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Singapore Hunts for New Zuckerberg With Stanford-Style Dorm

As National University of Singapore students drifted to the college bar for Wednesday’s “Ladies Night,” Ishan Agrawal sat in his dorm’s common room, working out how to harness the Internet to fight corruption in India.

Agrawal, 22, is one of 90 hand-picked students at N-House, a residential block modeled after the dorms of California’s Stanford University that housed Google Inc.’s Larry Page and Yahoo! Inc. co-founder Jerry Yang. Their Wednesday evenings brainstorming new ideas or pitching to potential investors are part of a S$16 billion ($13.1 billion) effort by Singapore’s government to build a tropical Silicon Valley.