others to develop their IoT products quickly without investing or developing their own IoT platform. Being an early IoT player in Malaysia gives FAVORIOT the presence, brand, and trust in providing advice and become a partner in delivering IoT solutions. FAVORIOT offered IoT solutions to more than 20 Universities and companies as their teaching and R&D, and within a short span of two years, there are now more than 1200 IoT developers from over 86 countries using the platform. RAQIB RAQIB is a successful product launched by FAVORIOT, a system that helps family members to monitor the elderly parents who are alone at home. The initial purpose of RAQIB is to solve the problems that floated as a result of the upcoming worldwide ageing population. With RAQIB, the smart wearable equipment will send the wearer’s health vital signs and location to a mobile application. Geo-fencing is activated to ensure alerts are notified to their children, especially for the dementia persons. Later, the company expanded the RAQIB service to Hajj Authorities and Travel Agencies to monitor their Hajj pilgrims during their pilgrimage. This service is to provide peace of mind to the related authorities and the family members in case there are missing pilgrims. Family members of pilgrims who wear RAQIB’s equipment can receive real-time location to monitor the pilgrims’ whereabouts. Through RAQIB, the company also extended its services to Travel Tour Agents to monitor their travellers; and to hospitals to monitor their remote patients and employees to ensure their staff safety. FAVORSENSE Dr Mazlan believed the urban planners would love to have real-time data from major cities to help them accurately plan the city roads in the future. Thus, he introduced FAVOURSENSE, a crowdsourcing solution using mobile app that collected information about the city’s issues. “The public will have a better picture of where to live and work. Housing estates will know how to price their property. Businesses will know where to build their offices strategically. In fact, I always think it’s such a waste if Google limits the Waze data for advertising only,” shared by Dr Mazlan. FAVORSENSE allows citizens or organizations to make incident reports easily through a mobile application. Then, the report can be quickly and effectively handled by the relevant authorities later. With FAVORSENSE, authorities will be seen as more proactive, collaborative, engaged and transparent in managing the cities. All incidents or reports will be geo-tagged and finding the location will be accessible by the field-force or contractors. All these data are aggregated on FAVORSENSE and decision making can be made based on the insights. From academics to SMEs, Travel Agencies and public, FAVORIOT has served almost all industry verticals. The company is optimistic about a successful future and is actively seeking investors and partners for further market expansion beyond Malaysian shores to become a global player. FAVORIOT has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

EntreVestors

Finance
Gone are the days when people believe that climbing up the corporate ladder is the path towards success. Millennials nowadays are more appealed to the idea of being a boss themselves. Thus, start-ups are mushrooming not only in Silicon Valley but all over the world. One of the trickiest parts to start a business is the start-up financing – that initial infusion of money needed to turn the idea into something tangible. When you are just starting, you’re not at the point yet where a traditional lender or investor would be interested in you. Many investors are reluctant to invest in private equity and crowdfunding projects because of they afraid of getting scammed. Besides, many small and medium enterprises owners wanted to digitise their businesses to stay relevant to the evolving market. Unfortunately, most of them are clueless about how to start. “Therefore, we gather Entrepreneurs, Investors and Industry Professionals to share knowledge and resources about New Finance and New Retail among these three parties,” shared by Allan, the founder of EntreVestors Ecosystem. Allan started his businesses in the early twenties. “At first, I opened a cybercafe in my hometown with the money claimed from my late father’s insurance. I were interested in investments, so I learned how to invest in property and stock. Unfortunately, I was trapped by the Ponzi Scheme and ended up with six-figure debts.” To settle the huge debts, Allan left his hometown and started his salesman life in Kuala Lumpur. “From insurance, broadband services to the property, as long as it’s legal, I would sell.” While selling properties, he met his mentor who taught him about alternative financing. He then followed the mentor to run a Venture Capital Platform in China. In 2013, Allan moved back to Malaysia and wanted to replicate the business model of the Venture Capital Platform with a business partner here. However, they soon hit a snag because many local investors used to have lousy perception and misconception about equity crowdfunding. To eliminate the stereotypes and to help investors indicate excellent investment opportunities, they started to organise educational talks regarding alternative financing such as crowdfunding and private equity. While running talks, Allan realised that many business owners not only have questions regarding investment, but more problems are pending to be solved. He noticed many millennials want to utilise their technical skills to escape the corporate world. However, to start a company, they need capitals. They must learn how to pitch their ideas, how to determine a feasible business model, etc. At the same time, investors need a trustable platform to provide them with accurate information and help them to develop the right investment concept. “Ultimately, they need to have a solid risk management concept while investing,” KenGy, the co-founder of EntreVestors Ecosystem added. Meanwhile, for existing business owners, they are urged to go digital to keep up with rapidly changing consumer patterns and business ecosystem. They need proper guidance on how to merge their offline, brick and mortar businesses to connect with online customers. Hence, they founded EntreVestors Ecosystem in 2016. EntreVestors Ecosystem hosts workshops and talks to educate the public about P2P Financing, Equity Crowdfunding, Alternative Investment, O2O Marketing, and more. Besides, they also provide learning materials like in e-books and videos to their premium members. Most importantly, the platform serves as a complete ecosystem to connect investors with good projects via networking sessions. “To break the stereotypes are not easy. But after running the platform for some time and have successfully helped some of our members to grow their start-ups or innovate their businesses, we have gained trusts progressively,” shared by KenGy. Entrevestors Ecosystem has co-hosted workshops by partnering with Astro AEC. They have also been invited as the main judge for the Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest in Malaysia. Till date, they have hosted 116 seminars and six workshops to empower over 5000 attendees. EntreVestors Ecosystem has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Rtist

Human Resources
If you asked among millennials what is the ideal working environment for them, many would share the idea of being a ‘Digital Nomad’. Therefore, many millennials, especially those in the creative industry, would prefer freelancing. Perhaps it’s also due to the nature of artists mostly create better works when they are not constrained by rules. Many companies are having difficulties in hiring the right creative talents. In some cases, talented designers may not necessarily fit into the company culture. When companies or entrepreneurs need to fulfil their creative needs urgently, they often go to freelancer platforms to advertise their jobs. But most of the designers on these platforms are not based in Malaysia, some are even not in the same time zone, which creates inconveniences while collaborating. Tony Chua, an former product designer found it difficult to find consistent jobs to sustain himself. He noticed many other designers share the same problems too. One day, when he was introduced to the concept of UBER, it was the light bulb moment and he told to himself, “Why not create an UBER for designers?” In 2016, Rtist is founded as a platform that connects entrepreneurs or recruiters to local creative talents. It is a one-stop centre for recruiters to discover creative talents in different expertises, such as branding specialists, graphic designers, mobile app UI designers, interior designers, industrial product designers, videographers, animators, photographers, fashion designers, copywriters and more. Clients can browse for portfolios to hire right talents and because they’re local, clients can meet up with designers for discussion and collaboration. “We understand some clients may have busy schedules that don’t allow them to search and screen through the candidates by themselves. Therefore, we also offer ‘handpick’ service to carry away their troubles and get them the right designers based on tailored requirements,” shared Tony. For designers, the platform not only helps to showcase their works for more exposure, it also takes care of the designers on their job management and personal development. Designers can update their calendar on Rtist to show their availability. Clients can reach out to them to fulfil projects during their vacant slots. This feature can help freelance designers to prevent timetable clash and to get more consistent jobs. One of the downsides of freelancing is that you don’t get to enjoy perks, benefits and development opportunities like other permanent employees. Lucky for designers that on-board with Rtist because they provide perks such as co-working space access and computer repairs to their members. Besides, they also organise events, workshops and classes to help their members to constantly upskill themselves. “We strive to provide the best creative talents to our clients. Therefore, it’s part of the platform’s responsibility to keep the members competitive.” It was this strong mission that has made Rtist a trusted platform to companies and organisations from various industries and sectors. They have successfully worked with hundreds of clients—TouchnGo, Go Noodle House, University of Malaya and GoBear to name a few. Rtist has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Beans Depot

