BLOCK71 Global

BLOCK71 is a global initiative by NUS Enterprise in collaboration with established corporates and government agencies. It is a technology-focused ecosystem builder and global connector which catalyses and aggregates the start-up community. Since our first programme in 2011, we have since expanded into 7 more offices across Vietnam, Singapore, Indonesia, USA, Japan and China. Together as a global team, we inspire people with innovative ideas and technologies and provide them with mentorship and growth opportunities in local, regional, and global markets.

Launched in 2020, BLOCK71 Saigon is a partnership between NUS Enterprise and Becamex IDC. Located in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, a dynamic and burgeoning start-up enclave with a rich history,we are a bridge between Southeast Asia, East Asia’s and the San Francisco Bay Area’s start-up communities. Whether you are exploring new business opportunities in Vietnam, or a Vietnam-based team interested to partner with NUS' technologies and networks, contact us!

 

Our origin story in Singapore: 

Back in 2011, Blk71 Ayer Rajah Crescent - one of Singapore's oldest industrial buildings built for the light manufacturing industry, was slated for demolition to make way for new development. However, NUS Enterprise, together with Singtel Innov8 and then-Media Development Authority of Singapore, came together to repurpose the dilapidated building into a technology start-up hub. Through this project, Blk71 quickly transformed into a thriving and dense start-up hub, which also catalysed the growth of Singapore's technology scene. This programme has since been expanded into 6 more buildings in the same area to house hundreds of start-ups, venture capitalists, incubators, and corporate accelerators. 

BLOCK71 Singapore is now an anchor programme and incubator within the technology enclave in the Ayer Rajah/one-north area, and we continue to spearhead new initiatives and community activities to inspire and support more entrepreneurs in Singapore and beyond.

Founding Partners

  • NUS

    NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS), plays a pivotal role in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship at NUS and beyond. It actively promotes entrepreneurship and cultivates global mind-sets and talents through the synergies of experiential entrepreneurial education, active industry partnerships, holistic entrepreneurship support and catalytic entrepreneurship outreach. Its initiatives and global connections support a range of entrepreneurial journeys and foster ecosystem building in new markets. These initiatives augment and complement the University’s academic programmes and act as a unique bridge to industry well beyond Singapore’s shores.

    For more information, please visit www.enterprise.nus.edu.sg

  • NUS
    Becamex IDC is the leading developer of industrial, urban and transportation infrastructure in Vietnam. They are not only a multidisciplinary corporation, but the operation process of the Corporation also bears the mark of Binh Duong province, a key industrial area of Vietnam. Currently the corporation has 17 member companies and associated companies operating professionally in the fields of logistics, insurance, construction, trade, real estate, services, telecommunications – information technology, concrete production, construction materials, mining, healthcare and education.

Key Partners

Beyond Saigon

In every instance and location, BLOCK71 embodies the spirit of entrepreneurship, collaboration and partnership by optimising the unique experience of each entity, the research capabilities and technologies of the university, and the investment and business acumen of the partners, to support entrepreneurial journeys within the local geography and beyond.

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