The Start


Every big idea starts somewhere.

Helping great founders take the leap forward.


What is The Start?

The Start is a pre-accelerator programme by StartupX. The 12 week programme is specially tailored to provide a runway for ideas that come out of hackathons and challenges, with the inaugural batch catering to teams coming out from Startup Weekend Singapore 2018. The programme is built to help refine these promising ideas, provide them with the means and resources to create their MVP and turn them into viable startups.

The Start is designed to provide early stage founders with the support, access to facilities and expert knowledge to help them succeed. Furthermore, you’ll get valuable mentorship and advice from our network of founders, investors and corporates partners.

The programme culminates with a Demo Day, after which startups can tap on our network to either seek seed funding, enter into an accelerator or continue their journey through bootstrapping.

What will you get?

  • Resources and funding to build your MVP

  • A lead mentor who will work with your startup and monitor your growth throughout the programme

  • Workshops and startup classes to grow your entrepreneurial journey

  • Access to our network of mentors

  • Collaborative workspace and facilities for your team

  • Partner benefits to help your startup scale and grow

  • Domain expertise such as growth marketing, pitching, product development

  • Functional expertise in areas such as marketing, finance & legal


When is it?

Oct 2018

Open application

Application deadline

Startups selected

Nov 2018 - Feb 2019

Programme start

Mentoring kick-off event

Feb 2019

Final demo day

Why Join?

Funding & Premium Co-working space

Work from our space

Tailored mentorship and advice

Get a dedicated lead mentor as well as valuable mentorship and advice from our network of entrepreneurs, investors and corporates.

Hands-on support

We work alongside you to help you build your MVP and support you through business development, UX, growth marketing and fundraising.

Workshops and startup classes

Workshops and startup classes tailored to your needs and that of building a company – learn the lean startup methodology, how to work with investors, pitch-training, how to create an awesome team, growth hacking, and much more.

Vast network

Connect with serial entrepreneurs, experts and investors through our network




Great mentors are crucial in your Startup journey and are individuals with deep industry, investment, or entrepreneurship experience. We tap into our diverse pool of mentors from the Startup Ecosystem to bring value to the program.
Here are some of the featured mentors


Jordan Dea-Mattson 

Site Director,

Jordan has more than 35 years of experience from Silicon Valley, having spent many of his earlier years in Apple working on the Macintosh up to Mac OS X. After leaving Apple, he took on different engineering roles in Adobe and Yahoo.
He is extremely passionate about using technology to solve problems at scale, as well as nurturing talent and building a world-class engineering community in Singapore and Southeast Asia.


Freddy Lim 

Co-founder & Chief Investment Officer, StashAway

Freddy is Co-founder and Chief Investment Officer of StashAway, a Singapore-based digital wealth management platform that aims to go Asia-wide. StashAway has already experienced multiple successes in 2017: it is the first robo-advisor in Singapore to receive a Capital Market Services License for Retail Fund Management, has raised $4.08 million SGD in pre-seed and pre-series A rounds, and was named “Startup Disruptor of the Year” at Wild Digital. 


Karl Mak

Co-Founder & CEO, Hepmil Media Group

Karl co-founded SGAG in 2014, a content distribution platform which today reaches 2 million young Singaporeans every month. In 2017, both Karl and co-founder Adrian were featured in Forbes list of “30 under 30 Asia” in recognition of their success of challenging conventions and making an impact in today’s world. As the key person behind the scene of SGAG, Karl works on expanding the team, bringing the company into the regions and partnership opportunities. 

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Level 3, MacDonald House 238838