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 Entrepreneurship

Do you have an idea that you think can grow into a business? Or one that can help others in society? You may be an entrepreneur in the making. Entrepreneurs play an important role in Singapore's economy. As an entrepreneur, you will drive innovations and create jobs for the economy. Small, nimble and responsive, your start-up will be able to respond quickly to changing market needs and tap swiftly on new opportunities. You will experience ups and downs and learn many new lessons, which will make you stronger and better for every new idea you develop. If you're an aspiring entrepreneur and wish to test an idea or create a budding business proposal, Singapore University of Social Sciences may have just what you need to help you get started.
 
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12 Oct 2018

Last month, we collaborated with Piaget Academy to conduct the SUSS–Piaget Impact Startup Challenge in Jakarta.  The programme was conducted in partnership with Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences and National High Jakarta. After 5 days of experiencing Lean Startup strategy, students were able to develop their own startup idea, validate it and pitch it to a panel of VCs and investors. 


One of our pre-university particpants, Koh Wei Na Vera, was part of  the founding team of Ecobrick Exchange which was announced as the winner on the final pitch day. The team aimed to build an eco-friendly enterprise to construct pre-schools in underprivileged communities using recyclable plastic waste. The final prototype included a durable brick material made of a plastic bottle covered with cement to produce cheaper bricks without compromising its strength. The idea arose when the team wanted to build a social impact enterprise that benefited the locals whilst being environmentally conscious.

Neo Yew Ron, Y2, Marketing and Zac Lee, Y4, Marketing with Minor in contemporary china studies were also the finalists in the challenge. They proposed extraordinary ideas such as low cost feed for the boiler industry and a collaborative platform for students to exchange academic notes from around the world.

Prior to the pitch day, students were involved in user interviews that allowed them to gain exposure to people across a variety of backgrounds from urbanites to residents of slum areas in Jakarta. As mentioned by our students, the SUSS Piaget-Impact Startup Challenge was not only an introduction to entrepreneurship but it was an unforgettable culture rich experience for many of them!​

If you would like to know more about our overseas ventures, click here​!​

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4 Oct 2018

Kenneth Yap, a Full-Time year 4 Finance student from SUSS won the inaugural Alibaba ASEAN Chongqing Create@Alibaba Cloud Startup Contest (CACSC) 2018.  It is the largest international start up competition held by the Alibaba Group for innovators from the technology field. Kenneth was awarded 50,000USD worth of Alibaba cloud credits and a grant amount of 50,000 SGD from Enterprise Singapore for the development of his start up idea titled, HeyCoins. He will be taking part in the upcoming World Final held in China where he will get to meet venture capitalist and top-level partners from around the world.

Kenneth joined hands with the founder of HeyCoins, Eddie from Lingnan University, at the National Youth Leadership Conference held at Washington DC during their undergraduate course studies. They connected immediately and had a strong vision for the future of Asian economy. They both had a similar goal to improve the cash flow system in the region and eliminate the inconvenience of coins. HeyCoins is now a kiosk network that digitises coins to use it for various purposes such as top-up of e-wallets, gift coupons and for donations made to charitable organisations.

Congratulations to Kenneth Yap, pride of SUSS! If you are an aspiring entrepreneur who is looking for opportunities and ways to transform your idea into a startup, please drop us an email. For more information on SUSS entrepreneurial programmes, click here.

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​15 Aug 2018
News_23March2018​.jpgEarlier this month, we successfully concluded the 2nd run of our SUSS Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Singapore. After nine exciting weeks of wor​kshops following the lean startup method, conferences, site visits and pitch consultations, six teams delivered their pitches to a panel of mentors and investors with SUSS staff and students in the audience. 

This year, we enjoyed a variety of startup ideas, from durable wallets to customised Halal makeup. The final winner of the demo day was Terence Chua, a part-time student pursuing his Bachelor in Biomedical Engineering while working full-time as a firefighter. His idea to innovate waterproof wallets was stemmed from a personal pain point of not being able to find a wallet that could withstand tough firefighting. The judges praised his product and well-delivered pitch and even offered to further discuss his prospects after the event.

Our bootcamp in Singapore runs yearly in June/July; read this page for more information on how to apply! We also run bootcamps of similar format in various startup cities across the region: Jakarta (Sept 2018), Ho Chi Minh (Jan 2019), Manilla (May/Jun 2019), Shenzhen (Jul 2019; see article below), Phnom Penh (late 2019), find out more on our Venture Abroad page.

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01 Aug 2018
News_23March2018​.jpgLast month, from 23 to 28 July, we conducted our inaugural overseas Entrepreneurship Bootcamp in Shenzhen, one of the most innovative cities in China and the world. It was a programme organised in collaboration with Shenzhen University (SZU), where a total of 18 SUSS and SZU students formed into international teams to go through six days of intense and nerve-wrecking workshops, study visits to Tencent and Galaxy Holdings and a final demo day in front of a judging panel of investors and serial entrepreneurs

The winning team of the Shenzhen Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is CIGGI, founded by Zavier Chan pursuing a Bachelor in Marketing, Jenine Koh pursuing a Bachelor in Early Childhood Education, and SZU students Janny Chen and Joanna Zou. Their winning idea revolves around using authentication technology to solve the sale of cigarettes to underage smokers. The team was complimented by the judges for their sound business plan and social focus. Two mentors even commented that the team and their idea were "investable" and "promising". The team has since been in talks with mentors and investors, and has also joined our Alibaba Cloud - SUSS Entrepreneurship Certificate/ Minor programme to incubate their startup.

SUSS will be running local (next run in Jun/Jul 2019) and overseas bootcamps in startup cities across the region: Jakarta (Sept 2018), Ho Chi Minh (Jan 2019), Manilla (May/Jun 2019), Phnom Penh (late 2019), find out more on our Venture Abroad page.

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23 March 2018
News_23March2018​.jpgHo Yuan Yi, a Full-Time Year 1 Finance Student from SUSS, was one of the nine awardees of this year's Singapore Valley Awards (SVA). The SVA is an annual nation-wide entrepreneurship award that offers students, with the most compelling business ideas, a fully-sponsored internship in China to acquire deeper knowledge of the China market and entrepreneurship in practice.

Yuan Yi's winning proposal involves using Artificial Intelligence to provide people of vulnerable communities with access to financial services. He will be embarking on his overseas internship journey at Kingnet in China this May. In an interview with Lianhe Zaobao, he shared that he wishes to translate what he will learn during his internship stint to serve the community in the form of entrepreneurship. 

Congratulations, Yuan Yi - We look foward to your future endeavours! Like Yuan Yi, if you have an entrepreneurial idea to share, drop us an email and we'll be more than happy to help develop your idea!

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