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This guide covers recommended resources available at the NUS Libraries on all matters pertaining to enterprise, entrepreneurship, innovation and start-ups.

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This guide covers resources available at the NUS Libraries on Innovation & Enterprise (I&E) matters. This is not a comprehensive subject guide, but rather a selective list of resources that are most useful for locating information in all matters pertaining to enterprise, entrepreneurship, innovation, start-ups, etc.

The resources are grouped according to the 3 lenses of Design Thinking, i.e. Technology, Business and People (see below "What is Design Thinking?").

Resources on I&E in general are also listed below in "Selected Resources on Innovation and Enterprise".

Who should look at this guide:

  • Start-ups
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Intrapreneurs
  • Consultants

What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is an approach to creative problem solving; a human-centered path to innovation, which look at 3 lenses:

  • Feasibility is about Technology, the possibilities of technology
  • Viability is about Business, the requirements for business success
  • Desirability is about People, integrate the needs of people

[Tim Brown, CEO, IDEO]

Design Thinking is an idea, a strategy, a method and a way of seeing the world. This human-centered design approach enables problem-solving through creativity, thus transforming the way companies develop products, services, processes, and strategies. At the intersection of Technology, Business and People, lies Innovation.

Selected Resources on Innovation and Entrepreneurship


Recommended databases on this topic are listed below:


To find more databases, see NUS Libraries Subject Guides or use the search box in Databases page on the NUS Libraries Portal.

Books & E-Books

Selected books are listed below:

For more books and e-books, use the search box in NUS Libraries Portal or search by subject in our library catalogue (LINC), e.g. Entrepreneurship or New Business Enterprises.


Librarians at NUSL conduct workshops on various topics throughout the year, mostly under our flagship Researcher Unbound platform. Most workshops have PowerPoint presentations/videos which are archived (for NUS staff and students only). Below are some workshops suitable for those working on I&E.

Subjects/Topics Workshop Titles

Innovation Intelligence series

This new series started in Jan 2024 (AY2023/AY2024).

Part 1 - Unlocking Trends, Technologies & Opportunities for Your Research (29 Feb 2024)
Part 2 - Knowing Your Market & Industry (1 Mar 2024)
Part 3 - Understanding Your Consumers (3 Mar 2024)
Part 4 - Intellectual Property & Patents (5 Mar 2024)
Part 5 - Identifying Research Gaps & Trends Using (14 Mar 2024)
Part 6 - Identifying Research Gaps & Trends Using Patsnap (21 Mar 2024)
Part 7 - Gaining Insights on Companies (26 Mar 2024)
Part 8 - Enhancing Product Desirability Using Standards (2 Apr 2024)
Part 9 - Leveraging Statistics for Data Driven Decision Making (4 Apr 2024)
Business Business Research for the Non-Business Researcher (13 Sep 2023)
Business & Patents Foundational Tools to Get You Started in Your Tech Innovation (23 Jan 2024)
Intellectual Property & Patents Accelerate Discovery of Patent Insights using CAS SciFinderⁿ (20 Oct 2023)
Intellectual Property (IP) Basics: What, Why and How (17 Oct 2023)

Other resources to look for innovation and entrepreneurship are listed below:

Blogs, News, etc.

  • Board of Innovation Blog
    Read the latest blog postings from Board of Innovation which is a business design and innovation strategy firm
  • The Entrepreneur
    Read the latest articles on entrepreneurship in Asia Pacific

Statistics & Datasets

    Access to U.S. Government open data
  • Google Public Data Explorer
    Access to large, public-interest datasets for analysis, visualization, etc.
  • Our World In Data
    Aims to publish the “research and data to make progress against the world’s largest problems”
  • UNdata
    Statistical resources compiled by the United Nations (UN) statistical system and other international agencies containing over 60 million data points covering a wide range of statistical themes.  See also list of statistical offices - United Nations. National Statistical Offices Websites
  • World Bank DataBank
    DataBank is an analysis and visualisation tool that contains collections of time series data on a variety of topics.


  • Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE)
    A key voice and trade association (with over 1,300 startups as members) representing the interests of startups in Singapore
  • Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM)
    A consortium that collects data, provides research and news on entrepreneurship from around the world
  • NUS | Technology Transfer and Innovatiion (TTI) | NUS Enterprise
    Technology Transfer and Innovation (TTI), NUS Enterprise is the translation and commercialization arm and NUS Enterprise is the entrepreneurial arm of the National University of Singapore.
  • Open Innovation Network
    Set up by Enterprise Singapore and the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) to provide a single gateway to the open innovation ecosystem in Singapore
  • SGInnovate
    Focus on helping entrepreneurial scientists build Deep Tech startups
  • SME Centres
    Provides business and productivity advisory services for SMEs in Singapore
  • Startup Grind (Singapore Chapter)
    Startup Grind is a global community of startups, founders, innovators and creators. Founded in 2012, Startup Grind Singapore is one of the oldest chapters in Asia. This is a place where aspiring entrepreneurs can find useful resources about entrepreneurship and participate in events to network with other individuals who are equally passionate about entrepreneurship
  • StartUp SG Network
    Provides listing of all the tech startup ecosystem players in Singapore, including startups, incubators, accelerators, and investors and more!

These resources may be useful or help you understand better on this topic:

Articles, Reports & Publications

Subject Guides

Other Subject Guides / Websites