The Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department helps all TP students build their enterprising skills such as overcoming the fear of failure, pushing boundaries, solving problems creatively, capitalizing on opportunities and persevering to fruition. This entrepreneurial and innovative mindset will benefit the students in life and in any career that they choose.
The department’s vision is to nurture, groom and grow successful entrepreneurs and innovators. For those with aspirations to start up, we will help them refine their innovations to fit target consumers’ wants and achieve their entrepreneurship dreams in the marketplace.
The department’s mission:
- Provide high-quality entrepreneurship and innovation training programs:
- ‘Innova’ core module on innovation and entrepreneurship for all students.
- ‘Guided Learning’ program to kick-start students’ startup planning under an experienced lecturer.
- Accelerator Bootcamp, an intense immersion camp on starting up fundamentals.
- Business Growth Workshop Series on topics such as consumer research, sales, and marketing.
- Pitch training for various startup funding schemes.
- Offer cutting-edge facilities to support students’ entrepreneurship and innovation ventures:
- Hot desking, offices, meeting rooms and ideation rooms.
- MakerSpace+ (digital media, sound/music room, metal/wood works, electronics, digital and software development, fabric/paper/leather/plastics fabrication, tailoring, laser cutting, 3D printing)
- Event spaces (seminars, pitching, networking, performances, fashion shows).
- Give professional entrepreneurship and innovation guidance, inspiration and networking:
- Business guidance by experienced mentors with many years of experience on management, ideation, commercialization, funding, business launch, operations, and exits.
- Networking with alumni entrepreneurs, SME network, and industry experts.
- Inspiring Entrepreneurs Sharing Series.
- Overseas partners link up.
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In TP, we want our students to be future-oriented, ready for forthcoming challenges and changing needs of the workplace. Regardless of whether students are looking for employment or starting their businesses, it is essential that we equip them with the fundamentals of innovation and the entrepreneurship mindset.
Seah Spices Pte Ltd
Problem Statement: How might we reach out to new customers and further differentiates us vs. competitors?
Solutions generated: modern twists to local delights that will appeal to youths, packaging revamps, and innovative social media ads.
Fastflex Pte Ltd
Problem Statement: How might we enable vending machine retail to be a more popular retail option?
Solutions generated: Innovative vending machine configurations, new retail combinations for vending machines, and impulse purchase location for vending machine placements.
Maintech Engineering and Supplies Pte Ltd
Problem Statement: How might we improve the monitoring, performance, and productivity of our employees?
Solutions generated: Innovative process tracking and a mobile app with a productivity dashboard.
Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) Makeathon
The Embassy of Israel organised a series of events in 2019 to highlight the deep ties and collaborations between the Israeli and Singaporean communities. One of the flagship events is the inaugural Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM) Makeathon. This Makeathon helps create and share affordable solutions to the often-overlooked challenges of people living with special needs. Special guests included the Second Minister for Education, Ms. Indranee Rajah, Her Excellency Simona Halperin, Ambassador of Israel to Singapore, Mr. Gidi Grinstein, Founder of Tikkun Olam Makers (TOM), Ms. Dalia Feldheim, TOM Singapore Team Leader and Mr. Mike Pegg, Global Head of Google Maps Developer Relations.
TOM kicked off on 16 May 2019 in partnership with SGEnable, Google Singapore, Temasek Polytechnic and the Singapore Kindness Movement. IED and MakerSpace+ teams led the event coordination for TP, where groups of student ambassadors and mentors were marshalled to support the event. The MakerSpace+ team also opened up its 3D printing facility for the participants' prototyping.
TP went on to sweep the top three prizes in the TOM Makeathon.
The champion team came up with an idea to streamline the Early Admission System to improve the efficiency of the process: reduce mistakes and duplicates, automate and reduce manual steps and enhance communication between the stakeholders.
They are tapping on the Makeathon 2019 fund to implement a pilot test of the system for the new batch of admissions in mid-June 2020. Once the system is reliably tested, it can be extended to the other schools.
Marcus later received offers to enter into cleaning services and facility services partnerships. His business has then grown by leaps and bounds: his pest control team of 3 expanded to a 12-man team, and his cleaning services team flourished from nil to a group of 100! As the industries mentioned had a high attrition rate, Marcus crafted an effective workforce retention programme to gain employees' loyalty. The pest control company is also developing an app to provide data analytics of pest-infested sites to facilitate pest control.
Recently Horizon Collectives launched new disinfectant services such as V-stop, a walk-through tent that provides instantaneous disinfecting to crowded places. The sanitizer used in V-stop has received approval from relevant authorities and certification from Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine@NUS that it is 99.9% effective against viruses and bacteria.
Marcus has affirmed that he has made the right choice by going against all the odds to embark on entrepreneurship. It is a competitive trade, but he likes that it is an essential business. Marcus is continuously looking for new business opportunities to diversify his risks. He listed the critical success factors to his business as have good foresight, be in the right partnership to achieve synergy, be innovative, and, most importantly, be humble.
Asmara is proudly a Singapore-owned brand that leverages food science and nutrition. It harnesses the scientific elements from TCM, Ayurveda, and Jamu (traditional Indonesia medicine) along with clinical breakthroughs to curate a unique range of beverages, powders, and teas using herbs, flowers, roots, fruits, probiotics, and prebiotics. Many of these products have won awards from various organisations, such as "CLEO Best Product 2018" and "CLEO Hall of Fame 2018" awards. The startup has also attracted S$1,000,000 seed funding from investors.
As food scientists, they are motivated to revolutionise the way consumers see food, nutrition, and traditional medicine in Singapore. Asmara's main concern is that 90% of food and beverages in Singapore are imported - making food security a prime concern. Therefore, Ramesh and Pin Da started Asmara R&D consultancy and Asmara® product brand line to spearhead and pioneer the development of high-quality and cutting-edge functional health products for Singaporeans and the global consumer market.
Ramesh oversees Asmara's product development, marketing, and business development. As a food scientist, he has worked for more than seven years in the area of product development, herbalism, and nutrition research while developing more than 40 functional food products. Pin Da oversees Asmara's operations, logistics, quality, & safety. His area of research is in packaging technology, meat science, meat-alternatives, shelf life, food safety, and food processing.
If you are a startup or aspiring startup looking for training and support, join our incubation programmes to have a head-start in your entrepreneurship journey. Click here for details on TP’s Innovation Programme and Startup Programme.
We guide you step-by-step towards creating your very own small business. No matter which stage you are in, from newbie to experienced, we have programs and facilities to meet your needs.
There are five stages that we can help entrepreneurs and innovators:
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