Venture Initiation Programme (VIP@SoC)

Apply for the Venture Initiation Programme (VIP@SoC) grant and secure up to $10,000 to fuel your entrepreneurial journey.

The grant spans 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. 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, check out 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 of NUS Computing 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!)

The next application window will open in July 2024.

Visit to learn more about the application process, eligibility criteria, and tips for a successful pitch.

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

If you’d like some inspiration, you can check out the list of past winners who have successfully transformed their ideas into reality.