Founded in 2020, ServiceBack.com is a homegrown home services platform that is the first to offer marketing costs back to customers as cashback. SMEhorizon talks to Hakeem SA, one of the co-founders of ServiceBack.com on the problems that inspired his forays into this industry, the technology they...
If there’s anything we can thank the pandemic for, it’s for showing us the importance of adaptability. It tested businesses everywhere and made us question our strength in the face of uncertainty. In this digital age where Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and other similar...
Despite stories like Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Mark Zuckerberg whose successes came without prior business experience, the reality is that about 90 percent of new start-ups fail in the U.S., and only a handful of companies can make it to the long run. A top...
Crowdfunding, which has seen its popularity skyrocket with the rise of high profile platforms the likes of Kickstarter, GoFundMe and IndieGoGo, has often been hailed as a "democratising force" in finance, allowing enterprising individuals to launch new and innovative ventures while bypassing traditional sources of funding they...
Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) and UOB have jointly launched AGILE, a campus incubator to drive innovation, learning and entrepreneurship. AGILE, which stands for Accelerating Growth in Innovation, Learning and Entrepreneurship, was launched by Minister for Transport Mr Ong Ye Kung, who also sits on...
From its founding five years ago, Carro, an end-to-end automotive platform, has grown to become Southeast Asia's largest automotive marketplace – facilitating not just the buying and selling of cars, but also insurance, financing and maintenance. Now, Carro is disrupting traditional car ownership by providing drivers with an end to end platform for...
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, many tuition and coaching centers were forced to shut down or switch to online avenues overnight. Many tuition centers started online classes using video telephony and online chat services and managed to survive somehow. However, in the long run, without...
The pandemic has affected virtually every business across the globe. Some are struggling, while others have fared better. But the hardest hit businesses tend to be the smaller players who are still grappling with stabilising the business from the impact of the pandemic, amid growth plans. At a...
In land scarce Singapore, high rise buildings are part of our everyday life. According to the Building and Construction Authority, there are about 70,000 passenger lifts and 7,000 escalators in Singapore. Keeping these running smoothly and safely necessitates maintenance at least once a month...
Entrepreneur Vanessa Ong founded Gernise Global in 2014, a B2B company specialising in distributing polycarbonate and plastic raw material. In 2016, she also founded MamaShop, a B2C e-commerce platform specialising in environmentally-friendly products including lifestyle products and eco-friendly straws. During the pandemic, like many...