Singapore is the home to a number of promising and well-funded blockchain startups and could become a leader for blockchain disruption. One key factor is Singapore's strong academic environment that embraces technology and offers courses and workshops in blockchain. NUS announced earlier that it is partnering with IBM to develop a curriculum around blockchain and distributed ledger technology. NUS is also where blockchain startup Zilliqa, a hyper-efficient, scalable blockchain, originated. Zilliqa CEO and co-founder Dong Xinshu, a former NUS researcher, says his company's scholarly background is what sets the startup apart.