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Law student started company with just $1

By Sara-Ann K

At the tender age of 22, Lee Foundation scholar Ryan Su is already a multi-hyphenate. Currently doing a double degree in Law and Business at the Singapore Management University, he is also a landscape architect and dabbles in an interesting hobby - breeding rare and exotic birds on a commercial farm in Mandai.

"I never thought that I would ever own my own business. This is a lesson out there for all the people who always think that they have no money or no capital. Many people think that you need a lot of capital. I started with only $1 and $300 that my mom gave me," he said, relating how he first started his landscaping business at 18. That led him to branch out into the bird breeding business.

Mandai Bird Sanctuary, the farm that he co-owns, now has more than 3,000 birds, with close to 80 types of exotic parrots, 2 pairs of rare Burmese peacocks and 4 species of toucans.

The 22-year old law student with a finely tuned business acumen added, "We breed them mostly for export. Most of them are exported to Japan and Taiwan. It is also important to know that many of these birds are extremely rare and are being hunted heavily in the wild, so it would be of public good that they are propagated."

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