Food & Beverages
Coffee culture runs deep in Malaysia. Every morning, we can see people sitting at ‘kopitiams’ (coffee shop) to have a cup of coffee to kick off their day. We have the traditional Hainanese Coffee, kopi-o, kopi tarik, white coffee and some other novelty choices like ‘cham’ (the mixture of coffee and tea). Our traditional coffee beans are a mixture of green beans from different origins roasted with sugar, butter, and sesame. The blend of different beans and ingredients produces a strong, robust and aromatic taste in our local coffee. Specialty Coffee is the absolute contrast of our traditional coffee. It is used to describe beans of the best flavour which are produced in special microclimates. People often mistake ‘premium’ coffee as specialty coffee. Please note that ‘premium’ coffee is a marketing term with no defined standards, while specialty coffee is coffee bean which scores 80 points or above on a 100-point scoresheet by the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA). Our team in ZOM-IN is very blessed to meet Ms Yip Leong Sum from Beans Depot, the president of the Malaysia Specialty Coffee Association (MSCA) to understand her startup journey and her contribution to the coffee culture in Malaysia. Ms Yip used to work for all those big corporates as an HR Manager for Comp & Ben. She was very committed to her career. Until 10 years ago, when her children entered teenage, she couldn’t leave them at hometown anymore, she finally made a decision to leave corporate jobs in order to spend more times with her daughters. Knowing that she can’t be a full-time homemaker, her husband and daughters encouraged her to find something to do that interests her. Being a coffee lover for her whole life, she noticed that at that part of the time there’s no one in Malaysia selling coffee beans by origins. That was a time when the Third Wave Coffee hadn’t appeared in Malaysia yet, we only had Starbucks (the Second Wave Coffee), and Ms Yip herself was still a local coffee drinker. To understand more about coffee, Ms Yip started to do research about the coffee culture in Italy and started to learn how to brew coffee. She also joined a group of coffee enthusiasts that held regular meetings of appreciating specialty coffee. To pick up coffee brewing skills and knowledge, Ms Yip enrolled herself into the illy’s School of Coffee. The more she learnt, she wanted to learn even more. She flew all the way to Hong Kong to attended coffee roasting classes conducted by the SCAA. She got herself a 300g Roasting Machine to start roasting coffee beans. Then she realized, to get green beans (the raw coffee beans) in Malaysia is not easy because it required an approved permit (AP). "The journey is very tough. For almost everyone, ‘kopi o’ is still as good. Not many people would appreciate Specialty Coffee because of its higher price.” Ms Yip understood she has to cultivate the coffee culture in Malaysia. To bring up the entire coffee scene in Malaysia, she and a few coffee enthusiasts started to form the MSCA. They gathered the coffee lovers, machine sellers and beans distributors to organize world-standard competitions. After putting in a lot of efforts, they finally got the MSCA and the competitions sanctioned by the World Coffee Events. "The process of educating people, getting recognized and getting sponsored is not easy at all.” Ms Yip used to offer free cupping to teach other coffee lovers how to taste and evaluate a good cup of coffee. To encourage café owners to make specialty coffee, she rent her roasting machine to competitors. When we were visiting Ms Yip at Beans Depot, we saw a guy roasting coffee beans bag by bag, initially, we thought he is her staff, found out later that he is actually from another café. She even rent her coffee bar to people during weekends who wanted to start a café to engage them in the business before investing money on setting up their café. “I’m always keen to grow people and I want to strike a balance between business and mission.” Back to Beans Depot. Ms Yip started Beans Depot by renting a small garage of a bungalow, with a simple coffee machine and a small table. She invited people to come and taste the coffee and the visitors tipped her. Although she has moved into a bigger space now, she still keeps the table and the cake chiller that she used since day 1. “We are still using the same coffee machine!” The story of Ms Yip and Beans Depot is very unique. She not only built her own coffee business but also brought up the entire coffee scene in Malaysia and helped a lot of café owners in starting their businesses. "I believe in sustainability and integrity in business. I also believe together we can be better. It’s unlikely that their customers will come to me if they don’t have good quality coffee to offer. People go to their establishments often because of their personal relationships or maybe it’s nearer to their houses. I won’t earn more if I being selfish to share.” Do you love coffee? If yes, Beans Depot is a great place for you to redefine your understanding of coffee. “We don’t have fantastic furniture, but I can promise you the best quality in your cup.”

BuildEasy

Interior Design
Yong Meng has always had a passion for beautiful homes and especially the process of transformation from an old home to a brand new beautiful one. After he finished a short internship in a construction company during his early college days, he realised he is strongly enthusiastic about the renovation industry. Hence, he started his business as a renovation contractor in his first year at the University. Fast forward to 2016, Yong Meng established BuildEasy, a one-stop home renovation solutions provider that uses technology and design to simplify the process of creating beautiful homes. Renovating a home is a bittersweet experience that makes people fear the hassles but anticipate the results. BuildEasy is the platform that tries to take away all the bitter but preserve the sweetness for its clients. “There’s always miscommunication between the homeowners and contractors, even more so when the interior designer is involved in the picture,” Yong Meng expressed the key industry pain points. To address this problem, BuildEasy highlights personalisation in their services. They provide curated design templates for free to those who are looking to renovate their homes. Using selected design templates, they allow homeowners to customise the colour options of the furniture, flooring, curtains and wallpapers of their dream home. “We are committed to understanding our client’s unique needs – and work around their style and budget,” shared Yong Meng about their brand promise. To ensure they are on the same page with their customers, BuildEasy employs the virtual reality (VR) technology to enable their customers to visualise designs for more accurate decisions. Most importantly, BuildEasy’s jobs never end upon customers’ approval on their design sketches. They help homeowners to oversee every detail of the renovation to save customers’ time, money and stress. As the company grows, Yong Meng felt the urge to expand and innovate the business. In 2019, he started PropEasy to complement with BuildEasy. PropEasy is an online platform that redefines property ownership by offering transparency and curated choices to foreign property buyers who wish to invest in Southeast Asia. Previously, BuildEasy B2C approach focuses heavily on residential property owners. After PropEasy was introduced, they open up another segment to work together with PropEasy. When PropEasy successfully matched a foreign property investor with a property, BuildEasy will step in to provide their design and renovation solutions to the investor. “Some of these clients are buying the house as a second home in Malaysia, some are buying it purely for investment purpose.” For property investors, BuildEasy doesn’t only provide a quick makeover that catered to tenants’ need but also help investors to rent out the property. “We provide professional photography services and help investors to source for the right tenants.” “The COVID-19 affected our business too. Sales dropped due to low confidence in consumers. Hence, it shows the importance of being flexible and creative to be able to promptly adjust the business model and to adapt to the new norm,” Yong Meng shared. He also advised youngsters to gain some working experiences before stepping into entrepreneurship. “Over the years, I have realised that many mistakes could be avoided—or at least reduce the damage—if I had experience working with other companies.” BuildEasy’s grand vision is to impact 100 million homes. “We believe by implementing technology wherever it’s possible can make the flow of renovation as convenient as it can to everyone.” BuildEasy has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

SlingApp

Human Resources
Whether you have ever used Tinder or not, you must have seen its signature swiping feature. Quite similar to the casual dating scene, many employers continuously need to hire part-time staff, and there are a handful of youngsters who want to earn extra income during their free time. Imagine when you needed some part-time helpers for a 3 hours event, but spent more than a week to source for the part-timers and interview them one-by-one. As for job seekers, you need to submit a unique cover letter and often need to create a specific CV for every job application. Don’t you wish the hiring process to be simpler, faster and more efficient? Noticing the market gap for part-time job hunting, in May 2017, Lucas and TJ founded SlingApp, a job hunting version of Tinder. It enables hungry part-timers to hunt down the jobs easily, only by swiping left or right to reject or apply for a job nearby. Once you have SlingApp installed on your phone, the app will push available jobs near your location, filtered by the preferred industries you’ve set. Just swipe to the right when you are interested in a particular job. For employers who have high turnover jobs, SlingApp’s features can help you to find employees fast without expending too much effort. Employers can pre-select applicants based on a specific set of requirements, such as experience, education background, language, nationalities and more. Besides, SlingApp provides an option for employers to set up 5 Auto-Interviu(AI) questions, which can help to obtain specific details from the applicants relating to the criteria of the job they’re applying. The job applicants that match a particular job’s requirements, the SlingApp AI will interview the applicants instantly via the chat message function on the app. Then, the system will email the applicants’ profiles and answers to the employers immediately. This AI feature speeds up the entire hiring process because it cuts down the need for job seekers to fill in unnecessary details. Furthermore, it helps employers to eliminate candidates that didn’t match the requirements and helps them to extract the relevant information. Although they didn’t have an app for the employers yet, employers can access to the qualified applicant details via email instead of prompting them to log in to the system to view. This makes it convenient for employers to monitor the hiring process on the go. SlingApp’s concept has gained traction from the market. Over two years, it has managed to get over 2000 employers, 50,000 job seekers onboard along with over 80,000 job matches. Currently, they don’t only have part-time job listings on the platform. Employers have started to advertise full time positions and internship opportunities on SlingApp! Job seekers can find a wide range of jobs from various industries, including F&B, retails, hotels, banks, e-commerce, telco, and more. “Our goal is to be the fastest job-matching app in Malaysia and beyond.” SlingApp has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Petto.asia

Social Enterprise
Like many other public issues, stray cats and dogs is a problem that reflects human failure. Yet, almost no organisations (except animal-friendly NGOs) want to take responsibility to eradicate the issues. Stray dogs and cats remain a seasonal debate that only resurfaces when there is news about some disease spread by stray animals like rabies. Being a cat lover, Soekie always has compassion for stray animals, especially for stray cats. Back in 2013, she started her cat rescuing journey and managing a Facebook discussion group that promotes home and stray cats welfare among the Chinese communities in Malaysia. To date, the discussion group has over 37 thousands of members and has averagely more than 250 new discussion threads every day. A few years down the road, Soekie realised that TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) is the only method proven to be humane and effective in controlling free-roaming cat population growth. Ideally, TNR is the best and most humane solution to control the overpopulation of stray animals. However, who is going to foot the bill? We are talking about strays, and strays mean no one wants to claim responsibility of ownership. Therefore, Soekie always wanted to start a fund to promote and run TNR programs. In 2018, when she shared her idea of the animal foundation with a mentor from StartupJohor, she was encouraged to develop the plan further. Thus, she joined the accelerator program and eventually quitted her job to focus on building her social enterprise, Petto.asia. Petto.asia is an online marketplace that offers good quality and safe pet products for pet parents. At the same time, it serves a noble mission to commit in TNR programs. With every RM100 sales generated on Petto.asia, RM5 will automatically flow into Kiki, a Stray Animals Foundation that promotes, supports and subsidises TNR programs. “If you love animals, you should support TNR programs. As the number of strays reduced, you need not worry about lethal control anymore. If you dislike animals, you should support TNR more than anyone else! As stray animals reduced, you will regain a hygienic living environment and a peace of mind,” shared Soekie. Soekie ran a crowdfunding campaign on local crowdfunding platform, Mystartr and has successfully funded RM11,860 (as opposed to her initial target, RM8000) to kickstart Petto and Kiki. Soekie encourages more people that have compassion for animals to connect with her, join the mission and perhaps, be her colleagues! “My dream is to have an office that allows all my co-workers to bring their pets along to work.” Petto.asia has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Pott Glasses

