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Brunei firm set to debut Islamic learning app
Publication Date : 13-09-2013
Brunei startup PHMD Publishing Company is set to launch an Islamic learning app by the fourth quarter of this year, said its founder
Ak Mohd Khairi Pg Hj Metussin said the mobile app was a new prototype that his company has worked on throughout the year and is developed through the Local Enterprise Applications and Products (Leap) grant that the company review in March this year.
‘‘It (the app) is ready but is currently subject to further tests before we can confidently launch it,’’ he told The Brunei Times.
‘‘We are looking to launch it in the fourth quarter of this year and it will be done by milestones. First we will sell it on App Store and then move on to Google Playstore.’’
The app will focus on general Islamic education for school kids and the general Muslims in the country, said Ak Mohd Khairi.
‘‘Education is still our strength and we are planning to publish a series of e-books on education,’’ he said.
Ak Mohd Khairi also confirmed that the 2nd edition of Business Icons will not be published ‘‘any time soon’’.
Business Icons was written by Ak Mohd Khairi, Mohd Salehin Hj Basir and brothers Mohd Khairul Arifin Sabir and Mohd Khairul Anwar Sabir.
The 250-page book tells the stories of 10 successful Bruneian entrepreneurs, their motivation to do business, the challenges they overcame and how they achieved success.
The book is published by PHMD Publishing, a firm owned and managed by Ak Mohd Khairi, and is sold in local bookstores nationwide at US$19.90.
In March, PHMD was among the nine startups who bagged $1.4 million in funding from the Brunei Economic Development Board to help them develop their business ideas.
Under the grant, the recipient would be able to fund the development of a prototype of their products, which can be used for testing before being marketed to the world.
Each recipient received a maximum of $150,000 and a 12-month time frame to develop their prototypes. These range from an integrated photobooth to a kinetic-powered smartphone charger to mobile applications.
The grant runs on a reimbursement basis and is based on a costsharing mechanism.
Aimed at promoting innovation in Brunei and more ‘‘made-in-Brunei ’ ’products and applications, the Leap grant was introduced in 2010 to address the financial gap faced by local companies that need to develop pilot projects to take off.