ABOUT THE PROGRAMME

Dedicated to early-stage founders.

The Start is a 12-week pre-accelerator programme powered by StartupX in partnership with Temasek. It pools together the best of resources, networks, mentors, and partners into a programme that helps high potential teams refine their ideas and build their prototypes into a full-fledged startup. It’s a high-growth results-driven startup programme for early-stage founders.

Programme participants can expect

  • Series of startup masterclasses and workshops

  • Opportunities to connect with our network of mentors, government agencies & corporates partners

  • Weekly check-ins with dedicated mentors

  • Pitches to investors at Demo Day

 
 
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Programme Benefits

 

Collaborative Workspace

 
 


3 months co-work space at JustCo with unlimited access 24/7


Mentors

Hands-on support and coaching mentorship from our awesome and dedicated mentors


MVP Development

Up to $15,000 worth of resources and funding to build your MVP


Masterclasses

Startup workshops and masterclasses to help you accelerate your startup growth


Prototype Pilots

Opportunities to pilot with supporting partners and their end users


Startup Ecosystem

Tap into our vast network of successful entrepreneurs, technical experts and investors

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Who Should Apply

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The Start Pre-accelerator is for teams who have an idea and want to build it. While we won’t say no to startups who are in the later stages (i.e. raised funding, received grants, have some customers and traction), we believe our expertise and resources are best able to support very early-stage companies. Our focus is on teams who are just beginning their journey and can benefit from the mentorship, tools and resources and networks provided to get them to the next level.

In short, if you have a strong team, based in Singapore and have a good idea, this programme is for you.

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Built For Impact.

Validate, Build & Gain Traction. See your idea come to life and scale your startup in just twelve weeks.

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Programme Mentors

Mentors are a key part of The Start Pre-Accelerator, and are typically individuals with deep industry, investment, or entrepreneurship experience. Our mentors will provide hands-on help to nurture you, work beside you and your team, and support you through your growth.

We understand that every team or founder is different, so the ability to listen, understand and cater to your needs is key. Through the twelve weeks programme, you will meet and interact with different mentors and work with the ones you find the most synergy with.

Here’s a snapshot of the mentors you’ll get to meet.

 
 
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Johanan Sen

Head of Strategy,
Dentsu X

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Ng Aik Phong

Managing Director,
Fave Singapore

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Joel Leong

Co-Founder,
ShopBack

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Zander liang

Co-founder,
GCube

 
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Nikhil Kapur

Principal,
GREE Ventures

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Quek Siu Rui

CEO & Co-founder,
Carousell

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Alan hellawell

Advisor,
Josudo

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YASMINE KHATER

Founding Partner & Strategy Lead,
Vision Strategy Storytelling

 
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richard Koh

Chief Technology Officer,
Microsoft Singapore

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Jordan Dea-Mattson

Site Director,
Indeed.com

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Mohan Belani

Co-founder & CEO,
E27

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Michael Blakey

Managing Partner,
Cocoon Capital

 
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Sang Shin

Director,
Digital Technology,
Temasek

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Evelyn Lau

Assoc. Director,
Digital Technology, Temasek

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shiyan koh

Managing Partner,
Hustle Fund

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Kenneth Lou

Co-founder,
Seedly

 
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Peter Browne

Founder,
Intangible Communications

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Jon Sugihara

Head of Strategic Partnerships,
Next Billion Users Group, Google

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ZeLIA Leong

Co-founder,
Anywhr

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JED NG

Head of Rakuten RapidAPI,
Rakuten

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We Catalyse Innovation.

 

StartupX is an innovation company passionate about growing the early-stage startup ecosystem. The team is deeply ingrained in the startup scene in Southeast Asia and aim to support fellow founders and aspiring entrepreneurs in the tech community. We work alongside startups as they grow and gain traction and support them with our community of mentors, networks and resources to help them get to the next stage.

 
 
 

Official Partner

About Temasek

Incorporated in 1974, Temasek is a global investment company headquartered in Singapore. 

Supported by our network of international offices, Temasek owns a S$308 billion (US$235b, €191b, £167b, RMB1.48t) portfolio as at 31 March 2018, with significant exposure to Singapore and the rest of Asia.

Our investment activities are guided by four investment themes and the long term trends they represent:

  • Transforming Economies;

  • Growing Middle Income Populations; 

  • Deepening Comparative Advantages; and 

  • Emerging Champions. 

We actively seek sustainable solutions to address present and future challenges. Across the three pillars of the Temasek Charter, we recognise the need to do well as an investor; to do right as an institution; and to do good as a steward. 

Temasek has offices in Singapore; and in New York, San Francisco, Washington D.C., São Paulo and Mexico City in the Americas; London in Europe; Beijing and Shanghai in China; Mumbai in India; and Hanoi in Vietnam. Our strong local presence helps us connect with opportunities on the ground, both within and beyond our direct network of offices. 

For more information on Temasek, please visit www.temasek.com.sg
For the latest Temasek Review, please visit www.temasekreview.com.sg
Connect with us on social media: Facebook (Temasek); Twitter (@Temasek); Instagram (@temasekseen) and LinkedIn (Temasek)

Programme Partners

 
 
 
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Talk to Us

 

Whether you are an early-stage entrepreneur, investor, corporate who love to work with startups, or just simply passionate about the startup community, we’ll love to hear from you.

 
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