The NUS Innovation & Enterprise Community

Anytime, anywhere, there's most likely something exciting going on in NUS when it comes to innovation and enterprise. Here's a snapshot of some of the major hubs of activity. 

NUS Innovation & Enterprise CommunityCopyright: NUS Enterprise 2017. (To expand the image, click on it to open in new tab)

Highlight: InnoVenture 2017



Here's a chance to solve real engineering problems for companies such as NUH, PSA and InnoSparks! InnoVenture is the annual technopreneurship competition organised by the Institute for Engineering Leadership (IEL) at NUS where the students are challenged to come up with feasible solutions for real problems.

Pitch your solutions and top teams that create, design and disrupt will receive a prototyping grant to develop their concepts, and bring it to real life! 

The following workshops are available to help you in your journey:

All the workshops are voluntary for you to attend and we highly encourage that you DO attend all workshops as they are invaluable for your success in the competition!
Click here to learn more about the workshops.

Signup is done individually. Teams will be formed AFTER the first bootcamp. The set of skills required to solve these problems are diverse and broad, and participants are encouraged to form teams of 2-4 from multi-disciplinary and multi-graduate levels.

 Visit our website for more information.


  • NUS Enterprise: NUS Enterprise plays a pivotal role in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship at NUS and beyond. It actively promotes entrepreneurship and cultivates global mind-sets and talents through the synergies of experiential entrepreneurial education, active industry partnerships for technology and commercialisation, holistic entrepreneurship support and catalytic entrepreneurship outreach. Its initiatives and global connections support a range of entrepreneurial journeys and foster ecosystem building in new markets. As Asia’s  Thought Leader for Innovation & Enterprise, it augments and complements the University’s academic programmes and acts as a unique bridge to industry well beyond Singapore’s shores.​
    • NUS Entrepreneurship Centre: The NUS Entrepreneurship Centre promotes entrepreneurship education and outreach activities and runs a wide range of university technology spin-off support programmes including incubation schemes, funding schemes and mentoring services.
    • NUS Industry Liaison Office: The NUS Industry Liaison Office, an integral part of NUS Enterprise, connects and partners with industry to commercialise the university’s innovations into products and services that benefit businesses and society at large. Beyond providing outreach channels and support, it also specialises in intellectual property management, as well as contracts and research agreements.​
    • NUS Overseas Colleges: The NUS Overseas Colleges programme is all about providing you with the entrepreneurial experience that you need to start-up your own journey. Gain access to nine global entrepreneurial hotspots, take on the role of an entrepreneur at innovative start-ups, while attending courses at our renowned partner universities.

  • Enterprise Development Lab: The Enterprise Development Lab stimulates and supports the development of engineering leadership.
  • Innovation & Design Centric Programme: The Innovation & Design Centric Programme is for students who are keen to develop new ideas / products or pursue technopreneurship.
  • Institute of Systems Science: The Institute of Systems Science provides graduate education, executive education programmes, consultancy and research services.

  • The HANGAR by NUS Enterprise: The HANGAR is THE Campus Hub for entrepreneurs.
  • Design Incubation Centre:The Design Incubation Centre is Singapore's first dedicated industrial design research laboratory.
  • SoC Furnace: The Furnace is the NUS School of Computing's early-stage incubator.
  • The TechHub: The TechHub is the heart of the Institute for Engineering Leadership's operations and the venue for most of its modules and events.

  • MVP Studio by NUS Enterprise: The MVP Studio by NUS Enterprise, the first of its kind in Singapore, builds sample product applications for potential collaborators. 

