Startup Weekend Labuan by Techstars 2019 Winners

By Stella Matilda, Editor of Parents Avenue

Startup Weekend by Techstars is run by local Organizers in over 700 cities and 150 countries worldwide. Now for the very first time, the beautiful, proud island of Labuan will host the first Startup Weekend Labuan 2019.

What Is Startup Weekend? It is a 54-hour event where developers, designers, marketers, product manager, entrepreneurs and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups!

In a nutshell,

Day 1: Beginning with open mic pitches on Friday, attendees are encouraged to bring their best ideas and inspire others to join their team.

Day 2 and 3: Over Saturday and Sunday teams design and develop business plans while constantly streamlining their startup vision.

Final: On Sunday evening teams demo their prototypes, listen to judges’ feedback and in some cities, win prizes.

Shaun Yap, the Facilitator from Techstars who is also the Community Manager for Found8.

Participants & Teams 

Startup Weekend Labuan 2019 is a success with total 51 participants coming from Labuan and Kota Kinabalu. The best part of this event is the diversity of the people coming from both young and old, with all walks of life and background. 
A total of 9 teams were formed during the event. Here are the list of teams that was formed. 
Team 1: Borneo Decoupaj
Team 2: Diamond Skill Academy
Team 3: JumPa Apps
Team 4: Ikan Kekek Serunding
Team 5: Pet ResQ Apps
Team 6: upilila Apps
Team 7: The Playground
Team 8: Santai Santai
Team 9: EnLight Apps
Organizing Team & Organizing Committee Leader


Irwin Daud Ker, the Organizing Committee Lead for Startup Weekend Labuan, mentioned in his speech that he was a participant himself in a few Startup Weekend events few years ago. He realized the benefits and knowledge he had gained from the event, and he made a promise to himself that he must organised a Startup Weekend by Techstars in Labuan so the community can benefit from it.

Two years ago he tried to bring this event to Labuan but it did not pan out at that time. He never gave up and tried again. This year with the right people in the organising team, he was able to make this dream a reality. His mission to help the startup community and to provide a learning platform for aspiring entrepreneurs to test their business ideas and get proper validations from experts without any risk.

The Organizing Team for Startup Weekend Labuan were all volunteers. Their passion and drive made this event a success:

Viviantie Sarjuni, Participants Affairs

Ani Ridzuan, EcoSystem Enablers 

Ernie Zainie, Floor Manager

Stella Matilda, Graphic Design & Digital Marketing


The mentors who had gave up 3 days of their valuable time to work closely with the 51 participants at Startup Weekend Labuan 2019 were:

Fadzrul Dullie – Founder of PingChat App and TamuKu App

Safuan Ahmad – Account Manager, Global Accelerator Program (GAP), MaGIC

Ernie Zainie – Corporate Strategist & Lead Coordinator for Innovation, SESB

Viviantie Sarjuni – Program Manager, MaGIC

Mohd Hanafi Shahrain – Program Lead, MaGIC Idea Lab.

Stella Matilda – Founder of Parents Avenue

Team JumPa Apps actually went to the Police Station for Market Validation.

Startup Weekend is a proven framework to start a startup. Interactive and practical, participants learnt not only during workshop but during market validation where they went out and validate the idea with real users.


Startup Weekend Labuan is also a platform for entrepreneurs to build startups from the angle of building solutions to challenges/issues within the community/industry/environment that leveraging on technology and innovation instead of just starting conventional businesses that doesn’t solve any critical challenges.

Ridzuan, the Co-founder of Borride App, the 1st e-hailing startup in Sabah, is our invited Speaker for Startup Weekend Labuan 2019. He shared his journey developing the Borride App with the 51 participants and shared his knowledge and experience on starting a startup.

Don Salman, Founder of Borneo Specialty Coffee, one of the partners for Startup Weekend Labuan, was serving free coffee to all mentors and speaker throughout the 3-day event as well as to the VIP Guests and Judges on Final Pitch day. 

Organizing Team: Stella Matilda (Design & Marketing), Irwin Daud Ker (Organizing Committee Leader), YB Datuk Rozman Datuk Isli - Member of Parliament (Supporter), Viviantie Sarjuni (Participant Affairs), Ernie Zainie (Floor Manager) and Fadzrul Dullie (Founder of TamuKu & PingChat as Mentor for Startup Weekend Labuan)
VIPs & Judges


The Special VIP Guests who attended the final day of Startup Weekend Labuan 2019 at Labuan International School were Yb Datuk Rozman Datuk Isli – Member of Parliament, Mr. Amirullah Mahmud – Dewan muda DPMM Labuan, Ms. Amy Annie Tolentino – OC for JCI Labuan, Mdm Yon Zahimah Ibrahim – Director, Corporate Affairs Department of Labuan FSA, Mr. Rizduan Ibrahim – COO of YPL Yayasan Pembangunan Labuan, Mr. Roger Foo Shiang Tat – Secretary General of Labuan Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Jeferry Tan – president of JCI Labuan

The judges were Datuk Dahlif Singh – Chairman of Labuan Indian Chamber, Mr Azhar Othman – Chairman of BIMP-EAGA Business Council Labuan and Kar Sin Ng – Program Manager of Malaysia Global & Innovation Centre (MaGIC)

Partners & Sponsors

Key Partners- Borneo Startups Community, Labuan Liberty Port and JCI Labuan.

Supporters – Malaysia Global Innovation & Creativity Centre, Labuan Parliament and Perbadanan Labuan.

Sponsors- Labuan Financial Services Authority, Yayasan Pembangunan Labuan, Dewan Usahawan Melayu Labuan, Dewan Perdagangan Islam Malaysia, Labuan and Dewan Perniagaan Melayu Malaysia Labuan.

Partners- North Borneo Film, Borneo Specialty Coffee, BIMP-EAGA Business Council Labuan, Mompreneur Asia Sabah, Youth of Labuan and Persatuan Pengiat Wartawan Labuan.

Official Venue – Labuan International School

Media Partner – Parents Avenue

In just 54 hours, a total of 9 teams, 51 participants and 9 business ideas launched! Congratulations to all of you for completing Startup Weekend Labuan 2019.

Congratulations to the winners:

1st Place: Ikan Kekek Serunding
Saiyidatul Syahirah Jasney , Caris Teo, Norsyazaliana Ariffen, Siti Nur Diyana Sani, Nur Fitriyani Abd Khar

2nd Place: Borneo Dekupaj
Mathilda Gubod, Sarah Rebecca Liew, Jayne Carey Wong, Chai Teng Teng, Lina Stephanie Winnie Peter Marius, Pleagia Maluda and Stephanny Sylvester Maluda

3rd Place: JumPa Apps
Dairick Daniel, Mohd Asyraf Abd Hamid, Mohamad Nazry, Mohd Lapian Aliudin, Nehemie Manfouutbi and Choy Kim Lee.

Catch me interviewing one of our participant on Day 2 for Startup Weekend Labuan. 

(Please ignore my high pitch voice that sounds like a smurf)

Labuan Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event designed to provide superior experiential education for entrepreneurs. As you learn how to create a real company, you’ll meet the very best mentors/ founders/ investors who are ready to help you get started.


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