StartupSG Talent

The Startup SG pillar highlights schemes that foster a more conducive environment for promising global talent to set up innovative businesses in Singapore, and for startups to attract talent to be part of their team.

Schemes under this pillar include: EntrePass, T-Up and SME Talent Programme (STP) for Startups.


EntrePass is a work pass scheme under Startup SG Talent for promising entrepreneurs keen to start businesses in Singapore. The scheme has been enhanced to facilitate the entry and stay of global entrepreneurial talent who can complement our local skillsets and contribute to a more vibrant high tech startup ecosystem. The enhanced EntrePass scheme will take effect on 3 August 2017.


To apply, interested applicants should:

  1. Have (or intend to start) a private limited company registered with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority.
    • If registered, the company must be less than 6 months old on the date of application.
    • If the company has not been registered, this can be done after the outcome of the application is known.
  2. Meet any of the following minimum qualifying criteria for application as an Entrepreneur, Innovator and/or Investor.

SPRING Singapore will be evaluating EntrePass applications based on the criteria shown below:

Entrepreneur Innovator Investor
[1] Has funding from a Government-recognised VC or business angel [4] Holds intellectual property [7] Investment track record
[2] Is an incubatee at a Government-recognised incubator/accelerator [5] Has research collaboration with an Institute of Higher Learning or credible research institute in Singapore
[3] Business network and entrepreneurial track record [6] Extraordinary achievements in key areas of expertise

Partner Agencies

Partner agencies are appointed to assess and support EntrePass applicants who meet the criteria. SPRING Singapore is one of the partner agencies for the EntrePass scheme, along with InfoComm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and SGInnovate.

In addition to the basic criteria, applicants need to meet a set of qualifying criteria specific to each partner agency respectively.

More Information

Click here for detailed requirements on each of the qualifying criteria.

Click here for more information on IMDA’s EntrePass qualifying criteria and programmes.

Click here for more information on SGInnovate’s EntrePass qualifying criteria and programmes.


Click to apply for EntrePass.