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Thank you for being a part of NEST Boot Camp 2016!


NEST Boot Camp 2016, held on the 19th to 21st December, is open to all budding entrepreneurs from JCs, Polytechnics and Universities.

Hosted in NUS, NEST aims to bring together young, driven individuals who have a high interest in entrepreneurship. Through master classes, friendly business competitions, and most importantly networking opportunities with seasoned entrepreneurs, NEST provides participants an impetus to kick-start their entrepreneurial journey as well as a platform to meet life-minded youths from other institutions in Singapore.


Interact with established entrepreneurs and venture capitalists and learn from them the essentials of starting a business through masterclasses: Idea Generation, Idea Validation and, Pitching.

Formulate an idea as a group and pitch it to a panel of industry experts at the finale pitching competition. And stand to win a mentorship by Startup Academy (worth $1,500) or have your idea shortlisted by NPTD for further development.

For this year’s opening forum themed “Sharing Economy”, hear from and engage in an interactive dialogue session with distinguished guests about how start-ups enable optimization of resources through the redistribution, sharing and reuse of excess capacity in our economy.

Look forward to meeting speakers and judges from Startup Academy, National Population and Talent Division (NPTD), Tri5, Totally Hot Stuff and many more.


Guest Speakers 2016


Benny Ong

Startup Academy

Benny co-founded Startup Academy and has successfully helped to launch and mentor 70 businesses in 2014. He is on track to launching 100 companies this year.

Himself a strong advocate for entrepreneurship, Benny believes strongly in paving his own path to lead to desired goals and is constantly on the lookout for more business opportunities in different sectors.


Christopher Quek

Managing Partner

Christopher is currently director of Angels Gate Advisory (AGA). AGA has advised over 500 startups and assisted 33 startups to obtain close to S$5 million in government grants and angel investment as of November 2015.

He is also managing partner of Tri5 Ventures, an early stage seed fund which invests in and accelerates growth of consumer-facing technology companies. Tri5 Venture’s investment quantum is up to USD 300,000.


Vidit Agrawal

Strategic Vehicle Partnerships APAC
Uber BV

Uber’s first employee in Asia, Vidit is in charge of spearheading the vehicle partnerships of Uber in the region. He has been invited to speak at events such as Asia E-Commerce & Digital Marketing Innovation Summit (2016), ACCA-ESRC Emerging Business Models Roundtable (2016) and FT-ACI Smarter World Summit (2015).

Prior to Uber, Vidit worked for UBS in Singapore and at multiple start-ups in Singapore and Silicon Valley.


Chang Zi Qian


Zi Qian was twice named as one of the 100 Leaders of Tomorrow at the St. Gallen Symposium (2011 & 2014).

Zi Qian was with the National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office before he co-founded INTELLLEX, a legal-tech startup in the business of solving knowledge management related problems in professional firms.


Luke Chong


An alumni of NUS Overseas Colleges, Luke founded TotallyHotStuff, starting from a simple e-commerce site to become a marketing platform for various local and international creative brands. Presently, TotallyHotStuff houses 55 creative brands from across the globe.

TotallyHotStuff has since grown from an e-commerce platform to having a physical presence in 9 locations across Singapore.


Seah Kah Wee

Director & Investment manager of Tri5 Ventures, Associate
Director of Angel’s Gate Advisory

Jovan Tan

Singapore Chapter Lead of Angel Labs, Cp-founder of Poowf Labs

Kris Lee

Senior Game Designer of Innervative Learning
Associate Producer of Gumi Asia Pte Ltd

Isaac Tay

Co-Founder & Head of Products of honestbee

Testimonials from Participants

  • “Good opportunity to meet excellent people.”

    — Adrian,  NUS,
  • “Enriching and really insightful camp:) “

    — Fangqin, River valley high school,
  • “NEST is awesome!”

    — Gao Fei, NUS,
  • “NEST is a great event for budding entrepreneurs to gather and learn from successful entrepreneurs through the masterclasses and networking sessions. Through the event, you will also be exposed to the vast amount of resources and support that you can tap into to create your very own startup.”

    — Low Ching Nam Raymond, NUS,
  • “Really enjoyed the session shared by Mr Chang, founder of INTELLEX. Nest is also a place to have fun and meet like minded people!”

    — Foo Shilong, Year 2 NUS,
  • “NEST brought out the entrepreneur in me! Definitely a must for budding entrepreneurs.”

    — Brandon, Year 1 Innova Junior College,
  • “It was very informative and insightful. I was exposed to a more practical perspective on business and what an entrepreneur is.”

    — Safiah, School of the Arts ,
  • “The NEST camp provided invaluable glimpses into the life of the prepubescent stages of launching a startup. The masterclasses were highly insightful and the speakers gave invaluable and pragmatic advice for aspiring entrepreneurs. The games carried out allowed the campers to experience the daily routines of businessmen in an extremely succinct yet compelling manner, thereby effectively imbibing skills essential for entrepreneurs such as effective communication and critical thinking. The time allocation for the activities were well planned and segments never felt dragged or too quick. Facilitators were sincere, congenial and knowledgeable.
    Overall, the camp experience was enjoyable yet thought-intensive.”

    — Teo Yu Xiang, JJC Year 1,
  • “NEST was able to widen my perspectives (in terms of how the business model worked) and establish a new mindset within myself.

    I also love love the people I have met and the overall effectiveness of the conference :)”

    — Maryam, School of the Arts,
  • “NEST camp was very insightful and I have not only gained more knowledge but made new friends too (:”

    — Bob, Year 2 NUS,
  • “NEST is one Big immersive experience into the startup scene and an ideal place to get started. Get to meet business-minded peers, committee members, trainers and more!”

    — Vincent Yeo, Year 1 NUS,
  • “NEST is a very fun camp with dedicated committees. It was well planned and filled with content, recommended to join to know more about the startup ecosystem.”

    — Sia Song Yu, Year 3 NUS,
  • “NEST camp was really fun and was definitely time well spent. Learnt a lot within that few days of  bootcamps and working with peers. In addition, the people and group members made it enjoyable.”

    — Wan Xuan, University of Sydney, Attendee

All-in-all, students will have much to gain from such valuable opportunity to explore the entrepreneurial scene! Regardless of your background, this bootcamp has much to offer as it opens many doors to possibilities that lie ahead! Come on and hop onto the entrepreneurial journey together!


Date and Time: 19th to 21st December 2016

Venue: NUS Business School. Mochtar Riady Building, BIZ1, . Singapore 119244 Kent Ridge Drive

Ticket cost: $89