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Map of the Money

Map of the Money

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Published by Casey Lau
Startup funding in Singapore as of July 2013
Startup funding in Singapore as of July 2013

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75,0000 125,000 250,000 500,000SGD sought
MENG’S MAP OF THE MONEY 
STARTUP FUNDING IN SINGAPORE JULY 2013
iJam Incubators
invest $50,000 for typically 5–25%.
iJam Reload
follows on with up to $200,000 of funding.See http://www.idm.sg/support/ijam/Golden Gate VenturesRed Dot VenturesJungle VenturesWavemaker LabsPlug and PlayStream GlobalThe Network Fund (TNF)Get2VolumeIncuvest AsiaBiofactorySmall World GroupClearbridge AcceleratorNeoteny Labs
is now
Silicon StraitsSingTel Innov8IDEAS Ventures (Innosight)Tigris CapitalSPRING SEEDS coinvests with external investors at 2:1, up to $1M. Tax incentives are also available.SPRING ACE matches 70% (up to $50K) to founders’ 30%.SPRING TECS Proof-of-Concept and Proof-of-Value schemes fund commercialization.NRF Proof-of-Concept grant for IHL researchers (sister to TECS).NRF Incubation SchemeMindef’s CSIT Tech Innovation Fund has money for “strategic” applications.Many other targeted grants are available – see www.idm.sgPollenizerneo.comJFDI.Asia3V SourceOne CapitalAccel-XSirius Venture CapitalBAF SpectrumCrystal HorseAriadne Capital
Angel Investors
One way to reach angels is via BANSEA.org, which holds pitch sessions regularly. You can also apply to pitch at AngelsGate. Conferences like Echelon oer yet another venue.
Friends, Family, and Fools
Taking money from friends and family is a good way to end up with neither.
Dentists, Doctors, and …
Mid-career entrepreneurs enjoy the advantage of wealthy classmates and friends.
“Skin in the Game”
Many entrepreneurs invest hundreds of thousands of dollars of their own money into their ventures. Are you prepared to go months or years without pay?If you aren’t willing to put money into the business, why should an investor? Believe me, they can smell an uncommitted entrepreneur a mile away.
IDMPO
runs the iJam scheme
Strategic Corporate Investment:
A big company might nd you intriguing; try contacting the venture arms of established players in your industry.
Bootstrapping:
There’s always the old-fashioned way to raise money: by earning it, one dollar at a time. Who needs external nancing when you’ve got tons of customers?SPRING Business Angels Schemecoinvests up to $1.5Mwith BAF, Sirius, and Accel-X
NRF TIS Incubators
Incubator 15% $88,235NRF 85% $500,000Each of these three oers dierentpropositions, but all emphasize LeanStartup methodologies.
 
1,000,000 2,000,000 4,000,000 8,000,000 16,000,000
Meng’s Map of the Money
Source: Wong Meng WengAvailable at mengwong.com/sg/capital/mapofthemoney.pdf Placement on map is approximate.Not all funding sources are listed;not all listed sources are active.Industry-specic grants may be available.Investor appetites vary constantly.Comments and corrections welcome atmengwong@jfdi.asiaversion 20130705
IDM Ventures (idmvc.com)SingTel Innov8
are one of the most active seed and early stage investors in Singapore, but you have to show a strategic benet for the SingTel Group.
3V SourceOne Capital (3VS1)iGlobe Group
have been around for a while and are respected investors.
Phillip Capital
have a number of funds at various sizes. Also look into the GIP funds – http://www.contactsingapore.sg/gip/
Digital Media Partners (digitalmedia.vc)
speak uent Russian.
Vertex
are the VC arm of Temasek, and appear to be more engaged with the early stage community than most funds of this size.
Vickers Venture PartnersGobi PartnersOWW Capital Partners
If you’re playing at this level, you probably don’t need this map.
Mercatus CapitalSequoia IndiaSBI Venture Capital
A number of Japanese investors – both funds and corporates – are expanding to Southeast Asia:
Global Brain (KDDI), Fenox (IMJ), Rakuten, Gree, etc…8capita
are a bunch of well respected ex-entrepreneur angels very connected with the startup scene.
Formation8
are relatively new to the scene but bring considerable cash and connections in the Valley and globally.
JAIC Asia CapitalJAFCO Asia
Corporate venture funds include
Intel Capital, SPH, MediaCorp, and Daily Mail Group (DMGT).EDB Investments
would need a strategic reason to invest.
SPRING Bridging Loan Programme matches bank loans 8:2.Infocomm Investments Pte. Ltd.
are a wholly owned subsidiary of IDA.gov.sg.
Raes Venture PartnersAmbient Sound Investments
is Toivo Annus’s investment vehicle.
Walden International
are respected investors.
NRF Early Stage
coinvested 50:50 in VC funds

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