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ETPL promotes entrepreneurship within the researcher community by supporting budding technopreneurs from A*STAR’s Research Institutes who desire to spin-off their inventions. This may include engaging experienced entrepreneurs who are keen to be part of the spin-off process.
The Incubation and Startup Management (ISM) team works with the founding team to develop a business plan and provides business support such as marketing, mentorship, business development and networking. It will also help in the recruitment of management and board members.

More critically, the Incubation and Startup Management (ISM) team will help to raise capital through its network in the investment community.

"Grooming Scientists into Technopreneurs & Nurturing A*STAR spin-offs"

ISM promotes entrepreneurship within the researcher community by supporting budding technopreneurs from A*STAR's Research Institutes who desire to spin-off their inventions. We work with the scientists to develop a technology and business roadmap that will culminate into a worldclass business plan and provide necessary spin-off services.


We provide 2 types of business services:
  • Investment services
  • Spin-Off services


We also leverage on external advisors to help execute our functions effectively. Our advisors are:
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Mr. Douglas Abrams
Experience: He is the founder and CEO of Expara and Expara IDM Ventures, a business accelerator for interactive and digital media companies. He is a founding partner and managing director of Extream Ventures, a venture capital fund backed by the Singapore Government’s National Research Association (NRF). He was a founding partner of Parallax Capital Management, a funds management company. All four companies are based in Singapore.
He is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Business School and is a Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship for the Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
Douglas is a director and former co-deputy chairman of the South East Asia Business Angel Investor Network. He was previously a member of the steering committees for the NUS Venture Support Fund (VSF) and the NUS FUSE Fund for student businesses. He has also developed and conducted workshops on entrepreneurship and innovation, including the highly successful From Idea to Investment workshop series.
Mr. Abrams has served on the board of the Media Development Authority of Singapore (MDA) and is a member of the Media & Communications Manpower, Skills & Training Council of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency. He also serves as an advisor to many start-up companies, including those started by his former students.
Education: Mr. Abrams graduated from the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Communications and received an MBA from The Wharton School.
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Mr Yong Lum Sung
Experience: Mr Lum Sung Yong has more than thirty years of industry experience. Earlier on, he was with the Dutch multinational company, Philips, in various technical, commercial and general management positions. His subsequent appointments include: General Manager, ST Mobile Data Pte Ltd and ST SunPage Pte Ltd; President, Singapore Cable Vision Ltd and Group Chief Operating Officer, StarHub Ltd. Currently, he serves on the boards of several companies.
Education: Lum Sung has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Singapore and a Graduate Diploma in Accounting and Finance from the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants, UK. He has also attended the Advanced Management Programme at Harvard Business School.
Mentors are expected to spend 1-2 days a month while catalysts work for 2-3 days a week with a start-up.

To find out more about our services, you can send your queries to ism@etpl.sg
or contact the following ISM officers:




Kaspar Chong

6877 4586


Bobby Ngor

6877 4585


Brian Wong

6877 4584