Learning to be Resilient while Growing with NUS's Innovation Challenge
Updated: Oct 22, 2021
It has been a year since we were given the amazing opportunity to be a part of the NUS Resilience and Growth (R&G) Innovation Challenge. Despite the on-going pandemic, it was crazy how we were given amazing opportunities, which ultimately grounded us during these confusing times, that helped us focus on our mission on helping to accelerate Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) solutions in Southeast Asia and build smarter cities in Southeast Asia.
The NUS Resilience and Growth (R&G) Innovation Challenge is a ground-up initiative for recent graduates where the University set aside $6 million to support ideas and proposals that help to champion making our people, society, and world better. It is exciting to see the development of building sustainable cities and communities right before our eyes, not everyday which we get this chance.
The challenge has opened us to sustainability funding opportunities and sustainability events that we couldn't have access before.
Here are some quick highlights of our journey with them!
We hosted talks in collaboration with NUS Enterprise-BoP Hub Joint Initiative on Social System Innovation (JISSI) x N-House!: Second Lives! A dialogue on food waste, and Green Innovation talk.
Access to a warm space over at NUS Enterprise's the Hangar that let us host discussions for dev team to hunker down work details. It was helpful since most of them are NUS students juggling school, and Interseed.
Access to BoP Hub's co-working space which Jack Sim (fun fact, he is the founder of the World Toilet Organization and also known as the toilet king!) and Tony Tan who checked in on us regularly by making sure we are on the right track.
The amazing support of Yuen Ping (she nominated us for EDGE35 and also helped champion our name in different circles!)
We would like to thank the NUS R&G team and panel for the continued support and the opportunity to accelerate the pace of sustainable development in Southeast Asia.
We couldn't have found a better support network that helped us push out our Early Access platform, during a pandemic no less.
(not to get too sentimental but take us back to these amazing days)
Thank you for helping to make this platform possible