Story of Block 71 and IM Innovations

April 3, 2014

Block 71, a seven-storey industrial building on Singapore’s Ayer Rajah Crescent, originally slated for demolition, was a government-led initiative to house start-ups and SMEs especially those in the infocomm and media sector.

 

During his visit in 2012, Minster of State (MOS) for Trade and Industry, Mr. Teo Ser Luck noted that small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are the backbone of the economy, but needed strengthening. The visit was featured on The Straits Times on 25 September 2012.

 

Building on the success of Block 71,  JTC LaunchPad @ One-North was launched on 12 March 2014 by Minster of State (MOS) for Trade and Industry, Mr. Teo Ser Luck. Two new blocks – Block 73 and Block 79 will be added to accommodate the expanded cluster of start-ups and incubators.

 

Mr. Vincent Ong, the Managing Director of IM Innovations, had the opportunity to meet the Minister at the LaunchPad event. 

 

As one of the pioneer tenants since early 2012, IM Innovations have been supporting the MDA effort to develop and add vibrancy to the media start-up ecosystem at Block 71.  Working with global technology partners, like MAXON, we have conducted a series of 3D animation and visual effects seminars and workshops at NUS Plug-in.  Such events attracted freelancers, professionals from large companies and SMEs like MediaCorp, HBO Asia, Moving Bits, Wishing Well, Sony Picture Entertainment Network and allow budding media entrepreneurs and freelancers to learn and network with industry veterans.

 

We also developed a new genre of multimedia game-based solution called ‘Singapore History Alive with 3D!’.  Used in some primary schools, this solution lets users learn about Singapore’s history and heritage in a fun and interactive way. Based on the MOE social studies curriculum, it comprises 3D educational games, animation videos, presentation slides and quizzes and seeks to re-invent traditional classroom methods with the use of infocomm media technology. 

 

Our unit at #03-16 also hosted both local and overseas visitors, including Adobe, MAXON, Lenovo, MDIS, and even a 30 student delegation from Taiwan’s Yuan Ze University.  Students from the local polytechnics also have the opportunity to work with our staff and get a taste of entrepreneurship.

 

As a tenant of Block 71, IM Innovations is proud to be part of the growing pool of SMEs representing and propagating the start-up culture of risk taking and thinking out of the box.  

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