  • ALSET: ALSET is an institute with a special focus on advancing teaching and learning practice, especially for tertiary and adult students in Asia.
  • ARI: ARI was established as a university-level institute in July 2001 as one of the strategic initiatives of NUS. The mission of the Institute is to provide a world-class focus and resource for research on the Asian region located at one of its communication hubs.  
  • BIGHEART: BIGHEART is a new institute within NUS with an aim to transform research and education and shape the future of healthcare by the creative convergence of science, engineering, medicine and the arts for humanity.
  • CA2DM: CA2DM comprises of four research groups - Graphene Research, 2D Materials Research, 2D Device Research, and Theory - and aims to be a world leader in innovative and emergent materials science.
  • CIRC: CIRC's mission is to provide a shared national resource in human imaging for translational research by fostering collaboration between scientists and clinicians.
  • CMS: CMS is an NUS research centre specializing in maritime affairs. Launched on June 29th 2005, the centre responds to the need to pool resources together to embark on forward-looking research, capitalising on global trade trends in Singapore and the world.
  • CRISP: CRISP is a research centre of NUS established with funding from the Agency for Science, Technology & Research (A*STAR)of Singapore.CRISP's mission is to develop an advanced capability in remote sensing to meet the scientific, operational and business requirements of Singapore and the region. 
  • CSI Singapore: CSI Singapore conducts basic and translational cancer studies by adopting a multifaceted approach through two strong, multidisciplinary research programmes: Cancer Biology & Stem Cell and Experimental Therapeutics. 
  • CQT: CQT brings together quantum physicists and computer scientists to explore the quantum nature of reality and quantum possibilities in technology. 
    • BEARS: BEARS is a University of California center focusing on the development of technology solutions for sustainable, low carbon, low-greenhouse gas emission energy solutions on both the supply and demand sides.
    • CARES: CARES is the CREATE programme of the University of Cambridge. The first programme administered by CARES is the Cambridge Centre for Carbon Reduction in Chemical Technology.
    • E2S2: E2S2 is a major collaboration between Shanghai Jiao Tong University to study sustainable solutions for coupled problems targeted at already-stressed megacities and serve as inputs for strategic policy making and near real-time environmental monitoring and response.
    • NEW: NEW is focused on developing specifically tailored nanomaterials for the needs of efficient technological management of both energy and water.
    • SHARE: SHARE serves as an intellectual hub for  research, scholarship, entrepreneurship and postgraduate/postdoctoral training, bringing together leading scientists from both countries to tackle major global challenges.
    • SEC: SEC is the only research centre set up by ETH Zurich outside of Switzerland. The centre currently runs two research programmes: the Future Resilient Systems and the Future Cities Laboratory.
    • SMART: SMART is a major research enterprise established by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in partnership with the National Research Foundation of Singapore in 2007.
    • SPURc: SPURc aims to tackle the critical issue of creating a sustainable low-carbon future through the international cooperation between the Singapore and People’s Republic of China.
    • START: START focuses on Regenerative Medicine in Cardiac Restoration Therapy through tissue engineering, cell-therapy, and acellular device-based approaches.
    • TUM CREATE: TUM CREATE is working on cutting-edge research that covers topics ranging from the molecule to the megacity including areas such as: electrochemistry, electric vehicle batteries, embedded systems, air conditioning, simulation and modelling, and infrastructure.
  • ESI: ESI was establised to conduct research on energy policies and their national, regional and global implications, as well as to promote discussion and advance collective understanding on issues related to energy policy development.
  • GAI: GAI aims to take the lead in research and scholarship directed at topics pivotal to Asia's future. Driven by the mission to provide in-depth insights to shape the nature of 21st Century Asia, GAI will take a holistic approach to the fundamental issues confronting Asia and the world. By focusing on integrative studies, the work of the Institute will go beyond public policies and also deal with matters of technological importance.
  • IDS: IDS is the focal point for all data science research, education, and related activities at NUS. It leverages and mobilises NUS’ existing strengths in diverse disciplines to create significant integrated capabilities in data science research. 
  • IMS: IMS' mission is to foster mathematical research, both fundamental and multidisciplinary, in particular, research that links mathematics to other disciplines, to nurture the growth of mathematical expertise among research scientists, to train talent for research in the mathematical sciences, and to serve as a platform for research interaction between the scientific community in Singapore and the wider international community.
  • IORA: The goal of IORA's research programme is to conduct cutting-edge basic and applied research on the optimisation, analysis and management of service systems, including model formulation, algorithm design, analysis of service strategies, and software development. 
  • IRES: IRES is a university-level research institute established to advance multidisciplinary research in real estate and related fields. The institute promotes multidisciplinary collaboration and high-impact research on broad real estate issues in relation to finance, economics, urban development, wealth accumulation, demography, and environmental policies.
  • ISAS: ISAS is dedicated to research on contemporary South Asia. The Institute seeks to promote understanding of this vital region of the world, and to communicate knowledge and insights about it to policy makers, the business community, academia and civil society, in Singapore and beyond.
  • LRFI: LRFI was launched on 3 October 2016. Established through a generous gift from the Lloyd's Register Foundation, LRFI is the first international academic and public outreach institution of its kind in Asia. LRFI will undertake research on the scientific understanding of scientific understanding of risk and its practical application through a multi-disciplinary approach that brings together science, engineering, social sciences, and humanities. 
