Chart New Seas With Start-ups

About PIER71

PIER71, ‘Port Innovation Ecosystem Reimagined at BLOCK71’ is here to re-imagine innovation in the maritime industry. We create programmes to attract, build and accelerate start-ups, identify innovation opportunities within organisations as well as platforms to fuel exchange of knowledge. Opportunities are best uncovered and potential realised when people are put together.

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Founding Partners

Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) was established on 2 February 1996, with the mission to develop Singapore as a premier global hub port and international maritime centre (IMC), and to advance and safeguard Singapore’s strategic maritime interests. MPA is the driving force behind Singapore’s port and maritime development. MPA partners the industry and other agencies to enhance safety, security and environmental protection in our port waters, facilitate port operations and growth, expand the cluster of maritime ancillary services, and promote maritime R&D and manpower development.

For more information, please visit www.mpa.gov.sg

NUS Enterprise

NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore (NUS), plays a pivotal role in advancing innovation and entrepreneurship at NUS and beyond. It actively promotes entrepreneurship and cultivates global mind-sets and talents through the synergies of experiential entrepreneurial education, active industry partnerships, holistic entrepreneurship support and catalytic entrepreneurship outreach. Its initiatives and global connections support a range of entrepreneurial journeys and foster ecosystem building in new markets. These initiatives augment and complement the University’s academic programmes and act as a unique bridge to industry well beyond Singapore’s shores.

For more information, please visit www.enterprise.nus.edu.sg

Part of

Maritime Singapore

Maritime Singapore is a thriving eco-system comprising Singapore's global hub port, international maritime centre and her strategic maritime interests. It employs 170,000 people in over 5,000 maritime establishments and contributes 7% to Singapore's Gross Domestic Product.

Maritime Singapore's Charateristics
  • Vital

    Maritime Singapore is essential for the nation’s growth and success.

  • Versatile

    Maritime Singapore represents resourcefulness, adaptability and skill-transferability.

  • Resilient

    Maritime Singapore has a cohesive maritime community that has weathered economic cycles, emerging stronger each time

  • Leading

    Maritime Singapore is at the forefront, leading Singapore’s economic development.

For more information, please visit www.maritimesingapore.sg

Supported By

Singapore Shipping Association

The Singapore Shipping Association (SSA) represents a wide spectrum of shipping companies and other businesses allied to the shipping industry. It is a national trade association formed in 1985 to serve and promote the interests of its members and to enhance the competitiveness of Singapore as an International Maritime Centre.

To achieve its objectives, the SSA engages and collaborates with the shipping industry key stakeholders and is a trusted advisor and partner to related government agencies. SSA is also actively involved in promoting the interests of shipping in Singapore and internationally. The SSA has been appointed executive seats, and co-operates with other regional and international shipping organizations to protect the marine environment and promote freedom and safety at sea. Despite being a not-for-profit organization, SSA strives to give back generously on behalf of its members, to the community in Corporate Social Responsibilities activities.

Currently, the SSA represents over 470 member companies; comprising ship owners and operators, ship managers, ship agents and other ancillary companies such as shipbrokers, classification societies, marine insurers, bunker suppliers, maritime lawyers, and shipping bankers amongst others.

For more information, please visit www.ssa.org.sg

PIER71 Team


  • Quah Ley Hoon

    Quah Ley Hoon

    Chief Executive

    Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

Project Team

  • Kenneth Lim

    Kenneth Lim

    CTO and Director

    Research and Technology and Industry Development Division,

  • Thomas Ting

    Thomas Ting

    Deputy Director

    Research and Technology and Industry Development Division,

  • Dr. Mark Lim

    Dr. Mark Lim

    Programme Director

    NUS Enterprise

  • Desmond Tay

    Desmond Tay

    Senior Manager

    Research and Technology and Industry Development Division,

  • Melinda Chan

    Melinda Chan


    Research and Technology and Industry Development Division,

  • Png Ning

    Png Ning

    Programme Manager

    NUS Enterprise