The SCMP Young Post have featured Year 13 Yu Kakinoki, and team, after they were named “Startup Weekend” winners, for creating a skills base search engine, on the 13 January 2019.
The team of four built a prototype that curates online CVs and has a search engine for work experiences. They developed the platform “Zeech” to solve a real world problem – matching skills and passions with jobs and internships.
Competition participants aged 14 to 19 – divided into teams of four raced the clock, working through the weekend to transform their business ideas into a full-blown product.
The Young Post writes,
Not only did they have to design safety features for their app, they had to conduct market research, and create advertising and marketing plans for their product.
“As I was going through my university application process, I realised how much my peers and I struggled to find internships, jobs, or events that would let our interests and skills shine through,” said 17-year-old Kakinoki, who first recognised there was demand for an opportunity-hunting app tailor-made for teenagers.