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PRESS RELEASE AYE Carnival Official



In conjunction with the Brunei ASEAN Chairmanship 2021, the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Brunei (YEAB) as the Chair of the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council (AYEC) 2021 will host the 6th ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs (AYE) Carnival virtually on Thursday, 18 November to Sunday, 21 November 2021 in Brunei Darussalam.

The 6th AYE Carnival-themed “Reimagining Business in the New Paradigm” calls for businesses and young entrepreneurs to overcome the disruptions brought by COVID-19 through digitalization, leadership, collaboration, and inclusive involvement of women in addressing the grand challenges of our times as we adapt to this new normal.

Highlights include:

  • the AYE Carnival Virtual Expo on 18 to 21 November 2021

  • ABAC-AYEC Policy Dialogue Forum on 19 November from 2pm to 5pm

  • 6th AYE Carnival Forum on 20 November from 8.30am to 6.00pm 

Speakers are from all over Southeast Asia including:

  • Ms. Queenie Cheong, Co-Founder & CEO, Memori [Brunei]

  • Mr. Oknha Pech Bolen, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO, Westline Education Group [Cambodia]

  • Ms. Vyani Manao, Co Founder,  Shox Rumahan [Indonesia]

  • Mr. Vongphouthone Sichanthalath, CEO, Welnance Trading Online Sole Co., Ltd & Founder and CEO, JLS IT Co., Ltd [Laos]

  • Ms. Madiha Fuad (Maddy), Founder, PlusVibes [Malaysia]

  • Mr. Alan Lwin @ Than Htaik Lwin, CEO, Proven Group Of Companies [Myanmar]

  • Ms Noreen Marian C. Baustista, Founder and Chief Igniter of SlashIgnite, Co-founder of Panublix, Business incubator of the Iloilo Science and Technology University [Philippines]

  • Mr. Gavin Vongkusolkit, Director, Erawan Group PLC [Thailand]

  • Ms. Leanne Robers, Co-Founder, She Loves Tech [Singapore]

Ms. Emme Dao Lan Huong, Founder & Executive Chairwoman, Teky Steam Academy [Vietnam]

Among others!

“Many of our MSMEs colleagues across the region have suffered tremendously from the impact of COVID-19 that have grappled the world since last year with restrictions resulting in losses in business and thus hope that the 6th AYE Carnival could be the impetus for our young entrepreneurs to reemerge from this pandemic stronger, wiser and bolder. We want to inspire and challenge our ASEAN young entrepreneurs to contribute to taking ASEAN to greater heights together.” Fatin Arifin, Convener, 6th AYE Carnival Brunei Darussalam & Standing Chair 2021, ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council (AYEC)

“Through this event we can help entrepreneurs and MSMEs gain clarity on the current trends and challenges, the tools they can use and adapt this knowledge to inspire and fulfill their business aspirations. Initiatives such as the AYE Carnival help open more avenues and opportunities for the youths to gain inspiration and develop essential skills to enhance not just their marketability but their livelihoods. This is very much in line with Baiduri Bank’s commitment to empower individuals and businesses to achieve financial success, thereby contributing to Brunei’s Wawasan 2035 towards the goal of a sustainable and dynamic economy” Pg Azaleen Pg Dato Hj Mustapha, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Business Development, Baiduri Bank

The 6th AYE Carnival is expected to bring together over 1000 entrepreneurs and MSMEs from across the region and beyond. As we are adapting to the new normal, the forum and expo shall be hosted via an online platform. As part of the carnival, a four day virtual expo will have companies from all ASEAN countries participating. For companies or organisations interested to be part of the virtual expo may reach out via email at ayec.carnival@gmail.com. Minimal registration fee applies for the booth. The slots are limited and will be on a first come first serve basis. 

The 6th AYE Carnival is hosted by the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Brunei (YEAB) and ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council in partnership with ASEAN-Business Advisory Council, Imagine (Lead Telecommunications Partner) & Baiduri Bank (Official Bank Partner). 

Attendance is free of charge. Those interested to attend may register via ayec.org.

For further information:

Contact +6738890020

Young Entrepreneurs Association of Brunei


YEAB is the leading association and network for young entrepreneurs that represents young Bruneian in various stages of business. Established in 2000, the organization is founded on the mission to provide access to a network of entrepreneurial experience, nurture an enterprising culture and encourage the spirit of entrepreneurship with the aspiration to support the attainment of Wawasan 2035.

YEAB members have contributed collectively and individually in working together with various Government ministries & departments, locally and as ambassadors for young entrepreneurs at the international arena. YEAB is a founding member of the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs – Asia, ASEAN China Young Entrepreneurs Association and ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council.

At the community level, YEAB initiatives include mentorship, networking and capacity building through YEAB Open Chat, YEAB INSIGHT, Entrepreneurship Dialogues & Breakfast Mentorship Series among others.



The ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Council (AYEC) is the official voice of young entrepreneurs in the ASEAN policy-making process. It was successfully proposed by the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC) to the ASEAN Leaders in 2015 and later that year launched in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. It consists of a network of government endorsed young entrepreneur associations from all 10 ASEAN Member States. Besides participation in the ASEAN Economic Integration process, AYEC also serves as a young entrepreneurs network, with direct connectivity with the respective national level associations and the ASEAN Secretariat. Annually, AYEC has hosted the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival since 2016. 

The AYEC also formed the ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Association (AYEA) in 2016 to promote exchange and cooperation between young entrepreneurs and investors within ASEAN member states.

Through the AYEC, the ASEAN Young Women Entrepreneurs Club was established in July 2021 as a platform to bring together and develop a strong young female entrepreneurs and

women-owned business community in ASEAN aimed at contributing towards ASEAN socio-economic development.

6th ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival (AYE Carnival)

ASEAN Young Entrepreneurs Carnival is a gathering of young entrepreneurs from AYEC association members and its Dialogue Partners. The Carnival has been annually organized since 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Singapore, Bangkok and Hanoi. 

The 6th AYE Carnival themed “Reimagining Business in the New Paradigm” calls for businesses and young entrepreneur to overcome the disruptions brought by COVID-19 through digitalisation, leadership, collaboration and inclusive involvement of women in addressing the grand challenges of our times as we adapt to this new normal. 

The 6th AYE Carnival is hosted virtually by the Young Entrepreneurs Association of Brunei as the AYEC Chair 2021, in partnership with ASEAN-Business Advisory Council, Imagine (Lead Telecommunications Partner) & Baiduri Bank (Official Bank Partner).