NUS Overseas Colleges’ (NOC) participation at NUS Open Day 2016 drew plenty of visitors with a vibrant display of real scooters and illustrated bikes to convey the message of “Start-Up Your Entrepreneurial Experience”.

March 2016

Opening of THE HANGAR by NUS Enterprise, an 11,000 square feet facility that will serve as the campus hub for aspiring entrepreneurs and start-ups to brew, explore and see their business ideas come to life. 

March 2016

NUS Enterprise partnered with tech giant IBM to unveil TechSG, a digital platform for Singapore’s technology entrepreneurial ecosystem.

November 2015

Organised by our NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, the Small Change Festival was held over four weeks to raise awareness of Singapore’s most pressing social issues and inspire personal action through film and dialogue amongst the NUS campus community.

October 2015

Prof Wong Poh Kam, Director of NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, conferred the Entrepreneur of the World Award (Educator Category) at the 8th World Entrepreneurship Forum in Hangzhou, China.

October 2015

ILO facilitated the launch of the Membrane Science and Technology Consortium (MSTC) to promote membrane-related research in Singapore.

September 2015

NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) launched its new marketing and recruitment campaign “Experience Life At A Start-Up”, which attracted more than 1000 NUS students to apply for the NOC start-up internship programme.

August 2015

NUS and SABIC, one of world’s largest diversified chemical companies signed an agreement to enhance research and collaboration in the fields of chemistry, chemical engineering and materials science. This collaboration was facilitated by our Industry Liaison Office (ILO).

July 2015

More than $200,000 in seed funding was awarded to winning social enterprises at the DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia 2015. The winners – Learn Education (Thailand), MicroX Labs (India) and iHealth Express (Taiwan) - emerged from over 683 entries across 30 countries.

June 2015

InnovFest unbound 2015 was held from 28 to 29 April at Suntec Singapore Convention & Exhibition Centre. Co-organised by NUS Enterprise and AcreWhite, the conference played host to a crowd of over 2800 global entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and corporate brands - making it the largest tech event held in Singapore in recent years.

April 2015

Opening of Block 71 San Francisco, a co-working space and launchpad to help start-ups establish themselves in the U.S. and Singapore tech ecosystems. This is a collaborative initiative by NUS, Singtel Innov8 and Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL)

January 2015

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong visited our incubation facility, Plug-In@Blk71, and interacted with our entrepreneurial community, which included trying out products by our start-ups and chatting with participants at our regular Kopi Chat session.

January 2015

The Singapore Spintronics Consortium (SG-Spin) was established by NUS and four other partners from industry and insitutes of higher learning. Our Industry Liaison Office (ILO) took the lead in driving and facilitating this collaboration. 

December 2014

Singapore's first ever commuter experience hackathon, NUS-SMRT Commuthon 2014, took place at Blk71. 39 teams participanted in the event, which resulted in five winning solutions being selected to receive cash prizes and the opportunity to further fund their ideas for implementation.

August 2014

Our Industry Liaison Office (ILO) facilitated the signing of a strategic partnership between NUS and Thermo Fisher Scientific to accelerate life science research in Singapore.

August 2014

The winners - Zaya Learning Lab, Maya Universe Academy, Bodhi Health Education and Local Alike - of the inaugural DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia were chosen from 7 finalists across Asia at the awards ceremony, which was graced by Singapore President Dr Tony Tan. 

June 2014

The Global Start-Up@Singapore seminar series started its run, featuring well known individuals in the entrepreneurial scene such as Ike Lee, Neo Kok Beng as well as Ming Lei from Baidu.

June 2014

Kopi Chat@Blk71 series was launched to further engage the start-up community by having seasoned entrepreneurs share their experiences over a hot cup of coffee. 

May 2014

InnovFest 2015 was held from 14-16 April with the theme "Asian Innovations Going Global". A record crowd of more than 1000 participants from around the world attended the event.

April 2014

Launch of the NUS Start-Up Runway, which provides complete end-to-end incubator cum accelerator programmes for start-ups to kickstart and grow their business ideas.  

March 2014

NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) opened our newest college in New York. 

January 2014

NOC alumni start-up, SG entrepreneurs acquired by TechinAsia.

September 2013

NOC alumni startup, Techsailor was acquired by To the New, India’s leading digital services network. Set up by three NOC alumni – Wayne Chia, Leon Leong and Rex Huang (seen in picture), Techsailor is a Singapore-based company specialising in social, location and mobile media services. The acquisition allowed TO THE NEW to expand throughout S.E. Asia, as it leveraged on Techsailor’s network and operational expertise.

