KDU Penang Alumni Who Strike it Out on Their Own

By Uni Enrol - March 10, 2020
Where to Study Get to know these entrepreneurs who took bold steps to carve their own destiny.

Entrepreneurship is not only about starting a company. A person can be a business owner but it does not make them an entrepreneur.

Through their passion entrepreneurs solve problems and create positive impact to the world and this can happen in any setting from business ventures to workplace.

These are some KDU Penang University College’s alumni who set out to change the world!

 

1. Lye Wei Jiang, Ooi Fang Yeow, Yeap Yih Tying

Education: Diploma in Interior Design

Their Quest: Vault Design Lab

The four founders, including three being a product of KDU Penang’s Diploma in Interior Design course, have quickly established themselves as a leading ID firm in Penang under the banner of Vault Design Lab established in 2015.

Their talent and work have quickly landed them milestone projects in commercial, residential and office spaces all over Malaysia.

Being entrepreneurial at heart, they saw university as a platform to not only build their skills but also see their varsity mates as future clients as well.

All three attribute their success to their lecturers who spent the time to guide and teach them the right skills and provided them exposure in projects and internship attachments that would translate into valuable output for clients.

 

2. Chin Xin-Ci

Education: Cambridge A-Levels

Her Quest: Watch Over Me, StoreHub

For someone who is just barely over 30 years old, Xin-Ci has achieved more than many twice her age.

Starting with a deep personal mission to help other women, she launched her own venture ‘’Watch Over Me’’, a personal safety app focused on helping women who find themselves in danger on the streets.

The app has dutifully served over 250,000 people from over 100 countries and was later acquired by Carousell.

She now heads the marketing initiatives of StoreHub, a leading cloud-based Point-of-Sales solution that serves thousands of retailers and F&B business owners in Southeast Asia.

 

3. Kong Xuan

Education: Diploma in Professional Chef Training

His Quest: Violet House Restaurant

With the foundation he gained from KDU Penang in 2004, Kong Xuan started his career with Fairmont Hotel and Swissotel the Stamford in Singapore where he rose the ranks from cook to sous chef in 10 years.

Along the way he won various medals in competitions and was later attached to a five-star hotel in Bangkok.

He currently runs his own restaurant called Violet House Cafe in Batu Ferringhi as a platform to expand his passion in culinary arts. It has a 4.5/5 star rating on Trip Advisor.

 

4. Kumar Ramasamy

Education: KDU Higher Diploma in Computing Studies

His Quest: Cortex Imaging Sdn Bhd, TRIX Technologies Sdn Bhd

Since his graduation from KDU Penang, Kumar has had over 20 years of experience in the technology industry, serving as a Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Pentamaster Corporation Berhad and acquiring an MBA with the University of South Australia along the way.

He currently runs his companies Trix Technologies and Cortex Imaging that delivers solutions in RFID, virtualisation technology and technology consultancy in process change and quality assurance.

Kumar credits KDU Penang for its all-rounded education that provided exposure to apply his learnings through projects, competitions and internship placements.

His success was also a result of self-initiatives to learn and apply beyond the classroom.

 

5. Jason Desmond Chin

Education: Bachelors in Engineering (Hons) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering

His Quest: Prominent radio DJ at Mix FM and many other ventures

What you study does not dictate your career path. As Jason would prove to you, his discipline in engineering at KDU Penang combined with his gift of gab has given him a good grounding and confidence to venture towards his passion in the communications field.

Jason briefly lectured at KDU Penang before setting off to Kuala Lumpur to flourish in the broadcasting industry, and becoming known for his prominence as Mix FM’s radio DJ and a host of other roles in television (Astro, ESPN), podcasting and hosting.

Jason credits his success to not only his education but to Dr Chong Beng Keok, who is currently the CEO of KDU Penang for his mentorship during his years in tertiary.

 

6. Dr Sharimalan Nicholas Sathiyaseelan

Education: Bsc (Hons) in Computing & Information Systems

His Quest: Anaesthetist at Hospital Besar Alor Setar

Following from the theme of carving a different path from your education, Dr. Sharimalan is one such person who pursued his dreams in healthcare and medicine.

After graduating from KDU Penang in computing he was attached to Dell Malaysia briefly before taking the leap to fulfil his childhood ambition of being a doctor by pursuing his medical degree in Moscow, Russia.

Today he is a successful anaesthetist in Hospital Besar Alor Setar. He attributed his determination to his time at KDU Penang and support from his lecturers.

 

7. Jazz Tan Yee Mei

Education: Bachelors in Computer Science

Her Quest: YToday Sdn Bhd (Youths Today)

Being grounded in the discipline of computing, Jazz has put her knowledge into building an ecosystem known as Youths Today that helps connect over 40,000 active youths in universities and colleges to over 90 brands to sponsor impactful events and initiatives organised by students themselves.

YouthsToday at Youth Jam event

Jazz credits her fulfilling journey to her experience taking part in various entrepreneur competitions at KDU Penang and joining the student council as president.

She also credits Ms Joey Phuah, the current Student Services Advisor at KDU Penang for guiding her in critical skills of planning, organising and leadership skills.

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