NTU hosts Southeast Asia’s first Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum
Its Nanyang Technopreneurship Center is appointed as a World Entrepreneurship Forum Centre
Southeast Asia’s first Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum opened in Singapore today, hosted by the Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The university’s Nanyang Technopreneurship Center (NTC) has also been appointed one of the six World Entrepreneurship Forum Centres, representing the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.
|Mr Inderjit Singh, CEO of Infiniti Solutions says in today’s globalised and connected world, there are so many business opportunities for people with innovative ideas and who dare to try. It is indeed an exciting time to be an entrepreneur. Mr Singh is also the Chairman of SPRING Singapore’s SEEDS Investment Panel, Deputy Chairman of the Action Community for Entrepreneurship, and a Member of NTU’s Board of Trustees. |
The Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum is being held simultaneously from 28 June to 2 July in Singapore, Lyon (France) and Shanghai (China). The Singapore leg will be attended by about 150 business leaders, experts and up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
NTU’s Associate Provost (Innovation) Jeffrey Nadison, said, “Encouraging innovation and creativity in our students is very much a priority at NTU as these traits will serve them well when they embark on leadership roles in the future.
“The Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum provides an excellent opportunity for NTU’s students as well as other young participants to interact and have dialogues with successful entrepreneurs on how to take their ideas to the next level. We hope that the suggestions presented by the youths during the event will help to nurture and spark an interest in entrepreneurship in our next generation of innovators.”
The Forum features discussions with renowned business personalities including Mr Inderjit Singh, CEO of Infiniti Solutions who is also the Chairman of SPRING SEEDS Investment Panel and a Member of NTU’s Board of Trustees. Mr Ron Sim, Chairman and CEO of OSIM International and Mr Jack Sim, founder of the Restroom Association of Singapore and World Toilet Organisation will also be addressing the delegates.
Together, the junior forums in Singapore, China, and France aim to harness the collective vision, insights and recommendations from youths around the world on how to leverage entrepreneurship as a way to create wealth and promote social justice worldwide.
To encourage ideas and recommendations from the young participants, students co-organise workshops dedicated to entrepreneurship. These recommendations and insights will be used by members ahead of and during the annual World Entrepreneurship Forum that commences on 5 November 2010 in Lyon, France.
Welcoming participants at the Forum, Associate Professor Hooi Den Huan, Director of Nanyang Technopreneurship Center, said: “The chosen theme for the World Entrepreneurship Forum is “Shaping the World of 2050: the Entrepreneurial Impact” which seams with our hallmark of a Nanyang Technopreneur – a responsible citizen with aspirations to be part of the growing pool of ethical philanthropists.
“At NTC, we believe in not only teaching our students in creating enterprise, but also building relationships among their peers, networks and confidence within themselves. We have created a dynamic cross-national and multi-disciplinary environment with a strong belief in value of giving back to the society.”
"This forum presents a great platform for the young generation to discuss and build vision, insights and recommendations for the preparatory work at the World Entrepreneurship Forum, which will be held in France in November."
Ms Sonali Prasad, a 19-year old NTU student, who heads the forum’s marketing sub-committee, said: “The Junior World Entrepreneurship Forum is a very good learning platform for all budding individuals with an entrepreneurial mindset. I have gained a lot of hands-on experience as the marketing head of this forum, ranging from meeting deadlines to working in synchronization with the other parts of the organizing committee.
“The Forum brings in many eminent personalities from all over the world to share their views and discuss critical issues in the world of entrepreneurship and innovation. It is truly student-led, encouraging and empowering opinions of today’s young minds to shape our tomorrow.”
Founded by EM-Lyon School of Business and KPMG S.A., the World Entrepreneurship Forum is the first global think-tank dedicated to entrepreneurs, creators of wealth and social justice. It benefits from the high patronage of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French Republic and gathers annually more than 100 international personalities, entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, political leaders and experts selected from 40 countries.
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About the World Entrepreneurship Forum
The World Entrepreneurship Forum is an international community of entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs, politicians and academics committed to making the world a better place by fostering entrepreneurship as a means of creating wealth and social justice worldwide.
The forum is under the high patronage of the President of France, Mr. Nicolas Sarkozy. Each year, the annual forum gathers distinguished personalities from more than 70 countries. Singaporean attendees to last year's forum in Lyon, France, included Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Minister in charge of entrepreneurship in Singapore; Mr Inderjit Singh, Member of Parliament for Ang Mo Kio GRC; Ms Chew Mok Lee, Group Director of SPRING Singapore; and Mr Jack Sim, Chairman and CEO of World Toilet Organisation.
For the first time ever in 2010, the World Entrepreneurship Forum is extending its reach to youths worldwide by extending its commitment to include 3 more Junior Forums in 3 selected countries - France (Lyon), China (Shanghai) and Singapore.
For more information, visit: www.world-entrepreneurship-forum.com
About Nanyang Technological University
About Nanyang Technopreneurship Center (NTC)
NTU's Nanyang Technopreneurship Center was established in January 2001 as a joint venture between NTU and the Singapore Economic Development Board. The multi-disciplinary university-level center, a focal point of technology entrepreneurship development in the region, has helped to jumpstart the creation of business ventures that provide the new engine of growth for Singapore and beyond.
For more information on NTC, visit: www.ntu.edu.sg/ntc