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Movers, shakers and go-getters

Everyone’s a winner in NTU’s Class of 2017. HEY! salutes the many talents in our midst here

Serial entrepreneur award

Jeremy Lim

Communication studies

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  • Jeremy Lim
PHOTOS: MARK TEO

You won’t know the difficulties of starting a business until you throw yourself into it, shares Wee Kim Wee School of Communication & Information graduate Jeremy. He should know. Jeremy founded his first start-up when he was at Singapore Polytechnic and four others later.

But it was really at the Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre, where he took the minor in entrepreneurship module, that it all kicked in. “I shuttered my first business when I went for national service. The module motivated me to start another business – mostly because I had no choice. We had to incorporate a company by the end of the course,” says Jeremy.

Together with a friend, he started digital advertising agency Piccolo+. “It was crazy. We packed five modules in six months. But it taught us perseverance. When I started my own companies, it was just like that – especially at the early stage. You just don’t rest, even when you’re tired. You stop only when you’re done. That was one of my biggest lessons,” Jeremy adds.

Today, with three businesses – Workwander, Makerscut and 21Moonstone – running on their own steam, Jeremy works a day job sharing his start-up expertise as the Marketing Manager of Level3, a co-working space started by Unilever Foundry and Padang & Co.