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Calling all youth innovators! Want to patent your idea but not sure how? We’re here to help.

The Inventor Assistance Programme (IAP) is a new initiative that supports young inventors (aged 18-35) to transform their innovation into commercial assets by matching selected beneficiaries with a volunteer patent attorney or agent to help them navigate the patent system.

Join the programme* and access a global network of patent drafting and prosecution services that will be provided on a pro-bono basis to beneficiaries in Singapore.

Register for the launch event on 10 February 2023 to find out more!

Date: 10 February 2023 (Friday)

Time: 2.30pm – 5.00pm

Venue: IPOS Office @ 1 Paya Lebar Link,
#11-03, PLQ 1 Paya Lebar Quarter

*Note: The Inventor Assistance Programme does not cover any official fees, such as filing fees..

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Our Speakers


Ms Anna Lam
Co-founder, Crunch Cutlery


Mr Gavriel Tan
Co-founder, Altimate Nutrition


Mr Kelvin Ho
Chief Researcher, igloocompany

More about Ms Anna Lam

Did you know that every year, Singaporeans throw away 500 million units of disposable cutlery items? Motivated by the amount of single-use plastic waste she personally accumulated during the circuit breaker, Anna Lam was determined to find a way to make sustainability fun and accessible for other as well. It was then that she realised that the inconvenience pain point had to be solved to make an impact on single-use plastic consumption in Singapore.

Together with her two co-founders, Anna started Crunch Cutlery. It is the first startup to address the problems of plastic waste and poor urban nutrition with a single product. Every CRUNCH Cutlery you use - is one less plastic cutlery polluting our environment. 

Find out more about her innovation journey by joining us on 10 February 2023.

More about Mr Gavriel Tan

Over 80% of the world are already consuming crickets, so why not us too?

"Edible insects have always been a part of human diets, but in some societies there remains a degree of disdain and disgust for their consumption. Insects offer a significant opportunity to merge traditional knowledge and modern science to improve human food security worldwide." (Edible Insects: Future Prospects for Food and Feed Security)

Inspired by this text, Gavriel Tan and John Lee founded a startup, Altimate Nutrition, while pursuing an entrepreneurship programme in their college. Satisfied wth the scientific evidence and rigour, they ventured out to create their own cricket protein bars by blending nutritious foods and several other ingredients. After many trials, they knew they had something special and was ready to share it with the world.

Join us on 10 February to hear more about Gavriel's journey and lessons on innovation.

More about Mr Kelvin Ho

With over 15 years of experience in software development, Kelvin spearheads all engineering aspects of the business with an innovative tech approach, keeping the company technologically sustainable while maintaining its competitive edge.

In 2015, Kelvin co-founded igloohome with Anthony. They wanted to offer short term vacation rental hosts a new way to manage their guests that was convenient, safe and cost-effective to bring the joy back into welcoming guests.

Kelvin was pivotal in the creation of igloohome's unique proprietary algoPIN™ technology. It enables the locks to be highly secure while being able to operate remotely without the need for WiFi connectivity unlike other existing products in the market.

Prior to this, Kelvin was Chief Technology Officer of HungryGoWhere, a restaurant review and ratings app that was successfully acquired by Singtel in 2012.

Kelvin graduated from the National University of Singapore with a Masters with Honours in engineering and a Distinction certificate in intellectual property law.

Hear from Kelvin and gain more innovation insights on 10 February!


2.30pm – 2.40pm

2.45pm – 2.55pm

Welcome Remarks by IPOS Chief Executive, Mrs Rena Lee

2.55pm – 3.15pmPresentation on the Inventor Assistance Programme (IAP)
3.15pm – 4.00pm
Sharing by Entrepreneurs
  • Ms Anna Lam, Co-founder, Crunch Cutlery
  • Mr Gavriel Tan, Co-founder, Altimate Nutrition
  • Mr Kelvin Ho, Co-founder, iglooCompany
4.00pm – 4.20pm
Panel Discussion
4.20pm – 5.00pm
Tea Break & Networking

Note: Programme is subject to change.

Media Materials

10 FEB 2023    |   Media Advisory

Pro-bono patent services for youth inventors

10 FEB 2023    |   Event Highlights

How can young inventors protect and commercialise their IP?