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Lesson Blog

This lesson blog allows the instructors to communicate with the participants of ET9105A. If there are observation or things that we would like to share with but did not have time to mention in the class. We have good experience with last batches and we hope that new batches can learn from the senior and be better than them. 

I've decided to be a bit "siao on" (pardon the singlish) this time and start the lesson blog before the first lesson.  This is to encourage the students to actively blog given that the instructors are also active.

Some of the info may be generic across different batches. Instead of repeating the info, I suggest that students also read all my previous lesson blog to get an insight of important observation. 

Stay tune and keep in touch.

Lesson #6: 12th March 2014 (Finale Presentation, Sharing Session to MiE Batch 35)

posted 3 Mar 2014, 00:42 by Roderick Chia   [ updated 3 Mar 2014, 00:43 ]

Some asked on what to expect for this session. As mentioned, this is a finale for you to showcase what you have achieve and learned in the process of ET9105.  It is basically a report of the progress and process. Important to share all the learning points so that the incoming batch are will prepare to start their journey.  Success and failure are equally good lessons. 

Students are expected to present the following in 15-25 min each.
  • Brief overview of the business idea;
  • Operational ups and downs;
  • Learning points for ET9105A that can be shared with next batch
With 7 teams, it should take 2-3 hours to complete.

After the session, everyone is expected to conduct a intra-group peer appraisal. The deadline for completion shall be 14th March 2014 (Friday), 12pm, same as for the submission of individual report.

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Individual Report 10%
You are required to submit a report about your personal reflection on what you have learned from this venture and entrepreneurship. How does this affect your future plans? Please write in point form and do not exceed 2 pages, 1.5 line spacing. You need to submit soft copy through a link set up under the ‘Assignment’ folder in edveNTUre and one set of hardcopy report to NTC Reception.

Deadline: 14th March 2014 (Friday), 12pm
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8th Feb Consultation

posted 6 Feb 2014, 01:16 by Roderick Chia   [ updated 6 Feb 2014, 01:25 ]

We will be having the Group Consultation this coming Saturday.  In order to make booking easy for everyone, we have implemented appointment booking feature in this email.  You have to login to your gmail account or ntuentrepreneur.org account to see the calendar below and make booking.  One member in a group make the booking is good enough.  Please co-ordinate among everyone in the group before booking so that there is no multiple reservation. Just share the booked calendar with the rest of your group-mate. During the booking process, please update the "What" field with your group name. Eg. What: ET9105 Batch 33-34 Consultation Session (Input Group Name).

This is compulsory for group, 3ducation, CHARISMA,  Zephyr and mypartito and footsteps and optional for the rest.

The consultation would be half hour slot if you need more advice from both of us (Roderick and Adrian). Please make your booking by this Friday, 7th February 2014 at 2200hrs.

8th Feb 2014 Consultation


14th Dec Consultation Session

posted 11 Dec 2013, 07:41 by Adrian Chye   [ updated 11 Dec 2013, 08:08 ]

We will be having the Group Consultation this coming Saturday.  In order to make booking easy for everyone, we have implemented appointment booking feature in this email.  You have to login to your gmail account or ntuentrepreneur.org account to see the calendar below and make booking.  One member in a group make the booking is good enough.  Just share the booked calendar with the rest of your group-mate. 

The consultation would be half hour slot if you need more advice from both of us (Roderick and Adrian). Please make your booking by this Friday, 13th December 2013 at 2200hrs.

Consultation


Business Plan Presentation - Feedback

posted 10 Nov 2013, 18:48 by Adrian Chye   [ updated 11 Nov 2013, 03:27 by Roderick Chia ]

Inter-group Peer Appraisal Batch 33-34


Hall of Shame!

posted 7 Nov 2013, 22:01 by Roderick Chia

on 4th November, I send out a note to all titled "Warning - Procrastination Kills". Then, about 20 students had yet to logged into their account. I expected that those that read the email would have informed their group-mates to quickly do so.  I was very disappointed that today, the day before business plan presentation, I still have 6 students not logged in. 

