The NOC Singapore is a local entrepreneurship development programme with a regional perspective. Students on the programme can look forward to a rigorous stint with a start-up or high growth company based in Singapore with a regional footprint. 

Students who embark on the NOC Singapore programme will go on a seven-month internship with a start-up or high-growth company based in Singapore, followed by a two-week Overseas Study Mission. The study mission aims to expose participants to overseas entrepreneurial ecosystems and start-up cultures via an intensive programme of networking sessions, company visits and interactions with entrepreneurs.

Students will also get to go on an sponsored overseas work trip with their companies (for selected companies only) within Asia to gain exposure to markets beyond Singapore and what it means to expand beyond the shores of Singapore. Students will get opportunities to network and meet with entrepreneurs all across Asia.  

Students on the NOC Singapore programme are also required to stay at the entrepreneurial-themed residence, N-House, for one semester. Students will be able to bond with one another and network with other NOC returnees, while being part of N-House events as well.

After the Programme

Having been equipped with a more entrepreneurial mind-set after being on the NOC Singapore internship, students who are ready to take the plunge into setting up their own ventures can look forward to support from NUS Enterprise in terms of incubation, mentoring and possible access to funding.

Students who successfully complete the programme can also look forward to being part of the vibrant NOC alumni communnity. Students can also look forward to participating in plenty of NOC events such as pitching and networking sessions, workshops, fireside chats, etc.

Click here to find out about the programme curriculum.

NOC programme is financially neutral, whereby students should not incur additional costs due to their participation in the programme. During the programme, students will continue to pay for regular living expenses with their personal allowances, while they will be paid a monthly stipend by the company. Students continue to pay regular tuition fee to NUS for the duration of the programme, while programme costs will be borne by NOC. Personal expenditures are expected to vary, as it depends on the individual preferences and lifestyle.

NUS Overseas Colleges will provide the following:

  • Consulting Professor and Mentor are appointed to supervise student on internship and reports
  • Accommodation, transport and meals (only for official meetings, meals are provided) during the Overseas Study Mission
  • Travel group insurance by NUS for the Overseas Study Mission trip
  • Grant to cover overseas work trip expenses with company (upon approval)

Students need to pay:

  • ​Your regular tuition and other miscellaneous fees to NUS
  • Regular living expenses
  • Additional expenses incurred for interest/recreational activities
  • Accommodation fees for staying at N-House (Subsidy will be provided but subject to approval)
  • Air ticket and visa for the Overseas Study Mission
  • Additional Travel Insurance (if students would like to have additional coverage)

Programme Mentors

Wayne Chia

Wayne has more than a decade of experience in innovation, product development and digital business modelling, acquired through running start-up businesses in the digital space across US, China and S.E. Asia. After his last venture Techsailor was acquired by TO THE NEW, Wayne was determined that his next steps would be to solve bigger global issues, which led him to the base of the pyramid (BOP) space. Today, he leads Innovative Programme at Asia P3 Hub, Asia’s first multi-sector partnership incubator. Asia P3 Hub, hosted by World Vision aims to bring governments, companies, NGOs and academia together to solve poverty issues. The model is currently being piloted in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene. Wayne continues to serve as an advisor and mentor to several technology and social impact start-ups, while helping to setup a fund targeted at helping promising startups with their expansion into the US market.

Dr. Tay Cho Jui

Dr. Tay Cho Jui received his BSc and PhD degrees from the University of Strathclyde, United Kingdom. For a few years he was a design and development engineer with an industrial fan manufacturing company in the United Kingdom. In 1981 he joined the National University of Singapore, where he served as an associate professor until his recent retirement from full time service. He has published widely in international journals and has co-authored and edited several book and book chapters. He has been involved in various editorial work and serves as a reviewer for various international journals and grant award agencies. He has delivered invited talks at various universities and research institutions. He holds several patents in the area of micro-components fabrication and has won several research and best paper awards including the David Cargill Prize, United Kingdom. He is a Professional Engineer and a member of the Institute of Engineers of Singapore. He is currently teaching part time at SCALE and serves as a Consulting Mentor at NOC, NUS.

Associate Professor Chew Chee Meng

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore
Prof Chew is an Associate Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. He received his B.Eng. (1st Class Honours) and M.Eng. degrees from the National University of Singapore; S.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA. He is currently an academic affair committee member in the Department of Mechanical Engineering. His main research interests are in Humanoid Robotics, Biomimetic Systems, Exoskeletons, Actuator Design and Sensor Fusion. He was the advisor for the RoboCup team of the department from 2003 to 2011. The team had won two 1st Prizes in RoboCup 2010 under the adult-size humanoid league. He is currently a member of IEEE and has been actively involved in various roles in the local chapters of the IEEE Robotics and Automation; and Systems, Man, and Cybernetics societies. He is also an associate editor of the International Journal of Humanoid Robotics.

Associate Professor Lau Geok Theng

NOC Startup Business Case Professor
Business School, National University of Singapore
Assoc Prof Lau obtained his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, the University of Western Ontario in Canada. His research interests are in the areas of business-to-business marketing, relationship marketing and purchasing and supply chain management. He has co-authored five books on marketing, starting a small business, the Growth Triangle and improving productivity through human resource development and franchising. His articles have appeared in various regional and international journals as well as conference proceedings. Professor Lau has conducted market studies and advised business firms in Singapore on effective marketing strategies. Some of these include KWE-Kintetsu World Express (S) Pte Ltd, Tong Gardens Food Products (S) Pte Ltd, Singapore Telecommunications Limited, Delifrance Singapore and Asia-Pacific Breweries. He has also conducted seminars for L'Oreal Singapore, MINDEF and Jurong Town Corporation. He is a governing council member of the Singapore Institute of Purchasing and Materials Management.

Student Testimonials

I wanted to learn more about entrepreneurship and witness first-hand how it’s like building businesses up from scratch. It taught me to be positive and to never stop learning. No start-up can grow if the team refuse to learn, learn to adapt and learn from their own and other people’s mistakes. Things might get tough sometimes but it’s going to be worth it!

Pawitporn Jianpasert

NOC Singapore alumnus, Faculty of Business, Undergraduate

I was blown away by how the team had entrusted me with the company's resources and responsibilities. NOC multiplies these functions for every one of its students by placing them in some of the world's most successful startups. And when you're on the job, do new things that are beyond your comfort zone; do things that give you that jolt of adrenaline that your corporate friends don't get to feel.

Kyle Tan

NOC Singapore alumnus, Faculty of Business, Undergraduate