July 2013

NUS Entrepreneurship Centre organised the first Lean LaunchPad Programme (LLP) in Singapore, with Jerry Engel, Founding Executive Director Emeritus, Lester Center for Entrepreneurship at U.C. Berkeley and Steve Blank, who developed the Lean LaunchPad Programme curriculum for the National Science Foundation (NSF) in the US.
The LLP is a boot-camp where participants learn critical elements of the start-up process, including understanding the customer, validating ideas and searching for the right business model.

June 2013

NUS and Sumitomo Chemical Company, Japan (SCC) signed a landmark agreement, which allowed SCC to commercialise materials’ innovations from the NUS (Organic Nano Device Laboratory) in the fields of polymer organic-light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) and organic solar cells. SCC provided substantial funding to encourage research in the field, with an option to license any IP arising from the agreement.

June 2013

NOC alumni start-up BillPin acquired larger rival BillMonk 

April 2013

A 3-month Validation Programme was introduced to provide assistance to early stage start-ups. Through the programme, participants stand to gain a deeper understanding on improving their ideas through iterations and testing of their various initial assumptions. A total of 16 projects went through the first pilot run, held from March to June 2013.

March 2013

Clearbridge BioMedics, which commercialises NUS bioengineering research to develop cancer diagnostic devices, received S$9 million in funding. Among the first products of the company is the ClearCell System, a device that can detect, isolate and retrieve wholly intact Circulating Tumour Cells from small quantities of patient blood samples. The company also won the first prize at the inaugural Asia Entrepreneurship Challenge held in Tokyo in May 2012.

March 2013

Launch of PGP5 Incubation Centre, the first entrepreneurial co-working location on campus that caters to entrepreneurs at the ideation or validation phase. Besides meeting facilities and mentoring services, budding entrepreneurs can tap on ideas and trade strategies with like-minded and passionate individuals.

March 2013

NOC alumnus Wee Zhihua (co-founder of Savant Degrees) and Wong Hong Ting (co-founder of 2359 Media) awarded the Spirit of Enterprise Awards 2012.

November 2012

Industry Liaison Office (ILO) negotiated and finalised Research Collaboration Agreement (RCA) between NUS and Toyota Tsusho (Singapore) Pte Ltd.  This Project allowed NUS to conduct trial usage of a fleet of electric vehicles to examine the travel patterns of users. The estimated total Project value is $4 Million.

June 2012

NUS Enterprise, supported by MDA, launched the NUS Tourism Accelerator Workshop Programme to boost the interactive digital media space in Singapore.
The first initiative under the Accelerator Workshop Series strategically matches local start-ups and technology providers with leading corporations in various business sectors to catalyse the adoption of home-grown interactive digital media. The workshop attracted six industry players and over 60 proposals from international research centres and the start-up community.

April 2012

NAFIGATE Corporation and the NUS Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Initiative (NUSNNI) entered into a research collaboration to develop a cost-effective green packaging film. This environmentally-friendly material has applications in medical, food and beverages packaging industries. The research takes place at NUSNNI, and leverages upon NUS’s advancements in polymer chemistry, electrospinning and bioanalytical methodologies.

March 2012

eBay's StubHub acquired Peekspy, a start-up co-founded by NOC alumnus Oliver Oxenham with his brother Wesley and their friend Paymon Rasekhy.  Peekspy's 3D modelling solutions were conceptualised by Wesley during his stay at the NUS Enterprise Incubator in 2008.

March 2012

Social Business Week 2012 brought together over 1000 social entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, social venture investors, academia, youths and representatives from government and civil society. This annual programme was organised by the Grameen Creative Lab@NUS to promote the concept of social business, a business that solves social problems.

February 2012

The NUS Industry Liaison Office (ILO) licensed Bead Based Microarray technology to AyoxxA GmbH to develop its innovative protein microarray technology and undertake commercialisation of the invention. This technology has successfully grown from a NUS research project into a venture capital funded start-up company.
AyoxxA was supported by a Proof-of-Concept grant from the National Research Foundation of Singapore, a SMART Innovation grant from the SMART Innovation Centre and also by SPRING Singapore’s Commercialisation Grant Technology Enterprise Commercialisation Scheme (TECS). Ayoxxa is now a fully venture capital backed company with R&D facilities in Europe and Asia.

