Li Tiang

by Li Tiang
(Singapore)

- appreciate the open sharing and friendly approach by Pamela
- also appreciate the guest entrepreneurs, who are extremely helpful and insightful
- the sessions were run with efficiency and flexibility, so well done Zi Rong!
- fit for purpose venue


considerations for future seminars:
- provide more information pre-seminar about what to expect. Eg, knowing some business ideas may be selected for presentation to VCs, I think some participants would have put in more thought about their business idea beforehand
- include some ladies in the guest entrepreneurs. Good to have sharing from women entrepreneurs, glad the 2 ladies joined us.

Overall, a well-run effective seminar that provided not just technical skills to prepare for business presentations, but also covered practical tips and personal sharings, in a fun and interesting fashion! Thanks for the 2 days!

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Ang K C

by Ang KC
(Singapore)

I am glad that I did not postpone attending the class even though I lost someone in the family.

I am grateful to have the opportunity to meet up with so many entrepreneurs that Prof Pamela has groom and mentored via her SMU classes. The sharing and advises these group of entrepreneurs gave us selflessly is really priceless, you can never really gain this knowledge if you do not network with them or know them personally.

I have read about their stories from Straits times or other media but to really meet them in person and hearing them face to face is really worth every dollars I invest for the class.

The financial spreadsheet that Prof Pamela shared with us is a very very handy and useful tool. I just need to input the figures into the relevant columns and bingo all the calculation is done for me and I only need to digest the figures and take the next course of action from the figures generated by the spreadsheet.

The takeaways for me is that I have learned about the key components to start a biz. The soundbite, the elevator speech, the business plan and presentation etc.

Thanks to Zi Rong too for the kind of supports and coordination work he does backend to help us in this learning journey and make it as smooth as possible for us.

Thanks to all the entrepreneur who came despite of their busy schedules. Vincent, Andy, Alan, Zhuang, Clement and Anol.

Thanks to Prof Pamela for coming up with this class and for sharing your expertise and knowledge with us.

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Ricky Setyawan

by Ricky Setyawan
(Singapore)

It's an awesome weekend. Pamela really brought it in what matters most to entrepreneurs in the fun and passionate way. Modesty and smile is really her trademark that makes her popular with her students and also her forte to influence us in a good way.

The presence of the residential entrepreneurs also brings lights into what entrepreneurs are. They are very approachable and willing to share great tips and tricks that might just save us lots of pains in our enterprising journey.

I hold a MBA and I have gone through lesson on business plan but Pamela really makes it easy to digest and help us to understand the important parts of it.

Thanks, Pamela. I am sure with your guidance, my dream of being entrepreneur will not be a dream anymore. It's a promise!

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Loi Su Ling

by Loi Su Ling
(Singapore)

I like how the whole course is being taught simply, with real cases studies and sharing by Prof Pam's students. Prof Pam is very sincere and geninue in her teachings and I especially touched by her goal to create a helping platform for local entrepreneurs .

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Alvin

The awesome 2 days crash course had finally come to an end. Personally I feel that Pamela's teaching style is very interesting and interactive. I thought it was only in my primary school that teachers gave out candies as a reward. Haha...In a way or another, this seminar had paved the path for us as a potential entrepreneur to the door of entrepreneurship. By the end of today, it's all about us to take action and efforts to reach the gate.
Beside providing a good networking platform, all our fellow classmates might become one's potential client or even as a business partner.
The most impressive part is to have Pamela's students who have become successful entrepreneurs to be present to share their knowledge, insights and experience with us generously. I believe this is something which one might not experience elsewhere. Thank you Pamela.
For those who are still hesitating to sign up for Pamela's next seminar (if there is), please don't. What you lose is only 2 weekends and the seminar fees, but what you get back in return is some much much more.

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Spencer Tan

It was funny to learn that there were 2 other guys on the table who signed up for this course the same way I did. Separately, our wives found out about this course on FB, thought it would be useful and encouraged us to attend. Talk about coincidence. :)

The course helpful and it gave me the basics to start. I thought harder about my idea and the numbers. I worked harder to provide greater clarity in the value that my business should bring to the customers.

The guest speakers who came were helpful. They not only shared practical advice, but also stories of the difficulties they faced and how they overcame it. I was encouraged. Though they have made some achievements, they listened to us, spoke with humility and tried their best to help.

