NUS fosters closer ties in entrepreneurship with Japan’s Aichi prefecture

NUS Enterprise hosted a visit by the Governor of Aichi Prefecture in central Japan, Mr Hideaki Ohmura, and his delegation on 18 August 2022. During the visit, Mr Ohmura shared Aichi’s accomplishments and efforts in fostering its start-up ecosystem and expressed his appreciation for NUS' active collaboration with Nagoya University. He also spoke about the National Centre for Geriatrics and Gerontology in Japan, which is collaborating closely with NUS on addressing common social issues associated with an ageing population through innovation. 

The meeting also discussed various efforts to jointly support start-ups in both Aichi and Singapore. A collaboration agreement was signed between Mr Ohmura and NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye to mark the partnership between Aichi and NUS in the following programmes and initiatives:

  • NUS Enterprise Summer Programme in Entrepreneurship − An intensive two-week entrepreneurship education programme;
  • InnovFest − A flagship tech innovation conference in Asia organised by NUS Enterprise;
  • NUS Enterprise Market Immersion Programme − A rigorous, customised programme to help accelerate start-ups’ entry into the Southeast Asian market; and
  • BLOCK71 Nagoya − An initiative by NUS Enterprise, BLOCK71 provides two-way flow and access to technology, talent, markets and funding opportunities to and from NUS. BLOCK71 Nagoya will be located at PRE-STATION Ai, which is a startup incubator in Aichi.

The visit wrapped up with an ecosystem tour of BLOCK71 led by Mr Gang Chern Sun, Senior Associate Director of NUS Enterprise, and a showcase of three companies based in the One-North launchpad area. These companies are start-up Red Dot Drone, venture capitalist Leave a Nest, and corporate Symphony Creative Solutions.


By NUS Enterprise