December 2011

Plug-In@Blk71 launched at Block 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent. Managed by NUS Enterprise and supported by the Media Development Authority (MDA) and SingTel Innov8, Plug-In@Blk71 provides start-ups and entrepreneurs with a one-stop access to the resources they need to effectively develop and market solutions for their customers, as well as networking opportunities with partners and investors. Find out more details at

September 2011

Launch of N-House, the University’s first entrepreneurial-themed residence for students with enterprising mindset and aspirations.
Throughout the year, N-House residents organise a range of activities, including sharing sessions by local or international entrepreneurs, pitching sessions and networking events.

August 2011

Pioneer batch of 5 NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) students arrived in Tel Aviv, Israel – the 7th overseas location for the NOC programme. Students got firsthand exposure to companies doing cutting edge work in software development, telecommunications, e-commerce, medical diagnostics, biotech, as well as alternative energy and cleantech, among other fields. For more information on the programme, click here.

July 2011

A partnership between NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and the Grameen Creative Lab (GCL) is formed to promote and incubate innovation-based social businesses in Singapore. This is the first time that the GCL has partnered with a Singapore-based organisation. GCL@NUS will leverage on GCL’s global resources and networks, as well as NUS’ innovations and strong incubation ecosystem. Its inaugural social business week attracted over 200 participants.

July 2011

NOC alumni start-up, Stream Media, received SGD1 million from Stream Global & SingTel Innov8. Stream Media was founded by Chua Zi Yong in March 2009.  

February 2011

Asia-Pacific’s leading media intelligence company, Media Monitors, announced the acquisition of a majority stake in Brandtology. Brandtology is a global leader in online and social media intelligence, where co-founder, Kelly Choo, is an alumnus from the NUS College in Bio Valley. 

February 2011

The Industry Liaison Office (ILO) forges a strategic research alliance with Rolls Royce Pte Ltd in the field of gas turbines and other engines and power sources. It also tied up with Clearbridge VitalSigns, a medical device start-up company that will develop and commercialise a novel, ultra-low powered electrocardiogram chip.

February 2011

NUS entered into an Intellectual Property (IP) Pipeline Licensing agreement with Sumitomo Chemical’s Cambridge Display Technology (CDT). A world leader in the field of OLED displays and lightings, CDT provides NUS leverage to address the most critical scientific challenges with the broadest impact, and the best vehicle to commercialise these innovations.

February 2011

innovative Local Enterprise Achiever Development (iLEAD - now known as NOC Singapore) partners with the Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska högskolan) to launch the iLEAD-KTH internship programme.

January 2011

McAfee, the world’s largest dedicated security technology company announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire tenCube.

August 2010

Growth of NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) India programme from 18 to 45 participants for the year 2010. Expansion of NOC Experience India to the Himalayas.

May 2010

The highlight of the year was the launch of the inaugural InnovFest 2010, which pulled together a series of innovation and entrepreneurship related events to boost investment, technology transfer and networking opportunities within the finance, business and technology communities in Asia.
One of these events was the Technology Commercialisation Forum 2010, which attracted some 300 industry stakeholders and technology transfer professionals and highlighted key emerging technologies from the region.
InnovFest 2010 also saw the launch of the Xtra Chapter Challenge Programme and Innovation/Entrepreneurship Practicum Grant. Supported by the National Research Foundation under the University Innovation Fund, these initiatives were introduced to encourage the University community to develop and further commercialise their business ideas.

March 2010

Pioneer batch of 10 NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) students arrived in Beijing – the 6th overseas location for the NOC programme. Students got a taste of what it’s like working in the capital of China and came back with invaluable experience, which they can apply as entrepreneurs. 

July 2009

Pioneer batch of 16 NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) arrived in India for the NOC Experience India programme – the 5th overseas location for the NOC programme. Student got to tap into the rapidly growing India market and gain first-hand insights into the entrepreneurship and research opportunities there. 

May 2009

Entrepreneurship initiatives at NUS were given a boost with a $9 million innovation grant from the National Research Foundation. The grant supplements NUS’ efforts in developing a vibrant innovation eco-system and fostering a culture of entrepreneurship. 

