Hot on the heels of the opening of ThincLab Adelaide by Premier Jay Weatherill MP, Prof Noel Lindsay, Director ECIC and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Entrepreneurship) welcomed SA’s Minister for Investment and Trade, Hon Martin Hamilton-Smith MP to ThincLab Singapore on 25 July.
At the event ThincLab Singapore Manager, Prakash Somosundram, himself a highly experienced entrepreneur, showed the Minister and other key Singaporean government officials around the state-of-art Biopolis precinct. Also in attendance were leaders of Singapore industry and over 40 University of Adelaide alumni .
ThincLab Singapore boasts a number of co-shared working spaces, meeting rooms and hot desks, all designed to maximise the potential of new start-ups and ventures. It’s aimed at building the capacity of Singapore-based start-ups keen on expanding to Australia, as well as acting as a sophisticated base for Australian start-ups ready to take on the Asian market. A mentoring program will guide new ventures through the first tentative steps of commercialisation, and the eChallenge program will also be available as a rich source of learning and a safe harbour from which to explore the entrepreneurial horizon.
The tour was part of a bigger event that included a Singapore Australia Friendship Forum. ‘We’ve always valued our special ties with Singapore and hope that the ThincLab Singapore will just continue to strengthen those foundations’, said Prof Lindsay. ‘The Minister was impressed with the facility and complimented the University of Adelaide’s ThincLab network as unique amongst the university sector ’, Prof Lindsay continued.
ThincLab Singapore will officially open later this month once its new residents have taken up their space.
ThincLab Singapore will be a buzzing hive of industries and innovative activity. Watch this space!