Student bosses: Getting an early start in business
02 Oct 2017
Channel NewsAsia, 2 October 2017 - Article featured students who have benefited from the various initiatives of the Innovation and Enterprise Offices (IEOs) set up by their tertiary institutions to support students on their entrepreneurship journey. One such entrepreneur is NYP business studies student Lee Cheng Hei started Glassland Pte Ltd in 2015 while still studying at ITE College East. Cheng Hei transforms used bottles into personalised gift plates - an idea that transpired from discussions of environmental sustainability in the college’s Entrepreneurship Club. He tapped on the Chua Thian Poh Entrepreneurship Fund on research and development, as well as the procurement of raw materials. This fund supports a joint entrepreneurship programme by ITE and Nanyang Technological University’s Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre. Cheng Hei also benefited from resources such as dedicated mentoring support, access to office resources and links to its entrepreneurship network. He shared that these resources provide start-ups with a much-needed boost especially since a strong network of contacts raises the company’s visibility.