What We Do

PIER71TM designs and delivers programmes to uncover opportunities within the maritime industry. Bringing together a community of stakeholders who are keen to digitalise and create the next wave of maritime innovation, these are designed to provide access to markets, demand drivers, technology solution providers, investors and more.

Smart Port Challenge
Smart Port Challenge

Sitting at the core of PIER71TM is the annual Smart Port Challenge. Every year, we work in partnership with maritime corporates to turn their business challenges into innovation opportunities, then gather the best ideas from start-ups around the world and put them through PIER71TM Accelerate, a fast track towards creating a market-ready and viable product/solution.

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PIER71™ Accelerate
PIER71™ Accelerate

The first-of-its-kind in Singapore, PIER71TM Accelerate is a market validation and customer discovery programme backed by world-class entrepreneurship education from NUS Enterprise and specifically curated for the maritime industry. Typically a six-week programme exclusively for Smart Port Challenge finalists, workshops and masterclass sessions are conducted by industry veterans and domain experts. Start-ups are paired with a mentor and get connected to maritime corporates, investors, venture capitalists, serial entrepreneurs, as well as PIER71TM ’s networks of resources.

PIER71™ Ascend
PIER71™ Ascend

PIER71™ Ascend is a 12-month, by-invite only scale-up programme, with curated masterclasses, industry networking sessions, and an immersion programme aimed at connecting start-ups to overseas markets and government stakeholders, as well as prospective maritime customers. Promising scale-ups can also apply for grant support of up to S$100,000 to scale their solutions, under MPA’s MINT-STARTUP scheme.

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Learning Events

While PIER71TM Accelerate is exclusive to Smart Port Challenge finalists, there are plenty of other events and activities that are open to the wider community, including the PIER71TM Explore series. Visit our News & Events page regularly to find out what’s happening or join our mailing list and be the first to know.

Network of Resources


Partnerships with global accelerators, investors and venture capitalists for funding

corporates for market access

Reach to corporates for market access

product validation

Partnerships with maritime corporates for test-bedding and product validation

entrepreneurial education

Access to wider NUS network for entrepreneurial education, technology and talent

Landing Pad Services

Located at BLOCK71, JTC LaunchPad @ One North, PIER71TM’s Landing Pad is the epicentre of maritime innovation and action. Immerse in an entrepreneur-centric environment by applying for sponsored residency or partnering with us for an event.

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