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Singapore is becoming one of the best places to build a startup, but most of the early-stage entrepreneurs we speak to aren't aware of the local tech resources that are available to help them.

With applications for the Singapore Founder Institute now open, we're excited to release the Singapore Startup Resource Guide, which is currently in Draft v1 below! It was developed by the Singapore Founder Institute and its local leaders: Mike Suprovici (EIR), Ryan Micheletti (Director of Global Operations), and Scout Tweedie-Yates (Regional Manager of Europe, Middle East, and North Africa.)

This is just a draft, and while we spent many hours on this research, more input is needed. Please leave your comments on this collaborative Google document to help us complete the list. There are definitely omissions on this current version. 

Are you looking to build a startup in Singapore? Then apply to the Singapore Founder Institute today!

Text version included below, for ease of searching:

Startup Stages


There is no one right way to build a technology company, but for the sake of simplicity we have outlined a basic, common, sequential framework.

1. Idea Stage

This is where new entrepreneurs get inspired, learn best practices, develop skills, validate ideas, and begin to build their team and product.

A. Inspire

  • Singapore Startup Media: Centralized local information, listings, and news. (i.e. startup blogs/ publications/ lists/ FB groups/ newsletters)
    1. Asia Tech Daily - Singapore
    2. Asia Tech Insight - Singapore
    3. Digital News Asia - Singapore
    4. e27 Singapore
    5. Fintech News Singapore
    6. SGInnovate News
    7. Startup Digest Singapore
    8. Startup News Asia - Singapore
    9. Startup SG News
    10. Tech in Asia - Singapore
    11. Tech Lingo
    12. Vulcan Post
  • Inspirational Singapore Startup Events: Open, inclusive startup events that often focus on ideation. (i.e. Startup Weekend, idea fairs, and inspirational meetups)
    1. EduTECH Asia 2020
    2. ExpertTalks Singapore
    3. Fintech News Singapore Meetup
    4. Singapore FinTech Festival
    5. Singapore SG Lobang Club
    6. Singapore Tech Entrepreneurs
    7. Startup Weekend Singapore
    8. Startups and Entrepreneurs
    9. SWITCH 2020
    10. TECHINNOVATION 2020
    11. TechTalks
    12. ThoughtWorks Talks Tech
    13. Wo-tech (Women in Tech)
    14. Women Who Code Singapore

B. Educate

  • Best Practices: Beginner knowledge-sharing tech events. (i.e. beginner events that serve to educate more than inspire).
    1. AIPMM Singapore
    2. Analytics At Speed Singapore
    3. ASIA Technologies Community
    4. BigDataX
    5. Deep Learning SG
    6. Deep Tech for Good
    7. Entrepreneurs Learning Circle
    8. Grab Tech Thursdays
    9. IoTalents Singapore Meetup
    10. New Retail Tech
    11. Ninja Van Tech
    12. Product Talks Singapore
    13. Singapore Blockchain Startups Club
    14. Singapore Business Startups
    15. Singapore Identity Tech Talks
    16. Singapore Local Startup Meetup
    17. Singapore Tech Switchers
    18. Singapore Women in Tech
    19. Startup Founder 101 Singapore
    20. Startup Grind Singapore
    21. STARTUPs & Resources
    22. StartupToken - Singapore
    23. Tech Talks @ TS
    24. Tech@50
    25. WoSEC Singapore: Women of Security
  • Training & Feedback: Skill & Idea development events and startup bootcamps for entrepeneurs. (Includes comprehensive training programs, like Founder Institute, General Assembly, Lean Startup Machine, code camps, etc)
    1. ALPHA Camp
    2. Atlassian User Group Singapore
    3. Byte Academy Meetup
    4. CodeLearn Singapore
    5. Data, Cloud and AI in Singapore
    6. Data Science Dojo
    7. Data Science and Machine Learning University
    8. Digital Transformation Singapore
    9. Founder Institute
    10. General Assembly
    11. General Assembly Singapore Meetup
    12. Google Developers Space
    13. Hackwagon Academy
    14. IBM Cloud Singapore
    15. iKompass
    16. Le Wagon
    17. Le Wagon Singapore Meetup
    18. Lean Startup Machine Singapore
    19. Oracle APAC User Group
    20. Product Management Nights Singapore
    21. ProductTank Singapore
    22. Red Dot Innovation!
    23. Rocket Academy
    24. Sea Founders
    25. SG Code Campus
    26. Sg New Economy Forum
    27. SGInnovate Meetup
    28. Singapore AI Developers Group
    29. Singapore EdTech Meetup
    30. Singapore IDEAS LAB
    31. Singapore Innovation & Entrepreneurship Group
    32. Singapore Lean Startup Circle
    33. Singapore Product Mastery Series
    34. Singapore Startup: Idea to IPO
    35. Startup Agile Group - Singapore
    36. Startup Prodigy Singapore
    37. Tech Community - Workshop, Networking and Career Talk
    38. Tech@Sea
    39. TechLadies
    40. Trent Global Full-Stack Coding Bootcamp Programme
    41. UI UX Creatives, Designers Wanted
    42. UpCode Academy
    43. UX Training Singapore
    44. XiThink

