Bright idea a hands-down winner

SINGAPORE - Young inventor Anuar Hassan hit upon his winning idea after spotting a motorcyclist lying on the ground following a fall.

"The blood on her nose was already dry," said the 19-year-old, who noticed the stranded woman while out cycling at 4.30am. "Nobody saw her because it was too dark."

To prevent the same thing happening to others, the student came up with a flashing LED light that can be strapped to cyclists' gloves.

This helps drivers see the riders' hands when they signal and means those who fall off their bikes can be seen easily.

On Tuesday, Mr Anuar's idea became one of three winners at #startable, a programme organised by the Nanyang Technopreneurship Centre for students at the Institute of Technical Education (ITE).

It means he will receive up to $10,000 and guidance from working entrepreneurs to help turn his concept into reality.

The six-week programme involved 28 ITE students who were taught skills such as how to develop viable business models.

Six out of 12 teams got through to Tuesday's final, where three entrepreneurs grilled them on their proposals in front of about 300 schoolmates.

"We were prepared for it already," said Mr Liew Long Min, 19, whose team's idea for a toy trading website was another winner. "We had to present about 10 times to our mentors before this, so we've covered all the bases."

Even those whose ideas were rejected said it was worth the effort. "Now that I know what goes into a business, I am more confident of starting one in future," said Mr Jiyavudeen Akbar, 22. "At least I know what a profit-and-loss statement is now."

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