Here's the hall of shame (I've replaced, a with @, i with 1 and o with 0 to prevent it searchable online and protect their identity)
  1. H@n Xun K0w
  2. J1uwe1 Che
  3. Y1 Y@ng T@n
  4. V1n@y @r0r@
  5. V1j@y@r@j Ng Hu1 W00n V1j@y@r@tn@m
  6. M1n Zhen L0h
Most of those in this list also AWOL from 1 lesson in the past. We focus a lot on responsibility as part of the individual continuous assessment, which is why we are so strict in tracking attendance and online activities. 

Lesson 2 Preview

posted 21 Oct 2013, 12:05 by Roderick Chia   [ updated 21 Oct 2013, 12:06 ]

I enjoy improving the efficiency of how this course should be conducted.  We always wanted the students to blog at LEAST once every fortnight.  But the lesson to setup the bog site only start in lesson 2.  Technically, it is not very difficult to self learn the tool to setup the site. 

All the accounts, under @ntuentrepreneur.org, had been created and students can start to login and use their accounts.  The groups accounts had also been assigned.  Please refer to the list on the right for the group number.  As of this post, 2 students (Nurun Jumana & Tay Lip Ong) have yet to belongs to any group and therefore not assigned.

Your ntuentrepreneur.org account is going to be permanent account for you. Therefore all official notice would be send to this account.  You may choose to forward all the email from this account to an account that you constantly monitor or use this as an account you constantly monitor and forward all your other email to this account.

You may click here to find the link to the respective group, thereafter setup your blog site.

You may refer to the attached slides for lesson 2 and start to use the account and explore the tool to setup the blog site.
Group No. Full Name
1 Chen Ke Xin, Sheryl
1 Kavan Koh Li Wenn
1 Kow Han Xun
1 Muhammad Ahmad Magad
1 Tan Yi Ern Timothy
1 Tung Wern Dheng
1 Vijayaraj Ng Hui Woon s/o Vijayaratnam
2 Janani Gopalakrishnan
2 Muruganandan Raghavi
2 Rizky Wirawan Pratama
2 Yantono
2 Adhimoolam Anusha
2 Nayana Rao Poluru Mastan
2 Shreya Pulla kruthika
3 Ang Yu Hong
3 Melissa Goh Min Xue
3 Peh Zhen Kai
3 Yu Kha Han
3 Zheng Xiufen, Julia
3 Tan Zhe Ming Mark
4 Arora Lakshay
4 Arora Vinay
4 Cheng Huan
4 Chung Keng Yang 
4 Khairunnisa Binte Jalil
Group No. Full Name
5 Kapoor Aditya
5 Lim Shian
5 Moshika
5 Sanghavi Vatsal Vipul
5 Soh Jan
5 Desai Virali Jatin
6 Vivek Ravi Sitaraman
6 Aravindkuramaran s/o Sabapathy
6 Goyal Shubham
6 Rachel Lim Fang Yin
6 Ranveer Kumar Verma @ Ryan
6 Srinivasan Chithra
6 Prashanth Somanathan
7 Nguyen Dac Khue
7 Mohammad Fadly Bin Eddy
7 Neo Kiat Hwee Robin
7 Poh Seng Ho
8 Leong Bo Xiong
8 Che Jiuwei
8 Chua Yun Hui Joy
8 Lian Peiqi
8 Yu Anqi
9 Loh Min Zhen
9 Ng Yong Qing Willis

Sense of Responsibility

posted 21 Oct 2013, 11:10 by Roderick Chia

It is a very worrying sign to notice that a handful of students display a lack of the sense of responsibility, an awareness of one's obligations.   Indeed, coming late for class or not even turn out for the class without any prior notice is a display of such irresponsible behavious. The responsibility behavious is not meant for the instructors, the class or the school.  It is for one’s fellow team-mates, the project as well as for oneself.  No venture could be successful if the founder is an irresponsible person. 
For the benefit of those that missed the class, I’ve attached the slides for your reference. Of course the slides are not very useful if you didn’t attend the lesson. But it is still better than not reading them. 


