Participating in SWITCH 2023, organized by Enterprise Singapore, offered me, as the CEO of Vietcetera, a unique opportunity to explore LaunchPad @ one-north, a pivotal element in Singapore’s vibrant startup ecosystem. This exploration was more than just a visit to a location; it was an immersion in an environment where innovation and ideas flourish.
Situated in Singapore’s dynamic technology corridor – one-north and close to the rapidly evolving Jurong Innovation District, LaunchPad stands as a beacon for over 700 startups. As an integral part of Startup SG, it strategically aligns with knowledge-intensive companies, higher education institutes, and research bodies. This isn’t just a hub; it’s a cradle for the future’s innovators.
My visit to LaunchPad was enlightening. The hub’s energetic atmosphere, where incubators, accelerators, venture capitalists, and entrepreneurs converge, mirrors the inclusive and innovative spirit we champion at Vietcetera Media – deeply rooted in Vietnamese culture yet globally oriented. The diversity and collaboration I witnessed here resonate with our mission to bridge Vietnam with the world and vice versa.
LaunchPad’s commitment to nurturing early-stage startups is particularly impressive. It has played a pivotal role in the development of over 2,000 startups since 2015, contributing to an impressive S$400 million in cumulative revenue. This achievement is a testament to the ecosystem’s effectiveness and the caliber of ideas it fosters.
Walking through LaunchPad, I encountered entrepreneurs whose passion and vision were palpable. Their diverse ventures range from cutting-edge technology to sustainable solutions, reflecting the global perspective of Singapore’s startup scene. This is not merely about business growth; it’s about pushing the limits of possibility.
Engaging with various stakeholders at LaunchPad, I understood that its success stems from more than its infrastructure – it’s about the community spirit and collaboration that’s central to its ethos. Startups here are not just working near industry and academic giants; they are actively collaborating with them, ensuring a steady exchange of knowledge, experience, and resources.
The synergy between LaunchPad @ one-north and the Jurong Innovation District further broadens the horizons for startups. The focus on advanced manufacturing in the latter complements the tech-driven environment at one-north, creating a diverse array of opportunities. This symbiosis is a model for cross-sector collaboration and innovation.
Reflecting on my visit during SWITCH 2023, I see LaunchPad as more than a startup space. It’s an embodiment of what a supportive, integrated ecosystem can accomplish. It’s a hub of innovation, collaboration, and growth – values we hold dear at Vietcetera Media. Our young, diverse audience, much like the community at LaunchPad, can draw inspiration from this exemplary model.
As we continue to craft stories that resonate, the insights gained from LaunchPad @ one-north will shape our narratives. It’s a vivid reminder that extraordinary achievements are born when diverse minds collaborate. In this dynamic space, the future of innovation is not just envisioned; it’s being actively constructed, one startup at a time.