Fashion
According to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s faculty of science contact lens specialist Prof Dr Haliza Abdul Mutalib in 2014, there has been a rise in the number of young children wearing glasses and her youngest patient was a three-year-old. “On average, three out of 10 patients have vision problems caused by long usage of electronic gadgets,” Prof Dr Haliza said when commenting on the rising number of young children using glasses. Besides young children, electronic usage among adults in Malaysia is advanced. Close to 80% of Malaysians spend more than four hours looking at screens each day. In fact, nearly 20% spend more than 12 hours a day on screens. In addition, 92% per cent of Malaysians use their smartphones just before going to sleep. “The demand for eyewear in Malaysia is definite. When I travelled to Europe, I saw many Europeans were wearing trendy and nice glasses. I thought it would be great if we Malaysians also get to enjoy more variety of eyewear designs,” shared by Aw Tai Hau, the co-founder of Pott Glasses. Tai Hau reached out to his childhood friend, Eden—an optician—to talk about his business ideas. In 2015, the duo launched Pott Glasses, an online eyewear retail store that offers contemporary Asian fit glasses. Three months later, there was still zero transaction on Pott Glasses’ online store. Tai Hau realised that even the pioneer of the full-fledged online eyewear store in US—Warby Parker—had to open physical stores in neighbourhood areas. “Furthermore, Malaysians value face-to-face interactions more than virtual communications. So instead of forcing customers to change, it is better for us to adjust the way we operate our business, and bring as many features online as possible, within our own capacity.” Therefore, while enhancing their online stores, Pott Glasses also introduced their first flagship store in SS15, Subang Jaya. Their sales have increased gradually and they later opened more branches in SS2, Sri Petaling, and Desa Sri Hartamas. “However, we never gave up our dream to run Pott Glasses fully online. At first, they tested the concept or Virtual Try-On by helping their customers to Photoshop eyewear frames on their faces. After they collected enough data to prove the feature promises conversions, only they launched the AR-powered Virtual Try-On service which enables customers to preview how they look with selected glasses via a web browser on their phones or computers. In addition to that, Pott Glasses has also launched a repair service for broken glasses which can be delivered within five hours. Pott Glasses will collect the broken glasses from the customer, have a new copy of the lenses using the same prescriptions, and have a new pair delivered through a delivery partner. Recently, Pott Glasses has also established its basic online vision test for eyeglass prescriptions. Customers are able to test their vision by following instructions, such as standing one metre away and covering one eye while answering questions displayed on the screen. Although Tai Hau recognises that these self-diagnosed methods do have their own limits and difficulties in terms of accuracy, he assures that these online vision tests are not a new concept and can handle prescriptions for a power of up to 300. “We hope that our customers are able to enjoy a better life by improving their vision. Nowadays, with constant exposure to outdoor and indoor eye health hazards, eyewear is no longer only cater to people with eyesight disorders. We need protection while driving, walking to lunch, and staring on LED screens.” For more helpful tips about eye care, you may read more at Pott Glasses’ website Pott Glasses has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Bulky

Wholesales
How often do you do your groceries? Majority of the Malaysians make their groceries weekly. With the high competitions among grocery stores, there are countless options and good deals for the consumers. However, there is still a gap between retail pricing after discounts and wholesale pricing. Wholesale pricing is cheaper is because the wholesalers purchase from the manufacturers in very large volume, and then sell in smaller quantities (perhaps by the box or by the case) to retailers (e.g. supermarkets), that in turn sell to consumers in small quantities. Retailers like AEON and Jaya Grocers not only sell the products to consumers. They are also responsible to do the last quality control to ensure consumers are satisfied. Besides, they provide consumers a safe and comfortable shopping environment, with the strong centralised air-conditioner, ample parking spaces, tidy shelves and clear signage. All of this costs money and is reflected in the retail price. Nicholas Tee grew up in a family running an FMCG Wholesaler & Distributor business. Noticing the price gap between wholesale and retail, a thought popped up in his mind, “We consume many grocery items on a daily basis, why don’t we just buy it in bulk to enjoy greater savings?” Yet, wholesale shopping is not quite common in Malaysia. We don’t have big chained warehouse retailers like Costco. Even though some physical retailers offer customers wholesale options, the minimum order quantity (MOQ) is very high, and it generally requires manpower to transport the goods. Hence, Nicholas came up with the idea of building an online wholesale shopping website. With the support of his parents, who owned an FMCG Wholesale business for more than two decades, in 2018, Nicholas introduced Bulky within 4 months of planning and preparation. I managed to convince my family to transform the existing traditional supply value chain into a performance driven and cost-effective model which is backed by the latest technology by creating BULKY.” Currently, the platform has close to 200 brands with more than 2000 of Stock Keeping Units (SKUs) from six key grocery categories with 41 sub-categories. With BULKY, consumers are able to access to cheaper prices at a relatively low MOQ. The MOQ is set based on customers’ price acceptance level and buying behaviour which is derived from the data and market insights. Having said that, consumers can choose from the available MOQ with some orders set at just one unit. As the number of units of a particular product that you are buying increases, the price will drop. You’ll get more discounts by ordering more. We believe wholesale should not just be limited to businesses only, but also for any individual or household consumer who are seeking for bargain offers to save on their spending.” Moreover, as BULKY is an e-commerce based business, consumers don’t need to worry that they couldn’t transport the goods home at a lump sum, because all the orders will be sent to your doorstep. This is good news especially for bigger families which consume more groceries. BULKY is not just innovating and transforming the traditional business model of their family business but is also trying to ease consumers’ life. BULKY has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Everleaf

Food & Beverages
In Malaysia, cancer cases are increasing each year. In 2018, cancer was the second highest cause of death in Malaysia, which resulted in 16000 deaths in the year itself. Surrounded by news from relatives and friends that were suffering from cancer, Clarence Chin wanted to look for answers. “They didn’t have poor lifestyle habits or genes that predisposed to chronic illnesses. This puzzled me a lot,” shared Clarence. After some research, Clarence believes that poor knowledge of food sourcing and a lack of pesticide-free options may be factors in some chronic illnesses. Feeling determined to solve the dire problem at hand, he decided to start searching for local solutions in common stores, restaurants and online websites as well. To his surprise, he found that there were not many available options with a consistent supply of healthy produce and ingredients from chemical-free farms. This has sparked him to embark on a journey to seek out these zero-chemical farms which produce toxic-free crops. Along the journey, he realised many growers, especially from small and medium-sized farms, were facing a similar problem. They often didn’t have direct access to consumers, thus they were reliant on distributors or middlemen to sell their produce. These additional “layers” made their produce more expensive for consumers. “The small farmers are being squeezed. Running a farm itself is expensive, and they already don’t make much money,” Clarence explains. Clarence was fuelled to bridge the gap between farms and consumers in order for organic farmers to enjoy the benefits of fair trade. In 2017, Everleaf was launched with the mission to source and deliver tasty, nutritious and zero-chemical products directly to homes in the Klang Valley. After initially starting with just 10 orders a week, they now have 500 customers in their database and have moved up to 80 vegetable boxes a week. Through Everleaf’s mobile app consumers can choose how they want to fill their boxes and can also learn exactly where their vegetables are grown. Aside from greens, they also offer mushrooms, honey and condiments from high quality local producers. Before being distributed to customers, the vegetables are either delivered to Everleaf’s base in Shah Alam, about 30 km from Kuala Lumpur, or are directly collected from the suppliers or farms. Orders are delivered within 28 hours, the company says. As well as keeping customers happy, Everleaf also wants to ensure farmers can earn a decent income, so they let farms set their own prices. However, not many farmers were convinced with the business idea yet and many still have doubts. Therefore, Clarence visited the farms repeatedly to acquire more farms to partner with the platform. To date, a total of 18 farms and suppliers have joined the platform to provide a wide range of organic vegetables, poultry, artisan products, and zero-waste products. Most of the farms that sell on Everleaf are certified as organic facilities. For smaller farms that do not have the resources to get certified, Everleaf works closely with CETDEM (Centre for Environment, Technology and Development Malaysia) to help those farms to boost their credibility by ensuring they meet basic organic farming standards. Feedback from consumers so far has been positive, particularly in terms of the condition of the vegetables. Although they have received comments that their prices are slightly higher than vegetables sold in the supermarket, the time-saving benefits of home delivery should make the slightly higher price worthwhile. “Customers don’t have to rush to supermarkets after work, waste time looking for parking or queuing. Deliveries are done to their doorstep, so they have more time,” Clarence adds. He feels that their delivery service suits the busy city worker or working families who prefer their weekends be filled with activities of their choice, instead of being at the supermarket pushing through crowds. Everleaf is working hard to expand their customer base through digital promotions and strategic partnerships with food businesses, such as restaurants and catering companies. “We are committed to supporting the conversion from conventional to natural farming and educating the masses on the negative effects of chemical farming to churn more support and love for the organic industry,” Clarence stated. Everleaf has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Launchpad Marketing

Marketing
Growing up under the influences of businessmen—mainly his father and father’s friends—has planted the dream of becoming an entrepreneur is Aaron’s mind. Though he chose to study law for his tertiary education, he had never lost sight of the desire to start a business. With such a strong goal, Aaron took 7 years to explore different roles through multiple industries, only to obtain more skills and build a strong network that he could later apply to his business. Finally, in 2017, an opportunity knocked. The two initial co-founders of Launchpad Marketing found themselves in a bottleneck and were seeking help from others. “In a market that is already saturated, it’s really hard to build clients’ confidence in startups like us. My years of serving in various types of companies have become an asset to help us reposition our unique value proposition.” Since then, Aaron joined the team as the Managing Director. Launchpad Marketing has since been nurtured into a leading inbound digital marketing consultancy agency in Malaysia. We have heard a lot about marketing, but do you know what Inbound Marketing exactly is? Inbound marketing is a strategic approach that mainly focuses on attracting leads and visitors to brands, rather than using traditional approaches that outbound marketing advocates, such as paid advertising, cold-calling and marketing collateral within traditional media. It focuses more on creating content that aligns well with an audience’s interests and interacting with people and customers in a way that offers true value to them. For instance, a bakery supply store shares baking tips and recipes that are really detailed and helpful. These articles may solve your baking-related problems (i.e. why your dough wasn’t fermented evenly, how to beat smooth and fluffy eggs, etc.) and eventually build an emotional connection between you and the brand. Successful inbound marketing strategies not only improve sales but also build brand loyalty among customers. “When it comes to inbound marketing, strategies vary according to brand voice, targeted audiences, and campaign goals. Therefore, over here we take the consultation stage very seriously. We rather spend more time understanding what our clients want and design custom solutions for each one of them than just implementing standard practices,” shared Aaron about the uniqueness of Launchpad Marketing. In terms of executions, Launchpad Marketing provides services such as Social Media Marketing, Email Marketing, Search Engine Marketing, Content Marketing, Performance Marketing, Influencer Marketing, Paid Advertising & Media Buying. “Our proudest achievement is to be recognised as a leading HubSpot Agency Partner.” LaunchPad Marketing is able to provide HubSpot (a full stack of software for marketing, sales, and customer service) implementation to its clients as a certified solution provider. In fact, Aaron himself is one of the certified HubSpot representatives. Besides providing HubSpot training to communities, Aaron is also actively involved in free training courses and seminars as a speaker to empower businesses with digital marketing knowledge. “Align with the concept of inbound marketing, I think it’s important to share my knowledge with more people to help more business owners. It would be great for the whole digital marketing ecosystem when more people learnt about inbound marketing and try to apply those strategies to their businesses.” Hence, you can easily find many helpful digital marketing tips on Launchpad Marketing’s blog. Launchpad Marketing has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

