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Ultimate Ideas For A Startup Space

Ultimate Startup Space
Martell VSOP's Ultimate Start-up Space challenge - which of these ideas will emerge the winner?

I previously wrote about Martell VSOP’s The “Ultimate Start-up Space”. With a chance to win free six-month rental of a premium space in Clarke Quay, S$20,000 in funding and training in an INSEAD Executive Education programme, what kind of ideas have the initiative attracted?

Ideas from Singaporeans from the creative, such as a pub with dynamic drinks pricing, to the utterly bizarre in the form of insect cuisine. Here is a look at some of the top ten entries:

1. RADIOactive

RADIOactive empowers brands to operate their own Radio channel, communicating with targeted audiences via mobile devices. With a 24/7 International Party Radio Channel, the space will house the studio and function as an outlet for prize redemptions, sampling and venue for making on-site paid  dedications that go to charity.

2. Amnesia

Visitors are encouraged to temporarily forget where they are when in Amnesia, with its full 360-degree multimedia projectors that take visitors around the world as they enjoy on signature drinks and cocktails.

3. Bon Soir – Dark Dining

Imagine taking a meal in absolute darkness. Embark on an extraordinary culinary adventure where the visually impaired  are hired and trained to serve as professional waiters/guides. This idea is not new, though.

4. Hemeryx – The Bar That Connects

A bar that uses interactive wall to change ambiance, interactive tables play games with each other and strangers at other tables. As Hemeryx expands worldwide, people can connect with strangers chilling elsewhere on Earth.

5. OliveScreens

OliveScreens combines two best things in life – food and movies. The food menu and ambience of the restaurant, depends on the movie shown in the restaurant. For instance, if a French movie is shown, authentic French cuisine is served.

You can view the rest of the top ten entries here.

The judging panel consisted of representatives from INSEAD, Standard Chartered Bank, Pernod Ricard Singapore, Origo Ventures and other partners. However, it does looks like the shortlisted entries are heavily skewed towards dining or F&B – perhaps this has something to do with the fact the competition’s driven by Martell VSOP?

(I’ll pass on the bugs, thanks.)


  1. Thanks for covering us daniel. Like to have your feedback on olivescreens.Can I mail you ? or we shall catch up some where outside ?

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