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Nurturing the spirit of entrepreneurship

Successful SB graduates who have made it great return to SP to share stories about running their own business.

Is it possible for entrepreneurs to be made?

"Possibly not", says School of Business Director Mr V. Maheantharan, "but what we can do is to plant a spark in the mind."

And this is exactly what the Young Entrepreneurs Forum aims to do.

Held for the first time on 25th October by Singapore Polytechnic's School of Business, the forum hopes to inspire young minds with a sense of business adventure and to plant the spark on entrepreneurship in them.

In front of an enthusiastic audience of over a hundred secondary school students, School of Business graduates returned to their alma mater to share stories of how they had made it great in the business world.

Mr Lawrence Kim started his first business while he was still studying for the Diploma in Banking and Financial Services at the School of Business. Being a student entrepreneur, he was able to apply the theories that he learnt in school to his business, and this made learning even more meaningful. It's also never too early to start thinking about business ideas, Lawrence says. "Young minds are more creative and unbounded by the limitations because you know no risks. Also when you are a student, you have plenty of time to daydream and to find opportunities."

Now at 25 years of age, Lawrence is the Managing Director of Ebenezer NDT Services Pte Ltd. and Chief Executive Officer of HTT International Pte. Ltd. He was a nominee for the Spirit of Enterprise Award in 2007 and the top winner of the inaugural SMU Innovative Award 2007. Lawrence is currently pursuing his Bachelor in Business Management majoring in Law at the Singapore Management University.

On the speaker panel as well was Mr Azul Shah from Glohex. Azul graduated from the School of Business in 1994 with the Diploma in Business Administration. His interest in business was kindled at the School of Business when he wrote a business plan while studying a module called Business Development. Upon graduation, he continued to pursue his dream of becoming an entrepreneur.

"Being an entrepreneur means you are employable throughout your lifetime, as long as you have the skills to create wealth and revenue. Though thick and thin, ups and down, you'll be able to survive if you have perseverance and resilience. You don't even need to invent a new thing, or create a new technology, all you need is to find a need and a willingness to pay and come up with a sophisticated value offering. Who knows you'll become the next Sim Wong Hoo or Bill Gates. The only thing stopping you now is your beliefs."

The forum also gave participants a chance to pick the brains of the panel of guest speakers, Mr Azul, Mr Kim and Mr Shahrin Surif.

Participants also got the opportunity to view the businesses set up by Entrepreneurship Concentration students who displayed their wares at pushcarts outside the venue.

An eager audience

Mr Lawrence Kim


Mr Azul Shah

Mr Shahrin Surif



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