TopNotch HR Consulting Firm

Human Resources
TopNotch is a human resource consulting firm that specializes in executive search and employer branding. It is based in Subang Jaya, Malaysia. Looking at the number of their team members, you’ll be surprised that their services actually cover clients in 6 countries over Southeast Asia. When we asked the Co-Founder, Marsh, how they managed to achieve that, he answered, “Our team (members) share the same mindset. We trust one another and we do everything out of our own initiatives. We are working hard to bring the whole company to the next level. And most importantly, we understand that every time we closed a deal, we actually helped our client to grow bigger by placing in the right person, and at the same time helped the candidate by offering he/she a better career move.” It is a fact that recruiting good talents helps in maximizing the growth of a company. Therefore, a strategic employer branding and precise talent acquisition play important parts in the development of a company. According to Marsh, when they engage with their business partners, they always listen to fully understand the concept of the businesses and utilize their industrial knowledge to identify the best solution for our clients. Over the years, TopNotch has built partnerships with their clients from a broad spectrum of industries including GLCs, MNCs, and startups. They have successfully placed the right talents for the clients that meet the requirements. Besides focusing on their business, TopNotch is also very committed to giving back to the society. “We’re very blessed. Along the road, we have received a lot of help from people to achieve today’s result. It’s always great to see everyone becomes successful. Therefore, we are ready to assist anyone that need our expertise.” Recently, they have assisted a group of university students that took part in an Entrepreneurship Competition by mentoring them. “We are astonished by the creativity in the youngsters nowadays. The only thing is they are lack of experiences, that is why we are giving them guides and advice to help them grow faster.” TopNotch is not only delivering the best talents to their clients, they are also keen on empowering and influencing the youths to bring up more talents to the nation.

MEM Watch

Fashion
"Have you seen a clock moves anti-clockwise?” It started with this simple question that popped up among Izham’s friends in university regarding the movement of time and clocks. After some laughter, they moved on to other conversations. But this question remained stuck in Izham’s young mind. Leaving the discussion, he did more research into the movement of time. He figured out there is no significant reason as to why our timepieces should move in clockwise direction. In fact, in nature, many things move counter-clockwise. If you looked at the Earth from the North Pole, it is moving counter-clockwise. The possible reason that clocks turn clockwise is that in the northern hemisphere, when ancient civilizations relied on sundials to tell time, the shadows moved across sundials in a clockwise direction. Therefore, when the earliest mechanical timepieces being invented, they were designed to turn the same way the shadows on a sundial do, simply because they were used to it. If the first mechanical clock had created in the southern hemisphere, the watches and clocks we see today would probably go around counter-clockwise! Knowing this fact, the 19-years-old Izham decided to make a change. “Not only the earth is moving anti-clockwise, so do our blood circulation. That is why the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) does good things, like eating, with his right hand.” In 2009, he started to delve into the anti-clockwise watches by introducing D.U.C.T. However, it never sustained long due to the lack of marketing and operation experiences. Later in 2012, he jumped into another company with different partners – Hijra Timepiece. In 2014, Izham left Hijra Timepiece and started MEM Watches, a brand that embraces new ideas and not being afraid of change. "I noticed that people in first world countries adapt to changes far more easily than us, that’s why they are able to innovate and be richer and richer. We must train ourselves to accept changes or even create differences, so that we are not left behind.” Thus, he built MEM Watches to remind the wearers to be brave and question the norm. Now, MEM has introduced various series and designs of anti-clockwise watches to match different tastes all the way from the leather strap MEM Classic to more contemporary options like the latest MEM Kazu that uses Japanese Kanji to indicate the time. Izham wishes that MEM doesn’t only deliver good quality watches to the consumer, but also inspires others to make a difference in this world, and be the change that can impact people in a positive way. MEM Watches has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Let’s join us at www.zom-in.com/zomin/students/register to participate in upcoming exciting events!

Funnel Duo Media

Marketing
Reeve Yew started his first business at the age of 17 and failed miserably. He moved on to pursue his study in programming in London and have won several Hackathon projects in the UK. At a young age, he had been sponsored by Apple to attend Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference and have been featured in newspapers in London and Malaysia of his achievements in the tech industry. For the past four years, Reeve has worked with multiple clients from Australia, UK and USA. He noticed the common problem of almost all the startups that he has worked with, including his previous business, which is they don’t know how to sell and market despite having fantastic products. “I have seen clients spent over 100,000 pounds in developing a flawless website or mobile app, but left no budget for marketing. In the end, the business failed because it didn’t gain enough of brand exposure and awareness,” shared Reeve. He believes great products and services deserve to be known. This belief has driven him to stop coding entirely and shifted his focus into digital marketing. Fast-forward 3 years later, Reeve has become an expert in digital marketing and has co-founded a marketing firm, Funnel Duo Media. Funnel Duo Media aims to help their clients to derive traffics and qualified leads by customising a unique digital marketing plan for each client. Their services included setting up Facebook Ads, Google Ads and landing pages, and create compelling marketing funnel to generate leads. Clients can determine their budget and Funnel Duo Media will deliver results based on the given budget and requirements. They are now serving a wide range of clients from various industries including coaches, data scientist, professional consultants, dentists, chiropractors and F&B outlets. “Our clients can be anyone who wants to bring their business online. Our purpose is to help them to boost up their revenue online.” Funnel Duo Media is managing millions of online ads budget for clients across the property industry, event industry and F&B. “Many traditional businesses only focus on the numbers and don’t want to spend time understanding how to track and analyse their business performance to improve sales. We want to educate more people about the power of digital marketing and help them to attract more sale leads via digital marketing methods,” shared Reeve. Funnel Duo Media has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

AppPay

Technology
Smartphones have transformed consumers’ behaviours thoroughly. Most of the time, we buy things based on the info we have gotten from the internet via our mobile phones. For instances, when you’re queueing up in Mcdonald’s, some of you will open up the app to check for the latest promotions and deals. When you’re in a supermarket, you’ll go online to compare prices of some items from other retailers’ website or from online marketplaces Most of our decisions and transactions are either directly or indirectly affected by the info we obtained from the internet or mobile apps via smartphones. In early of this decade, Desmond has started his entrepreneurial journey by offering mobile app development services to enterprises. “At first, we developed various type of mobile apps for clients. Some of them are e-magazines, e-catalogs, multi-branches info, listings, etc. At one part of the time, we received many requests on CRM apps. Thus, AppPay is born,” shared by Desmond Tay, the founder of AppPay. AppPay offers O2O (online to offline) loyalty system to Brick-and-Mortar retailers on a monthly subscription model. Loyalty system and loyalty program is a powerful marketing strategy that design to retain customers by rewarding them. This program can also activate inactive customers to shop more aggressively. Moreover, unlike known POS systems that provide CRM solution that is merely member database reside in the system, AppPay solutions will do the “Communication” side. AppPay aims to provide an affordable CRM solution for fast-growing brands or businesses that own more than five outlets or have more than 10 thousands members. Its comprehensive loyalty system helps brand owners to actively engage with the customer. The system consists of analytical info on customer spending behaviours, re-marketing tool, e-voucher system, rewarding system, rebate system, CRM system, content management and most importantly, the mobile app. Since 2017, AppPay has provided their professional development services for clients from various industries including Retail, Food and Beverage, Ticketing, Resort and Hotel, Service Providers, Salon and Spa and more. On top of the comprehensive CRM system, AppPay also helps clients to customise the mobile app upon requests to ensure the app meet each client’s business needs. “To date, we have successfully launched mobile apps and worked with numerous brands such as Perodua, MPH Bookstore, Donutes, TK Bakery, Loudspeaker, City Explorer, Apple Vacations and many more,” shared Desmond. On the frontend, app users are able to enjoy membership benefits without the hassle of carrying a physical membership card. Besides, they also receive push notifications on the latest promotions and events of their favourite brand. Some of the apps even serve as an e-wallet to enable an easy cashless payment experience, and loyalty rewards for the consumers. Meanwhile, the app’s backend doesn’t only allow brand owners to engage their consumers with attractive deals and rewards but also studies the consumers’ behaviours. It collects consumers’ reactions on each campaign to provide data-driven analytics in helping brand owners to make more accurate decisions for future campaigns. “Currently, we’re actively serving three clients and are working for three more upcoming projects. We’re happy that our solutions are feasible for helping clients’ businesses to grow. Recently, we’ve chosen as one of the 10 Fast-Growing Fintech in Malaysia by IDC Financial Insights. It was a great recognition for our team.” When discussing the millennials, Desmond advised youngsters to get themselves involved in more co-curricular activities and external projects to develop useful skill sets. “Don’t be too calculative and too money-driven. Always remember, the more you contributed, the more you learnt. And those values, skills and experiences are your assets that no one could ever take away from you.” Desmond also advised fresh graduates to join startups or SMEs to gain more exposures. “Startup bosses are usually more flexible and provides more rooms for you to utilise your creativities. You will often involve in projects from ideation to planning to execution. If you’re joining a big corporate with a clear hierarchy, chances are you will take actions based on your superiors’ orders only.” AppPay has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Out Of The Box

