SHAH ALAM, Nov 8 — Program Tunas Niaga (PROTUNe), an initiative aimed at creating entrepreneurs among secondary school students in Selangor, has made a profit of RM671,780 from RM2.7 million in sales this year, said PKNS chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain yesterday.

Also noting an increase in profit of nearly 30,000 from RM671,780 this year, compared to RM645,307 last year, and an increase in sales from RM2.2 million last year to RM2.7 million this year, Mohd Azizi said this was “proof of the commitment and enthusiasm of our young entrepreneurs who are so creative in devising marketing plans and finding effective ways to sell their products”.

Addressing the 21st Selangor PROTUNe Convention here, Mohd Azizi said this year’s PROTUNe programme had seen the participation of 1,250 students from forms one to five from 50 schools, with 100 teachers assisting – the students were tasked with managing 50 companies.

Elaborating on the programme, Mohd Azizi said the PKNS (or Selangor State Development Corporation) programme was aimed at spawning an increasing number of young entrepreneurs in line with the government’s aspiration to boost the economy through entrepreneurship clusters.

Since its establishment 20 years ago, a total of 24,325 students from selected schools were moulded into young entrepreneurs through their tasks of managing 975 companies.

He added that through the programme, participants could acquire entrepreneurship skills including pointers on undertaking practical business operations for ventures such as the sale of food and beverages, handicraft and clothes – programme activities included workshops and seminars.

At yesterday’s convention, Aspirasi Kencana Sdn Bhd, a company managed by students from Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan Jalan Kebun, Shah Alam, won the Best Company Award which came with a trophy, certificate and RM1,000 in cash.

Apart from the main award, 12 other categories of awards were up for grabs, including Best Financial Report, Best Employee, Best Chief Executive Officer, Best School and Best Service.

— Bernama