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In light of the Covid-19 situation, NES presents an online rendition of our annual event for tertiary entrepreneurs.

Event details

Ground Zero is an annual event held for aspiring tertiary entrepreneurs. We welcome participants from tertiary institutions and secondary schools who want to challenge their business acumen and solve exciting business challenges. 

This year, with the support of our platinum sponsors Rescale Lab and AWS, we invite you to embark on a life-changing summer experience with us. Gain access to experienced mentors, and receive tailored feedback and guidance as they guide you through the process of bringing your concepts to life. Using the challenge statements given, come up with an idea for a startup within 3 days. We await your innovative solutions!

7 May

  • Online opening address

  • Release of 3 challenge statements

  • Q&A with challenge statement providers

  • Ideation mentoring sessions

8 May

  • Online mentoring sessions

9 May

  • 9am submission

  • Release of 9 finalist teams

  • Online pitching to judges


NES hosts workshops by industry experts and professionals on topics ranging  from crafting your first pitch decks to establishing sustainable business models and marketing strategies.

Finding Product Market Fit by Nesh Sooriyan, Venture Partner at Accelerating Asia
10 April 2021, 7-9pm

What it means to incubate a Startup with AI technology by James Ong from the Origami and Artificial Intelligence International Institute

11 April, 2021, 7-8pm

From an Idea to a Startup Founder by Antonio Quero-Diaz from Vamos Startups

17 April, 2021, 7-9pm

Crafting your Pitch Deck by Robin from The Startup Buddy
18 April 2021, 7-9pm

Trends in EdTech by Ivan G, EdTech Lead from AWS

20 April 2021, 7-9pm

Digital Marketing for Tech Startups by Charmaine Lee, Chief Digital Marketing Officer from Sky Digital Agency

04 May 2021, 7-8pm


With 3 unique challenge statements to choose from, there will be a total of 9 finalists.

Attractive cash benefits and prizes of over $15k to be won!

First Prize: $2,000

Second Prize: $800

Third Prize: $400


We invite Industry leaders and founders from startups to advise on the many brilliant ideas that the participants have to tackle the challenge statements.

Experience the thrill of being an entrepreneur. 

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