Human Resources
It is a common knowledge that travelling to places that have different cultures and geographics is good for self-development. By throwing yourself into a totally unfamiliar environment can push your adaptability, flexibility and social skills. However, travelling to a place that you’ve never been can often be expensive and sometimes dangerous. Out of the Box is a collaboration between three people who believe that individuals, families and groups of people are looking for ways to get more out of life. The collaboration brings together Julian Hyde, Siew Yeen Lee and Paul Jambunathan. Julian is a British that has moved to Malaysia for more than 15 years. He was initially working as an environmental consultant in KL before moving to Tioman Island to pursue his dream of running his own dive centre which he did with his wife. Yeen is a Malaysian that graduated from Australia. She held a number of positions in retail and distribution companies in KL, before moving to Tioman with Julian, where she worked as a dive guide and company administrator for 4 years. The experience in Tioman had given her opportunities to meet people from all over the world and from different backgrounds. Paul is a clinical psychologist, and a Lecturer at Monash University, Sunway Campus. Having known each other for a number of years, they believe that they have something to offer people who are looking to break the mould. With Yeen’s experiences in the retail & distribution industry, she has seen first hand the problems with recruiting new graduates. While academically gifted, she says, they often lack self-confidence and the ability to “think” to find solutions to business problems. Therefore, they started Out of the Box to introduce unique ways for people to develop themselves, experience life and learn new skills. Currently, the services that Out of the Box provides are the WAT(Work & Travel USA) and Travel & Work in Canada. Both programmes are official programmes that allow students in tertiary education to visit the US or Canada during their term breaks to experience life in the respective country. Out of the Box will assist their applicants (the students) in finding jobs (mostly in the service sector) to cover their living expenses and provide support services while the students are in the US or Canada. The students that participated in these programmes can pick up new skills, especially improve their English speaking skill while working there. At the same time, they are being paid hourly according to the standard wages rate (No exploitations!). The students can then utilise the wages to travel around the US or Canada during off days or the eligible staying period after the job ended. Some might even bring back home with extra money! Out of the Box is currently one of the panels in Malaysia that sponsor the WAT programme which well known and trusted by many university students. Since 2005, they have serviced thousands of students to provide them with fun learning experiences that bring many benefits. They have seen many participants developed into better, smarter and stronger characters, which is the main factor that motivates Out of the Box to reach to more students.

Ubertickets

Ticketing Solutions
Following the popularization of the FPX system in Malaysia, many purchasing activities have gone online because everyone loves the convenience of online payment. Tickets are one category that most consumers would wish to buy online to save the troubles and time for queueing. Traditionally, for events like concerts and shows, we need to queue at the ticket counters even before the release time to make sure we get the spots we want. I believe many people have experience of overnight queueing for their favorite artist. When we could start buying tickets online, it was a blessing in disguise. However, a lot of events still require you to show up earlier to redeem the tickets. The queueing scene starts all over again. Rauff loves concerts. He and his buddy, Ezra, hate the ridiculous hours of queueing prior to the concert, for just to redeem the tickets they already bought online. “This is fake online ticketing. What’s the point of buying online if I still need to queue? Can’t we just go in, sit down and chill while waiting for the show to start?” That reason drives Rauff and Ezra to invent a product that provides the real e-ticketing experience. "A true e-ticketing platform serves to eliminate the need for ticket redemptions even when the tickets are bought from other sources.” That is how ÜberTickets formed. ÜberTickets is a comprehensive ticketing platform where event organizers can sell tickets, market the events, and monitor the sales at one place. Organisers can create various ticket types, for examples, tickets with different tiers or bundled tickets for group buys and memberships. “Literally any type is possible,” said Rauff. ÜberTickets enables the end-users to just scan their barcoded tickets at the door to enter the hall no matter where they obtain their tickets because it integrates with all other platforms. It also gets ready with reports for event post-mortems in order to reconcile all tickets scanned versus ticket sold. This provides the organizers with data-driven insights that can help them to make decisions for future events. As the business becomes more exciting, Rauff quitted his corporate job so that he can be more focused on the startup and can spend more time with the family. “Growing a business, climbing up step by step is a very happy experience, we’ve learned and gained a lot of knowledge.” At the 2nd year of operations, ÜberTickets has successfully entered the Indonesian market. It was a great accomplishment. Right now, from a team of two, ÜberTickets has expanded to a bigger structure with 50 employees, including full-time and part-time employees. When we asked Rauff how he enjoys being the co-founder of ÜberTickets, he shared, “We are disruptive innovators. Providing new ways of doing things is what we pride ourselves on, making us unique and sets us apart from the rest.”

NakRide

Logistics
Nowadays, the concept of Sharing Economy is widely adopted by startups in Malaysia. While p2p (peer-to-peer) car-sharing platforms are not new to us anymore, the team of KLezcar introduced Nakride, a P2P Motorbike Sharing Platform in 2018. “I am an Electrical Engineer by profession. However, I always wanted to run my own business. At first, I opened a photocopy shop in Uniten. One day, I met the founder of KLezcar. He motivated me to join the car-renting business. One thing leads to another. Eventually, we started NakRide together,” shared by Farhan Salleh, the CEO and co-founder of NakRide. The team of NakRide believes that in urban areas such as Klang Valley, motorbike is a solution for people to reach their destinations in a much shorter time during traffic congestions. While in rural areas where transportation infrastructures are not fully developed, motorbikes can help visitors or tourists to travel conveniently. Customers can rent motorbikes for short to long periods, generally ranging from a few hours to a few weeks. Furthermore, there’s a variety of motorbike selections in multiple locations, which gives customers more flexibility. “As a p2p platform, we connect owners with under-utilised motorbikes to responsible renters. This is an opportunity for bike owners to earn some extra income to cover up the bike’s monthly installment, maintenance costs, insurance, and road tax.” Nakride monetises the business by taking a cut of the rental fees. As an online rental service provider, for every rental fee charged to the customer, the bike owners get 70% of the transaction, while the rest goes to Nakride. Like other car-renting platforms, the interface of NakRide is very simple and straightforward. Users just need to choose their renting date, time, and the desired pickup point, the website will instantly show a list of available motorbikes and prices. “Of course, users need to submit their identification documents and valid driving license for our backend verification before they can start booking vehicles with us,” Farhan shared about the security precautions of the platform. Once a user is verified, he/she can start booking a motorbike with NakRide from the available locations. NakRide is now operating in several locations within Klang Valley, Pulau Pinang, and Kelantan. When a user successfully booked a motorbike, he/she will be given a lock code to unlock the designated lockbox to get the vehicle key. “As we’re a P2P platform, we try to protect the interest of both owners and customers. Before a user starts riding a bike, he or she must take five photos of the bike from different angles and a selfie with the car plate. This procedure is to avoid misunderstandings and irresponsible usages. If a user rides recklessly and has caused scratches or damages on the bike, he/she is liable to the cost of damages.” If a bike is reported damaged or stolen and the customer doesn’t pay the penalties, Nakride will blacklist the customer in the system and also put their information into the CTOS system. Currently, NakRide is enforcing the installation of a tracking system on the bikes so that the owners can track and monitor their bikes’ locations. However, the team is never satisfied. “To provide a smoother booking experience and to further protect the assets, we are developing an IoT device to integrate vehicles into our system. In the future, users are not only able to book the bikes through our mobile app, but can also start the bike engine via the app. Meanwhile, owners can know the real-time location of their bikes.” Sharing bikes with random renters does expose the vehicles to more risks. Therefore, NakRide also partners with insurance companies to offer an exclusive insurance premium that covered for motorbike rental to protect the owners. The platform started its operation with only three bikes but has grown progressively. “Many bike owners invite their friends to join NakRide. Now, we have over 80 bike owners renting out their bikes on our platform.” NakRide believes that in the near future, bike-sharing will be a norm for people to move from point A to point B. The team has an ambitious goal of having a thousand bikes registered on the platform and becoming Malaysia’s biggest sharing economy for bikes in the next five years. NakRide has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Lava X

Technology
Xun is a full-stack developer with more than ten years of experiences and has built several app systems from scratch since he was in college. He is well-versed in many programming frameworks covering from web to mobile technologies, from frontend to backend, from blockchain to IoT (Internet of Things) solution. His passion towards technology has brought him to various tech-related events around the world, such as the Web Summit Dublin and Rise Conference Hong Kong, which have exposed him to more upcoming technology trends and further widen his horizon. Being an independent tech consultant for a few companies have equipped Xun with not only the technical knowledge but the abilities to translate the technical skills into scalable businesses. In 2016, Xun founded Lava X, a SaaS (software as a service) Tech Startup. As the team grows, it has slowly transformed into a software house that designs and develops IoT solutions, backend systems, websites and mobile applications for startups. “We are a bunch of tech geeks who constantly hunger for new technologies and concepts like Big Data and AI (Artificial Intelligence). We practice Agile Methodology to ensure we deliver what’s best for clients. We listen to clients’ requirements, at the same time consult and advise them to achieve the best project outcomes.” Apart from leading and managing Lava X, Xun is also very passionate in empowering other tech enthusiasts. He mentors, trains, and speaks at the Selangor IT and E-Commerce Council (SITEC), the Malaysian Global Innovation & Creativity Centre (MaGIC) and the Google Developer Group Malaysia DevFest Kuala Lumpur. “Internet and mobile technologies are snowballing. We wish that our technical skills and knowledge can help more startups & SMEs to transform and innovate their businesses. Ultimately, to digitalise and automate their business processes to achieve cost minimisation, greater efficiency, and streamlined processes.” Lava X has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

GoLog

Logistics
“There was once I purchased the F1 themed shirt online, and it only arrived after the event ended, which made me very frustrating,” shared Ivan. After that unpleasant experience, he is determined to change the landscape of logistics. With his prior working experiences in logistics and banking industries, in early 2017, he established an application software company, GoBuilders Netsoft Sdn Bhd, and introduced Golog. Golog is a comprehensive online logistics and delivery platform that connects logistics users and service providers. It seeks to humanise the industry by providing its total logistics efficiency while leveraging on the peer-to-peer economic sharing platform. It offers speedy delivery services that allow business owners to hand off managing their delivery and focus on other segments of their businesses. “We can perform speed delivery from fastest 45 minutes delivery to 24 hours delivery services.” Golog is serving clients majority come from e-commerce, retails and food & beverages, and it absorbs more than a thousand deliveries per day. Wonder how they make it? Golog handles their shipments by integrating AI into their mobile system. The AI is designed to understand each business owner and driver’s behaviours to ensure the fastest and best quality of services. Besides, the mobile app interface enables recipients to see real-time tracking of their items, to cut down all the time wasted on doorsteps. Although the majority of its clients come from the three industries mentioned above, Golog is open to all market. Anyone can register and log in through the apps, choose to be driver or register as a customer to use the delivery or pick up services. The user can be a sender and a recipient using the same account. As an economic sharing platform, registered drivers and riders can earn income through completion of delivery and pick up services. Drivers and riders can deliver all types of goods as long as they are legal, from the smallest letter size document to bigger merchandises. “There is no limit of mileage for goods delivery. As long as it’s reachable, and the rider or driver accepted your order, it’s good to go.” Ivan claimed that Golog is able to help business owners to save 60% of the time for delivery. He believes that by helping business owners to smoothen their delivery processes; they can focus on improving other aspects, especially the R&D of products. This can translate into higher sales and ultimately, strengthening the country economy. Golog has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in more exciting events coming soon!

