Last week Harley Paroulakis, Wendy Pech, Claire George and Anthony Cheng had the pleasure in meeting Singaporean Astropreneurs: Transcelestial Founders, Mohammand Danesh and Rohit Jha who are developing space lasers to revolutionise communications infrastructure; Equatorial Space Industries CEO, Simon Gwozdz who is developing small rocket launchers and Aliena Founders, Dr Mark Lim and Tony Leung who are developing plasma thrusters adapted from nuclear fusion technology.

The Darwin Innovation Hub looks forward to keeping in contact with these businesses and following their progress.

The below Channel News Asia documentary, Astropreneurs: To The Stars and Beyond provides an insight into their businesses along with Gilmour Space Technologies.

Astropreneurs: To the Stars and Beyond

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University

Nanyang Technological University is a research-intensive public university which has 33,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science and Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences and its Graduate College.

Innovative education initiatives include signature programmes such as Renaissance Engineering Programme, CN Yang Scholars Programme, NTU-University Scholars Programme. Designed for high-achieving students, these programmes offer a multidisciplinary curriculum, guidance by top faculty, interdisciplinary and intensive research opportunities, overseas exposure, as well as dialogues with world-class scientists and industry leaders.

In partnership with Imperial College London, NTU’s medical school, is grooming a new generation of doctors to meet the healthcare needs of Singapore.

Known for research excellence and technological innovation, NTU leads the top Asian universities in normalised research citation impact (Clarivate Analytics’ InCites 2016). In the 2018 Nature Index, NTU is placed 29th among the world’s universities and first in Singapore.

NTU’s five-year strategic plan, NTU 2020, builds on strong foundations of NTU 2015 and aims to propel NTU to greater heights of research excellence. The plan focuses on five key research thrusts – Sustainable Earth, Global Asia, Secure Community, Healthy Society and Future Learning. The areas leverage NTU’s diverse strengths, particularly its longstanding expertise in engineering, business and education, and the interfaces these have with various disciplines such as in healthcare, science and the humanities. NTU’s sustainability initiatives have clinched significant competitive research funding and the university is already a global leader in this area.

NTU actively pursues partnerships with top universities and runs joint and dual PhD degree programmes with well-established universities. Some of its key partners in academia and research include Imperial College London, Technical University of Munich, and University of California, Berkeley. The university also works closely with the biggest industry players in making its research relevant to society. In the past few years alone, NTU has struck a record number of tie-ups with big players such as Alibaba, BMW Group, Rolls-Royce, Delta Electronics, ST Engineering, SMRT, SingTel and Surbana Jurong.

Satellite Research Centre (SaRC) aims to be a centre of excellence in satellite engineering research, in particular non-satellite technology and distributed space mission for remote sensing and communication applications.  The main focus is to pursue upstream academy research projects involving mainly innovative nano-satellites for distributed space system application.

Satellite Research Centre

Energy Research Institute @ NTU

Established in June 2010, the Energy Research Institute @NTU (ERI@N) distinguishes itself through excellence in basic research directed towards outcomes of high industry relevance, with focus on systems-level research for tropical megacities.

It achieves this via seven Interdisciplinary Research Programmes (IRP) and two Flagship Programmes that covers the energy value chain from generation, transmission to end use.

The IRPs address research covering the domains of renewables, low carbon generation along with energy storage and fuel cells; renewables integration, multi-energy systems and grids; sustainable buildings, future mobility solutions and maritime clean energy.

The two flagship projects, EcoCampus and Renewable Energy Integration Demonstrator Singapore (REIDS) serve as strong “Living Lab” platforms to engage industry developed innovation, focusing on solutions that achieves energy efficiency and renewable energy integration into smart micro grids, respectively.

The ERI@N Accelerator Programme (EAP) takes the initiative to provide support and galvanize entrepreneurship to bring innovations from the lab to the real-world.

Energy Research Institute @NTU

James Cook University

Visit to James Cook University, Singapore

On Monday afternoon, DIH CEO Harley Paroulakis, DIH Program Director Wendy Pech and Claire George, Director, Economic and Industry Development, Northern Australia Development and Trade met with Deputy Vice Chancellor & Head of Campus Singapore, Chris Rudd OBE and Associate Professor Abhishek Bhati, Campus Dean and Head of Learning, Teaching and Student Engagement at James Cook University.

The visit included an overview of activities taking place at the campus and a tour of the new aquaculture facilities.
Opening the Doors to Aquaculture Innovation

The Singapore campus of James Cook University is fully owned by James Cook University Australia, which is ranked in the top 2%* of universities in the world. James Cook University Australia established its Singapore campus in 2003 as part of its expressed intent of internationalising its activities and offers a suite of university level programs at the Singapore campus covering the areas of Business, Information Technology, Psychology, Education, Accounting, Arts, Aquaculture, Environmental Science, Games Design, Tourism and Hospitality.

Discovering Singapore

Last week, DIH CEO Harley Paroulakis and Program Director Wendy Pech had the privilege of visiting Singapore with Anthony Cheng, Director, NT Trade and Investment, Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) and Claire George, Director, Economic and Industry Development, Northern Australia Development and Trade to learn about the entrepreneurial activity in Northeast Asia, research and development being undertaken and discussing areas of collaboration with The Territory.

Thank you to Enterprise Singapore, SEEDS Capital, Singapore Space and Technology Association, ENGIE Asia Pacific and Nanyang Technological University for welcoming us and showcasing the innovative environment in Singapore.

Discovering Singapore
Enterprise Singapore

Enterprise Singapore is the government agency championing enterprise development. Enterprise Singapore works with committed companies to build capabilities, innovate and internationalise.  They also support the growth of Singapore as a hub for global trading and startups.  Singapore Enterprise is the nation standards and accreditation body which continues to build trust in Singapore’s products and services through quality and standards.

SEEDS Capital is the investment arm of Enterprise Singapore and supports the growth of promising Singapore-based startups.  SEEDS Capital co-invest with independent investors in innovative startups with strong intellectual content and global markets potential.

SEEDS Capital partner startups to commercialise and expand globally by leveraging the expertise and strategic networks of their co-investment partners, in areas such as technology translation, commercialisation and market expansions.

Discovering Singapore
Singapore Space and Technology Association

The Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA) focuses on developing Singapore’s Space and related high technology industries.  As an active member of the Space industry, we spearhead major trade and business focused initiatives targeted at advancing the space ecosystem, host global meets and organise education and outreach programs that support the discovery and exploration of space-related activities.

Discovering Singapore
ENGIE Factory

ENGIE is a global energy player and an expert operator in the three key sectors of electricity, natural gas and energy services.  The Group supports changes in society that are based as much on economic growth as on, social progress and the preservation of national resources.

ENGIE develops its businesses (power, natural gas, energy services) around a model based on responsible growth to take up today’s major energy and environmental challenges: meeting energy needs, ensuring the security of supply, fighting against climate change and maximizing the use of resources.

ENGIE Factory’s focus is to work with startups and founders to co-develop solutions that will change the way we deal with energy and transform how cities operate. Areas of focus include Green Mobility, Smart Cities, Energy Efficiency and Renewal Energy.