SMU-Peeli Rural Entrepreneurship Program

Chinese Students Secured Funding for their Start-ups at SMU

 

SMU Peeli Group PhotoThe inaugural SMU-Peeli Rural Entrepreneurship Program concluded on a high-note at the closing ceremony held at Singapore Management University (SMU) on 6th August 2015. Three out of the six student groups secured funding from the judging panel for their start-ups after an intense business plan competition! Mr. Tan Yinglan, Venture Partner at Sequoia Capital, Mr. Zhang Xiangdong, Venture Partner at SoftBank and Founder of HiChina Group, and Peeli Ventures are part of the esteemed judging panel. Each student group consisted of both Chinese students from rural China and SMU students.

The inaugural SMU-Peeli Rural Entrepreneurship Program was jointly organized by Singapore Management University (SMU) and Jiangsu Tao Shing Pee Education Foundation (TSPEF) which was founded and funded by the famous Singaporean entrepreneur and philanthropist, Mr. Tao Shing Pee and his wife, Mdm. Liu Kwan Li. TSPEF provides bursaries to needy Chinese undergraduates, known as “Tao Students”. TSPEF also provides innovation and entrepreneurship programs to equip Tao Students to create start-ups, as part of their contributions to their rural hometowns. Although the Nanjing-born Mr Tao immigrated to Singapore many years ago, his heart is always on the development of education in China, especially for the underprivileged students.

During the one month program, 29 Tao Students, who were selected from over 3000 Tao Students, interacted with SMU students and participated in interactive classes given by SMU lecturers and industry leaders. In addition to visiting global enterprises such as Google, Microsoft and Mondelez, they have also visited local start-ups, including 4 start-ups created by SMU students, to nurture their innovative and entrepreneurial mindset.

Mr Yu Yunfeng, Counsellor (Education) of China’s Embassy in Singapore, and Professor Pang Yang Hoong, SMU Vice Provost, were among the dignitaries at the closing ceremony.

Mr. Yu Yunfeng commented that the SMU-Peeli Rural Entrepreneurship Program was a timely event as 2015 marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Singapore, the 50th anniversary of the founding of Singapore, and the 15th anniversary of SMU. He added that this program resonated very well with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang’s national call for mass entrepreneurship and innovation. It also played a significant role in deepening Sino-Singapore bilateral relations by encouraging youth interactions in both two countries.

Professor Pang Yang Hoong praised the program as a special pilot initiative that equipped Tao Students with a global business perspective as well as an innovative and entrepreneurial mindset. She said that SMU was proud to contribute to this meaningful initiative that aimed to empower Tao Students so that they could further impact the wider society.

Mr. Andrew Chin, Head of SMU China Initiatives, greatly applauded the performance of the 29 Tao Students. He highlighted that the program was very meaningful as it provided opportunities for students from both countries to interact meaningfully, and contributed to the Sino-Singapore relationship in both educational and cultural aspects.

Mr. Zhang Liwei, CEO of TSPEF said that the foundation created a new model of charitable work in China. In addition to providing bursaries to “Tao Students”, TSPEF is also providing free long term entrepreneurship programs to help them create their startups. Mr. Lee Kang Ho, Board Member of TSPEF, believed that the inaugural program was a success. He added that TSPEF plans to work with SMU on a long term basis and will expand the scale of program partnership.


中国学子新大游学 创业项目获投资

 

新华网新加坡频道8月7日电(实习记者 向雪妮)“伯藜-新大乡村创业课程”结业典礼6日在新加坡管理大学(新大)举行,典礼上29名中国学生分6组分别展示了在新大学习成果以及创业计划,其中有3组学生的创业计划获得投资。

该教育活动7月13日开始,由江苏陶欣伯助学基金会支持,该基金会由新加坡企业家陶欣伯在2006年创立。陶欣伯出生于南京,虽移民新加坡,但始终心系祖国教育事业。

参加该创业课程的29名中国学生是从3000多名“陶学子”中选拔而来。陶欣伯、刘光藜夫妇的全资公司南京伯藜置业是陶欣伯助学基金会捐赠人,因此该课程称为“伯藜-新大乡村创业课程”。游学期间,中国学子参观了谷歌、微软等国际知名企业及新加坡当地企业,拓展了创业思维。

在结业典礼上,29名学生展示了他们的创业点子和商业计划,并有评委现场点评打分。最终,3组学生的创业计划现场获得伯藜创投和软银中国投资合伙人、万网创始人张向东的投资支持。

中国驻新加坡大使馆教育处参赞郁云峰出席典礼并致辞,他表示,今年正值新加坡建国50周年、中新建交25周年以及新大建校15周年,此次“伯藜-新大乡村创业课程”响应了李克强总理鼓励大众创业的号召,在增进两国青年之间的友谊,加深双边关系方面意义重大。

新大副校长房映芬副教授认为本次交流项目具有代表性意义,它为参与的中新学生们提供了全球商业视角与创新创业的思考模式,这将更有助于他们去开拓商业创新之路。房校长表示新大对能够帮助基金会的学生们完成这项有意义的挑战而感到自豪,她也期待能够通过学生们的优秀表现对整个社会产生积极的影响。

新大国际部中国事务处主任秦铭汉也对29名中国学生的表现大加赞赏,他认为,“伯藜-新大乡村创业课程”这一慈善助学项目非常有意义,不仅为中新两国学生提供了一个交流的机会,也有助于加深中新两国之间的教育、文化交流。

陶欣伯助学基金会秘书长张利伟说,基金会开创了中国慈善事业的新模式,不仅为在校学生提供助学金,还为“陶学子”长期免费提供创业培训项目,帮助他们自主创业。基金会理事李耕鹤称,本次“伯藜-新大乡村创业课程”圆满结束,陶欣伯助学基金会计划与新大长期合作,并不断扩大规模。

 

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Last updated on 14 Oct 2015 .