About the Innovation and Startup Desk in Singapore

Intro about the Desk, its mission and activities

Innovation desk in general is an initiative by ICE aka Italian trade agency for assisting the highly innovative Italian startups in expanding its business in domestic and offshore markets.

The placement of the innovation desks is in accordance with the importance of the cities and its close vicinity to the foreign investors for attracting investments towards the Italian startups. Apart from attracting investments; the innovation desks are involved in other innovative activities towards attracting Italian investment in the host countries for most happening initiatives by the country’s respective governments.


A new platform to help local companies develop business and technology collaborations with European partners, the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) Singapore Centre, was launched on 21 April 2016.

Jointly launched by International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and Intellectual Property Intermediary (IPI), the centre will give Singapore companies access to technology know-how, intellectual property and exclusive access to 10,000 business and technology partnership opportunities.

Trade agency IE Singapore said the EEN is the world's largest business and innovation support platform, which was set up under the European Commission's Agency for Small and Medium Industries.

The EEN counts chambers of commerce, regional development organisations and research institutes among its members, said the Ambassador of the European Union to Singapore Dr Michael Pulch.

He noted the growing importance of the Asia Pacific region, with Singapore, New Zealand, Taiwan and Indonesia joining the EEN.

Mr Douglas Foo, President of SMF, explained that companies have to register their interest to collaborate on the EEN Singapore website. EEN Singapore will then help to identify potential businesses for companies to collaborate with.

He said: "Currently we already have more than 200 companies on the Singapore database and have matched almost 50 companies."

Trade and Industry (Industry) Minister S Iswaran, who was Guest of Honour at the official launch event, said that the European Union accounts for 10 per cent of Singapore's total trade, with bilateral trade standing at about S$91 billion in 2015.

He emphasised that innovation and internationalisation will be key drivers for Singapore, and the EEN platform will help Singapore companies tap on the international network to drive innovation efforts.

Source: Channel News Asia (published on 21 April 2016)


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