  • LSI: LSI was formally set up in 2001 with the mission to develop NUS into a world-class research and education hub in the life sciences. It aims to accomplish this through coordinating, integrating and facilitating life science research throughout the University and affiliated institutions. 
  • MEI: MEI exists to advance understanding of the Middle East, and to deepen engagements between the Middle East and Asia. It does this through research, and aims to provide reasoned views to scholars, students, policymakers, businesses and the public through publications, lectures, consultations and outreach. The institute hosts speakers and visitors from and on the Middle East, and serves as a concourse for exchanging ideas and information on the Middle East in Singapore, Asia and the world.
  • MBI: Instituted in 2009, MBI was created through joint funding by the National Research Foundation and the Ministry of Education with the goal of creating a new research centre in mechanobiology to benefit both the discipline and Singapore.
  • MERCI: MERCI emphasises the importance of understanding what the clinicians need and translating those needs into commercially viable products that would make a difference to patients’ lives.
  • NERI: Established in 2007, NERI is a university-level research institute that focuses on the development of integrated sustainability solutions for the environment. It collaborates with government, industry, NGOs and leading academic partners to ensure that its research consistently addresses real-world issues.  
  • NUSDeltares: The Alliance NUSDeltares operates as an integrator: a networked organisation in which numerous (fundamental and applied) research groups  across our campuses in Singapore and the Netherlands cooperate. The Alliance connects the results of these groups, and facilitates and stimulates further developments towards integrated and innovative solutions, primarily for the societal challenges Adaptation to Climate Change, High Density Living and Urban Water Management (our primary topics).
  • NUSNNI: NUSNNI engages in multi-disciplinary collaboration and research in the field of nano technology and science, through its advanced research facilities and staff across NUS.
  • RMI: RMI was established in 2006 as a research institute at NUS dedicated to the area of financial risk management. The establishment of RMI was supported by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) under its program on Risk Management and Financial Innovation.
  • SERIS: SERIS conducts research, development, testing and consulting in the fields of (i) solar energy conversion and (ii) solar and energy efficient buildings. The R&D spectrum covers materials, components, processes, systems and services, with an emphasis on solar photovoltaic cells, modules and systems. Being located close to the equator, one focus area is developing solar technologies for the tropics.
  • SINAPSE: SINAPSE brings together engineers, scientists and clinical researchers with a common goal of making an impact on society. SINAPSE focuses on Neurotechnologies for basic science, clinical application and commercialisation. The title SINAPSE appropriately reflects the joining (or "synapse") of different organisations with diverse expertise and resources but with common objective to bring intellectual, technological, medical and economic benefit to Singapore and to the world.
  • SNRSI: SNRSI was established to concentrate expertise and knowledge in nuclear technology and safety in a single institute, and sustain a critical mass of manpower engaged in a range of nuclear-related activities relevant to Singapore.
  • SSI
    • CUTE: CUTE is a joint collaboration between NUS and Keio University, Japan, on fundamental research in the general area of Interactive Digital Media targeted at addressing the future of interactive, social and communication media.
    • NExT: NExT conducts research in the areas of large-scale live social media content analysis and search, including live event detections, information organization, and the generation of multimedia multilingual analytics for corporations, people, events and locations.
    • SeSaMe: SeSaMe Research Centre focuses on long-term research on sensor-enhanced social media that enables linking of static and mobile cyber-physical environments over the Internet.
  • SSLS: SSLS is a University-level Research Centre at the National University of Singapore, under the office of the Deputy President (Research & Technology), with activities involving local and international groups from many universities, research institutes, and industry. Since SSLS was commissioned in the year 1999, its scope of activities has evolved and broadened as the number of beam lines and users has increased. It currently has a R&D program featuring micro/nanofabrication, a variety of analytical applications, and the development of advanced synchrotron radiation instrumentation. 
  • Temasek Laboratories: Temasek Laboratories' mission is to conduct research into selected areas of science and technology critical to Singapore's requirements, such as aeronautical sciences, electromagnetics and information security.
  • Temasek Life Sciences LaboratoriesTemasek Life Sciences Laboratories, established in 2002, is a beneficiary of Temasek Trust and is affiliated with NUS and the Nanyang Technological University. The research institute has about 240 researchers from 21 different nationalities and its vision is to build a preeminent organisation of global talent to undertake bio-molecular science research and applications to benefit people in Asia and beyond. 
  • TLIAP: TLIAP is collaboration between NUS and the Georgia Institute of Technology for research and education programs in global logistics. This collaboration provides joint logistics expertise which caters to the logistics needs of the industries across the world today focusing on global logistics, information technology, industrial engineering and supply chain management.
  • TMSI: TMSI is a centre of excellence for research, development and consultancy in tropical marine science as well as environmental science. With its multi-disciplinary research laboratories and active international links, it handles projects relevant to Physical Oceanography, Acoustics, Marine Biology, Marine Mammals, Biofuels, Water Resources and Climate Change. TMSI also provides postgraduate research opportunities.

