BLOCK71 San Francisco is home to start-ups, venture capitalists and incubators.

Beginning in 2011 and widely recognized as the heart of Singapore’s startup community, the first Blk71 morphed from an old industrial estate into a thriving hub for high-growth, innovation-driven technology start-ups in Singapore.

With the support of three iconic Singapore organizations, NUS Enterprise, then-Infocomm Investments Pte Ltd (IIPL) and Singtel Innov8, a co-working space was put in place in the heart of San Francisco to continue the active support of entrepreneurship initiatives.

This became BLOCK71 San Francisco, a US launchpad for start-ups striving to establish themselves in the US and Singapore tech ecosystems, and a gateway for US companies into Singapore and Southeast Asia markets.

Our Mission

BLOCK71 San Francisco is the launchpad for startups striving to establish themselves in the US and Singapore tech ecosystems..
We integrate Singapore tech companies exploring business opportunities in the US into the local ecosystem seamlessly, and provide an extensive network of resources for US-based tech entrepreneurs, companies and investors looking to expand into Singapore and Southeast Asia markets.

We are a Partnership

BLOCK71 San Francisco is a collaborative initiative between two iconic Singapore organizations, NUS Enterprise and Singtel Innov8, who are passionate about actively engaging the global tech community and encourage entrepreneurial collaboration with leading tech ecosystems.

NUS Enterprise is the entrepreneurial arm of National University of Singapore (NUS). It provides an enterprise dimension to NUS’ teaching and research and nurtures talent with entrepreneurial and global mind-sets, advancing innovation and entrepreneurship through a wide variety of program and activities. As Asia’s thought leader for innovation and enterprise, NUS Enterprise provides experiential education and holistic entrepreneurship support and engages in active industry partnerships. NUS Enterprise has played a major role in aggregating the Singapore start-up community locally and beyond.

In the area of entrepreneurship support, NUS Enterprise provides a complete suite of services under the NUS Start-up Runway for the growth and development of start-ups on and off NUS campus, within Singapore and beyond. NUS actively engages the start-up community through new initiatives, programmes and events.

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Founded in 2010, Singtel Innov8 is the venture capital arm of the Singtel Group. It invests in and partners with innovative tech start-ups worldwide and has a fund size of US$250 million with its own set of decision making, approval and funding processes. Singtel Innov8 works closely with the ecosystem of leading innovators, developers, government agencies, R&D and capital providers to support the development of a vibrant Singapore and South East Asia start-up community and bring cutting-edge technologies and solutions to the various markets that the Singtel Group operates in.

Singtel Innov8 focuses its investments in sectors that are of strategic importance to the Singtel Group, including Analytics, MarTech, Internet of Things, Next-Gen Networks, Cyber Security as well as other new and emerging spaces. Beyond funding, it is a gateway for start-ups to access Singtel Group’s mobile customer base and enterprise customers from both developed and emerging markets across more than 20 countries. In addition, start-ups are also able to leverage Singtel Innov8’s presence in the global innovation hubs of Singapore, San Francisco and Tel Aviv, as well as its partnerships across the globe to accelerate their growth.

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Our Space

Strategically located within the South of Market Area (SoMa), BLOCK71 San Francisco is the perfect spot for Singapore tech companies exploring business opportunities in the US, and expand their network in the San Francisco tech community.

We are nestled in the South Park area of SoMa. The location houses major software and tech firms as well as a strong investor and accelerator community that provides mentoring to help shape start-ups. BLOCK71 San Francisco features coworking areas, a dedicated event space, and meeting rooms of various sizes. It is the perfect launchpad for cross-market tech start-ups raring to expand into US.

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