Generative AI
Accelerate Programme

Growing Asia's next generation of AI start-ups

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About the programme

The Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Accelerate programme, champions the advancement of early-stage generative AI start-ups in Asia. Organised by NUS Enterprise through its flagship global start-up development platform BLOCK71, in collaboration with industry leader Microsoft, it provides a dynamic launchpad. Through curated curriculum, events and collaborative spaces, we foster an environment where the immense potential of generative AI applications is explored.

A pioneering programme, we seek to identify promising Pre-Seed to Pre-A start-ups using generative AI models that have compelling use case validation and help to accelerate their growth in reaching their next technology and/or business milestone with an 8-week programme and 16-week support in our Southeast Asian ecosystem.

Organising partners

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Programme partners (BLOCK71 Southeast Asia partners)

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Why join?

For early-stage Generative AI start-ups, this programme accelerates your journey to the next level. Whether your focus is on business expansion or technological advancements, you can receive tailored support and position your start-up at the forefront of generative AI innovation in the region. This is your exclusive invitation to become a part of our dynamic ecosystem and leverage strategic partnerships that will propel your generative AI start-ups towards its next significant milestones!

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Expert advice on your integration and optimisation needs to build a sustainable technology stack for Generative AI.

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Network of mentors, investors and founders who are passionate about growing Generative AI in the region to journey with you.

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Collaborative work space for you to immerse in Southeast Asia’s start-up ecosystem in Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam.

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Up to $150k in Azure credits with access to OpenAI, Office 365 and MS account managed support.

Programme timeline

The Generative AI Accelerate programme unfolds across a strategic timeline designed to propel the growth and potential of early-stage start-ups with existing and early products. The comprehensive journey spans key phases:

  • Application

    Application window is open until 21 Feb 2024

    Look out for live AI events and information sessions to be held in Singapore, Indonesia and Vietnam between 23 and 30 Jan 2024!

  • Shortlisting

    29 Feb to early March 2024

  • Structured Programme

    8 week programme from 26 Mar to 21 May 2024

    Focused support to accelerate progress towards your next tech and/or business milestone!

  • Ecosystem Support

    Co-working incubation support at BLOCK71 Southeast Asian nodes from end March to end Jul 2024

  • Demo Day

    Showcase of participating start-ups 29th May 2024

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    In order for you to be eligible for the programme:

    • Your start-up must be a legally registered for-profit business entity in Asia.
    • Artificial Intelligence (AI) should be a core part of your solution offering, with existing use case application(s) developed or being developing using Generative AI.
    • You should have an active presence or keen interest in growing your business in Southeast Asia.
    • Your start-up has not gone through a Series A or later funding round.
    • Your start-up must be privately held.
    • Your start-up is not an educational institution, government entity, personal blog, dev shop, consultancy, agency, bitcoin, or crypto mining company.

    If you have an early-stage Generative AI start-up raring to grow your impact in Asia, apply here!

    Applications close 21 Feb 2024 and are assessed on a competitive basis to form a small cohort that will be participating in the programme.


    About the Organising Partners

    NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS), plays a pivotal role in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship at NUS and beyond. It actively promotes entrepreneurship and cultivates global mind-sets and talents through the synergies of experiential entrepreneurial education, active industry partnerships, holistic entrepreneurship support and catalytic entrepreneurship outreach. Its initiatives and global connections support a range of entrepreneurial journeys and foster ecosystem building in new markets. These initiatives augment and complement the University’s academic programmes and act as a unique bridge to industry well beyond Singapore’s shores.

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    BLOCK71 is an initiative by NUS Enterprise in collaborative and strategic partnerships with established corporates and government agencies. It is a technology-focused ecosystem builder and global business connector which catalyses and aggregates the start-up community, as well as spearheads new initiatives and provides mentorship and growth opportunities in local and global markets. BLOCK71 has supported the growth of 1600+ startups since its establishment in 2011 and has developed presence in 6 countries: Singapore, United States, China, Japan, Indonesia and Vietnam.

    Microsoft enables digital transformation for the era of an intelligent cloud and an intelligent edge. Its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

    For all enquires regarding the programme, please email Follow BLOCK71 Singapore for latest programme updates!

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