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A Learning Experience with the SPEC Chinese New Year Lo Hei Celebration

There isn’t a more appropriate occasion for the Singapore Polytechnic Entrepreneurs’ Club (SPEC) annual gathering than a lo hei celebration. This Chinese New Year tradition of tossing the yu sheng (fish salad) is believed by Chinese families and those running businesses to usher in great fortune.

This year’s SPEC lo hei celebration-cum-informal dinner networking session at the SPGG on Tuesday, 11 February 2014 was attended by close to 90 guests. Attendees included SP alumni entrepreneurs, SPEC members, SP management staff, as well as students with a keen interest in entrepreneurship.

Ms Low Yen Ling, Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Social and Family Development also made an appearance as the event’s guest of honour.

During his welcome address, SPEC’s president, Mr Daniel Tan, quipped, “Some of our alumni entrepreneurs usually charge people $500 to hear them speak. But tonight it will be free-of-charge, so students who are here, please take this chance to learn from these alumni and squeeze them for their advice.”

This was precisely what the students were looking forward to. About 40 of them from the SP Business School (Entrepreneurship Specialisation) and School of Digital Media & Infocomm Technology were invited to the event. “I hope to make some contacts, exchange name cards,” said one Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) student, while his course mate added, “I’d like to get some tips. Hopefully I can learn from the speakers so that when I encounter similar problems, I’ll know what to do.”

In her guest of honour speech, Ms Low spoke about her experience being part of a startup company, and shared what she learnt from dealing with entrepreneurs in China during her time at the Singapore Economic Development Board.

This was followed by the presentation of a SPEC donation cheque to DPTI, Mr Lim Peng Hun. This annual donation is made up of funds generously contributed by SPEC members. It is part of the alumni club’s ongoing commitment to supporting SP students with financial difficulties. Every year, the SPEC awards are given out to selected students with the hope of “alleviating their financial burdens so that they can study with a peace of mind,” said SPEC president, Mr Tan.

The evening ended with a lively talk by SP alumnus and entrepreneur Mr Oliver Lim, owner of Talent Dynamics Pte Ltd and Health Management Company Olive & Glen. He shared his personal experiences starting a business and the challenges he faced along the way. He also provided useful insights on what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur.

This SPEC-organised event was supported by the Alumni Relations Office (ARO).

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