By: Yasmin Yusoff
Photo: Norazreen Awang
SERDANG, Feb 1 – Zakaria Zarkasi who is a Bachelor of Computer Science and Information Technology (Multimedia) student of Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM)’s Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology (FSKTM) won the Trading Entrepreneurship Challenge 2015, organized by UPM’s Pusat Transformasi Komuniti Universiti (UCTC).
He walked away with RM4,500, courtesy of UCTC and Great Minds Training & Consultancy, a TRADEC championship trophy, a business grant worth RM1,300, participation certificate and a business package to Guangzhou, China.
Zakaria Zarkasi, 21, from Tanjung Karang, Selangor, has set up a roller blade business company, Syarikat Hyper Sport Venture, at Tanjung Karang.
“I started off the business using a meagre capital of RM4,400 from the Tabung Haji savings of my mother. Initially, my efforts to get involved in business received objections from my family but after seeing my relentless efforts and commitment, they were for it and now, I am earning about RM30,000 in profits every month,” he said.
Meanwhile, UPM Vice-Chancellor, Datin Paduka Dr. Aini Ideris said TRADEC’15 which is now into its third year and introduced by UCTC, could help produce bold and daring graduates who could meet the challenges of doing business using small capital.
“The main objective of this program is to establish a reality entrepreneurship challenge program where undergraduates are made to be directly involved in comprehensive modules of trading business and to produce capable and able entrepreneurs in trading entrepreneurship among graduates,” she said.
She said the effectiveness of the program could be seen in the success of TRADEC’14 which had reported a sale revenue of RM12,1075.50 with net profit of RM55,570.24 while TRADEC’15 reported RM248,148.04 in sale with RM53,390.94 in profits throughout the two months’ challenge period.
Twenty-five people who took part in TRADEC’15 comprised Final Year or Final Semester students and those who had graduated for about six months but still have not secured a permanent job.
Some of the areas they could venture into include telecommunication and computer equipment, professional services such as consultancy, sale of souvenirs, books and stationery; textiles and accessories; cosmetic and beauty products service, sports and recreation; printing and office automation; restaurant, confectionary and bakery, sundry shop, wet market and convenience store; tourism service; food manufacturing and industrial materials; agro-based industries and services, landscape, event management and advertising. – UPM.
Sekolah Pengajian Siswazah
Universiti Putra Malaysia
43400 UPM Serdang
Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia