Top-performing intern receives S$10,000 to pursue entrepreneurial ambition

Posted on 13 September 2011

Prize money to be used to develop Internet social enterprise.

Top-performing intern, Anjney Midha, walked away with $10,000 to pursue his entrepreneurial dream after a six-week stint at the MyCube office.

Out of the 15,000 candidates from more than 100 countries who applied to be interns, only 33 candidates from 19 countries eventually made it for MyCube’s Digital Life Academy 6-week summer internship programme held here in Singapore.

The large number of applicants was due to the attractive perks besides the relatively short stint of the internship: On offer was S$3,000 spending allowance along with the provision of free housing and free plane tickets.

The best part? The eventual top-performer won an additional S$10,000 (US$8,300) prize money grant to kickstart his entrepreneurial ambitions.

The winner is 19 year-old Anjney Midha, a Stanford University Computer Science and Economics undergraduate.

Four other interns were awarded S$1,000 in cash prizes — Joakim Twetman from Lund University, Michael Bergman from Sundsta Älvkulle Gymnasiet, Richard Masters from City University, and Liu Wei from Georgia Tech University.

Besides the prize money, which he plans to use to set up his own Internet social enterprise, he will also serve as a Digital Life Ambassador in the coming years.

The interns spent six weeks from July 4 to Aug. 12 at the MyCube office in Singapore.

Besides attending talks by speakers from Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft, the interns also receive training in product development, project management, company formation, fundraising, marketing, and more.

They were also given hands-on experience in developing new business ideas.

This inaugural internship programme is a marketing effort by MyCube, a startup that endeavours to build the “world’s first Social Exchange” which allows users to own, control, and monetise their digital data.

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