Korudein to develop online platform for QAF Auto

First class graduates Nadherah and Haziqah have secured their first client under LCB's Entrepreneurship Incubation Centre

Korudein co-founder Nadherah (3rd L) exchanging documents with sales manager of QAF Auto's Used Cars Department Terence Chin at the signing ceremony last Thursday. Photo courtesy of Borneo Bulletin.

IT startup Korudein have signed with QAF Auto to build their first website for their used cars arm which will catalogue their stock and enable prospective customers to engage with sales representatives.

Korudein’s founders Nadherah Hazwannee Amir and Haziqah Aimuni Harethfardelah, who are first class Computer Science graduates from Laksamana College of Business (LCB), said the website would be operational next month.

“Customers will be able to browse as well as filter their choices by category, book an appointment (to view or test drive) and chat through the website,” said 23-year-old Haziqah.

With QAF Auto’s used cars department officially established earlier this year, their general manager Siva Kumar Krishnan said that a “one-stop” website was a priority to communicate the latest updates on vehicles for sale.

25-year-old Nadherah added that Korudein was looking at exploring more projects with QAF following the website’s completion as well as looking for more opportunities to provide IT solutions and services.

The founding duo, aspiring full stack developers who are Korudein’s only employees, are the first startup under LCB’s new Entrepreneur Incubation Centre (EIC), which looks to answer His Majesty Sultan the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam’s call for a youth entrepreneurship ecosystem.

“We were able to secure this opportunity (with QAF Auto) through EIC,” said Nadherah. “Although we (Haziqah and I) knew each other beforehand, it was only through EIC that we decided to form a company together as we realized we had the same goals in wanting to do programming.”

Haziqah (L) and Nadherah (2nd R) have been active in entrepreneurship workshops, joining Brunei’s Startup Weekend in April, where they took second place with their group Academy Shack.

Computer Science LCB lecturers and mentors at EIC Norazi Norani and Jay Santhanam said that Nadherah and Haziqah were selected on academic merit, and would be the first of many startups the institution is hoping to incubate.

“EIC was set up for LCB students looking at entrepreneurship as a viable pathway upon graduating,” said Santhanam. “We have started (incubating) with IT, but will soon cover diverse industries. Through EIC the students will receive mentorship on starting and running a business, and have access to business opportunities.”

Norazi added that LCB’s networks within Brunei’s industry would help EIC understand what business opportunities are available within the market. EIC will be housed within LCB’s campus in Plaza Abdul Razak, and will soon include a shared working space.

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