Archive for April 2011

The Ultimate Start-up Space 2011

The Ultimate Start-up Space is back for the 2nd year! And this time, it’s bigger. The winning business idea will get a 1,400 square foot storefront in the bustling Central Business District area and a year’s rent fully sponsored by Martell V.S.O.P. The location of the start up space is at 29 Boon Tat Street.

The panel of judges will comprise 2 local entrepreneurs (Mr Low Cheong Kee from Home-Fix and Mr Jimmy Fong from EpiCentre), representatives from Martell V.S.O.P and INSEAD. The judges will assess submissions and the winning idea based on originality, ingenuity, and the potential to succeed. The top ten finalists will attend a 1 week intensive business training session conducted by INSEAD and will also be mentored by Mr Low Cheong Kee and Mr Jimmy Fong.

And for the first time, crowd funding will be introduced in the contest. Members of the public will be welcomed to fund their favorite idea out of the top 10 entries from 2nd June to 3rd July 2011. The total funds collected will contribute to 20% of the top 10 finalists’ total score. Only funds for the winning idea will be processed and it will go into the winner’s start up capital.

On top of the 1 year rent free store front, the winner of The Ultimate Start-up Space 2011 will also get S$20,000 start up capital and additional training from INSEAD valued at $29,000.

I think this year’s Ultimate Start-up Space is much better compared to previous year. Firstly, the location of the space is at a more neutral location. Last year’s space was located at Clarke Quay so the best idea for that space will naturally be a pub or restaurant type of business. But this year’s space is at Boon Tat Street which is quite centralized. There’s more room for creativity at this venue. The crowd sourcing portion is also very interesting. I’m interested to see how contestant try to get funding. This sounds a lot like the local version of Kick Starter

This contest is open to Singapore citizen and permanent residents. To take part, submit your business ideas in WORD or Video format to by 15 May 2011. The Top 10 finalist will be announced on 2nd June 2011. The winner of the 2011 ‘The Ultimate Start-up Space’ will be announced on 4th August 2011.

So…. do you think you have the winning idea?

Seattle Doctor folds paper airplane using da Vinci Robot

OK, it may seem bo liao to you. But this short video actually shows us how nimble and accurate the da Vinci robot is. I wonder if any of the hospital in Singapore have this system.

The Ultimate “All I Need Is My Desire!” Glass House Challenge

This is going to be interesting. HTC is having a challenge at their upcoming HTC Desire road show from 15 to 17 April 2011 at VivoCity. 20 participants will be selected to be kept under “house arrest” within the Glass House for the 3 Day duration of the challenge while attempting to complete a series of tasks and challenges solely with the aid of a HTC smartphone.

Sounds like another Blogathon, except more people and for longer period of time. The prizes are pretty attractive too. The 1st prize is $5,000 cash and a HTC Desire S. In fact, the first 5 prizes are cash and a HTC Desire S. There’s also prizes for the best blog entry using HTC phone and best photo posed with HTC Desire S.

To take part, head down to the contest website and play a mini game. You need to get a good score and get your friends to vote for you to stand a chance to take part in The Ultimate “All I Need Is My Desire!” Glass House Challenge.

Hmmm….. interesting. Should I take part? Hahahaha….

First Orbit – 50th aniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight in to Space

First Orbit is a new film to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the flight of Yuri Gagarin. The film makers collaborated with the European Space Agency, and the Expedition 26/27 crew of the International Space Station to recreate what Gagarin see 50 years ago in his 108 minutes orbit.

The film will premiere on YouTube on 12th April 2011. For more info, visit

I’m excited about the film. Can’t wait for it!!!

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day 2011

Ben & Jerry’s Free Cone Day is back! This year’s Free Cone Day is on 12 April 2011. Woohoo!!!

Ben & Jerry’s is also raising funds for Dyslexia Association of Singapore during the Free Cone Day. Dyslexia Association of Singapore is a non-profit organisation dedicated to helping dyslexic kids overcome their learning difficulty and achieve more in life. So have a free cone and donate to charity.

For more info, check out the Facebook event page.