AIO Synergy Solutions

Technology
Mobile technology has evolved rapidly over the past few years. Nowadays, we depend on a variety of mobile phone applications to help us complete many of our daily tasks. Both Albert Khor and Jason Wong are veteran software developers who have developed multiple types of software and mobile apps. In 2014, they founded AIO Synergy Solutions Sdn Bhd to provide technology solutions and services to organisations that require highly challenging and technical solutions. They are principal in the development, publishing and marketing of mobile applications and mobile games. In 2016, the company was established as a limited liability company, AIO Synergy Solutions Berhad. Currently, AIO Synergy Solutions houses more than 40 technically competent staffs that cover the following areas of expertise: PHP Development, Java Development, Mobile Apps (Front-End) Development, Games Development, UI Development, Graphic Design and Server Administration. The apps developed by AIO Synergy Solutions support both Android and IOS systems. Besides the apps that they created upon clients’ requests, the company has two flagship apps, namely Omnity and OmniChat. Omnity Omnity is an application that caters to closed communities within gated or guarded residential enclave. It aims to enhance users’ sense of community by covering all domains of features needed by a closed community. It connects users to their neighbourhood, allowing them to get to know each other, provide easy access for users’ guests via the VAC (Vehicle Access Control) System, and keep the residents updated on events and announcements directly from the residential management. Its most innovative feature is the VAC system. In most gated or guarded community, visitors are often subjected to stringent and tedious security screening and registration process before they obtained entry permission. With Omnity, the resident can pre-register the visitor’s vehicle via the VAC to generate a QR code. Then, the registered visitor to provide the QR code for scan upon arrival at the security checkpoint to gain access. It skips all the hassles of dealing with the security guards and never compromises the safety of the community. Besides, it also integrated with social networking and an announcement broadcasting platform. Thus, residents can share valuable information like alerts or reminders on scheduled electricity or water disruption, and report suspicious characters or undesired activities happening in the community on Omnity. The management office can also announce latest news and alerts to the residents, without going through the hassle of distributing printed copies of flyers, newsletters or leaflets to each resident. Omnity is currently serving over 20 residential communities in Malaysia, keeping them safe and lively! OmniChat OmniChat is an instant messaging and communication app that is designed for both social and business users, covering individuals and organisations. On the business side, OmniChat’s features allow companies to seamlessly communicate with their customers and employees in effective and convenient ways. On the social side, OmniChat offers users an enjoyable way to stay in touch with their family and friends, discuss and share their lives and to build stronger connections with those people who are most important to them. Besides regular messaging features, OmniChat enables users to commence “Secret Chat” conversation that assures total privacy as the chat messages will delete itself upon ending the conversation. Chat messages sent through this mode leave zero footprints, they are not even visible to OmniChat’s developers and server administrator. For users who want to earn extra money, Omnity contains an Advertising Platform that serves as an affiliates marketing platform. By sharing the adverts on the platform, it creates a unique affiliate URL that linked to the user’s OmniChat account. When someone clicks on the unique link, the user earn a portion of the advertising revenue. This feature creates a viable way for users to make money through the application by helping merchants to drive traction in their marketing campaigns. OmniChat is serving many users and merchants in China, with more than 230 thousands downloads. AIO Synergy Solutions’ vision is to evolve into a prominent international player in the mobile application and community-oriented platform market. With their technology solutions, they wish to automate their customers’ business processes and activities, facilitates business networking and solicitation within the customers’ trading ecosystem, and ultimately, to deliver convenience to the end users. AIO Synergy Solutions has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

T&N Furniture

Furniture
"Home is where the heart is." Everyone dreams to have a beautiful and comfortable home, a space that you can create memorable moments with your loved ones. Located at Old Klang Road, T&N Furniture has been fulfilling many people’s dreams by turning their ideal house interior into reality. Back then, when Gilbert started to involve in his family-owned furniture business, it was in a conventional model where they sold all sorts of home furniture. As the industry slowed down, Gilbert realized that they needed a change. Therefore, he innovated the business by focusing on two verticals: EuroModern and Little World. EuroModern features contemporary furniture that is luxurious, high quality and modern. In this segment, T&N offers all ranges of furniture including living room, dining room, bedroom, office, and outdoor furniture. Whereas Little World, launched in 2007, is specialized in children furniture. This unique series is dedicated to children, providing designs that fit their interests. The furniture is stylish and comfortable, with a goal to inspire the children’s imagination and creativity. Parents can let their children select the themes of furniture based on their preferences. For instance, there is a series of bed frames in the shape of cars, and there are also Prince & Princess themed bedroom sets. With the kid’s beloved bedframe, parents will not need to force the child to bed anymore. In T&N, most of the staffs are not ordinary salespersons, they possess knowledge of interior design as well. Therefore, they can give professional consultations to the clients, to help them create harmony, comfortable and beautiful home interior. Gilbert’s philosophy is to use his knowledge to build a good home interior or office interior that will complement the client’s life and career. Since he practices Feng Shui, he always helps clients to create good Feng Shui in their homes. He hopes that all his clients can live in a space that can bring good lucks to them. "Home is the most important place for everyone. Therefore, We must give the finest products and best services to our clients. We wish to see every client lives in happiness." T&N has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Register yourself at www.zom-in.com/zomin/students/register to participate in exciting events in the near future.

LandMiles

Technology
It is common that airline companies appreciate their flight passengers by introducing frequent flyer programs. Flight passengers can earn air miles and exchange the accumulated points for lifestyle deals and cash vouchers. In 2018, Terry Chu and Choo Neng Jin launched their brainchild, a technology startup called LandMiles™. It is an O2O (Online-to-Offline) mobile platform that rewards users for different modes of land travel. It adapts the concept of frequent flyer programs to reward on-land journeys, provides an engaging way for the mobile savvy generation to enjoy complimentary or discounted lifestyle vouchers that can be redeemed at a wide selection of F&B, fashion, entertainment retailers and service providers. “Travelling on land is a daily routine that occurs so frequently within 24 hours for most people. Be it travelling by car, bus, train, bike or even walking, working adults and students spend averagely 2 hours on commuting daily. If we could collect a point for every step and every meter travelled, our journeys would not be as tiresome and boresome,” said Terry. All it takes is just a regular smartphone with GPS functions. After easy installation and registration of the app (can be found on both Google Play and Apple App Store), users are set to go. LandMiles™ aims to change commuters’ perception about the hassle of travelling on land. Every day, people in the cities are facing traffic congestions, long waiting lines, parking bay searches and many more unpleasant experiences on the road. The time and cost spent to get from location A to B sometimes does not pay off at all, which lead to many frustrations. With LandMiles™, there is an opportunity to turn all these bitter experiences into a valuable and fun one as you’ll be compensated for every extra mile travelled. “We wish that LandMiles™ can give everyone a reason to smile for their valuable time and money spent on land travel.” The activated app detects each mile users have travelled, converts their mileages into LM (LandMiles™) points. Users can accumulate the LM points and then redeem them from a wide range of rewards offered by LandMiles’ partners. Redemption choices include both brick-and-mortar and eCommerce merchants. The O2O platform not only turns the users’ frustrating journeys into an enjoyable one but also provides businesses with a new platform of experiential marketing. When partnering with LandMiles™, merchants can offer attractive deals to attract commuters to drop by their shops more often, especially when commuters are stuck in traffic congestions. Although they are still running BETA tests on the app, LandMiles™ has attracted over 1000 users through word-of-mouth. This result proved that LandMiles™ concept had won the acceptance of daily commuters. LandMiles™ wishes to spread their wings to cover other high traffic cities like Jakarta and Singapore soon, to spice up more commuters’ daily journeys. “Our O2O mobile platform is created by millennials for millennials, to empower and create positive impacts on both consumers and businesses,” said Jin. LandMiles™ has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Roomz.Asia

