On a quest to build the best deal discovery website

With so many apps and social media channels for finding deals and discounts, the consumer is often inundated with choices. To make things worse, many of these interfaces are poorly designed and not user-friendly.

That is what inspired computer science undergraduate Gabriel Sze to concoct a solution.

“As a student, I was always looking for deals to help save money, but I disliked downloading so many apps on my phone and preferred to search the web instead,” he says.

What started off as a passion project has now evolved into a successful start-up called Dive Deals. Developed from scratch, Mr Sze’s custom-built, mobile-optimised website is a seamless one-stop platform that lets users discover more relevant and personalised deals.

Credit: Gabriel Sze

“It was really exciting to build a product from ground zero. Seeing my development come to life and people benefiting from it brings me great joy,” he says.

Mr Sze, 24, is enrolled in NTU’s Renaissance Engineering Programme (REP), one of the university’s four Premier Scholars Programmes. Graduates of the dual-degree programme receive a Bachelor of Engineering Science and a Master of Science in Technology Management, which are awarded by the College of Engineering and the Nanyang Business School respectively.

Mr Sze credits the REP’s rigorous curriculum for equipping him with important skill sets to build digital and technological solutions. It also opened many opportunities for learning – from internships with industry partners to participating in hackathons.

Upon graduation, Mr Sze hopes to mentor aspiring tech entrepreneurs.

Image: Gabriel Sze (first from the right) with his team mates for the Singapore India Hackathon 2019

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Published Feb 22, 2022