Design Business Centre

The DesignSingapore Council (Dsg) is developing a Design Business Centre to serve designers and design firms.

The National Design Centre (NDC) will reach its five-year mark in 2019. As part of this milestone, Dsg has undertaken a review of the use of spaces at NDC to enrich its programming.

To strengthen NDC’s offerings and its role in the ecosystem, Dsg will develop a Design Business Centre where designers and enterprises can meet to obtain information relating to the design ecosystem in Singapore and internationally, as well as business support and government assistance.

As a front-facing office, it will also be a space for the public to access information about design, designers and success stories. Crucially, it will also serve as a physical space to build networks and collaborative partnerships.

The Design Business Centre will promote the value of design to enterprises and help designers run their businesses more expediently. The centre may also provide shared services to reduce operational costs for designers.

To this end, the Dsg is launching a Call for Proposal for industry partners to run the Design Business Centre.

Seed funding will be provided for the appointed operator of the Design Business Centre. The space allocated for the Design Business Centre will also be offered to the operator rent-free for three years. The appointed operator will have to build a sustainable business in view of operating the Design Business Centre in the long run. It can also be a collective proposal or in partnership with other enterprise-promotion entities.

The appointed operator will have access to the shared meeting rooms and training rooms within the National Design Centre for running programmes with the design community. The appointed operator is expected to work closely with Dsg, representing the council to interface with the larger design community in terms of enquiries.


Interested applicants must download and read through the Design Business Centre Call for Proposal Information Kit
for detailed information, the application process and the relevant forms.

The open call is from Wednesday, 3 April 2019 to Friday, 3 May 2019. An optional briefing will be held on Monday, 15 April 2019, from 4.00pm to 5.30pm at the National Design Centre, Boardroom, Level 4.*  

The successful applicant will be informed by the end of May 2019.

*Please RSVP your attendance (max 2 person per organisation) by Friday, 12 April 2019, 2.00pm to:

Gayathri Santhosham

Assistant Manager, Industry Development Office
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 6962 2037

Lie Ming Chang

Assistant Manager, Industry Development Office
Email: [email protected]
Tel: 6962 2047