NUS GRIP Run 4 Lift-Off Day – A Virtual Fiesta!

Presenters during the Run 4 Lift-Off Day

18 December 2020 – While 2020 has undoubtedly been a challenging year, it has opened up endless possibilities for the future of start-ups in a brand new economic climate – of new innovations and of meeting new needs.

“It also heightened the critical and urgent need to move technology to the battle front against COVID-19, from online transactions, digitalization, viral screening, vaccines or robotics.” – Prof Freddy Boey, NUS Deputy President (Innovation & Enterprise)

It has been an unprecedented year for GRIP as well, with our flagship programme taking on a hybrid format to avoid physical gatherings (until the situation had eased up), and we launched GRIP MAKE (Market Analysis, Knowledge Experimentation), a new initiative to help support young graduates in this extraordinary circumstances. 

Through the adversity, our young entrepreneurs have pressed on to navigate though the first three months of intensive “Venture Hothousing”, where they developed and fine tune their research-based innovations into scalable and investible deep tech start-ups.

On Wednesday, 18 teams presented to a live audience of over 400 investors and VCs, corporates, government and institutions from 18 different countries, at our first ever Virtual Lift-Off Day, designed to enhance interpersonal interactions between the participants. Each team did a 1-minute pitch presentation, and were given a booth to showcase their solutions, with Live Chat and 1-to-1 meetings to interact with the attendees.

Ms. Irene Cheong, Director of the NUS Industry Liaison Office, hosted the opening event, where she shared with the audience a new programme by AM.NUS to support deep tech prototyping using 3D printers, and a new video series called 8 For 8, to cast the spotlight on the amazing people in the GRIP community.

We were graced by the presence of NUS President Professor Tan Eng Chye, Provost Professor Ho Teck Hua and NUS Deputy President (Innovation & Enterprise) Prof Freddy Boey.

During the opening speech, Prof Freddy Boey spoke about how innovation through technology has become the world’s topmost priority. He shared about how the team is now working on a start-up CEO list, and also his plans to expand the Minimum Viable Product Studio initiative, both of which will serve to provide greater support to future GRIP teams. He also revealed the University’s plans to accelerate innovations in food technology, including a new 9000 sq. meter building, next to Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, focusing on research and innovation in food science and technology.

Watch the teams’ 1-minute pitches

As of today, 80 teams have graduated from the NUS GRIP programme, to go on to further develop their innovations, scale their businesses and unlock greater potential of the technologies. Our Run 4 start-ups will be further incubated by the University to solidify their footing in the market in the next nine months. We are excited to see how these teams will grow!

Missed the event? Download the Run 4 Lift-Off Day Teams Booklet and factsheets from our Resources page.

NUS GRIP Run 4 Teams

Click on each team to watch their 8-minute video and to find out more!

Photos from Run 4 Lift-Off Day

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