Ms. Elim Chew founder of 77th Street opened the Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum (JWEF) 2014 as the
Guest of Honour, inspiring and motivating the youths of Singapore to pursue their passions.
The inaugural BIG Idea Challenge, a business idea pitching contest kicked off with a bang! More than 10 teams from different polytechnics and universities participated in this challenge, with the top three winning great prizes including mentoring and workshops that will help them along the journey. The programme saw famous speakers like, Wong Kai Jun from Play Nation and Gaetan de Dietrich from De Dietrich, who shared their experiences on topics such as family business, social entrepreneurship and youth entrepreneurship in Singapore. While these topics separated the speakers, the message to have passion, need to sacrifice and perseverance in order for entrepreneurs to experience fulfilment from their ventures seemed to be the constant tip.
A highlight of the event was Mr. Benjamin from Blu Energy Music - a music education social enterprise - gave a heartwarming performance on the keyboard to the tunes of “Fly Me to the Moon.” Disabled due to a car accident, Benjamin showed how limits exist only in the mind as he wowed the audience with his talent. As someone who overcame the odds to achieve what others thought impossible, Benjamin is someone who exemplifies the JWEF 2014 theme of Unlimited Opportunities.
As the JWEF drew to a close, the organising committee surprised the audience with a dance item that embodied the collaborative youth potential of Singapore’s budding entrepreneurs. Join the thrilling changemaker journey when the JWEF returns next year. For more information visit www.jwef.com.sg or check out the facebook page at JWEF Singapore.
What is JWEF?
The JWEF is a junior chapter of the World Entrepreneurship Forum (WEF), an annual event which sees politicians, social activists and academics alike coming together to discuss the creation of wealth for the purpose of social justice. The task of each junior chapter is to produce a white paper document which will be synthesized with all the other junior chapters’ documents, generating a list of recommendations to be presented to the members of the