May 2009

Industry Liaison Office (ILO) is appointed as Singapore Technology Licensing Office (STLO) by the National Research Foundation of Singapore for the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). The licensing also applies to other programs under Campus for Research Excellence And Technological Enterprise (CREATE), and the Media Development Authority (MDA) in 2009. This reinforces NUS’ position as a leader in managing, developing and licensing Intellectual Property (IP).

February 2009

Clearbridge Biomedics (CBB) is spun out from NUS. It specialises in novel platforms with applications in oncology research and diagnostics. It continues to raise the NUS profile by being highlighted in national and international press articles, and winning high profile technology start-up awards.

January 2009

Former NUS President, Prof Shih Choon Fong, gifted the NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) programme with seed funding of $200,000 to set up the NOC Odyssey Fund.
The fund embodies the Spirit of Odyssey that students have the courage to venture into the world, be tempered by the challenges of global waters and return as alumni to NUS to share and make tangible a portion of that spirit of leadership, risk-taking, discovery, collaboration, adventure and achievement which has come to characterise the students' time at NOC. 
A total of 147 donors, of which 137 are alumni of NOC, contributed to the fund bringing the total value to S$265,575.  This fund will attract dollar-for-dollar matching from the government.

January 2009

One of the more significant partnerships forged was a master research agreement between NUS and the five polytechnics in Singapore. This agreement takes the symbiotic partnership in technology commercialisation to another level, where innovative technologies are translated into new, useful and commercially-viable products and services.

November 2008

NUS Enterprise championed the inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week (The Week) in Singapore together with Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE). The debut of The Week, launched by Mr. Lee Yi Shyan, Minister of State for Trade and Industry was a huge success. In Singapore, 40 entrepreneurial events took place nationwide engaging 12,000 individuals of which 70% were youth, starting from as young as 8 years old. Globally, there were 5 million people participating from 101 countries, of which 77 are official hosts. More than 15,500 entrepreneurial activities took place in all time zones during the Week.

November 2008

Industry Liaison Office (ILO) establishes a Corporate Research Agreement with Vestas, one of the world’s leading suppliers of wind power solutions. This is a boost to our ongoing efforts to enhance wind-energy research and training in NUS and to bring scientific breakthroughs to market. A series of projects are now in the pipeline for discussion.

July 2008

The NUS Industry Liaison Office (ILO) negotiates a research collaboration between NUS Food Science and Technology Programme and Kikkoman.
Under this agreement, a Kikkoman Singapore R&D Lab will be established on the NUS campus. This new laboratory, fully funded by Kikkoman, employs Kikkoman’s brewing and fermentation technologies and the university’s scientific expertise in functional foods.
This collaboration has led to the development of the TCM-fortified soy sauce. NUS receives annual license fees from the successful commercialisation of this product.

April 2008

NUS signed a Master Collaboration agreement with the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS), Singapore, to facilitate the setting up of joint collaborations between NUS and EADS. One project has already been launched – the “Flow Control Project”. EADS also set up overseas internship sponsorships for NUS undergraduates.

February 2008

Launch of iLEAD (innovative Local Enterprise Achiever Development - now known as NOC Singapore) programme under NUS Entrepreneurship Centre. This is a programme that offers NUS students the opportunity to intern at local start-up companies and be exposed to the entrepreneurial challenges in Singapore.

January 2008

Launch of NUS Enterprise Incubation (NEI), which provides a comprehensive and holistic incubation support system to help accelerate the growth of start-ups.
NEI offers start-up funding schemes, mentorship, match-making with venture capitalists/angel investors, access to NUS R&D resources, Intellectual Property advice, assistance in legal, accounting, business and financing issues. 

January 2008

Industry Liaison Office (ILO) negotiates a Master Framework Agreement between NUS and the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company (EADS) to encourage collaborations between NUS and the various business units of EADS on a wide range of research areas.

August 2007

NUS College Silicon Valley alumnus, Tay Kae Fong and his team, won 1st prize at the 8th Start-Up@Singapore business plan competition.

May 2007

A major event for NUS Enterprise, the 6th Biennial International Triple Helix Conference on University, Industry & Government Linkages was held at the NUS School of Engineering with the theme “Emerging Models for the Entrepreneurial University: Regional Diversities or Global Convergence”. Close to 250 participants – academics, policy makers and practitioners – from around 37 countries were in attendance at the conference, which was an opportunity to showcase NUS Enterprise, NUS and Singapore to the international community of researchers and policy makers. 

