Advancing Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Singapore and Beyond

As Asia's thought leader in innovation and enterprise, NUS Enterprise's work – to deliver experiential entrepreneurial education, forge active industry partnerships, provide comprehensive entrepreneurship support, drive catalytic entrepreneurship outreach, and be the bridge to industry for the University – has seen its footprint and impact extend well beyond Singapore's shores. Examples include:

News - 2017/2018

07 March 2018

New hub for cybersecurity start-ups

On 5 March, NUS Enterprise and Singtel Innov8 jointly launched Innovation Cyber Security Ecosystem at Block 71 (ICE71), Singapore’s first integrated regional cybersecurity hub to kick-start and support early stage and growing start-ups, entrepreneurs and academics worldwide. ICE71 is targeting to enhance the nation’s cybersecurity network through attracting and developing capabilities and new technologies. The initiative will provide support services such as access to working space, funding, domain experts as well as networking events.


27 February 2018

Chasing Unicorns

NUS Entrepreneurship Society, supported by NUS Enterprise, organised UNICON 2018 on 24 and 25 February, an annual conference that brings together student entrepreneurs, start-up founders, angel investors and venture capitalists. The event was attended by some 450 participants from 20 countries including Germany, Hong Kong, Korea, Switzerland and Taiwan.


28 December 2017

Innovation immersion in Jakart

As part of the inaugural University Scholars Programme (USP)-NUS Enterprise Innovation Immersion Programme held from 10 to 23 December, 14 NUS USP students explored Jakarta’s innovation landscape within the context of Indonesia’s social, cultural and economic environment. The dual focus on immersion and innovation provided the students with a well-rounded understanding of the political and economic forces driving entrepreneurship, as well as the needs of the society shaping innovation.


23 November 2017

Spurring entrepreneurship in Singapore, China

BLOCK71 Suzhou, a new initiative by NUS (Suzhou) Research Institute (NUSRI) and NUS Enterprise, was launched on 23 November by Mr Heng Swee Keat, Minister for Finance in Suzhou, China. This is the latest addition to the expanding BLOCK71 global network, which already has its footprints in Singapore, San Francisco in the US, and Jakarta, Indonesia.

22 September 2017

NUS’ glowing fish goes places

Almost 20 years after NUS Biological Sciences Professor Gong Zhiyuan first inserted a fluorescent jellyfish gene into zebrafish, the technology behind the iridescent fish is going places, most recently culminating in the sale of the US company behind GloFish, the first transgenic pet fish, for a reported US$50 million.

29 August 2017

BLOCK71 SF brings camaraderie and opportunities

Since it was set up in 2015, BLOCK71 San Francisco has hosted more than 70 start-ups. Its 560-square meters premises in the South of Market neighbourhood of San Francisco is a cool place to be in amongst tech entrepreneurs. Its neighbours include household tech names such as Twitter and LinkedIn, as well as numerous cafes and restaurants.

16 June 2017

Gateway to innovation in China

The third edition of InnovFest Suzhou, organised by National University of Singapore (Suzhou) Research Institute (NUSRI), Singapore-China (Suzhou) Innovation Centre and NUS Enterprise, took place at NUSRI from 6 to 7 June. In her keynote, Dr Lily Chan, CEO of NUS Enterprise, said that InnovFest was part of the University’s consistent efforts in helping Singapore start-ups and technologies in their first steps to venture into and initiate collaboration within China.

05 May 2017

Spotlight on Asian innovation

Innovfest unbound 2017 attracted a record crowd of over 10,000 delegates and visitors from more than 50 countries to meet and share ideas, build partnerships and celebrate digital disruption. The annual technology festival is Southeast Asia’s largest, which was held over two days from 3 to 4 May at Marina Bay Sands.

05 April 2017

Drawing dreams in the Big Apple

When NUS alumna Marilyn Chew first packed her bags with eight other NUS students for the NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) programme in New York City in 2014, little did she know then that this one-year stint would eventually launch her career in the Big Apple.

20 March 2017

BLOCK71 Jakarta takes off

NUS Enterprise, in partnership with Indonesia's Salim Group, has officially launched BLOCK71 Jakarta, its newest start-up incubation space in Jakarta, Indonesia, on 28 July. The 1,500 sqm facility was set up to support innovation and entrepreneurship development for both Singapore and Indonesian companies. Opened since March 2017, BLOCK71 Jakarta is already home to about 20 start-ups, half of which are from Singapore.

20 March 2017

Build talent, ecosystem in tandem

“Six to seven years ago, we did not have any start-up scene in Singapore, but today it is totally transformed,” said Dr Lily Chan, CEO of NUS Enterprise, as she kicked off the final panel discussion titled “Fostering entrepreneurial inventors and innovators: what works?” at the Times Higher Education (THE) Asia Universities Summit on 16 March. Sharing her secret to NUS' success, she said, "It's not just about nurturing entrepreneurs; you have to 'architect' the whole entrepreneurship space around the campus."

17 March 2017

Entrepreneurial skills useful for everyone

“Being resourceful and having grit is the entrepreneurial way. Even when circumstances are not favourable, entrepreneurs will persist and find a way to make things work. These are skills that can be applied if you’re an employee or a business founder,” said Mr Jeffrey Tiong, founder of Patsnap, an IP analytic and management platform, and one of many prominent start-ups to have emerged from NUS Enterprise’s incubation efforts. Recalling the founding of Patsnap 10 years ago, Jeffrey shared how he learnt skills like innovation, creativity and willingness to explore new opportunities when he participated in the NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) programme between 2005 and 2006.

23 February 2017

Life-changing internships abroad offer new perspectives and added skills

During his second year at NUS, NUS Overseas College programme graduate Mr Foo Tiang Lim spent a year attending entrepreneurship classes at Stanford University while interning for medical device manufacturer Second Source Medical. He described his time in the US as a life-changing experience that helped him develop Silicon Valley risk-taking values, as well as offered opportunities to attend lectures and rub shoulders with icons of entrepreneurship such as the founder of the “Lean Start-Up” movement, Mr Steve Blank; co-founder of LinkedIn, Mr Reid Hoffman; and co-founder of Apple, Mr Steve Jobs...

10 February 2017

Global connections for the future

The Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) has released its report recommending seven strategies for Singapore’s economic development in the coming decade. The Committee also underscored the importance of deepening and diversifying Singapore’s international connections, to seek opportunities in new markets, strengthen economic cooperation and harness new ideas and innovation. The Committee’s slew of recommendations included the setting up of a Global Innovation Alliance, where institutes of higher learning and companies in Singapore can link up with overseas partners in major innovation hubs and key markets.

25 January 2017

Start-up life in Silicon Valley

For NUS students Sre Vinod Seenivasan, Ron Teo De Zhao, Rafikah bte Mohamed Halim and Andre Tan, the highlight of their 2016 was spending much of the year immersed in an experience like no other at the NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) programme in Silicon Valley, California...

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