End of one and the beginning of the other

posted 18 Oct 2013, 03:06 by Roderick Chia

En105/ET9105 has been my enjoyably distraction away from my daily job. It is like an ECA that you do it because you like it rather than because you have to do it.  Usually, after the combine lesson, whereby the previous batch would share with the incoming batch what they have learned, and before the beginning of the next lesson for the new batch, it would be the time that I start to grade the students.  This part of grading involve reviewing their blog, looking at their intra-group peer appraisal and also their individual refection report.

Since batch 29, I startup to compile interesting quotes from the students that are so meaningful for me and that what we try to impart actually got through to the students.

Here are some quotes for your reference and it would be good to read and properly cultivate your mindset before starting the module.  I do not want to put the name of the person writing this as these quotes are from their individual reports which is used as part of the grading.

Batch 32
"The first and foremost thing that ET9105A has taught me during these past six months is that entrepreneurship is not a “solo” game. My mind-set before starting up my own business is that given enough time and resources, you can do everything alone, without the need to depend on other. Formal education has imparted wrong belief that everyone else is your competitor and to be the best, you need to excel alone. Starting this venture has taught me that behind every great and successful business, there is a great team behind it, to which everyone commit and contribute their best to achieve common goal, which is the success of the business, by covering each other’s weaknesses with their own unique strengths and talents. A good team is essential for a successful business."

"Have a correct attitude in business and in life. It is not the one with the most powerful brainpower, not the one with the widest connection, but the one with the correct attitude that will be the most successful. Initially, I started the course with the mind-set of wanting to do well for ET9105A in term of academic grade. I treated the venture as another school’s project, to which I must excel and score well. I was wrong. As the venture progressed, and I was being bombarded with the reality and hardships of starting my own business, I started to forget about the need to do well in term of grade, but instead focused more on how to make the business, MY business to be successful. I began to focus on learning, getting the job done and treating my business as my own children. I want my business to do well. I started off with the wrong attitude, but I am glad that I am able to end it with (hopefully) the correct one."

Batch 30-31
"It was said that, " Building a successful business starts with a dream, but without the requisite knowledge and tools, it can turn into a nightmare." (Reese, 2012). It is indeed a blessing opportunity to be enrolled into ET9105 to experience how the real business world works; now with our head full of theoretical knowledge learnt from the previous modules. However, in my opinion, the real nightmare begins when a team of entrepreneurs  starts a business without a dream."

"To summarize, taking Minor in Entrepreneurship is just like taking swimming lessons. For the first 4 weeks (ET9101 - ET9104), we were taught how to swim in classroom. Just like other lessons, exams were given to see how well you have comprehend the techniques (theory) to swim or at the very least to stay afloat. Then finally before you can graduate, you were thrown in the sea and occasionally find some sticks (mentors) for you to hold on so that you will not drown and die."

Batch 29
"What I learnt in this EN9105a are intangible things that cannot be learnt in all my years of educations and even EN9101-EN9104. Because the earlier modules were theories or even realistic simulations, what EN9105a out did the rest, was to compel us to start a business of our own, providing experienced mentors and nothing else. Doing nothing else was actually a key to the growth of every single character in our teams because we learnt to create our own rules instead of following." 

"Singapore’s education had probably painted a warped and distorted picture of the need to succeed in our every chance due to the one shot chance to do well for O’level and A’level. But through EN9105a this set of thinking I developed through the 20 odd years of my life have demolished. I know that I will fail a lot of times, but I am no longer afraid of failures." 

The 2 quotes from batch 32 comes from the same person. It is the first 2 paragraph I read while starting the grading process.  The fact that this course changes the mindset of the students in a way that no any amount of theory can do motivated me to go on teaching and mentoring.  This make all the tiring process of grading late into 3-4am over few nights worth it.  

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