A career at SPRING is the ideal platform for introducing you to the world of business and entrepreneurism.
By Tan Yan Shuo
Imagine you are taking a walk at midnight, and you spot two people playing tennis in the dark. What is the first thought that creeps into your mind?
“It immediately struck me as a business opportunity!” shares SPRING scholar Chew San Lee. “I went back to research on whether there is a market for glow-in-the-dark tennis balls, and I realised that there are a lot of people who want such a product.”
Palpably, San Lee lives and breathes business, and admits that her dreams were sparked by the business endeavours of her father.
“My father works in a biscuit company. Biscuits don’t seem like something creative, but I saw how my father innovated to create biscuits nobody else could think of. That was really inspirational to me,” San Lee recounts.
Fellow scholar Ng Wee Leong shares similar sentiments. “My dad runs his own renovation contracting business, helping HDB and private houses do renovation work. However, he wasn’t very successful in the later years, because he didn’t move up the value chain in time after HDB started pushing out premium flats, and there was very little need for renovation contractors. This made me have a keen interest in business development, how businesses work, how different types of businesses run, why some succeed, and why some don’t.”