The startup guide to Singapore’s tech scene
In recent years, we have seen Singapore rise to become one of the top places for tech startups to do their business. A prime location that renders easy access to growing tech markets in Southeast Asia, coupled with strong government support to create a nurturing environment for startups, attraction to the city doesn’t seem to be ending anytime soon.
As Singapore’s startup scene kicks into high gear, here, we highlight some of the golden opportunities for you gain valuable advice, knowledge, and contacts when you’re in town.
Psst, and there’s one coming right up: Tech in Asia Singapore 2017 on May 17 & 18!
People to look up
When starting a company, any nugget of advice you can get from someone who’s made it is like gold. Here’s a roundup of prominent individuals from Singapore who have blazed the trail, and are ready to dole out solid advice at Tech in Asia Singapore 2017 this week, on May 17 and 18.
- Min-Liang Tan, CEO, Razer
- Rosaline Koo, CEO, CXA Group
- Kee Lock Chua, Group President/CEO, Vertex Venture
- Hian Goh, Partner, NSI Ventures
- Siu Rui Quek, CEO, Carousell
- Feng-Yuan Liu, Director, Data Science Division, Government Digital Services, GovTech Singapore
- Shaun Chong, CTO, Ninja Van
- Thia Kai Xin, Data Scientist, Lazada Group
- Royston Tay, VP, GM of Messaging, Zendesk
- Oswald Yeo, CEO, Glints
- Josephine Chow, Head of Market Expansion, ShopBack
Apart from quality startup talent, the city-state is certainly not short on top-notch startups accelerators and incubators as well. With a wealth of expertise and industry knowledge, they provide greater support for startups to help bring their businesses forward.
- Startupbootcamp Fintech provides funding, mentorship, office space and access to a global network of investors, for up to 10 selected startups each year.
- Fatfish partners with entrepreneurs to build Internet ventures with the potential to scale globally through its proprietary process “Seed-to-Exit”.
- Jungle Ventures is a Singapore-based venture firm that funds and helps startups scale across Asia Pacific.
- Rockstart offers a 150-days accelerator program for startups to fine-tune their businesses and prepare for global scaling.
- SiTF advocates for the ICM (Information, Communications and Media) industry, helps to accelerate the adoption ICM technology and promotes innovation.
- NTUC U Startup, while not exactly an accelerator or incubator, supports the thriving startup community in Singapore by connecting them to the wider NTUC network, which consists of unionized companies, SME partners, U Associate professional guilds and freelancers & self-employed.
An increasing number of coworking spaces have also emerged alongside the startup boom in sunny Singapore. If you’d like to be surrounded by like-minded individuals, or need someone to bounce ideas with, check out some of the coworking spaces below!
With eight levels of space, The Co allows everyone to have their private corners ranging from pods to breakout areas, meeting rooms and even private offices.
WOTSO is an ideal space if you are big on conveniences – they’re located just next to Raffles Place MRT station!
Collision 8 is more than just a coworking space. They regularly host workshops, talks and networking events to foster innovation and collaboration opportunities between its members.
Housing a collaborative community of almost 500 entrepreneurs, creatives, and techies, The Hub is arguably the most established coworking space in Singapore.
ClubCo offers an alternative to the usual co-working space concept. They offer you complimentary usage of its facilities so long you purchase a drink from its in-house café.
For a more comprehensive guide to coworking spaces in Singapore, check out this consolidated map here.
See you at #tiasg2017!
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It doesn’t matter if you’re a first-time founder, developer, or even a student, so long you have an interest in tech, you’re all invited to one of Asia’s largest tech events. Don’t miss your final chance to get your passes to mingle with techies just like you for fresh perspectives, expert advice and new inspiration!
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