Brunei Darussalam

Described as the “Kingdom of Unexpected Treasures”, the startup ecosystem in Brunei Darussalam is revving up steadily with many new startup ventures in industries ranging from the Halal to Food & Beverage to Biomedicine. With an aim to diversify its economy from the oil and gas industry, Bruneian entrepreneurs are openly active in connecting with investors and strategic partners in and around the region. It is an exciting time for its budding entrepreneurs!

Brunei Rice Bowl Startup Awards – Winners

Best Newcomer

Best Social Impact Startup

Best eCommerce / Supply Chain Startup 

Founder of the Year
Vanessa Teo

Startup of the Year

Country Partner

The Creative Core BN is the ideal visionary platform for artists and art enthusiasts. Putting a focus on the creatives’ journey, they aim to impart, impact and inspire the local and regional creative community through knowledge sharing; crafting collaborations and experience.

National Strategic Partner

Progresif Cellular Sdn Bhd. is a Brunei-based Government Linked Company headquartered in Bandar Seri Begawan. Founded in 2014, whose mission is to establish Progresif as a catalyst for change in the telecommunications sector focused on enhancing quality of life and supporting economic growth in Brunei through the development of profitable, long-term, products and services, including cellular devices and service, mobile internet and broadband and enterprise connectivity. Progresif now has more than 265 employees and 150,000 customers, with eight retail stores throughout the kingdom.

Hosted By

New Entrepreneurs Foundation (myNEF) is a non-profit organization that focuses on creating and developing sustainable entrepreneurs via strategic developmental programs.

Regional Strategic Partners

The ASEAN Centre of Entrepreneurship (ACE) is the first startup support services platform in ASEAN which provides these key services to help startups expand

Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd (Cradle) is Malaysia’s early stage start-up influencer, incorporated under the Ministry of Finance Malaysia (MOF) in 2003 with a mandate to fund potential and high-calibre tech start-ups.