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

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.


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.


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...

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...

News - 2016

29 December 2016

Conversations with AI

What would the world be like if people spoke to their devices the way they spoke to their friends? Can conversational technology and artificial intelligence (AI) encourage and cultivate meaningful relationships between people? A workshop, organised by SPACE10, a future-living lab and exhibition space based in Copenhagen, in collaboration with NUS Enterprise and IKEA, was held between 5 and 7 December to explore these questions...

6 December 2016

Innovations for healthier ageing

The inaugural “Grants4Apps Singapore”, which aims to drive health tech innovations and provide new solutions for the aging community, was unveiled on 1 December at The Hangar at NUS. Launched at the “Transforming Aging with Health Innovation” forum, “Grants4Apps Singapore” is a web-based crowdsourcing initiative that calls for innovative digital health solutions in Singapore and across Asia Pacific to improve medication adherence in elderly people with chronic diseases...

28 November 2016

Elder-friendly products go high-tech

An insole that addresses diabetic foot ulcers. A silicone sheath that reduces the likelihood of pressure ulcers. These innovative elder-friendly products fended off stiff competition from more than 80 teams, receiving $75,000 in seed funding at Modern Aging Singapore 2016 on 25 November...

22 November 2016

German minister visits Blk71

The Minister of Economic Affairs, Labour and Housing of Baden-Württemberg Dr Nicole Hoffmeister-Kraut and German delegates visited NUS Enterprise@Blk71 on 22 November. At the incubation facility, they were given an overview of the start-up ecosystem in Singapore and the crucial role played by NUS Enterprise in supporting start-ups on their entrepreneurial journeys...

7 November 2016

ASEAN start-up enabler

NUS Enterprise has been named Startup Enabler of the Year in the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2016 in a ceremony held on 30 October in Manila, Philippines...

25 October 2016

Rotimatic: A Worldwide Sensation

Zimplistic’s innovative roti-making robot, Rotimatic, is creating waves globally with more than 350,000 people on their waiting list. The start-up, founded by NUS alumni, had received support and incubation space in Singapore and overseas from NUS Enterprise...

18 October 2016

Block 71 San Francisco relocates

Block 71 San Francisco, established in 2015 to bridge Singapore and US tech ecosystems, has moved to a new location. The new premises features a more spacious area — some 185 square metres more than the former place. It offers dedicated event space, an increased number of meeting rooms and is more adequately equipped to meet the needs of start-ups...

3 October 2016

NUS supports start-ups beyond Singapore

NUS Enterprise will be helping Singapore start-ups to gain a business foothold in markets abroad by partnering with overseas incubators. It will also explore establishing its own incubator spaces in certain countries, similar to Block 71 in San Francisco which was set up last year...

30 September 2016

NUS students win US$10K at API World Hackathon

Five NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) Silicon Valley students have won US$10,000 worth of American Express Gift Cards, sponsored by SAP Hybris, for demonstrating the best use of Graph APIs at the API World 2016 Hackathon. The API + Integration hackathon was held in San Francisco, California, USA, on 10th and 11th September 2016, as part of the API World 2016 Conference and Expo...

24 September 2016

Mercedes Partners with NUS Enterprise to Launch ‘Startup Autobahn’ Accelerator Program in Singapore

German automaker Daimler has collaborated with NUS Enterprise to launch its Startup Autobahn accelerator programme in Singapore, as a part of the Mercedes-Benz producer’s initiative in Germany. The program was introduced in May and has since shown optimistic outcomes....

15 September 2016

Bridging cultures through food

Two years ago, NUS Engineering alumni Rinita Vanjre Ravi and Inez Wihardjo were undergraduates in search of a budget-friendly meal in Paris on Christmas Eve. With no opened eateries around, the hungry duo were suddenly inspired to launch their own start-up. That marked the beginnings of BonAppetour, the successful web-based social marketplace which connects travellers with local chefs for unique dining experiences worldwide...

22 August 2016

National Day Rally highlights NUS entrepreneurship

The University’s culture of enterprise and innovation was one of the many topics covered by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the National Day Rally on 21 August. Addressing how Singaporeans can progress together, Mr Lee said that entrepreneurship was important in this aspect. He then highlighted in particular Blk71, the incubation space managed by NUS Enterprise; NUS start-up Zimplistic, which developed Rotimatic — the world’s first automatic chapati and roti maker; and the NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) programme, which aims to hone entrepreneurial skills in students. ...

18 August 2016

Brunei Prince gets plugged in

Prince Abdul Malik, the second son of the Sultan of Brunei, visited Plug-In@Blk71, an incubation space managed by NUS Enterprise, on 17 August...

4 August 2016

Singapore, US ties through NUS

The University’s entrepreneurial pursuits in the US is seen as one of the many collaborations resulting from strong bilateral ties between Singapore and the US.

28 July 2016

Mapping entrepreneurship

Connectivity among Singapore tech entrepreneurs has increased, averaging an annual growth of 24 per cent over the last five years, placing Singapore in a comparable position vis-à-vis New York, another entrepreneurial hotspot...

4 July 2016

New Overseas College in Munich

NUS has announced that its eighth NUS Overseas College would be sited in Munich, Germany following a Memorandum of Understanding signed recently with Technische Universität München...

19 May 2016

Boundless ideas at innovation fest

More than 6,000 global entrepreneurial players participated in the largest-ever InnovFest unBound, held at Marina Bay Sands from 17 to 18 May 2016...

25 April 2016

A home for Singapore start-ups in San Francisco

Block 71 San Francisco, which is a partnership between NUS Enterprise, Singtel Innov8, and Infocomm Investments, is home to a thriving community of start-ups, venture capitalists and incubators. A total of 54 start-ups...

15 March 2016

Costa Rican Minister Visits Blk 71

The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Republic of Costa Rica, His Excellency Manuel González Sanz, led a six-member delegation on a visit to NUS Enterprise’s start-up incubator Blk71 on 10 March 2016...

11 March 2016

Swiss route for engineering students

The University is partnering with the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland to set up the seventh NUS Overseas College...

25 February 2016

Rising Stars on Forbes

Dr Neo Mei Lin, Research Fellow from the Tropical Marine Science Institute at NUS and Dr Zuo Jian, Research Fellow from NUS Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering have made it to Forbes’ inaugural 30 Under 30 Asia list, under the Healthcare & Science category...

15 February 2016

Block 71 San Francisco welcomes PM Lee

NUS students, alumni and Singaporean entrepreneurs met with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, on 13 February, during his visit to Block 71 San Francisco...

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