C. Validate

  • Team Formation: Events for Finding Co-founders in Singapore.  (i.e. tech networking events or other resources that facilitate early-stage recruitment and cofounder matching)
    1. Co-Founders Matching Singapore
    2. CoFoundersLab
    3. CRIB
    4. Empowering Women Entrepreneurs
    5. Entrepreneur First Singapore
    6. Entrepnr
    7. Female Founders
    8. Founders Nation
    9. Founders Network
    10. Founders' Hangout
    11. Rebel Meetups by Yena
    12. SG (Fin) Tech Meetup
    13. Singapore Astropreneurs
    14. Singapore Business Networking Meetup
    15. Singapore Community for Entrepreneurship
    16. Singapore Entrepreneurs Network
    17. Singapore Hardware Startups
    18. Singapore LEAN Startup & SME
    19. Singapore TechMeetups
    20. Tech Startup Entrepreneurs Venture Capital MasterMinds Group

  • Build First Product: Hackathons & product events in Singapore.
    1. #HACK 2020
    2. Accounting Innovation Challenge 2020
    3. AI Makerspace
    4. ASEAN 2020 Hackathon
    5. BrainHack
    6. Code for Singapore
    7. DBS Hack2Hire Singapore
    8. Dell Augmented Hackathon
    9. FOSSASIA Singapore Open Tech Meetup
    10. Hack & Tell Singapore
    11. Hack&Roll 2020
    12. HackerNest Singapore Tech Socials
    13. Hackerspace Singapore
    14. HyperHack
    15. Indie Hackers Singapore
    16. ISPE Singapore Hackathon 2020
    17. Junior Developers Singapore
    18. LeetCode Club SG
    19. MakerHive
    20. Makerspace.SG
    21. Nulab Drinking Code Singapore
    22. NUS Hackers
    23. OneMaker Group
    24. Product Hunt Singapore Meetup
    25. Shopee Ultra-Hackathon
    26. Singapore Airlines AppChallenge 2020
    27. Singapore Hackathon Meetup
    28. STACK-X by GovTech Singapore
    29. UP Singapore

2. Launch Stage

In this stage, entrepreneurs establish and formalize the company, develop the product, get feedback from customers, and prepare for the next step.

A. Start

  • Establish: Singapore law firms & banks for startups
    1. ABN AMRO Bank
    2. Baker McKenzie
    3. Bank of China
    4. Bank of Singapore
    5. BMO Private Bank
    6. Citibank Singapore
    7. Cooley LLP
    8. DBS Bank
    9. Dentons
    10. Deutsche Bank
    11. DL Law Corporation
    12. DNB
    13. FirstCOUNSEL
    14. Foxwood LLC
    15. HL Bank Singapore
    16. HSBC Singapore
    17. ICICI Bank Singapore
    18. Kindrik Partners
    19. LGT Bank
    20. Maybank Singapore
    21. OCBC Bank Singapore
    22. Osborne Clarke
    23. POSB
    24. Rajah & Tann Singapore
    25. RHB Singapore
    26. Standard Chartered Bank
    27. State Bank of India
    28. The Bank of East Asia
    29. United Overseas Bank

