School of Business & Accountancy
Other awards:Lee Wee Nam Gold Medal & Prize Diploma with Merit Frasers Centrepoint Limited Prize Neo Garden Catering Prize
Lynette Lau’s entrepreneurial streak first shone through when she was just a primary school student.
“I would get a big bag of snacks and sell them to my classmates by the handful to make a profit. That was my first venture into entrepreneurship. I would also draw pictures and ‘sell’ them to my father for twenty cents each,” said the
Business Studies graduate.
Since then, Lynette has not looked back. An active seller on Carousell, an online marketplace, she is constantly on the lookout for new business opportunities. Lynette currently co-runs a startup,
Picxels, which provides photobooth services and hopes to own a successful large-scale business in the future.
Her business acumen was nurtured as a Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) student, when she participated in the
Global Entrepreneurial Internship Programme, which provides students with internships at startups worldwide. It was also her interest in strategy and business development, coupled with her lecturers’ encouragement to follow her dreams that prompted Lynette to apply for an internship with Grab Indonesia.
“I was fortunate to be at Grab when they were rolling out aggressive expansion plans,” said Lynette who was hired as an Expansion Analytics & Operations intern. “It meant that I could travel to 10 different Indonesian cities – including Bandung, Yogyakarta, Lombok and Medan – to do preliminary analysis of new markets, analyse the performance of existing services and clear bottlenecks.”
Lynette’s achievements as an intern at Grab included devising a new method to reduce the backlog of driver signups, increasing productivity through an improved incentive calculation template and automating staff efficiency reports. She even picked up Bahasa Indonesia in that short span so that she could communicate with the local staff!
“I was thankful that everyone treated me as a full-fledged member of the team. This meant that I got to handle my own projects and travel independently,” she said.
As an NP student, Lynette also served as President of the Current Affairs Club, which involved helping out in Meet-the-People Sessions at her local constituency. “I saw cases of needy families seeking financial aid and lonely elderly residents who simply wanted a listening ear,” she said. “It was meaningful to be engaged at such a level, and I hope my startup business in the future can be beneficial to communities that need help.”
Lynette’s grit and determination to succeed has been driven by the words of someone she is close to. “My grandfather grew up in a poor family. He has always believed that education is the key to breaking out of the poverty cycle. Although he is now stricken with advanced colon cancer, his words still inspire me to work hard to achieve my ambitions,” she said.