Property & Housing
There are many fantastic job opportunities in big cities like Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Many people from other states want to grab these opportunities, but they often miss out due to overthinking all the logistical issues. The cost of accommodation in big cities is high. Besides, there are an abundant of scam cases where the housing information on social media platforms is posted by fake owners. When tenants have already paid up a hefty sum of deposits, the fake owners of the apartment go missing. With all the funds already paid to the fake owners, many tenants, especially those fresh grads, ended up struggling more than they have to. As a property enthusiastic, Kok Hour wanted to improve the house-renting scene in Kuala Lumpur. Therefore, he started Roomz, a complete property rental platform together with his co-founders, He Ping and Trey Chong. He Ping is an experienced web developer and Trey Chong is a veteran marketing guy, both of them have entrepreneurial experiences prior to Roomz. Roomz is a trusted co-living property management service platform. It aims to help students and young professionals to share a house or rent a room economically and safely. At the beginning stage, they started as a property website that allows reputable agents and house owners to post properties information on the site. To bring their service to the next level, they launched Property by Roomz. They buy and rent properties located in favourite locations within Klang Valley, renovate them and bundle them with Roomz’ management service. The management service includes utilities, WIFI, and free repairs on inadequate facilities. Tenants do not have to worry about paying an additional fee for this service as everything is already included in the rental price. Besides, weekly cleaning service is provided! How amazing is it that tenants won’t have to worry too much about who’s turn is it to scrub the toilets? All they need to do is maintain the basic standards of hygiene, and the cleaners will do the rest. To enhance the staying experiences, Roomz has dedicated and friendly Community Assistants who can assist tenants anytime when they need help. For instance, when tenants have complaints, housemate issues or if anyone loses the key, the Community Assistants will attend to help. “Looking for a place to stay is usually one of the most daunting things to do when you are uprooting yourself from your comfort zone. New job, new colleagues, new responsibilities, new home, new landlord; there are just so many things to worry. We are here to help you make a smoother transition when it comes to moving,” said Kok Hour. Kok Hour believes that sharing a flat is not about just finding another body who can split the rent. It’s about finding the right person whom you will enjoy living together. Therefore, the Community Assistants use WhatsApp groups to connect among tenants in the same house. To build a healthy and harmonic relationship among the tenants, Roomz also organises activities from time to time to create meaningful interactions among them. “We hope that our rooms can provide a sense of belongings to every tenant.” Roomz has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

ClicknCare

Healthcare
Health is an utmost importance for human flourishing, and health care is a fundamental human right. Malaysia is widely credited to have achieved universal health coverage for citizens. However, the accessibility of healthcare services to migrant workers is questionable. According to a research article in 2019, Malaysia is a nett importer of foreign labour, with documented foreign workers consisting 15% of the labour force. Due to their lack of legal status, irregular or undocumented migrants are invisible to policy-makers. Thus, their numbers remain contentious. Migrants mostly work in construction, agriculture and plantations, manufacturing, services and domestic work. These are low-skill, low-wage jobs of less than MYR 2,000 per-month, unfavourable to citizens and crudely described as 3D ‘Dirty’, ‘Difficult’ and ‘Dangerous’. Before being allowed to work in Malaysia, all migrant workers must pass a pre-departure health test. Moreover, documented migrant workers are also required to pass a pre-employment health examination within the first month of arrival. They are subsequently subject to mandatory annual health examinations as a condition for work permit renewals. Following these policies, migrant workers are expected to be healthy upon entering Malaysia. However, living and working conditions and exclusion from health services may predispose migrants to poor health. Abu Hasnat Mohammad Sultanur Reza is a Telecommunications Engineer who has served in organizations in Bangladesh and Myanmar for almost 27 years. Some of the notable initiatives executed by him during his career are: Grameenphone Community Information Center (Rural Internet centers)- later Government of Bangladesh implemented similar model in rural areas, Healthline 789, implemented Tele-dermatology and Online School with CSR of Grameenphone. He also implemented mHealth and Internet Center projects in Myanmar while working with Telenor Myanmar during 2014-2015. Besides, he ran an e-clinic in a rural village in Bangladesh for one year with the support of a local NGO. Reza has a passion for improving health of the people at the Base of the Pyramid using technology. So, after retiring from work, Sultanur Reza wanted to break down the barriers to make healthcare services accessible for all migrants. “Most of them (migrants) can’t read and write in Malay and English. They also don’t have time to queue up in clinics. Though some clinics operate 24/7, those clinics usually charge expensive fees,” Sultanur Reza shared that Language, Cost and Documentation are major barriers that prevent migrant workers from getting essential healthcare services. In 2017, he started ClicknCare, a healthcare platform for migrants around the world to seek healthcare services at a reasonable cost anytime, anywhere with a mobile phone. The telemedicine platform enables migrants to consult doctors who speak their languages. The platform partners with qualified and experienced registered doctors that can communicate in Bangla, Hindi, Urdu, Burmese or Nepalese to provide medical consultations over video calls. Knowing that many migrant workers don’t have a local bank account, the platform engages local stores in factory areas to become the Agents. These Agents collaborates with ClicknCare to supply medicines and help migrant workers to top-up their ClicknCare’s wallet. Once registered as a user on ClicknCare, migrant workers will need to top-up their account. When they have health queries, they can consult a doctor over a video-call instantly to get quick medical advice. For severe, chronic sickness and health problems, they can book an appointment with specialist Doctors through customer support agents for a proper consultation via video call. After the consultation, the user receive an online prescription on his/her smartphone. Then, they can visit any clinics, labs and pharmacies to do tests or buy medicines. Some of the common OTC medicines are available at ClicknCare Agents too. Upon requests, the platform also delivers medicine directly to patients at an extra cost. ClicknCare is currently operating in Kajang and Kuala Lumpur, with eight Agents available around factory areas. The team’s goal is to improve the healthcare services for migrants around the world and to expand ClicknCare into a global platform in six years. They like to be Uber or Grab for Migrants Healthcare. They want to be part of the noble initiative “Health for All”. ClicknCare has joined ZOM-IN.com to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

LiveIn

Property & Housing
Being a student, one of the biggest challenges of studying away from home is searching for decent accommodation. Although there are many online platforms for properties, majorities of them are only properties directories. You still need to do much research and go through many offline hassles to secure a room. “The typical room searching takes about two months. Students often have to deal with dodgy agents. If they search last minute, chances are they may have to compromise with higher rentals, bad room conditions or distant locations,” Wen Khai, the co-founder of LiveIn (formerly known as HostelHunting) shared about common problems students are facing while renting a room. These problems are not new to Wen Khai because he had experienced them personally when he was a student. After graduated, he worked as a hostel operator. He faced new challenges where the available options and platforms to promote the properties he was managing didn’t meet his requirements. “We had to manage viewings and bookings manually using WhatsApp. During peak seasons, usually before new intakes, the large volume of messages was not easy to handle. At times, we might even overlook some messages.” To tackle all these little issues, Wen Khai and his partners have developed a solution after a few weeks of brainstorming. They decided to start building LiveIn. As its name implies, LiveIn is a platform for students to hunt for a safe and comfortable hostel while studying away from their hometown. To date, it is the first and only room rental website that focused on student accommodation. LiveIn’s features are built specifically for students who want to rent a room. The platform ensures landlords provide all the necessary information photos, location to amenities and house rules, to help students make their decisions. All the properties listed on the platform are near to universities and colleges. Students can search for rooms based on their campus’ location. Once students are satisfied with a room or unit, they can book and secure the accommodation by placing a small deposit. So, students need not worry that their rooms will be taken away by other potential tenants. Speaking of which, many middlemen like to play the trick by telling their prospective tenants that other people already booked the unit. To secure the room, the clients need to pay slightly higher than the advertised price. On LiveIn, these tricks are not condoned. If there are any discrepancies, the student’s deposit is fully refundable. Besides, operators that do not comply with the rules of LiveIn will be removed from the system to ensure the safeness and transparency of the website. “Since day one, our mission is to create a safe and secure environment for students and a transparent and hassle-free platform for the landlords. To maintain the quality of our listings, we always work closely with reputable owners and operators when we venture to a new area.” Started humbly from Bandar Sunway, LiveIn has set foot in more areas including Cyberjaya, Bukit Jalil, Sungai Long, Taman Connaught, Kota Damansara and more! In late 2016, it has even started operating in Singapore and Thailand to fulfil more students’ accommodation need. To provide students with a better room rental experience, LiveIn has introduced the HH+ Renting Solution to benefit both owners and tenants. LiveIn hires community managers to maintain the properties under the HH+ program. These houses are fully furnished and equipped with high-speed WiFi and other amenities. Besides, tenants need not worry about roommates with poor hygiene because rooms under HH+ come with complimentary weekly housekeeping service! HH+ is not only providing a smoother renting experience for tenants, but also ensures better rental returns for house owners. With HH+, property owners need not to deal with tenants and do the housekeeping or maintenance anymore. In May 2019, Hostel Hunting has launched an insurance policy called HH Protect that covers homeowners that subscribe to HH+. This complimentary insurance coverage covers household goods and personal effects belonging to the homeowner or family member, contained in the private property. Among other HH Protect benefits included are coverage for furniture, electrical appliances, jewellery, breakage to mirrors and death compensation. “Moving forward, our platform will focus in offering the HH+ because that is the solution for both owners and tenants to truly enjoy the investment and renting experience.” LiveIn has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

eziPOD

Services
For busy working adults, cleaning laundry is one of the most annoying chores. Having said that, we still need fresh and clean clothes every day. There are many existing laundry service providers. However, most of them have fixed operating hours similar to regular corporate working hours. Our customers tend to have a busy schedule. Driving to the laundry shop to drop off clothes, looking for parking, just doesn’t cut it and getting there in time before the shop closes isn’t convenient,” said Venon Tian. To provide the busy urbanites with a more convenient laundry and dry-cleaning services, Tian along with his angel investor and co-founder, Tan Swee Yeong brought in the technology from Thailand and started eziPOD in November 2017. eziPOD is a smart laundry locker that serves as a laundry drop-off and pick-up point which operates 24/7. With the app being installed on the phone, users need only go up to a smart locker, select the service they want to use and a QR code is generated. Scan the code at the scanner, and an empty locker will open for them to place their clothes. Then, eziPOD’s team will come and collect the clothes and send them to the cleaning facility. Once their laundry is cleaned, users will be notified via the eziPOD app and need only scan the provided QR code at the smart locker. Users will find their favourite clothes smell fresh again and being hanged neatly in the locker. To ensure this convenient laundry service is more reachable for more customers, eziPOD intends to spread their coverage into more locations by setting up more lockers in residential buildings, office buildings and shopping malls. Back then, it was very tough as this laundry locker concept is still new in Malaysia. At first, malls and buildings managements were charging us high renting rates. Soon, they realised this is a value-added service to their tenants and started to accept eziPOD.” Tian has a goal of spreading to 100 locations by the end of 2019. Aside from the convenience and tech-savvy system, what differs eziPOD from other laundry service providers is that it provides premium services at a reasonable price. At a starting price from RM2.50 per piece for laundry and ironing services, it offers hotel quality services. The cleaning facility they are partnering with is the expert in the industry and have been serving hotel clients for many years. eziPOD has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Yellow Porter