  • Singapore Workspaces: Co-working and flexible workspaces for startups in Singapore.
    1. 80RR Fintech Hub
    2. ClubCo
    3. CoCRE8
    4. CoQoons Coworking
    5. Distrii
    6. EZCO Workspace
    7. Found8 Coworking
    8. Gather Cowork Space
    9. JustCo
    10. LEVEL3
    11. MOX
    12. NuSpace
    13. O2 Work
    14. OneSpace
    15. SmartSpace
    16. Spaces
    17. SPECTRUM
    18. Temasek Shophouse
    19. The Co.
    20. The Cocoon Space
    21. The Common Ground
    22. The Company
    23. The Executive Centre
    24. The General Room
    25. The Great Room
    26. The Harmony Space
    27. The Hive Carpenter
    28. The Work Project
    29. The Working Capitol
    30. The Workshop
    31. Tinkertank
    32. TRADINGPLC
    33. WeWork
    34. Workcentral

B. Develop

  • Formalize: Singapore accounting, development and HR tools for early-stage startups.  
    1. 3E Accounting
    2. Agile Lab
    3. Ambient
    4. Anveron
    5. Applify
    6. CodiGeeks
    7. Corporate Services SG
    8. CorpZap
    9. EC1 Partners
    10. FRONTLINE
    11. Garner International
    12. K Cloud Accounting
    13. Koh Management
    14. LOL Corporate
    15. Metis Recruitment Partners
    16. Salt Search
    17. Sciente International
    18. Skylark
    19. SleekDigital
    20. VentureHaven
  • Singapore Incubators: Groups that prepare companies for seed investment and provide advanced mentorship. (i.e. advanced knowledge sharing, later stage events and resources)
    1. BLOCK71
    2. Entrepreneur First
    3. EthAum Venture Partners Incubator
    4. F10 Incubator
    5. Get2Volume
    6. ICE71
    7. Innovate 360 Incubator
    8. Nordic Innovation House
    9. NTUitive
    10. NUS Start-up Runway
    11. PayPal Incubator
    12. Pollinate
    13. Red Dot Ventures Startup Builder Program
    14. Shell Startup Engine
    15. SMU IIE Business Innovations Generator
    16. Spaze Ventures Incubator
    17. Startup SG Founder Venture Building Programme
    18. StartupX
    19. Timbre+
    20. Vikingcubator

C. Launch

  • Singapore Seed Accelerators: Seed funding mentor programs (Techstars-style programs that provide funding)
    1. Accelerating Asia
    2. Accelerator EPS
    3. AIRmaker
    4. Ampersand Accelerator
    5. Antler
    6. EduSpaze
    7. Entrepreneur First
    8. EthAum Venture Partners Accelerator
    9. F10 Accelerator
    10. Facebook Accelerator Singapore
    11. GROW
    12. HyperX
    13. ICE71
    14. ImpacTech
    15. InspirAsia Accelerator
    16. Iterative
    17. JFDI Accelerator
    18. Mastercard Start Path
    19. Mbanq LABS Accelerator
    20. Oracle for Startups
    21. PIER71
    22. Singapore Tourism Accelerator
    23. Startupbootcamp FinTech Singapore
    24. The FinLab
    25. TNB Ventures Accelerator
    26. Tribe Accelerator
  • Pitch & Demo Events: Tech events that showcase Singapore startups for investment.
    1. Accelerating Asia Demo Day
    2. AngelCentral Pitch Days
    3. Antler Southeast Asia's Virtual Demo Day
    4. Elevating Founders Asia
    5. Extreme Tech Challenge
    6. Facebook Accelerator Singapore Demo Day
    7. HyperSpark Demo Day
    8. Singapore 2021 Venture Capital World Summit
    9. Singapore Tourism Accelerator Digital Demo Day
    10. SLINGSHOT 2020
    11. SoGal Global Pitch Competition Singapore
    12. The Startup Buddy Demo Day
    13. Xoogler Singapore Demo Day 2020

3. Growth Stage

Here, a startup proves their utility, receives recognition, and scales up. This usually requires funding, angels, VCs, and ways to connect them to startups.

