This week, Adriel shares with us something a bit more lighthearted but still very applicable to the entrepreneur ecosystem — a class he recently attended called “Design Sprint”.

“Design Sprint” was conducted by his mentor Kwai, targeting students embarking on a Masters in entrepreneurship.

The concept of a Design Sprint was first coined by three design partners at Google Ventures, with the goal of helping their startups solve tough problems using design, prototyping and testing ideas with customers within 5 days.

Mentor Kwai (far right) conducted a “Design Sprint” Masterclass with our VB18 entrepreneurs-in-training Pamela, Vanessa, Sherman and Adriel.

Kwai intended to use this Design Sprint to purposefully force ideas out, and if that didn’t work, at least…

Today, we have Dickson sharing with us his thoughts on the aspects of cryptocurrencies that are less discussed.


Cryptocurrencies. Blockchain. Decentralisation. Really??

When asked “What is Bitcoin?” or “What are cryptocurrencies?”, one keyword that will always be mentioned in the same sentence is the word ‘decentralisation’. In the blockchain world, many take pride in the fact that blockchain is decentralised, and there is no one central party having full control or authority over the system/network. However, is this truly the case?

Theoretically, on a blockchain network such as Bitcoin, every node has a copy of the ledger and transactions can only be successfully added…

We shift the spotlight over to Sherman this week, as he brings us into his entrepreneur-in-training world.

Mentor Kwai in a sharing session with VB18 entrepreneurs-in-training Sherman, Pamela and Vanessa.

Currently, he is involved in three projects: Truesign, Pratu and a new Financial Advisory (FA) project. All three projects are in different stages, and he was given the opportunity to take on differing responsibilities in each project. His various roles spread across three projects have given him much insight that he would not have gained otherwise.

As the days pass, my team and I have faced many different hurdles and situations which we are unfamiliar with — during the making of the product…

This week, Ryan will be sharing with us how he is aligning his work and passions in life through the VB18 programme, where he is currently taking on 2 major projects within the venture-building programme.

  1. AIRO — developing a minimal viable prototype of a UVC disinfectant wand

Ryan had previously shared with us his experience working on AIRO in the Week 24 post.

2. Imaginarium —rebuilding and refurnishing the Open Innovation Lab at NTU Innovation Centre

Ryan has been working on Imaginarium over the last 4 months, working towards creating a space that is uniquely built and designed for entrepreneurs…

This week concludes the three-part Blockchain series written by our very own entrepreneur-in-training, Adriel.

In the previous two weeks, Adriel spoke about smart contracts and tokens. This week, we dive into the origins of the “crypto” in cryptocurrencies (digital money based on Blockchain).

An awesome 4-some! FLTR: Pamela, Vanessa, Sherman and Adriel of our VB18 programme.

Cryptocurrency (or crypto for short) is a word spliced together by two completely different concepts, namely cryptography and currency.

Many people who buy or transact in crypto don’t usually think about the underlying cryptographic processes that take place in order to make the transaction happen.

So, what exactly is cryptography? …

This week marks the second part of a three-part Blockchain-related insight series by Adriel.

Just last week Adriel wrote about smart contracts and how it has the power to permeate the fabric of our daily lives. The post this week will be centred around something that’s more applicable to our lives, something that has been governing our lives all this time …

and that’s tokens!

Main crypto currency coins next to each other: Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ripple, Monero, Ethereum. Source: Getty

In the crypto world, a token is a special type of smart contract that specifies the holders’ rights. …

This week marks the first of a three-part Blockchain-related insight series by our very own entrepreneur-in-training, Adriel, as he shares with us the challenges and lessons gleaned from his time in the VB18 programme.

Entrepreneur-in-training Adriel Fong

This week, he will focus on the concept of “Smart Contracts”.

Essentially, a smart contract is a self-enforcing agreement, formalised as a software. In a smart contract, there are rules that are coded into the contract that dictate a certain agreement. …

This week, Benjamin — who just joined us at the start of this year — shares with us his thoughts on his venture-building journey thus far.

Benjamin Lum of VB18

Everyone wants to turn their idea — their baby — into reality. Being a part of this venture building programme has given so much structure and clarity in ascertaining that possibility and, in some ways, the programme is a litmus test as to whether a product/service/technology can succeed.


The project Benjamin was working on is “Col-Lab” — a bioengineering-based project focused on the commercialisation of collagen — which we have covered in Week 22.

Week 31 brings us back to Dickson of EntreCity, who gives us an update on his team’s journey since our last correspondence nearly 2 months ago.

Just a quick recap EntreCity is an innovation and enterprise (I&E) online ecosystem builder, powered by NTUitive and digital technologies. Leveraging on the key strengths of consultation and networking, EntreCity aims to equip a nation of entrepreneurs on key digital competencies to empower startup success.

In the past month, a key event was setting up EntreCity’s very own studio at NTUitive. It was not as easy as they had initially thought; things they…

This week, we hear from Marcus Low who is currently working on the Virtual Asset Monitor (VAM) project.

Marcus from Team VAM

What is a Virtual Asset Monitor (VAM)?

VAM is a compliance product for financial institutions to perform their Anti-Money Laundering (AML) duties for cryptocurrencies.

Anti-money laundering (AML) refers to the laws, regulations, and procedures intended to prevent criminals from disguising illegally obtained funds as legitimate income. Though anti-money laundering laws cover a limited range of transactions and criminal behaviour, their implications are far-reaching. …


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