A Malaysian has done us proud again, moreover, when we personally know him. Founder of Frambie, an online custom picture framer solution, had won the 2nd Young Entrepreneur Awards in Singapore, presented by Canon and MediaCorp. Malaysian Beh Weng Wei (Ray), 25, founder of Frambie, walked away with S$5000 in start-up capital and S$10,000 worth of Canon business products.
Frambie in an innovative user-to-user solution online, which allows its users to upload their images and photos to the website, and pick personalized frames for them. The final product will then be printed, produced, and delivered to the customers.
Besides challenging the industry logic by changing picture frame purchasing and delivering experience, Frambie also aspires to bring the traditional art gallery business to the web, building the new generation art gallery.
The runner-ups were Bryan Lee and Darryl Zhuang from Singapore-based Intraix, which have developed a low-cost home energy management system to reduce energy bills in offices.
The second runner-up winners were Zhang Weiliang and Joshua Chao, who co-founded Avetics. The startup is developing minature Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for non-military purposes like land data management. Both runner-ups have won S$9,000 in Canon business products and S$6,000 in cash prizes.
The award ceremony, was held on 24th February as it is helmed as one of Singapore’s more prestigious platform to showcase young entrepreneurs and their products. Jointly organised by Canon and MediaCorp, the awards is an extension of Canon’s Think Big campaign, which called for proposals outlining innovative products or services that can be developed and potentially turned into a real business.
A total of 127 proposals were received.
Judges for this year’s competition included Andrew Koh, senior director and general manager of Canon Singapore, Foong Ming Lee-Ng, vice-president of Mediacorp, Elim Chew, founder of 77th Street, Dr. Low Lee Yong, CEO of MHC Asia, Michel Birnbaum, partner of iGlobe Partners, Goh Yiping, founder of All Deals Asia, and Kenny Leck, founder of Books Actually.
The event’s guest-of-honor was Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State for Trade and Industry.
For our Malaysian winner, Ray recalls his early days in the Malaysian entrepreneurship field, being an active community member in Entrepreneurs.my and joining many of our supported initiatives like, BarCamp, TEDx and various networking and business seminars. He had also been an active student in university, participating in many university-based entrepreneurship competition as a testing ground to pit his business plan.
Ray’s success is one of the few Malaysian start-up success stories which may been overlooked locally within our shores, but may have shown in the eyes of foreign investors. For future plans, Ray Beh and Frambie have been invited to Singapore to explore the expansion of his early-stage business, but this very passionate young entrepreneur from Penang, is still determined to have his business’ production facilities being based in Malaysia, as his way to contribute towards the local economic development.
He hopes that more Malaysian start-ups which may be unknown to agencies and entrepreneur-support organisations would begin to get noticed with local authorities exploring ways to work with them.
No doubt, Frambie did win a Singapore based Entrepreneurs Awards, but he wanted to make sure that its operations and future expansions would contribute towards Malaysia and also spread its influence across the region.
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