A. Recognition

  • Singapore Investor Networking:  Events and groups that connect professional investors with founders.
    1. AngelCentral
    2. BANSEA
    3. Keiretsu Forum
    4. Singapore Angel Network
    5. Singapore Investment Network
  • Major Media: Mainstream local business press that often showcase local startups.
    1. Channel Asia
    2. Channel News Asia
    3. Singapore Business Review
    4. Singapore Business Owners
    5. The Business Times
    6. The Independent
    7. The New Paper
    8. The Straits Times

B. Funding

  • Singapore Angel Investors: Seed-stage investors and micro-vcs.
    1. Arnaud Bonzom
    2. Cheryl T.
    3. Deepak I. Shahdadpuri
    4. Der Shing Lim
    5. Derrick Chen
    6. Diana Kam
    7. Dora Wang
    8. Eddy Lee
    9. Eduardo Saverin
    10. Frank Meehan
    11. Gina Chiang
    12. Gwendolyn Regina
    13. Henric Suuronen
    14. Jake Wong
    15. Jayesh Parekh
    16. Jeremy Yap
    17. Joanne Huang
    18. John Tan
    19. Lance Ng
    20. Lance Quek
    21. Royston Tay
    22. Shao-Ning Huang
    23. Shiva V.
    24. Siddharth T Patel
    25. Simon Paterson
    26. Sweta Rau
    27. Toivo Annus
    28. Vinnie Lauria
    29. Vishal Harnal
    30. Wouter Kneepkens
  • Singapore Venture Capitalists: Series A and beyond
    1. 8capita
    2. 500 DURIANS
    3. B Capital Group
    4. Cocoon Capital
    5. Crystal Horse
    6. Dream Labs
    7. East Ventures
    8. Eight Mercatus
    9. Expara
    10. Far East Ventures
    11. GGV Capital
    12. Golden Equator Ventures
    13. Golden Gate Ventures
    14. HealthXCapital
    15. Insignia Ventures Partners
    16. Jungle Ventures
    17. KK Fund
    18. Life.SREDA
    19. Lightspeed Venture Partners
    20. Monk's Hill Ventures
    21. Play Ventures
    22. Quest Ventures
    23. Rakuten Capital
    24. REAPRA
    25. Red Dot Ventures
    26. SeedPlus
    27. Sequoia Capital
    28. Singtel Innov8
    29. Sirius Venture Capital
    30. SPH Ventures
    31. Spiral Ventures
    32. TNF Ventures
    33. UOB Venture Management
    34. Vantage Capital Partners
    35. Vertex Ventures
    36. Vickers Venture Partners
    37. Wavemaker Partners

C. Growth

  • Infrastructure: Office space, HR, local business insurance. (i.e. office space/ HR/ insurance providers for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. 33 Talent
    2. AIG
    3. Aphaca HR Consultancy
    4. Aviva
    5. AXA Insurance
    6. Chubb
    7. CommercialGuru
    8. DecodeHR
    9. Etiqa Insurance
    10. GOHRBPO
    11. GorillaSpace
    12. Instant Offices
    13. Office Finder
    14. Olofsson & Company
    15. Pacific Prime Insurance
    16. Provide
    17. Regus
    18. TalentKraft
  • Expansion: Singapore Growth accelerators and consultants. (i.e. programs and business consultants for capital-rich companies to grow and scale)
    1. ABeam Consulting
    2. Accenture
    3. Aon
    4. Artefact
    5. Arthur D. Little
    6. Askvisor Consulting
    7. Bain & Company
    8. Boston Consulting Group
    9. Capgemini
    10. Cognizant
    11. Deloitte
    12. Ernst & Young
    13. Exulto Consulting
    14. Frost & Sullivan
    15. FTI Consulting
    16. Gartner
    17. IGPI Advisory
    18. Innosight
    19. Kantar
    20. Kearney
    21. KPMG
    22. LEK Consulting
    23. Mazars
    24. McKinsey & Company
    25. Mercer
    26. Milliman
    27. Oliver Wyman
    28. Protiviti
    29. PwC
    30. Roland Berger
    31. Simon-Kucher
    32. Tata Consultancy Services

