NUS Enterprise (ETP) provides an entrepreneurial and innovative dimension to the University's core research and educational activities. By igniting the entrepreneurial spirit, partnering for success and nurturing future entrepreneurial leaders, NUS Enterprise aims to make a positive impact on Singapore's economy and beyond. This is done through three key thrusts: Entrepreneurship Support Experiential Education and Industry Engagement & Partnerships. Find out more about us!
About NUS Enterprise
Origins of Plug-In@Blk71
Having been instrumental in building up Singapore’s start-up environment and supporting young entrepreneurs, NUS Enterprise saw the need to establish a strong entrepreneurial community that went beyond just the NUS campus, in particular, to allow its incubation expertise to boost the dynamic interactive digital media (IDM) sector.
In 2011, NUS Enterprise teamed up with the Media Development Authority (MDA) and SingTel Innov8 to establish a strategic incubation programme – Plug-In@Blk71. Over the past few years, these three organisations have worked hard to transform the entire Blk71, which was a run-down, old building in Ayer Rajah industrial estate, into a dynamic hub for the IDM sector. Blk71 is now home to hundreds of tech-related organisations, including start-ups, venture funds and incubators.
“Blk71 has pulled together the various companies and industry players within the IDM sector that were previously dispersed around Singapore. By bringing these organisations together in one vibrant entrepreneurial community, it has allowed for increased synergy, entrepreneurial dynamism and economies of scale,” explained Dr Lily Chan, CEO NUS Enterprise.
Where people meet, match and connect,
WHERE IDEAS TURN INTO BUSINESSES
Plug-In@Blk71 is a joint initiative by NUS Enterprise, MDA [IDMPO] and Singtel Innov8 to aggregate a cluster of entrepreneurs for the purpose of creating a collaborative and synergistic community. Managed by NUS Enterprise, Plug-In@Blk71 serves as a common platform where different stakeholders in a business venture can meet and be connected together to help accelerate the growth of young start-ups or even budding ideas.
Besides offering space to conduct events and hot desks for entrepreneurs to test bed and work on their ideas, the tripartite aims to bring 4 elements into this community: the institutions, the industry experts, funding as well as the government body - all these will help bridge the gap and close the loop in establishing successful start-ups.
To translate this grand vision into actionable steps, NUS Enterprise has put together business clinics, networking sessions, VC pitching sessions, and industrial sharing seminars to be held within Plug-In@Blk71, through which, the community will be exposed to a holistic support network where dots can be connected.
So whether you are an individual with ideas, a developer, an industry expert or a venture capitalist, we welcome you to plug into this community! Join us now!
Business Clinics and Startup Support
Accounting and Legal One-To-One Consultation:
Start-ups typically face accounting and legal issues - whether is it book-keeping, tax, CPF calculation, legal papers or the need to understand legal implications behind their business ideas.
NUS Enterprise organises regular one-to-one consultations with certified advisors from either an accounting or legal firm. These clinics occur regularly on a monthly basis.
Do note that these clinics are only eligible for start-ups which are registered with Plug-In@Blk71 :)
Sign up Here for our Legal Clinic
Sign up Here for our Accounting Clinic
*Due to limited slots per session, starts-up will be queued accordingly for the subsequent sessions and you will be informed upon confirmation of your slots.
NUS Enterprise organises quarterly networking sessions for Investors to meet Start-Ups.
If you're an investor who wants to check out which may be the next successful start-up and is looking to invest or mentor some of these potentials, please write in to firstname.lastname@example.org. NUS Enterprise is interested to establish partner relationships with you!
For Start-Ups that are keen to pitch to our panel of investors, or are simply looking for experience and some advice from the panel - We welcome you to sign up for our Investor's Day which happens every quarter. Fill up the enquiry form here - only selected entries will get to pitch.
Look out for our Investor's Day EDM coming up soon!
For Start-Ups to find their team or co-founders. For students to be engaged by Start-Ups.
One of the top issues start-ups face is the difficulty in sourcing for the right manpower. NUS Enterprise work closely with technical community groups to help start-ups find their potential co-founders / team members. The last career fair saw over 80 applicants to 6 participating start-ups and most were able to find good employment opportunities.
So how do you participate in the career fair? Drop us a note here and we'll keep you in the loop when the next one happens!