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NUS Enterprise and IBM to enhance Singapore’s tech entrepreneurial ecosystem

Nurdianah Md Nur | Nov. 30, 2015
The TechSG platform will build upon the information resources of various existing ecosystem players, as well as provide insights on the Singapore’s entrepreneurial community.

TechSG website
Screenshot of TechSG's website.

Together with IBM, NUS Enterprise recently launched a digital platform with the aim of accelerating innovation in Singapore.

Called TechSG, the open and collaborative platform integrates and augments the information resources already existing within Singapore's startup ecosystem to provide information on the key players. The portal currently contains information on more than 250 startups, investors, incubators and other facilitators located at the Ayer Raya LaunchPad area. It is expected to provide a comprehensive coverage of the whole of Singapore by May 2016.

Besides being an information depository, TechSG will also provide curated research insights and analytical tools for visualising and tracking the diversity interdependency, growth dynamics and vibrancy of Singapore's entrepreneurial community.

Designed and curated by NUS Enterprise and developed by startup company Wonderlabs, TechSG is driven by IBM's cloud technology. The site was built with Bluemix — IBM's open standards cloud platform — and runs on SoftLayer cloud infrastructure. IBM will lend additional support by providing free trials of its Bluemix tools to help entrepreneurs build and manage their web and mobile apps. Through the IBM Global Entrepreneur Programme, the company is also offering local qualified startups up to US$120,000 of cloud credits to help them build their businesses on IBM Cloud.

"TechSG is meant to be an open, collaborative platform by the startup community for the community. It will build upon the information resources of various existing ecosystem players, such as e27 and Singapore Venture Capital Association, by providing a common data architecture that enables information from different sources to be integrated and analysed to generate new insights," said Professor Wong Poh Kam, Director of NUS Entrepreneurship Centre and the lead researcher for the project.

"Singapore is home to some of the brightest developers and entrepreneurs we have seen, with plenty of potential to leapfrog into the global tech scene. TechSG will be a valuable resource for startups, incubators and accelerators, and an excellent showcase of talent and innovation that highlights why Singapore is such an exciting place to invest in," said Timothy Greisinger, Managing Director, IBM Singapore.

With the launch of TechSG, Singapore joins IBM's Digital City initiative, which fuels innovation and entrepreneurship at the local level by connecting partners, developers and entrepreneurs. Other Digital Cities that are tapping into local online platforms powered by IBM Cloud include New York City, London, Berlin, The Netherlands, Prague, Porto Alegre, Bangalore and Boston.


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