The Annual Entrepreneurship Bazaar was held on 2nd and 3rd February 2012, at the Singapore Polytechnic Convention Centre (SPCC).
The hugely successful event attracted hundreds of students and lecturers and was an opportunity for young entrepreneurs from the current and next year’s cohort of Entrepreneurship students as well as the ‘O’ Level Entrepreneurship students from Outram Secondary School and Fairfield Methodist Secondary School, to have a hand in selling a diverse range of products such as Valentine’s Day gifts, fashion apparels and accessories, palatable appetisers and even movie tickets.
The bazaar was a prime example of the authentic learning that characterises our entrepreneurship course. Students were not only able to apply what they learnt in class –ranging from personal selling skills to logistic processes – to real businesses, while trying out tricks of the trade learnt from industry mentors. The event was also a platform for the current cohort of Entrepreneurship students to further market their business products and increase brand awareness, whilst allowing the younger batch to gain much invaluable experience and learn from their seniors in preparation for their own entrepreneurship journeys.
Besides all the trading activities, customers who visited the bazaar were also treated to a number of lively dance and music performances by various performing clubs both from Singapore Polytechnic as well as the participating secondary schools. The student performers had a great time showcasing their talents and skills, leaving the crowd cheering loudly for more.
When interviewed, many participants felt that they had benefitted from the two-day event. Third-year Entrepreneurship student Cammie Goh said, “This is my second time participating in the Entrepreneurship Bazaar. I find it an enriching hands-on experience. Many of us benefitted from this bazaar, especially the first-timers who were given the chance to set up their own booths, sell their items, and feel the joy and excitement of making their first sale. This is something that we can only experience outside the classroom.” Her business partner, Derrick Lim, added that it was also a good opportunity for the students to mingle with one another, besides promoting their products.