Become a Startup Scout
National University of Singapore

Explore the exhilarating realm of VC Startup Scouting. Enhance your leadership skills and network with industry pioneers. A fantastic opportunity for National University of Singapore members to learn, grow, and impact the startup ecosystem.


The National University of Singapore (NUS) has a vibrant startup and Venture Capital (VC) ecosystem. It supports the growth and development of startups through various initiatives such as the NUS Enterprise, which is a university-wide initiative promoting entrepreneurship. One of the successful startups that emerged from NUS is Carousell, a mobile and online consumer to consumer marketplace for buying and selling new and secondhand goods. Founders Quek Siu Rui, Marcus Tan, and Lucas Ngoo met while studying at NUS.

Another critical part of the ecosystem is NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC), a program that provides students with the opportunity to work and study at leading startups and tech companies around the world. Several successful entrepreneurs and prominent startup founders, such as Darius Cheung, CEO and co-founder of property platform, have participated in this program.

On the VC front, NUS has been involved in different initiatives to support startups financially. One example is the NRF (National Research Foundation) Technology Incubation Scheme where NUS can co-invest in startups with the NRF. Also, NUS has set up the $25 million Alumni Venture Fund which invests in early-stage ventures led by NUS alumni.

The venture building effort from NUS resulted in initiatives such as BLOCK71, an innovation hub managed by NUS Enterprise that houses several leading tech startups and also serves as an entrepreneurial community where founders, teams, and ventures can seek mentorship, funding, and network opportunities.

Each year, the NUS holds an event called the NUS Enterprise Tech Mixer, where startups and investors from the region gather to network, alongside showcasing the university's latest tech startups and research innovations. This reflects the emphasis NUS places on its startup and VC ecosystem in maintaining its position as one of the leading educational institutes for entrepreneurship.

As a Scout, You Can...

Kickstart Your Venture Capital Career

Showing your skills in picking successful startups and advising founders is the surest way to build your reputation and secure a venture capital role.

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Help Your Ecosystem Thrive

Your community, region, or group thrives when its founders are given the chance to succeed before going back and reinvesting in their comunities.

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Earn a Share in Startups Without Investing in Them

Earn a share in startups you scout without the funds to invest directly just like a VC partner.

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Monetise Your Content & Community

As a podcaster, community manager, or event organiser you have a front-row seat to interesting startups which you can monetise by helping them fundraise.

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Create a Fairer Society

By identifying under-represented founders you're level the playing field for anyone to success based on merit independent from their social or ethnic background.

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Help Friends Get Funded

Help your friends who are neck-deep in their startups get the funding they need to succeed.

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Grow Your Personal Brand

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Available Programs

Startup Investor?

Discover unique dealflow opportunities from individuals, startups, and innovations coming out of the National University of Singapore. Reach out now for a chance to be part of the exciting future of the University.

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Event Organiser

Do you organise an event, conference, or trade show? Help your founder attendees get discovered.

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Are you active in the entrepreneurship club at your college? Doing an MBA? Or are you a PHD student at a technical university? Help your fellow students get funded.

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