May 2007

Garag3 is an initiative by NUS Enterprise that’s managed by e27, a media organisation working on Asian Technology start-up Industry. Situated on campus (NUS) and in close proximity to incubation rooms at PGP – where funded start-ups are housed, entrepreneurs in the Garag3 validation space enjoy the best of both school and start-up world!

January 2007

A team of students led by Low Junliang from NUS College in Silicon Valley, secured a first-place finish in the highly regarded 2006 Lee Kuan Yew Business Plan Competition that attracted 220 teams from 19 countries. They walked away with a US$20,000 top prize, as well as secured the S$100,000 HSBC Youth Enterprise Fund.

July 2006

tenCube Pte Ltd, led by Darius Cheung, an alumni of NUS College in Silicon Valley, released its first product WaveSecure, an anti-theft software for mobile phones. It won the 7th Start-up@Singapore Competition, the Best Innovation Finals Candidate at the APEC-TIC100 Workshop, the RedHerring Asia 100 Award and the Top Ten Wireless Innovations in Asia Pacific from Frost & Sullivan. 

January 2006

wizQubes, a brainwave from the University’s Mixed Reality Lab which revolutionises children’s reading by pioneering a virtual story book that allows the reader to develop the storyline, made its first appearance on the shelves of major bookstores. It is one of many increasingly made-in Singapore creations that has its origins in the NUS lab.

January 2006

Start-Up@Singapore was launched and run entirely by undergraduates from the NUS Entrepreneurship Society under the guidance of the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and the NUS Business School Alumni Association. It’s the first and only wholly student-run national business competition.

January 2006

Organised NUS-Global Entrepreneurship Summit (NGES), a flagship event by NUS Enterprise that brought together prominent venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and educators within the entrepreneurial scene.

January 2006

Pioneer batch of 4 NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) students arrived in Stockholm – the 4th overseas location for the NOC programme. Students got to be a part of an eye-opening cultural experience, which saw them working for start-up companies in Sweden and learning the ropes of entrepreneurship. For more information on the programme, click here.

July 2005

Teams from NUS Overseas College clinched 1st & 2nd place at the 2nd Lee Kuan Yew Global Business Plan Competition.

July 2004

Pioneer batch of 8 NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) students arrived in Shanghai – the 3rd overseas location for the NOC programme. The programme provided students with an all-rounded experience to immerse into the culture and business environment of China. For more information on the programme, click here.

January 2004

GloFish® caused quite a “splash” when they became available to the public. Industry Liaison Office licenses this fluorescent fish to US company Yorktown Technologies for sale in educational and ornamental-use markets.

January 2004

Pioneer batch of 14 NUS College in Bio Valley (NCBV) students arrived in Philadelphia – the 2nd overseas location for the NOC programme. Students in the programme got the opportunity to intern with an overseas biotech company and learn first-hand about entrepreneurship from the projects they were tasked with. For more information on the programme, click here.

January 2003

NUS technology licensed to Swiss pharma giant Lonza, which enters commercial sale for the pharmaceutical and research market as the PyroGene™ assay.

January 2003

Pioneer batch of 14 NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) students arrived in Silicon Valley – the 1st overseas location for the NOC programme. The programme provided students, collaborators and mentors with plenty of opportunities to learn from one another, share invaluable insights and work on new partnerships. For more information on the programme, click here.

January 2002

Formation of NUS Enterprise with the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre (NEC) under its division.

July 2001

NUS President, Professor Shih Choon Fong, launched the NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) programme. NUS and Stanford University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in this new partnership between 2 top institutions. 

July 2001

The NUS Entrepreneurship Centre (NEC) was appointed as Singapore’s country-representative in the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) research project (2000-2007). GEM was the only global effort then to benchmark entrepreneurial propensity across nations.

January 2000

Launch of Start-Up@Singapore, an annual national business plan competition in Singapore, was launched to inspire entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas and turn them into reality. It is the flagship project of the NUS Entrepreneurship Society and is supported by the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and NUS Business School Alumni Association.

January 1999

NUS Entrepreneurship Centre developed a Technology Entrepreneurship Minor programme for all NUS students (1999-2007), a pioneering move in entrepreneurship education.

January 1999

NUS Entrepreneurship Centre (NEC) was established as a university-level centre called the Centre for Management of Innovation and Technopreneurship (CMIT).
In 2001, it became a division of NUS Enterprise and was renamed as the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre (NEC). It was established as part of NUS Enterprise to nurture entrepreneurial learning and venture creation among the NUS community.

January 1988