Global Entrepreneurship Movement



A global competition in search of breakthrough innovative ideas to rapidly transform and mend the intended gap in any ASEAN country
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We are awarding $100,000 USD to a startup anywhere in the world with a transformative idea that can be scaled in the ASEAN region. Whether you are building smart city solutions to change infrastructure built 50 years ago or whether you are changing the way people travel, eat, communicate, learn, trade, if you are changing mindsets – we want you.

When coming up with ideas, entrepreneurs will need to take into consideration of a few things – their innovative ideas must be big enough to address the current gaps in the ASEAN market, they will need to produce a world-class concept with advantageous technology, that is feasible and realistic.

Additionally, the proposition must also be appealing in terms of value to the prospective customer, as profitability of product plays a vital role in the selection criteria.


Judging Criteria

KEY 1 : Concept and Product

  • Product competence
  • Uniqueness and relevance of business opportunity
  • Competitive advantage
  • Fulfillment of customer needs

KEY 2 : Feasibility

  • Marketing strategy
  • Feasibility of product and technology
  • Availability and cost of intellectual property proposed
  • Feasibility of marketing strategy

KEY 3 : Target Market

  • Characteristic of market
  • Expected market share to be achieved
  • Requirement in accuracy of identifying market
  • The potential and existing competitors
  • Business model and application on market trend

KEY 4 : Financials + funding

  • Profitability of business
  • Time required for business setup
  • Cost of business
  • Consistency with bottom up and top down analysis

KEY 5 : Team

  • Strength of team
  • Passion and focus on target market
  • Role of team members
  • Future human resource planning

Visit the COLOSSUSinno2017 site for more information


Challenge Updates

ColossusINNO2017 Winner Announced!

Jan. 3, 2018, 1 p.m. PST by Liz Treadwell



The Global Entrepreneurship Movement (GEM) ended on a high note with the announcement ofthe inaugural winner of ColossusINNO2017 at the Global Entrepreneurship Community (GEC) Summit 2017 recently held in Kuala Lumpur.After an intense deliberation, Blusense Diagnostics from Denmark were handed the title that came with awinning prize of USD100,000 to pilot the innovation as a solution in the preferred ASEAN country.  Subsequently, the winner will be exposed to a variety of access to resources and skills to aid the growth of the idea, amongst which include collaboration with the local government and corporations for a stronger market entry.

At the pitch, Blusense Diagnostics made a strong case on their submission called the BluSense technology that enables the accurate diagnosis of dengue and zika using a single drop of blood. Combining biomarker quantification with portability, affordability and ease of use, BluSense point-of-care products are designed for helping healthcare organizations to increase their diagnostics capacity, and to monitor, control and manage virus outbreaks. 

Speaking on behalf of Blusense is its co-founder, Mr. Filippo Bosco, who also explained on the function of BluBox - a portable and affordable device specifically designed for single-drop-of-blood diagnostics operations. He said, “BluBox is compatible with a large number of single-use tests, which are developed by BluSense for diagnosing different diseases. Currently tests for dengue and zika diagnostics applications are under development. Furthermore, BluBox has already demonstrated its ability to accurately identify several diseases and different health conditions”.

Founded by Tan Sri Dr. Mohd. Irwan Serigar, who is also the Secretary-General of Treasury, Ministry of Finance, Malaysia, the non-government, not-for-profit organization, GEM initiated a global entrepreneurship competition, ColossusINNO2017, to inspire breakthrough thinking among entrepreneurs to identify and build ventures that will result in providing solutions to solve regional problems in developing countries in ASEAN – be it the problem of poverty, governance, education, health or environment.

“ColossusINNO2017 is a benchmark of success for outstanding entrepreneurs that not only demonstrate extraordinary business insights, but also excellent entrepreneurial spirit, disruptive innovation and strategic direction. This competition spotlights aspiring entrepreneurs that disrupt and lead to the change and economic growth required by societies,” enthused Patron and Founder of GEM, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd. Irwan Serigar.

“ColossusINNO2017 is an initiative to find the next big solutions that help address the market gaps to help ASEAN nations achieve first world status, which includes innovation in the areas of governance, poverty eradication, education, health, environment and cleanliness,” he added.

