SPRING’s main focus may be oriented towards small-medium enterprises. But there’s nothing small about Evan Foo’s and Johnny Teo’s dreams.
By Jannelle Lau
Evan Foo first heard about the SPRING Executive Development Scholarship (EDS) in an email with the subject line “Be your OWN boss”. It described one of his goals so precisely that he read on, and what he saw appealed to him. He learnt that as part of SPRING, he would be able to participate in and contribute to the growth of local SMEs - a niche industry that accounts for 60% of the Singapore workforce and 50% of our GDP.
Experiencing a different culture
With his desire to contribute to this meaningful mission, Evan applied for EDS and went through four rounds of selection before he was selected as a mid-term scholar. Other than being sponsored for his final two and a half years at the National University of Singapore (NUS), he was also funded for his one-year overseas programme at the Silicon Valley in the United States.
“SPRING believes in a holistic and global education and encourages their scholars to gain overseas experiences by going for student exchange programmes and to take up foreign languages,” the mechanical engineering student says.
Evan’s experience at the Silicon Valley in United States had been eye-opening. Under the National University of Singapore Overseas College programme, he worked in an American start-up for one year while studying technopreneurship and engineering modules at Stanford University.