Technology
Have you ever requested your friends/family who was travelling overseas to help you buy some unique items which you cannot find it in Malaysia or vice versa, where you purchase on behalf when you’re abroad? This situation is prevalent since cross-border shipping fees can be expensive and some items aren’t even available online. Some of you might have also encounter payment difficulties while shopping on international websites. While working in the airline industry, Vimal Kumar was continually travelling. He observed that not only himself was helping friends to buy things, but all his colleagues do so. “So such a demand and gap piqued my interest to develop the idea in creating a platform that facilitates cross-border shopping.” As soon as this idea generated, he grabbed his friends and started Yellow Porter in August 2016. Yellow Porter aims to revolutionise the online shopping scene by enabling buyers to purchase items internationally and have them shipped at a low shipping rate. Yellow Porter started as purely using the ‘crowdshipping’ model where they work with travellers – known as Porters – who are heading to the same destination country, bring items in and out of Malaysia. The crowdshipping model makes it possible for shipping rates with Yellow Porter to be potentially reduced up to a whopping 50% off commercial shipping rates. Upon completion of a Porter shipment, the Porters earn 80% of the shipping fee after deduction for operational costs. Additionally, Porters would also receive extra pays should they be required to make a ‘Shop4Me‘ purchase from a physical store. After all, there’s nothing better than to get some extra cash in your pocket, all while you travel! Yellow Porter is currently serving markets such as U.S.A., U.K., Germany, Australia, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan and India and looking to open routes to and from Indonesia, China, and other SEA countries. Items can be delivered to Buyers within 7 – 15 business days depending on the location. Of course, there are similar large-scale businesses out there. However, most of them have a high-cost structure because they have to maintain a 1,000 sq feet warehouse for instance and have 50 people working on shifts. Yellow Porter, on the other hand, leverages on the sharing economy to set up overseas addresses where they partner with locals’ residences to keep the operating cost low. Now, when buyers register an account with Yellow Porter, they will immediately be given a unique shipping name/ID and hold easy access to all the shipping addresses from countries under Yellow Porter’s coverage. If I’m a frequent shopper on OzBargain, Woolworths, Coles, Kmart, etc, when I check out my cart, I just need to fill in shipping details with the Australia Shipping Address given by Yellow Porter, along with my unique shipping name/ID (i.e. YP-4), the items will be sent to the warehouse (i.e. Thinesh Perez’s address). Upon arrival of the items at Australia warehouse, the warehouse partner (i.e. Thinesh Perez) will have the right to unwrap and check the items for security reasons, and subsequently key in the shipment details (i.e. item weight and box dimension) and store the item until I request to ship out my items via their online platform. I can continue to shop for other items from multiple Australia-based websites until I’m satisfied, then request Yellow Porter to consolidate or combine my shipment and have it shipped back all at once. Once my item arrives at Yellow Porter’s HQ warehouse located in Bangsar area, I will be notified via an email and given the option to self-collect or request for last-mile doorstep delivery, that comes with a small fee. Shop4Me Apart from self-purchase and using Yellow Porter’s international shipping service, Buyers can also leverage on Yellow Porter’s Shop4Me service whereby they can buy on your behalf. It comes in pretty handy especially for shoppers who encountered unsuccessful transaction because the international website doesn’t recognise our local registered credit card. "We understand the pain points of Malaysian shoppers encountering limited access to global brands due to underserved delivery areas and exorbitant shipping fees. Hence, Yellow Porter aspires to take the lead as a cross-border shipping service that is trustable and reliable in shipping back your desired brands items and online purchases from other parts of the world. We’re committed to thinking out of the box at all times to maximise every customer’s shipping value. Being out of the logistics ordinary is the guiding light to Yellow Porter’s shipping innovation, as our motto goes – Ship out of the box. Porter it!“ With Yellow Porter, the world is your shopping mall! Yellow Porter has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in our youth empowerment actions. Register now at www.zom-in.com/zomin/students/register to participate in exciting events coming soon!

Charby

Technology
The birth of smartphone revolutionise the way we communicate, play, think, surf the internet and more. Never before a single device has the capability to replace so many other items. Therefore, people don’t mind to spend RM3000 or more for a high-end, productive smartphone. However, you’re probably pretty familiar with the struggle to keep your smartphone running like new a few months or even a couple of years after you bought it. After all, phones are expensive, thus keeping your current device running as long as possible will help you defer the expensive process of buying a new phone just a bit longer. Yet, sometimes, your smartphone’s battery is uncooperative, and won’t let you get through a day without worrying that your phone will die. The co-founders of Charby – Lim Thol Yong, Cheok Ming Jin and Chik Sheng Fei – came to realise that the durability of a smartphone’s battery is a common concern of many consumers. After obtained market validation from phone retail shops, interviewed strangers in shopping mall and conducted online survey form, the trio realised overnight charging is the most common practice of consumers that might cause battery degradation. Nevertheless, what’s a better time to recharge than when we’re sleeping? The co-founders of Charby believe charging should be made effortless and easy. “Your phone should get ready by the time you’re ready for your daytime challenges. We don’t have to sacrifice the best time for phone-charging – in the middle of the night – when all the bad sides of overnight charging can be solved by simply a smart charging cable that cuts off power automatically at full charge,” shared Chik, the co-founder and CTO of Charby. Let’s take a little time travel back to 2015 when the co-founders first partnered to help you understand Charby better. The trio started as partnership in 2015 during their final year of undergraduate studies. After graduated as bachelor’s degree and they enrolled in Master research in UTM to further continue working on their startup ideas. Initially, the founders wanted to help their university to reduce energy wastage by proposing the idea of installing smart energy-saving-system in hostels. However, they were advised not to continue as the project is not viable due to the high installation cost. For months, they have worked on different startup ideas but were either failed or rejected. In 2015, they shared their idea of the Smart Charging Cable with one of their mentors, Dr Yeong and was encouraged to enrol in the IHL-MSC competition in June that year. During that period, they had successfully built several prototypes that cut-off power supply automatically to stop further charging once they detect the battery is fully-charged. Their complete prototype and clear business plan enabled them to pass through 3 evaluation stages and eventually, attained the champion in November 2015. In early 2016, they applied for Cradle CIP150 fund and successfully received it in June 2016. This marked a significant milestone for them, as with the financial assistance and advice from Cradle, they can fund and complete the prototype of their smart charging cable – Charby Sense. Throughout their continuous built and refinement process, they realise more problems related to charging, such as fire hazard due to overnight charging, unreliable charging products and slow charging. They tailor their prototype to address the identified issues with the hope to create a solution for the users. Finally, their product – Charby Sense successfully attained European standard CE, FCC and RoHS, and is ready to be sold internationally. Charby Sense was successfully launched on Indiegogo in Dec 2017 and has since raised over USD100k and delivering to customers over 70 countries. Ever since, Charby is on the mission to make the best of everyone’s life by maximising smartphone use-time through knowledge and intelligent technology. In the coming years, more innovative Charby charging products will be designed to achieve a world everyone can stay powered and connected. Charby has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!

CALTRiX

Accounting
In every business, regardless of big or small, bookkeeping and accounting is a mandatory process. In this new era of entrepreneurship and small businesses, a streamlined operation is crucial for companies to scale faster. An efficient and automated accounting system is especially vital for every business to make accurate decisions. To support start-ups and SMEs in accounting and payroll related matters, in 2015, Alfred Ang founded CALTRiX, a cloud accounting firm which leverage on Integrated Cloud Software (“ICS”) to improve business efficiencies. CALTRiX mainly provides Cloud Accounting and Payroll Service. CALTRiX is partnering with well-known cloud software within the ecosystem of ICS such as Xero, QBO, Talenox, HREasily, Payroll Panda, KakiTangan, Receipt Bank, Fathom etc. CALTRiX is mainly serving technology companies and service providers in consultation, marketing, healthcare and food & beverages industry. “We believe that implementing the forefront of ICS will bring it to new horizons. Our team of accountants and professionals have made Cloud Accounting work for countless businesses, and we wish to introduce it to more businesses,” shared Alfred. CALTRiX with its ICS, can bring innovative improvements to businesses in the following aspects: No more high investment in a server A physical server is NOT required for ICS as each of the Cloud Software has its own well-protected server. The investment on ICS is based on a Pay-As-You-Use monthly subscription model. Businesses can enjoy continuous and unlimited updates in new features of cloud software without extra charges. Plug & play for ICS The whole ecosystem of ICS comprises of the feature accounting, payroll, e-commerce, point-of-sales etc. A business would only need to invest in the areas which suit its business nature. For example, a consulting firm only requires accounting, payroll and document management cloud software. Paperless-ready accounting processes ICS enables accounting processes to be paperless-ready. Although hardcopy documents are still required for audit and tax purposes in Malaysia, businesses should move ahead to start adopting paperless office workflow. Everyone is working on the same page Business owners can invite relevant team members to be onboard to specific cloud software to synchronise their works. For example, they can grant business development executives access to Cloud Accounting Software to issue quotation and sales invoices to your customers. Fast speed in updating accounts By leveraging on ICS, clients can upload the invoices and receipts into a cloud document management software through direct-email or snapping photo into an app. CALTRiX can update the expenses remotely instead of updating it after collected documents in the subsequent month. Real-time access to financial information Business owners always want to understand their business performance. Financial information is a direct result which reflected from business strategies. Real-time financial information will assist the business owners to reduce business risk by making an accurate business decision while simultaneously considering their financial availability. On top of all these benefits, the most valuable service of CALTRiX is customising Standard-Operating-Procedures (SOPs) for each client to ensure smooth execution. All the roles & responsibilities of each person in the organisation will be sorted out to run the accounting processes smoothly. It will eventually streamline the accounting processes and reduce the cost of operation in the long run. “We hope that our clients can leverage on ICS to manage their cost of operation effectively, ease their mind and focus on growing their businesses to a greater height.” CALTRiX has joined ZOM-IN to collaborate in efforts to empower aspiring youths. Join us now at www.zom-in.com to participate in exciting events coming soon!