Xin, Sarah, Wee Kim Wee School of Communication Studies
4 Aug 2017
On 4 August
2017, six finalist teams, comprising of 12 students, from the Institute of
Technical Education (ITE) competed for a $1000 prize on the ‘Demo Day’ of the
#startable programme, which was held at ITE College Central.
“I decided to
take part in #startable because I believe that my product can benefit others.
If I do win, I will use the money to improve my product further,” said Cheng
Zhi Hao, a Higher Nitec student, whose team developed a light and portable
electric pill crusher.
Prelude workshop attracted 90 ITE students, where they participated in a
one-day business design thinking workshop and vied to be nominated for the
#startable bootcamp. About half of them were selected for a five-day overnight
camp at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, where they were mentored
and worked in teams to generate their business ideas.
were very good and gave very good advice on how we can start our own business
and come up with business ideas. We came up with the idea of using Augmented
Reality for Teaching (hence the team’s name, A.R.T). We’ve sounded out the idea
to a few kindergartens like PCF Sparkletots and they have expressed interest in
our product,” said Darshini D/O Peragash, a Higher Nitec student.
Organised by NTU
and ITE annually since 2013, the #startable programme aims to encourage
aspiring entrepreneurs. The programme
consists of a one-day Prelude workshop and a five-day bootcamp held in NTU. The
bootcamp culminates in a business competition that awards a $5000 grant for each
of the top six winning teams to develop their business ideas. The programme and
awards are sponsored by the Chua Thian Poh Entrepreneurship Education Fund and
managed by NTU’s Nanyang Technopreneurship Center.