New hub for cybersecurity start-ups
On 5 March, NUS Enterprise and Singtel Innov8 jointly launched Innovation Cyber Security Ecosystem at Block 71 (ICE71), Singapore’s first integrated regional cybersecurity hub to kick-start and support early stage and growing start-ups, entrepreneurs and academics worldwide.
ICE71 is targeting to enhance the nation’s cybersecurity network through attracting and developing capabilities and new technologies. The initiative will provide support services such as access to working space, funding, domain experts as well as networking events. Start-ups at ICE71 will also be offered enterprise grade cybersecurity resources enabling them to develop and test proof-of-concept solutions in a virtual environment. ICE71 aims to create a strong regional cybersecurity ecosystem with links to the global industry.
“As a founding partner of ICE71, NUS is excited to help expand the cybersecurity ecosystem. We have a vibrant community comprising some of the country’s top cybersecurity expertise at the National Cybersecurity R&D Laboratory, the Singapore Cybersecurity Consortium, and the NUS-Singtel Cyber Security Research and Development Laboratory. We are pleased that ICE71 will be part of this thriving network,” said Dr Lily Chan, CEO of NUS Enterprise. “We see the new cybersecurity track in the Lean LaunchPad Singapore programme to be launched by NUS Enterprise as a move to strengthen the University’s ability to further nurture home-grown competencies and start-ups in the cybersecurity space.”
The Lean LaunchPad Singapore programme, piloted by NUS Enterprise as the first entrepreneurial education programme for researchers, helps research scientists and engineers turn their inventions into commercially viable products and feasible business ventures.
Mr Edgar Hardless, CEO of Singtel Innov8 said the launch of ICE71 highlights the urgency of developing innovative solutions to address the rapid increase in the frequency, scale and sophistication of cybersecurity threats. “Through ICE71, we aim to nurture and groom suitable Singaporean and foreign cybersecurity start-ups to help bring their ideas to life. With our combined resources, we can help these start-ups fine-tune and market their cybersecurity solutions globally,” he added.
ICE71 will open in April at Block 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent where BLOCK71 Singapore is also located. An initiative by NUS Enterprise with strategic partners, BLOCK71 Singapore offers a thriving ecosystem for the start-up community, providing them with mentorship and growth opportunities both locally and overseas. Start-ups and entrepreneurs keen on being a part of ICE71 can find more information at http://ICE71.sg.
ICE71 is supported by the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore and the Info-communications Media Development Authority.