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Turn your byte-sized dreams into reality! Apply for the Venture Initiation Program@SoC (VIP@SoC) grant and secure up to $10,000 to fuel your entrepreneurial journey.

The grant spans a period of one year and is designed for small teams. While the main applicant must be a student of SoC throughout the grant’s one-year duration, we welcome members from other schools to join your team. In fact, we encourage diversity by embracing students from various disciplines. A diverse team with a mix of skills is a formidable force!

Calling all tech enthusiasts! If you are working on IoT or hardware projects, we invite you to explore SoC's Makers Lab, also known as Makers@SoC. Located at COM3-01-19, this well-equipped haven is the perfect place to bring your ideas to life.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The project must be carried out by the student applicant or team and should not be part of a project initiated by a Company.
  • The main applicant must remain a student during the one-year duration of the grant.

Evaluation Criteria:  

  • Is your idea unique or something that has been tried before? (Check out the past projects here for reference)
  • Is there a competitive or differentiating edge? How is it different from what already exists and how is it better ?
  • Is there a sizable market and a clearly defined initial target user group for your proposed innovation?
  • Have you done sufficient research on the market need and competition?
  • Does the team have the competencies to deliver?
  • Are you able to demonstrate some early prototypes? (This would be an advantage!)

Application window is about to open. Keep an eye out for our upcoming application call! 

Before embarking on your start-up journey, equip yourself with the necessary knowledge. Visit to learn more about the application process, eligibility criteria, and get tips to craft the perfect pitch deck.

For any additional queries, you can refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for VIP@SoC.

If you'd like some inspiration, feel free to check out the list of past winners who have successfully transformed their ideas into reality.