Two Kuala Lumpur students have found success with their organic farming project which now produces approximately 500kg of farm produce and 800kg of fish monthly.
Sean Lee Juan Shen and Eddie Soong Chuk Ming became best friends on campus, and they started developing aquaponics on a DIY basis as a hobby. Lee was determined to turn this hobby into a bigger-scale organic farming project. Today, Lee and Soong, both 19-year-olds, are successful urban farm founding entrepreneurs in town.
Recently, ASBX mentors Prof Vinesh Thiruchelvam, who is also APU’s Chief Innovation Officer, and Haslina Hashim, Lecturer of Faculty of Business & Management, took the initiative to pay a visit to the E-Farm located in Cheras, Selangor. Both of them were impressed by the yields and their students’ achievement. Vinesh said that not only was he mesmerized by the overall ecosystem in place, but gratified by his students’ success.
“They have taken their idea on to multiple solutions to address common concerns regarding organic food or fish production, selling the agriculture products through an online customer base while maintaining a healthy supply chain network and the business relationship between supplier, grower, seller, and clients,” he said.
The 16 weeks of startup experience allowed them to analyze their idea and strategize it into the market using effectuation, design thinking, and venture building concepts. Apart from that, they had acquired a range of technical and non-technical knowledge which spurred them further into the start-up environment.
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