The Internet is at an inflexion point. A decade of entrepreneurial innovation has sparked a mobile revolution and witnessed the rise of the multi-billion dollar app economy and industry-disrupting on-demand services. We are now on the cusp of another revolution promising an even steeper trajectory of growth. Ubiquitous connectivity and a growing array of connected devices are now enabling the Internet to reach out beyond cyberspace. Dubbed the ‘Third-Wave’ by Internet pioneer Steve Case, this new ‘Internet of Everything’ era will provide unprecedented opportunities for entrepreneurs to disrupt and transform almost every major real world activity.
I am fortunate to be able to view these developments from a vantage point through my work at NUS Enterprise, which functions as both a centre for entrepreneurship as well as the office for technology translation at the National University of Singapore (NUS). My primary role has been to help early-stage, technology-driven startups get off the ground. Startups incubating with NUS Enterprise can tap into a wide range of resources such as co-working space, dedicated mentorship and access to talent. We also assist founders with their fund-raising activities, from applying for government R&D grants to pitching for angel investments and venture capital.
The Hangar at Science Park (H@SP) is NUS Enterprise’s latest incubation facility. H@SP is the result of a partnership between NUS Enterprise and Ascendas-Singbridge which aims to foster deeper collaboration between the research and entrepreneurial talent at NUS and the corporate world. The objective is to spur innovation that has a deeper and wider impact on industry and society. Located in the Franklin building at Science Park 1, H@SP is equipped with a functional hardware prototyping lab and is designed to support third-wave projects and startups in the IoT/connected devices, future health and urban solutions domains. Do drop by the Hangar and get ready to catch the third wave.
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