Malaysian Startup Top the Asian Entrepreneurship Award 2016!

Tokyo, 8 June 2016 – A Malaysian startup, BorderPass emerged as the champion in the final competition of Asian Entrepreneurship Award (AEA) 2016 held on June 7th, 2016 in Tokyo, Japan. The international competition, now in its fifth year, featured 27 startups from 14 countries. BorderPass’ unique ‘cloud passport’ idea impressed the panelists  and brought home 1 million JPY and received two years of free office space at 31 Ventures by Mitsui Fudosan. The event was hosted by Future Design Centre Incorporate Association while the co-hosts were Division of University Corporate Relations – The University of Tokyo, Keidanren, Mitsui Fudosan Co., Litd., and TX Entrepreneur Partners General Incorporated Association (TEP).

Malaysia was among the first nations globally to use biometric passports and automated gates at the airport. With the figure of 38 percent Southeast Asian airports are over capacity, BorderPass pitched for the first ‘cloud passport’ idea. The technology covers 3D facial and iris recognition, touchless ten-finger fingerprint and thermo scanner, and other biometric systems. The system is aimed to be an opt-in system to the traditional paper immigration form at the airport.

BorderPass is one of the two startups nominated by Putra Business School (PBS), a TX Entrepreneur Partners General Incorporated Association (TEP) / Kashiwa Open Innovation Lab (KOIL) Global Partner for the last 3 years. Dr Ahmed Razman Abdul Latiff, Manager of Community Development and Impact in PBS and the Nominating Committee Member for Malaysia together with BorderPass CEO, Faisal Ariff received the award at the event.

PBS’ postgraduate programmes are based on Eastern traditions with global relevance. Its approach is in line with Shift 1 of the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2015-2025 (Higher Education) on Holistic, Entrepreneurial and Balanced Graduates. The academic staffs at PBS are well exposed and experienced in entrepreneurship related activities. The students are encouraged to establish a startup and exposure in entrepreneurship are given in class as well as through the Networking Day which is a programme that involve industries key players sharing their experience and achievement in through a dialogue.

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Putra Business School (PBS), formerly known as the Graduate School of Management, UPM, is a private post-graduate business school in Malaysia with a University status. To balance between theory and practice, PBS’s internationally recognized courses are facilitated by experienced industry practitioners as well as academics.  PBS is an AACSB (The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) and ABEST21(The Alliance on Business Education and Scholarship for Tomorrow, a 21st Century Organization) accredited school – the first business school in Malaysia with these distinctions. All programmes offered by PBS are approved by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).  Other academic programmes offered are MBA, MM(IT), MSc and PhD. PBS  also engages in research, consulting and business development activities. For more information, visit

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