  • Enactus: Enactus connects student, academic and business leaders through entrepreneurial-based projects that empower people to transform opportunities into real, sustainable progress for themselves and their communities.
  • Enterprise House (N-House): N-House is an entrepreneurial-themed residence, located on the NUS campus within the Prince George’s Park Residences. 
  • Deep Learning Wizard: Deep Learning Wizard exploits a unique top-down approach that empowers you to implement your own deep learning projects or research papers.
  • MBA Entrepreneurship Club: The MBA Entrepreneurship Club aims to provide those with an entrepreneurial spirit a platform to engage in entrepreneurial discussions and initiatives.
  • NUS Entrepreneurship Society: NES is a campus group committed to foster the spirit of entrepreneurship through our growing network of alumni, and develop entrepreneurial leaders.
  • NUS Games Development Association (NUSGDG): NUSGDG organises workshops on various topics in game development, such as introductions to common game development software, or principles of game design.
  • NUS Greyhats: NUS Greyhats is designed to spark students' interest in information security and advance the level of security proficiency.
  • NUS Hackers: NUS Hackers is a student-run organization committed to the spread of hacker culture & free/open-source software.
  • TEDxNUS: TEDxNUS is the NUS Chapter of TED. TED is a nonprofit organisation devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

  • BLOCK71 Singapore: BLOCK71 Singapore is a partnership between NUS Enterprise and Singtel Innov8. Located within JTC Launchpad@One-North, it is the heart of the BLOCK71 network, growing and bringing together the largest start-up community in Singapore.  An initiative by NUS Enterprise in collaboration with corporates and government agencies, BLOCK71 is an ecosystem builder and global connector. It catalyses and aggregates start-up communities, providing opportunities for growth and access to new markets. 
  • BLOCK71 Jakarta: BLOCK71 Jakarta is an exciting partnership between Singapore’s most established higher learning institution, the National University of Singapore, and one of Indonesia’s most iconic conglomerates, the Salim Group.
  • BLOCK71 San Francisco: A joint partnership between NUS Enterprise and our partners, Block 71 San Francisco is a US-based co-working space located in the South of Market area to foster closer ties between the start-up ecosystems in Singapore and the US.
  • NUS Enterprise@Singapore Science Park: NUS Enterprise@Singapore Science Park is a partnership between NUS Enterprise and Ascendas-Singbridge to spearhead Singapore’s first Deep Technology Hub. By fostering a community of deep technology start-ups and companies, corporate partners and accelerators, as well as university researchers and academics, it aims to enable innovation in the nascent deep technology space.
  • NUS (Suzhou) Research Institute: To help companies expand into China, NUS Enterprise has partnered with the National University of Singapore (Suzhou) Research Institute (NUSRI) to establish a Centre for Commercialisation and Enterprise.

  • DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia: Annual event by NUS Enterprise and DBS Foundation. 
  • Innovfest unbound: Organised by NUS Enterprise and unbound, in partnership with IMDA, Innovfest unbound is the largest and most exciting innovation festival in Southeast Asia, where Asian innovation meets the world.
  • InnoVenture: InnoVenture is the annual technopreneurship competition organised by the Institute for Engineering Leadership at NUS where the students are challenged to come up with feasible solutions for real problems.
  • Kopi Chat: Signature fireside chat event by NUS Enterprise. 
  • Lean LaunchPad: Piloted by NUS Enterprise as the first entrepreneurial education programme for researchers, the Lean LaunchPad Singapore programme helps research scientists and engineers turn their inventive technologies into commercially viable products and feasible business ventures.Modelled on the US National Science Foundation I-Corps programme and taught at Stanford, Berkeley, Columbia, the programme is adapted for the local context, designed as an evidence-based innovation platform for the commercialisation of deep technologies.
  • Matchpreneur: Start-up matchmaking by the NUS School of Computing. 
  • Modern Aging: Modern Aging Singapore is a community, accelerator, and education platform with the objective to create new businesses that help people live better as they live longer. Modern Aging is the co-creation of ACCESS Health International and NUS Enterprise.
  • NUS Career Fairs: Career fairs organised by NUS. 
  • NUS Enterprise Summer Programme: Conducted over two weeks, the NUS Enterprise Summer Programme is residential programme that offers a unique opportunity for local and foreign participants to learn about how one of the smaller nations in the world has progressed from a trading port to a destination for international commerce and investment.
  • NUS Executive Education Programmes: These programmes under NUS Business School enable you to leverage the best of global knowledge and deep Asian insights to help propel your business to succeed in Asia and beyond.
  • SIA App Challenge: Annual event by Singapore Airlines. 
  • SoC Career Fair: Career fair organised by the NUS School of Computing
  • Start-up Validation Programme: This one-day programme under NUS Enterprise was developed to provide assistance to early stage start-ups by guiding them through their initial thought processes.
  • TechLaunch: TechLaunch is a unique experiential module in which students develop skills in identifying and capturing value from technological innovation.

  • Funding support from NUS Enterprise: NUS Enterprise provides a number of funding initiatives for start-ups to tap on. 
  • The HANGAR by NUS Enterprise Chat Bot: A bot to help you digest the information about The HANGAR and the Start-up Runway offered by NUS Enterprise.
  • BLOCK71 Job Portal: A job portal specifically catered for opportunities in start-up companies. 
  • BLOCK71 Newsletter: A weekly newsletter under BLOCK71, where you will be able to get updates on events and what’s happening in the community.
  • NUS Enterprise Newsletter: A monthly newsletter under NUS Enterprise, where you will learn all its innovation and enteprise activities and the news about NUS Enterprise start-ups.
  • Tech.SG: A Smart Information Platform for a Smart Nation’s Entrepreneurship Ecosystem.

Should you wish find out more about these Innovation & Enterprise initiatives, or include your activities on this page, please contact us.