I am grateful for the chance to attend this course.

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Lim Kia Wee

Although it had been 10yrs since I embarked on this journey of entrepreneur, I hadn't looked back since. The idea of modern slavery did resonate with me when you mentioned about current employment conditions, it was exactly the same reason that I decided to take a plunge.

Most of the stuff I had gone through during these last 10yrs, I learnt it from the school of hard knocks. Nevertheless, it is still good to look back and learn from previous mistakes, the seminar proved to be a good platform to interact and learn from the new age of entrepreneurs.

To the rest of the course mates and future course mates, my advice is Fire 1st and aim later instead of the Aim "zhun zhun" then fire which you usually end up never fire a single shot.

All the best!

Cheers
Kia Wee

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Elise Phoon

A few key take aways that I learnt from the 2 day course:
- Always make time to network with like minded people.
- Never forget to search for your passion. If you haven't found it, keep searching.
- Don't ignore your inner voice.
- Always pay it forward.
- Be a blessing to others first.

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Kwang Wei Long

by Kwang Wei Long
(Singapore)

I got to know Prof Pam through her Facebook page when one of my friend, her student, liked her post. I went on to follow her there and "liked" many of her posts of her sharing her life experiences and her view which always make me think, about life, love, being a person, being a Singaporean..

After some time, i also got to know that Prof Pam was a highly established lecturer in SMU teaching entrepreneurship. I always wanted to catch a glimpse of her in real life after reading so much about her online, so I asked around my friends if it was possible to crash her class but none of them knew the schedule and i left it at that. Also recently, i got to learnt that she left SMU. I was thinking got time want to crash also no chance liao but just nice Prof was going to conduct a seminar but it cost $1200, hmm too much for a fresh graduate with no job like me so the only thing i can do is only to stare into my computer screen.

After some time, it popped up again and i went to look at the comments once more, I saw she was offering a scholarship so i tried to apply for it and was really really elated when i got it. Thank you so much! :D

Firstly, Prof Pam is an excellent lecturer. The class was never boring because she has so much stories to share and was always giving out chocolates for participation.

To me, it was not so much about the materials that was covered but the experience sharing of Prof herself and the students that she groomed who are also successful entrepreneurs. It was a good chance to pick their brains about ideas, their motivations, their executions and their thinking behind it.

The network that was created was also truly invaluable, from the resident entrepreneurs to my fellow classmates who are embarking on this journey. I think i am truly fortunate to know these people.

So here am I at the crossroad, deciding my next step.. still thinking about it.

Lastly, here is my takeaway for the course.
1) Business is more about asset creation.
2) Its more of the people, less of the idea.
3) If the money is not big enough, it's probably not worth the effort. (still pondering over that, Prof's saying)
4)There is no lack of money if your idea and yourself is really good.

but what i really want to do someday is to pass this blessing forward, like what Prof Pam did for me.

also not forgetting the TA, Zi Rong for running the administration side of things.

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Bernadette Woo

Amazed to learn that entrepreneurship is about generous sharing.

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Jasmine Kang

I was afraid to grow my startup as I am afraid I would be too busy. Prof said that since I am doing it already, I might as well give it my best shot. I told her I would be brave and try.

I wasn't sure which angle I should focus on in my business but I was enlightened by Prof. This gave me a confidence boost.

I kept telling people that I am busy because of my baby but Verleen's one sentence of hiring a freelancer on project basis hit me. I realised that I have been giving myself too many excuses.

I was talking to Big Zul about my business and he said he had booth space in prime orchard and maybe we could collaborate.

Kian Yan was sitting beside me and we even had drinks after class as we hit it off, I felt good that I was able to help her in some ways.

Most of all, I could feel the sincerity and genuineness of prof, TA ZiRong, and the other residential entrepreneurs who came.

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Serene Teo

After the 2 day course, it left me physically tired, after frantically trying to amend biz idea, seek feedback, trying to convince the potential cto to buy in the vision, draw the logo and complete the biz plan in 2 hours. The amazing thing is the more I do this, the more excited I get. It is just awesome that the momentum to take action is kickstarted after 2 day crash course. I am really grateful for all the generous sharing by Pamela and all the resident entrepreneurs and all my classmates, my heart is filled with gratitude for the wonderful session and I pray from the bottom of heart that one day I will be as successful as well. I will definitely want to give more of this positive energy back to the community.

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