Q1.  Is this an NUS module?

Yes, it is! It is registered under the NUS DYOM framework. 

In fact, NES STARTathon consists of 2 semester-long modules.
The module offered in Semester 1, worth 2 MCs (approved by department), is on Ideation and Validation while the module in Semester 2, worth 4 MCs (we are pending approval from department on the number of MCs for the module in Semester 2) is on Early-Stage Commercialisation.

Q2. Which module is being offered now? 

As Semester 1 is about to begin, the module currently offered is “Ideation and Validation for Entrepreneurs”. 

Q3.  How is this module graded? Will it count towards my CAP? 

The module is graded on a Pass/Fail, or CS/CU (Completed Satisfactorily / Completed Unsatisfactorily) basis, and thus, will not be counted towards the calculation of your cumulative average point (CAP).
You can thus focus on developing your passions without worries about its effect on your grades!

Q4.  Is this module included in the maximum number of Level-1000 modules allowable?

This module will not be counted toward the limit stipulated on the number of Level-1000 modules.

Q5.  Is this module included in our workload? Do we need to seek a waiver if we are overloading?

Yes. Since this module has 2 MCs worth of credit, it is included in your academic workload. Hence, please include it in your academic planning.

If you are overloading (check NUS and your faculty requirements), you MUST seek a waiver and ensure you have gotten approval from your faculty.

Q6.  Are there any students who are NOT allowed to take this module?

As with other DYOM modules, students from Medicine, Dentistry, Law, SCALE and Yale-NUS are excluded from reading DYOM modules.

Q7.  Can I take other DYOM modules?

According to NUS’ DYOM framework, students can utilise up to 8 MCs for DYOM.

Q8.  Will this module be reflected in the transcript?

Once a DYOM has been added to your record in EduRec (under Academics > DYOM > DYOM (Group)), any de-registration or dropping of the module could have an implication on your academic record (e.g., “W” grade, etc.).

Hence, please take note of the deadlines, and seek to withdraw before them, should you wish to avoid a W or F grade.

Q9. Does this module count towards the Innovation and Entrepreneurship specialisation (for BBA), Second Major in Management, or a Minor in Management (for non-Business students)?

No, like all DYOM modules, they will count towards your Unrestricted Electives requirement.

Please refer to for more information on the specialisation in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

Please refer to for more information on the Second Major or Minor in Management.

Q10. If I take this module, can I still participate in NUS Overseas Colleges (NOC) and/or programmes with NUS Enterprise?

Yes, of course.

Q11.  Would I be pre-allocated this module?

If your name has been submitted as part of the DYOM application, you may be pre-allocated this module as early as Round 1.

Q12.   Given the Covid-19 situation, how would classes be held?

Classes will either be held face-to-face or through Zoom. Should there be physical classes, it is likely to be held at The Hangar @ NUS Enterprise. The conduct of classes will strictly follow guidelines prescribed by NUS Enterprise, including 1-meter-social distancing, a maximum of 50 people (the Seminar Room can hold up to 60 people usually), and contact tracing. 
We would like to reassure students that we take their health and safety as the top priority.

Q13. Where can I find more information about the curriculum, lesson timings, assessments and prerequisites? 

Please refer to

Q14. Do I apply individually or in teams? 

Applications for our Phase 1 module can be done individually or in teams. 

Applications for the Phase 2 module are in groups. 


Q15. If I had participated in the Phase 1 module, can I have new team members for the Phase 2 module? 

Yes, as your startup idea has gone through the Phase 1 curriculum. 

Q16. When do applications close? 

Applications for our Phase I module (Ideation & Validation for Entrepreneurs) close on 25 July 2021 (Sunday) at 2359 HRS. 

As we have to meet strict deadlines in registering participants, this is a hard deadline. No requests for extensions will be entertained. 

Please sign up here!