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BLOCK71 Jakarta


BLOCK71 Jakarta

The Latest Extension to the BLOCK71 Global Network


We are thrilled to announce the official launch of BLOCK71 Jakarta, a collaboration between NUS Enterprise and Indonesian Salim Group. The new BLOCK will join the extensive BLOCK71 global entrepreneurial network, to support innovation and entrepreneurship development by being an ecosystem builder and global connector. The launch event on 28 July was graced by Singapore’s Minister for Trade and Industry (Trade) Mr Lim Hng Kiang, Indonesia’s Minister of Trade Mr Enggartiasto Lukita, as well as other invited guests from corporations and industry.

Find out how the BLOCK71 global network supports innovation and entrepreneurship development at our brand new BLOCK71 website,


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Launch of

NUS Centre for Additive Manufacturing (AM.NUS)

Revolutionising Every Industry, Empowering Every Individual

Launched on 21 July during the NAMIC AM Summit Series, the NUS Centre for Additive Manufacturing (AM.NUS) seeks to bring innovative products to the field of healthcare that will improve patient outcomes and change lives for the better. Leveraging on the University’s world-class faculties, expertise and advanced capabilities in 3D printing technology, AM.NUS will explore a whole new dimension in medicine applying groundbreaking 3D printing technology for personalised patient treatments. AM.NUS is supported by the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Cluster and Singapore Economic Development Board. To find out more, visit


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TechSG Insights on LaunchPad @ one-north

During the TechSG Insights event held on 2 August, Prof Wong Poh Kam, Director of the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, shared the research into one of the densest entrepreneurship ecosystem in the world - the LaunchPad @ one-north. For example, nearly half of the start-ups that started their journey at the launchpad have 'graduated', and are currently doing better than other start-ups in Singapore.

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The three co-founders of RateX - Goh Jian Kai, Davis Gay and Lim Jing Rong - have graduated from NUS! They shared their experiences and gave words of advice in a commencement video that featured their journey founding RateX, a start-up that promises to deliver cheaper exchange rates and discounts for online purchases.

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Your Burning Questions
Fire your questions on start-ups and entrepreuneurship, and get answers from NUS Enterprise start-ups, mentors, and staff.

Q: “Lean Methodology is currently a popular method being espoused to grow tech start-ups. However, is it also applicable to engineering or deep-tech projects, which usually takes a long time for each iteration of the product development cycle (in comparison to platform or e-commerce businesses)?”

— Lim Cheng Kai, Year 2, NUS Life Science

A: The short answer is, “Yes!”

While the focus during development of new technologies is often on technical challenges such as scalability, cost, safety and manufacture-ability, the Lean Methodology can help us to better understand the possible market(s) – to answer questions like:

  • Who are the customers for this product? (Referring to the actual buyers/decision maker(s) and buying process)
  • Are there any impediments to choosing our solution?
  • What is the current solution? Is there emerging technology that may soon replace it?
  • What else must be in place for our technology to work - to make the solution complete? Read more

— Kristav (Kris) Childress, Advisor, NUS Enterprise

Kris Childress is Mentor-in-Residence at NUS Enterprise. He has had extensive experience with a diverse range of US and Singapore based global technological start-ups, from lab equipment, enterprise software, to energy services. His particular strength is in helping early-stage start-ups that are still wrestling with their UVPs (Unique Value Propositions), revenue models, and competitive landscapes, and is currently focused on helping young firms with disruptive technologies to understand and develop their market. He has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Davidson, a US university. He has been a guest lecturer at several American universities and presented testimony before the US Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). Kris has lived in Singapore with his (Singaporean) wife since 2007.

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