Innovating for the future


Startup University

Watch Startup University, a CNA documentary special, to meet the visionary leaders who set NUS on the exciting path towards building one of the largest entrepreneurial ecosystems in Asia. In this one-hour special, find out how the University has supported unicorn founders, budding technopreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs at every step of their startup journey in Singapore and beyond. We also get a glimpse of startup life from students, alumni, faculty and researchers who have benefited from the comprehensive suite of programmes and initiatives conducted by NUS Enterprise, the University’s entrepreneurial arm.

Watch the documentary special on CNA.


Celebrating talent and innovation at NUS

NUS, in partnership with CNA, has developed an inspirational documentary series, Innovating for the future. The series looks at how diverse talents in the university community – each leaders and luminaries in their own areas of expertise – are catalysing positive change in Singapore and beyond. Catch this 10-part series – delving into topics like ageing, finance and food – to find out how NUS faculty, students and alumni are jointly creating a better world for the future.

Ep 1: Medicine


Chong Yap Seng’s research on mothers and children impacts policymaking in Singapore. Allen Yeoh and his team offer hope to kids with leukaemia. Shefaly Shorey makes lessons come alive with VR and AI.


Ep 2: Research & Innovation


NUS researchers are harnessing AI to develop personalised treatment for cancer patients, commercialising diagnostic kits for cancer and Alzheimer’s disease, and building a quantum computer.


Ep 3: Entrepreneurship


Patsnap is the first unicorn startup groomed by NUS Enterprise. Augmentus helps users to deploy robotic systems easily. Singrow enables farmers to grow strawberries at room temperature in Singapore.


Ep 4: Environment


NUS researchers are devising game-changing sustainability solutions. They include net-zero buildings, a hybrid cooling system for green data centres and mangrove restoration strategies.


Ep 5: Food


Researchers and alumni are designing drones that do pollination, using gene-editing technology to create crops with desired traits, and working with Wilmar International to develop food as medicine.


Ep 6: Finance


The Asian Institute of Digital Finance at NUS is a fintech academy, knowledge hub and startup incubator. CRYSTAL Centre leads research on blockchains. Seedly offers education on financial matters.


Ep 7: Ageing


NUS professors are finding ways to slow down ageing, investigating the costs of ageing and the impact of work and retirement on health, and harnessing technology to develop innovations for seniors.


Ep 8: Public Health


NUS fosters healthier communities by researching on diseases and health threats to inform on interventions and policymaking. Faculty members are also developing innovations that impact public health.


Ep 9: Education


NUS wants to make education more inclusive and accessible, to nurture future-ready students by providing a broad-based curriculum, interdisciplinary courses and lifelong learning opportunities.

Watch the episodes on CNA.