by Ong Yun Qi,
Wee Kim Wee School of Communication Studies
from Nanyang Technopreneurship Center’s (NTC) Master of Science
Technopreneurship and Innovation Programme (MSc TIP) and Entrepreneurship
Development Programmes gathered in Hangzhou on September 8 for the inaugural
NTC Connect. More than 100 NTC alumni and 60 guests from academia and the
industry convened at the event.
Professor K Jimmy Hsia, Dean of Graduate College,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore), greeted the audience
and opened the event with an alumni networking lunch. The audience was treated
to a video montage depicting the center's journey since it was founded in 2001.
Mr Soon Min Yam, Director of NTU Alumni Affairs Office
also delivered a heartwarming message to encourage all to continue enhancing
connections among alumni and the entrepreneurship ecosystem.
A cake-cutting segment, commemorating the inaugural
NTC Connect concluded the networking lunch.
Ling San, NTU Provost and Vice President (Academic) and Professor Lam Kwok Yan,
Director of NTC proceeded with their welcome address and introduction to the
forum session. Moderated by Dr Xia Zhiqiang, Director of Graduate Programmes,
NTC, the speakers on the panel - Mr. James Jin, Mr. Zac Tan, Mr. John Zhou and
Mr. Yang Jian - then spoke on and engaged the audience in a discussion on ‘Intelligent
Living and Secure Community’.
Collaborative formed the final segment of NTC Connect. Four alumni first spoke
about their stories since their graduation, sharing experiences and lessons
with the audience. Five promising start-ups followed with their passionate pitches
to secure funding and founding team resources.
day ended with a lucky draw, courtesy of three generous donors. We would like
to thank Zhang Tie, 2011 MSc TIP Alumnus who contributed SGD10,000 to NTC; Xie
Xiaoming, 2007 MSc TIP Alumnus and Ma Ran, 2010 MSc TIP Alumnus, for providing
us with the prizes in support of the event.
Connect - Alumni Day is held to cultivate alumni relations. It also serves as a
facilitation platform for joint ventures amongst alumni, an avenue for them to
source for funding and first employees. NTC’s strategic partners are also
invited to participate in the event, and to network with our graduates.
Mr James Jin |
Managing Partner, Ventech China
Mr Zac Tan |
General Manager, Nanjing Riverside Quay Co Ltd
Mr John Zhou |
IoT Business Unit General Manager, JD.com
Mr Yang Jian |
Co-founder, XiaoMa.Wang (Education)
NTC Connect Working Committee Alumni Representative
Mr Zhou Junlin | MSc TIP Year of 2007
(Nanyang Alumni Service Award Recipient 2016)
| Alumni Sharing
Assoc Prof Zhou
Yuan | MSc TIP Year of 2005
Dr Tommy Ong |
MSc TIP Year of 2006 (Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipient 2018)
Ms Angela Mo | MSc
TIP Year of 2008 (Nanyang Alumni Service Award Recipient 2012)
Mr Lu Hao Chuan |
Participant of EDP in Year 2014
The Collaborative | Start-up Pitches
1. Li Genlin | MSc TIP Year of
2. Jerry Wang | MSc TIP Year of 2018
3. Zhang Yue James | MSc TIP Year of 2009
4. Shen Guo Ping | MSc TIP
Year of 2010
5. Li Bing | MSc TIP
Year of 2011