4. Singapore Startup Success Stories

Successful homegrown companies that have raised significant institutional funding, employ a large workforce, or have achieved liquidity.

  1. 99.co
  2. AnyMind Group
  3. BIGO
  4. BluSmart
  5. Carro
  6. Deskera
  7. EVOS Esports
  8. GeniusU
  9. Grab
  10. Holmusk
  11. Insider
  12. Kyber Network
  13. Lanturn
  14. Lazada
  15. Moovaz
  16. MyRepublic
  17. Next Gen Foods
  18. Ninja Van
  19. PropertyGuru
  20. Propseller
  21. RootAnt
  22. Sea
  23. Shiok Meats
  24. Silent Eight
  25. Sunseap
  26. SWAG EV
  27. TenX
  28. Tessa Therapeutics
  29. Thunes
  30. Trax Retail
  31. Zilingo


Supporters


To facilitate the steps, every ecosystem needs strong supporters.

1. Singapore Startup Leaders

Successful local founders who lead the ecosystem & frequently mentor newbies.

  1. AJ Boelens
  2. Alyssa Maharani
  3. Amra Naidoo
  4. Andrea Li
  5. Anna Gong
  6. Anuj Jain
  7. Ash Singh
  8. Bernadette Cho
  9. Carolyn Chin-Parry
  10. Durwin Ho
  11. Ee Ling Lim
  12. Elise Yee Ling Tan
  13. Gerald TY
  14. Grace Sai
  15. Hans Zhong
  16. Janise Tan
  17. Jason Lin
  18. Kelly An
  19. Mike S.
  20. Rachel Ler
  21. Renee Tan
  22. Ryan M.
  23. Ryan S.
  24. Scout T.
  25. Steven Koh
  26. Yan Lin Ang
  27. Yann Hamon

2. Singapore Government Startup Resources

Public organizations that facilitate local economic development

  1. AmCham Singapore
  2. AustCham Singapore
  3. Business Grants Portal
  4. Enterprise Singapore
  5. EuroCham
  6. Government Technology Agency
  7. IMDA
  8. SGInnovate
  9. Singapore Economic Development Board
  10. Singapore International Chamber of Commerce
  11. Startup SG

3. Talent

Major local business or tech universities and employers that attract and retain local talent.

  • Local Singapore Tech Universities (universities with prominent technical or business programs)
    1. Aventis School of Management
    2. INSEAD Asia
    3. James Cook University Singapore
    4. Management Development Institute of Singapore
    5. Nanyang Polytechnic
    6. Nanyang Technological University
    7. National University of Singapore
    8. Singapore Institute of Technology
    9. Singapore Management University
    10. Singapore Polytechnic
    11. Singapore University of Technology and Design
    12. Temasek Polytechnic
    13. Yale-NUS College
  • Singapore Tech Employers
    1. Agilent
    2. Amazon
    3. Apple
    4. AT&T
    5. Broadcom
    6. Cisco
    7. Dell
    8. DXC Technology
    9. Facebook
    10. Garena
    11. General Electric
    12. Google
    13. Grab
    14. Hewlett Packard Enterprise
    15. HP
    16. IBM
    17. Micron Technology
    18. Microsoft
    19. Motorola Solutions
    20. Nokia
    21. Oracle
    22. Pactera
    23. PayPal
    24. Salesforce
    25. Samsung
    26. Sea
    27. Siemens
    28. Uber 
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Learn more about the Startup Ecosystem Canvas here, and leave us your thoughts on the Singapore Canvas on this collaborative Google document (This is just a draft, and more input is needed!)

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