The early-stage gap in the SEA startup ecosystem is too wide.
We’ve been there and we know the challenges you face.
We’ve supported plenty of founders who first kickstarted their entrepreneurial journey with us. We know first-hand the issues and challenges these founders face when they start up. Consider the state of the startup ecosystem today - most of the funding, support, grants and resources that used to cater to pre-seed startups have now been pushed further down the pipeline. There exists a wide chasm to cross for founders that are just starting out, until they gain enough traction to start being noticed by investors or are eligible to enter accelerators, and get access to all the support and resources that are heavily concentrated at this stage.
Our goal is to bridge that gap for you.
The Start Pre-Accelerator runs a structured 12-week programme catered to early-stage startups. We especially encourage teams that have come out of hackathons like Startup Weekend Singapore - where teams have had the opportunity to do idea validation, built a functional prototype, received feedback from mentors and had their ideas judged by a diverse panel who bring their experience and insights with them to the table. The Start programme brings with it a wide range of resources and support dedicated to teams at this stage - from providing co-working spaces to supporting your MVP development, and tapping onto our diverse network of mentors and corporate partners to help you reach the next level.
“We’re here to bridge the gap in the early-stage startup ecosystem.”
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
3 months co-work space at JustCo with unlimited access 24/7
Hands-on support and coaching mentorship from our awesome and dedicated mentors
Up to $15,000 worth of resources and funding to build your MVP
Startup workshops and masterclasses to help you accelerate your startup growth
Opportunities to pilot with supporting partners and their end users
Tap into our vast network of successful entrepreneurs, technical experts and investors
Who Should Apply
APPLICATION FOR THE CURRENT COHORT HAS CLOSED. PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTEREST FOR FUTURE COHORTS.
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.
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.
Head of Strategy
Ng Aik Phong
Quek Siu Rui
CEO & Co-founder
Founding Partner & Strategy Lead
Vision Strategy Storytelling
Chief Technology Officer
Co-founder & CEO
Director, Digital Technology
Assoc. Director, Digital Technology
Head of Strategic Partnerships
Next Billion Users Group, Google
Head of Rakuten RapidAPI
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.
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:
Growing Middle Income Populations;
Deepening Comparative Advantages; and
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.
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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.