Welcome to Singapore!
To get to know the startup scene, you should:
- View Arnaud Bonzom’s slide presentation.
- Attend the events listed on these calendars:
- Attend the major conferences like Echelon, Startup Asia, and TechVenture.
- Check out recent media coverage by the WSJ, the Economist, and JFDI.
- Quora has a topic, Startups in Singapore.
- If you have questions, introduce yourself on the Open Frog forum.
- Read the blogs: e27 and TechInAsia.
- Read the FAQ: Isaac Souweine’s Singapore Startup FAQ.
- Read the ebook: Derek Sivers’s Singapore Startup Guide.
- If you’re looking for funding, see Meng’s Map of the Money in Singapore or Mava – the map of active VCs. It mentions NRF’s TIS scheme and IDMPO’s iJam scheme, among others.
- If you need a place to work, see the list of co-working spaces.
- If you’re looking to hire or to get a startup job, start at JFDI’s Hiring White Paper.
- See also represent.sg and sgstartup.info.
- BANSEA, SVCA, and TIE are industry associations of local angels, VC investors, and entrepreneurs.
- The Media Entrepreneur’s Guide to Singapore is a downloadable PDF of a book that lists who’s who and offers some advisory essays.
- EnterpriseOne is a government one-stop-shop for starting a business and obtaining grants and incentive programs.
- The Infocomm Development Authority is the government’s CTO and runs a number of industry development programs also.
- SPRING is another agency offering funding support to startups, notably SEEDS and TECS.
- Other startup communities include Open Coffee Club, Startup Club, and the SEN meetup.
- If you’re on your way out to the rest of Southeast Asia, check out Yongfook’s Startup Coworking Tour of SE Asia.
Self-taught engineers and entrepreneurs might not need any help. For everyone else, there are courses:
Resources below this line are less universal.
- If you want to learn how to create an entrepreneurial ecosystem in your city, consider MIT’s REAP, read TheFamily, and buy Boulevard of Broken Dreams, the Rainforest, and Steve Blank.
- The EntrePass is a visa category for foreigners who want to move to SG to start companies. In practice it is by from the only way to do so.
- Meng is your virtual tourguide: a Google Map of Meng’s favourite spots.
- Third Wave Coffee in Singapore: a Google Map for espresso maniacs and latte lovers
- International Enterprise Singapore is responsible for helping a Singapore startup grow overseas.
For the rest of Asia, you could start by looking at:
- TechRice: [China] Blog covering analysis of china tech and deals, from startups to internet giants.
- pluGGd.in: [India] Showcase of technology and business startups from India and the Asian region.
- STARTUPS.pk: [Pakistan] Directory of Pakistani startups and related news.
- YourStory: [India] Indian online platform for entrepreneurs, dedicated to promoting the startup ecosystem.
- TechInAsia: [China/Singapore-based, Pan-Asia] Asian Tech and Startup stories.
- Roofcamp: [Philippines] Barcamp for future looking, maverick, and fearless individuals sharing and distilling ideas from concept to reality.
- StartupDigest: [US] Tech startup community digest.
- ArabCrunch: [Jordan] Tech news blog and startup community for the Arab world.
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