The global call for submissions for ColossusINNO2017 was held for three months since the launch. The competition received 1,780 submissions from 88 countries. To ensure that the selected entrepreneurs meet the global standards in terms of knowledge, solution to problems and other requirements of a scalable startup, a panel of independent global judges consisting of key industry experts narrowed down the applications to 30 semi-finalists, before shortlisting 10 finalists. ColossusINNO2017’s Final Pitches were made yesterday.

“The ten finalists have demonstrated dynamic businesses through innovative ideas, which address the societal concerns and market gaps within the ASEAN region. Through this competition, we have seen a group of high caliber entrepreneurs with such tenacity and strong entrepreneurial spirit, striving to make an impact in an environment marked by uncertainty and disruption,” quipped President of GEM, Dash Dhakshinamoorthy.

The ColossusINNO2017 finalists were evaluated based on three criteria including scope – feasibility and having a well-defined problem and solution, scale of idea’s execution including market opportunity, well-defined target market, potential for growth, perceived differentiation from competition, as well as likelihood of long-term success, and speed of execution based on the strength and expertise of the team.


The global experts that made up the panel of judges include:

  • Tan Sri Dr. Mohd. Irwan Serigar, Patron and Founder of GEM
  • Dash Dhakshinamoorthy, President of GEM
  • Datuk Md Zubir Ansori Yahaya, CEO of Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad (MDV)
  • Dato Arulchelvam Arulampalam, CEO Ebizu
  • Jamaludin Bujang, CEO of MAVCAP
  • Ganesh Kumar Bangah, Executive Chairman,
  • Asna Towfiq, Alliance
  • Philippe Benjamin Skow, Global Award-winning Violinist
  • Dr. Sam Potolicchio, Georgetown University
  • Jennifer Augustin, Cisco
  • Zhang Yong, Mengniu Group
  • Final Pitching & Judging Observed by YOUNOODLE

Every finalist was given a 5-minute presentation time in front of the judges, followed by a 6-minute Q&A session.


The ten ColossusINNO2017 finalists are as follows:

  1. Lazarus, Chile - Prosthetics that allow amputee better mobility and comfort.
  2. BLH Aqua Technology Inc., Korea – Aquatonix, increases water absoption, decreases water wasteage and use of chemical fertilizers – for agriculture industry
  3. A Diagnostics Toolbox for Infectious Diseases, Denmark - Scalable one-drop-of-blood diagnostics for infectious disease including Dengue
  4. ECOLOO: An eco social innovation that saves water, lives and environment, Malaysia – An eco-friendly toilet, that treats waste, deals with water sanitation.
  5. OrganoCycler MSW Processing Technology, Malaysia - Hypobaric thermo process to steam waste rather than burn it.
  6. Plantedit, Italy - cutting edge genome editing tools along with innovative transformation technology to produce GMO-free, regulatory free, eco-friendly sustainable food for human welfare
  7. Developing Therapies Through Epigenetics, USA - Curing incurable cancers and neurodegenerative diseases by reprograming cells
  8. Zerowaste Asia Pte Ltd, Singapore - patented chemical technology that effectively captures and permanently locks in heavy metals at the molecular level, treated solid waste or wastewater meets stringent disposal criteria.
  9. Stratio LinkSquare, USA/Korea - Detecting Counterfeit Medicines
  10. ThirdWatch: Stopping fraud using AI, India - Real-time fraud prevention in E-commerce/digital-transactions using AI

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We thank you again for your interest in ColossusINNO2017 and GEM - we wish you a wonderfully successful 2018! 

ACTION REQUIRED: Don’t forget to submit!

Oct. 30, 2017, 2:11 p.m. PDT by Liz Treadwell

It's not too late! There are less than 10 hours left to submit your innovative ideas for ColossusINNO2017. Go to the Timeline section to see the exact submission deadline date and time for your location:

It will only take a few moments to complete your submission and not miss out on this opportunity to win $100,000 USD to help fund your audacious and bold ideas that will transform the ASEAN region.

In order for your entry to be eligible, your submission must meet the requirements outlined on the HeroX page here:

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to post in the Forum.

We are excited to review all of your amazing ideas!