James Pinto (extreme right) winning the Microsoft Imagine Cup in 2008
James and his Imagine Cup teammates with their environmental monitoring robot
He managed to set-up his company – Vortics Communication – at the NYP-Microsoft Entrepreneurship Centre with the support of NYP this year. He also managed to secure a $50,000 grant from SPRING Singapore’s Yes! Start-ups Fund, and was awarded Most Promising Entrepreneur at the Shell LiveWIRE Awards last month.
It is also a bonus that James’ former mentor is also in the same campus and within easy reach.
Said James, “I thought my mentor would be busy with his new students. But he has offered me a lot of support and stops by my office occasionally to see how I am doing.”
Said School of Engineering (Electronics) lecturer Liaw Sze Wong, “Being able to mentor James in finding his true potential as a young entrepreneur is really rewarding. James is especially driven and determined, he always strive his best to capitalise business opportunities and to grow new business ventures for his company.”
VortPort is targeted at industries such as construction, manufacturing and shipbuilding, and aims to help employees assess and reduce risks more conveniently on site with mobile devices like tablets. For more information, please visit http://www.vorticscomm.com