Singapore’s longest running start-up challenge, Start-Up@Singapore, held its official launch at the Hon Sui Sen Auditorium on 19th October 2012, thus declaring the 14th edition of the competition open.
Supported by the presence of some of Singapore’s most promising entrepreneurs, the event commenced with Guest of Honour, NUS Provost Professor Tan, and the Start-Up@Singapore Steering Committee members watering the Tree of Dreams, a tree representing the aspirations of all entrepreneurs, which would later be planted at the NUS Business School.
This was followed by a panel discussion on starting-up. The panel comprised Darius Cheung of BillPin, Min Xuan Lee of Playmoolah, Jack Sim of World Toilet Organization, and Adrin Loi of Ya Kun Kaya Toast. Read more
SingTel announced in a press release today that it is acquiring GTW Holdings, the owners of HungryGoWhere, Singapore’s most visited foodie site, for S$12M (US$9.4M).
The site, which was started in 2007, has a presence in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Australia. Under the terms, GTW will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of SingTel. It will merge operations with inSing.com, another SingTel subsidiary with an audience of two million customers.
With the purchase, SingTel claims it has the largest food and lifestyle audience in the island state.
GTW’s Singapore-based founders will play a crucial role in growing SingTel’s services in Singapore and beyond. Read more
The Awards Ceremony is a culmination of the 13th Start-Up@Singapore, Singapore’s premier business plan competition, and it will be the platform where the finalists will showcase their ideas and the winners for the competition will be announced. It will be held on the 19th May 2012, Saturday, from 1.15 pm to 3.45 pm.
Start-Up@Singapore (S@S) is supported by the NUS Entrepreneurship Centre, NUS Business School Alumni Association and NUS Business School. Having seen more than 2500 teams participating in the past 12 years, S@S has established itself as a credible and competitive platform, helping entrepreneurs make the critical transition from paper to product. We have helped spin off over 90 companies, doling out up to half a million in cash and in-kind prizes such as incubation space and mentorship support.
Some of the success stories who emerged from Start-up@Singapore include tenCube, which was recently acquired by McAfee, and Soyato, to name a few.
Building on this outstanding track record, 13th Start-Up@Singapore (S@S) has seen more than 1100 participants in the Open and Youth categories from the world over, making this edition the most successful one thus far. For the first time in our competition history, Start-Up@Singapore has introduced the Social Enterprise/Co-operative category in recognition of the growing tide of social entrepreneurs in Singapore.
Out of sixteen Social Enterprise/Co-operative Finalists, winners will receive the top cash prizes of $15,000 and $3,000 in the open and youth categories respectively. In addition, they will also be granted as direct entry into the S@S Grand Finals on 19th May.
The Awards Ceremony will proudly showcase the innovative ideas of the finalists. Having undergone months of rigorous judging and mentoring, the finalists will enter a final showdown on the day itself, with the winning teams from both categories walking away with attractive prizes worth SGD$85,000. Gracing this event will be Mr Chan Chun Sing, Acting minister for MCYS, who will deliver a keynote speech about the Social Enterprise community in Singapore.
During the awards ceremony, competition finalists will each be given 90 seconds to pitch their ideas to the audience. The audience would then vote for their favorite contestant which would determine the “People’s Choice Award”. The prize presentation ceremony will be followed up by an exhibition of the finalists’ ideas and networking tea reception where you will get to network with over 100 leading professionals from the private and public sector.
When: Saturday 19th May 2012
Time: 1.15pm to 3.45pm
Where: Genexis Theatre, Fusionopolis, 1 Fusionopolis Way, Singapore 138632. (One North MRT Station) [map]
Singapore’s shortest and most exciting business plan competition is back again this year with three new categories and promises to be a day of heart-pumping excitement. The top team from each of the three categories gets a prize money of S$500 (US$384) and if the judges are impressed enough, direct entry to the semi-finals of the Start-Up@Singapore Business Plan Competition 2012, Singapore’s largest and most prestigious. Read more
Next Tuesday, Start-Up@Singapore will organize ‘Entrepreneurs Unplugged’, a panel discussion with the topic ‘Dream Big, Act Now: Converting Ideas into Businesses’. The speakers will share their take on entrepreneurship and cover diverse topics such as how to get out of comfort zones and how to decide on whether an idea is feasible.
Start-up@Singapore (S@S), a flagship business plan competition organized by the National University of Singapore (NUS) Entrepreneurship Society, held the official launch for its 13th edition on 6th October.
Last year’s competition saw about 338 teams and around 1000 participants, all vying for the top cash prizes of S$20,000 (US$15,500) for the Open Category and S$5,000 (US$3,890) for the Youth Category, which can be used to turn their ideas into reality. Read more
This year, Start-Up@Singapore (S@S) saw 1000 participants from over 17 countries, making it the most successful installment thus far. The awards cermeony will showcase the finalists of the 12th Start-Up@Singapore and their ideas. Having been through months of rigorous judging processes and mentoring, the finalists will enter a final showdown on the day itself, with the winning teams from both categories walking away with attractive prizes of close to SGD$100K (USD$80K). Check out the speakers below and view the programme here.Read more
Entrepreneurs Unplugged is one of the biggest events of Start-Up@Singapore, the nation’s leading business plan competition and entrepreneurship resource hub. Top local and international entrepreneurs would participate in thought provoking discussions and share their insights on a wide range of entrepreneurship issues. The audience would also have the opportunity to ask intriguing questions and interact with these established entrepreneurs. In addition, there will be a showcase of start-ups in the ASEAN region. Read more