BLOCK71 Global

BLOCK71 is a global initiative by NUS Enterprise in collaboration with established corporates and government agencies. It is a technology-focused ecosystem builder and global connector which catalyzes and aggregates the start-up community. Since our first project in Singapore in 2011, we have since expanded into 5 more offices in USA, Indonesia, and China. Together as a global team, we inspire people with innovative ideas and technologies and provide mentorship and growth opportunities in local, regional, and global markets.

Launched in 2015, BLOCK71 San Francisco is a partnership between NUS Enterprise and Singtel Innov8, a wholly-owned subsidiary and venture capital fund of the Singtel Group. Located in South Park, SoMa, a dynamic start-up enclave with a rich history in producing some of the world's most successful start-ups, we are a bridge between Southeast Asia and Silicon Valley's start-up communities. Whether you are from Southeast Asia and are exploring business opportunities in the US, or a US-based team interested to partner with NUS' technologies, contact us! 

Here's our origin story: 

Back in 2011, Blk71 Ayer Rajah Crescent - one of Singapore's oldest industrial buildings built for the light manufacturing industry, was slated for demolition to make way for new developments. However, NUS Enterprise, together with Singtel Innov8 and then-Media Development Authority of Singapore, came together to repurpose the dilapidated building into a technology start-up hub. Through this project, Blk71 quickly transformed into a thriving and dense start-up hub, which went on to catalyze the growth of Singapore's technology scene. The project has since been expanded into 3 more buildings in the same area to house hundreds of start-ups, venture capitalists, incubators, and corporate accelerators. 

BLOCK71 Singapore is now an anchor program and incubator within this technology enclave in the Ayer Rajah/one-north area, and we continue to spearhead new initiatives and community activities to inspire and support more entreprenuers in Singapore. 

 

Founding Partners

  • NUS

    NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS), plays a pivotal role in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship at NUS and beyond. It actively promotes entrepreneurship and cultivates global mind-sets and talents through the synergies of experiential entrepreneurial education, active industry partnerships, holistic entrepreneurship support and catalytic entrepreneurship outreach. Its initiatives and global connections support a range of entrepreneurial journeys and foster ecosystem building in new markets. These initiatives augment and complement the University’s academic programmes and act as a unique bridge to industry well beyond Singapore’s shores.

    For more information, please visit www.enterprise.nus.edu.sg

  • NUS

    SingTel Innov8 (Innov8), a wholy-owned subsidiary of the SingTle Group, is a corporate venture capital fund. It has a fund size of US$250 million, with presence in Singapore, Silicon Valley, Tel Aviv and other markets. Innov8 focuses its investments on technologies and solutions that lead to quantum changes in network capabilities, next-generation devices, digital content services and enablers to enhance customer experience.

Key Partners

Beyond San Francisco

In every instance and location, BLOCK71 embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship, collaboration and partnership by optimising the unique experience of each entity, the research capabilities and technologies of the university, and the investment and business acumen of the partners, to support entrepreneurial journeys within the local geography and beyond.

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