Let your social venture take flight with us
At NUS Enterprise, we provide a comprehensive suite of support services to help your social venture take off. We call this the NUS Start-Up Runway – a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs to form, grow and spread their wings at any point of their business.
As a start-up incubating with NUS Enterprise, you will gain access to incubation and accelerator facilities within the university as well as off-campus, while enjoying benefits like expert mentoring, idea validation, test-bedding capabilities and community networking.
We’ll also fuel your entrepreneurial flight further through unique access to grant funding plus opportunities to link up with investors and corporate organisations for business partnerships. Grants such as the Lotus-NUS Fund (S$25,000) and the raiSE VentureForGood Youth grant (S$20,000) provide seed funding for social enterprises looking to grow to the next stage.
|Criteria||VentureForGood Youth Grant||Lotus-NUS Fund|
|Key Applicant||Age||18 - 35 years old||-|
|Nationality||Singaporeans / PR||Only Singaporeans|
|Not required, however NUS Enterprise will give priority to applicants with NUS affiliation||Yes|
|Impact||Geographical Location of (Intended) Impact||Singapore||All countries|
And if your start-up is ready to expand overseas, our overseas incubation facilities at Block 71 San Francisco and NUS Research Institute in Suzhou are the perfect gateways for you to enter the U.S. and China markets.
Here are some social enterprises under our fold. The 5 social enterprises listed below are recipients of the 2017 Lotus-NUS Fund.
Bagosphere is a faster, smarter way for disconnected youth to launch transformational careers. With their model “last-mile education”, Bagosphere takes a lean approach, and deconstruct what employers need, run immersive, experiential training programs and connects students directly with employers; simplifying with experience from enrolment to being hired.
BloomBack unites humanity by using flowers as a vehicle of change to empower marginalized women in our community. As a one-stop online floral marketplace, every gift purchased from BloomBack will contribute towards funding the holistic skills training program for their beneficiaries.
Skolafund is a scholarship crowdsourcing platform that matches deserving underprivileged undergraduates with funders. It is on a mission to make higher education accessible to more deserving students, especially those from low-income households.
WateROAM eradicates global thirst by developing portable water filtration systems that provide communities in rural regions and disaster-hit locations with rapid access to clean and affordable drinking water.
Wonderlabs Foundation focuses on prodividing development and training opportunities to youth in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Their first programme is the Career Launchpad Programme, a paid (stipend provided) 8-month industry-specific training and development programme to equip financially disadvantaged youth with employable tech skills and provide them with a 24-month career path towards financial independence.
To find out more about how you can tap on the NUS Start-Up Runway, contact us here.