Innovation Showcase Gallery, 4th GES 2013, 11th October 2013
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak with United States (US) Secretary of State John F Kerry listening to a detailed account of an innovative idea for a mosquito repellent band made from natural ingredients from 16-year-old Soon Chee Yen of SMK Seafield. Looking on is Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah. Chee Yen's innovative idea won as first runner-up at the National Social Innovation Relay Competiton held in Hong Kong several months ago.
Soon Chee Yen of SMK Seafield met up with Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and United States (US) Secretary of State, John F. Kerry, at the JA Malaysia booth as part of the Innovation Showcase Gallery during the 4th Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2013. 16 year-old Chee Yen shared her innovative idea for a mosquito-repellent band made out of natural ingredients commonly found in Malaysia. Her idea won the JA Malaysia team the runner-up prize for the Social Innovation Relay, a global competition held in collaboration with Hewlett-Packard earlier this year. The competition's aim was to challenge secondary school students in developing an innovative business concept that addresses a social need. As such, Chee Yen's invention was thus highlighted at the 4th GES as a prime example of budding youth entrepreneurship in Malaysia.
Barbara Devaraj, Manager of the Junior Achievement Program (AMCHAM), winning students from the YE Annual Achievers' showcase and Pn. Indra, teacher, pictured here with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at the Junior Achievement Malaysia booth during a tour of booths at the 4th GES Summit.
In addition to Chee Yen's success, three other winning JA teams from SMK Seafield, SMK Bukit Mewah, and Catholic High School were profiled at the 4th GES Summit. These teams also had the chance to meet with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to share their products and results of entrepreneurial success from the academic year. The winning teams had received awards for their triumphs a day before at the Junior Achievement/Young Enterprise (JA/YE) Annual Achievers' Showcase 2013, an event held as one of 12 prestigious 4th GES 2013 Satellite Events.
Entrepreneurs from all over the world, thought leaders, researchers and aspiring entrepreneurs converged at the KL Convention Center on October 11 and 12 for the 4th GES 2013. Following its theme, the 2013 Summit was all about empowering & connecting entrepreneurs, functioning as a catalyst for a series of world events where entrepreneurs would be placed firmly in the centre as leaders of economic development, with enabling support from the government as well as educational and finance sectors.
As part of AMCHAM’s corporate social responsibility initiatives, the Chamber runs The Junior Achievement Young Enterprise Program (JA/YE), which is a community education program offered to more than 1,000 form four students from 32 schools in the Klang Valley and Penang.