Overview

Startup SG Tech will be revised to provide successful applicants with greater ease of cashflow. For applications received from 1 August 2017, the grants will be awarded upon the completion of each milestone; unlike previously by reimbursement.

The grant will also carry an equity component where SPRING will have the rights to exercise a share subscription. This is to cultivate greater financial discipline and a growth-oriented mindset that is consistent among venture-backed startups.

For more details, please see the FAQ.

The Startup SG Tech grant fast-tracks the development of proprietary technology solutions, and catalyses the growth of startups based on proprietary technology and a scalable business model.

Through Startup SG Tech, companies may receive early-stage funding for the commercialisation of proprietary technology.

Startup SG Tech supports Proof-of-Concept (POC) and Proof-of-Value (POV) for commercialisation of innovative technologies. Companies may apply for POC or POV grants depending on the stage of development of the technology/concept. Startup SG Tech is a competitive grant.

Eligibility


Your solution must:

  • Clearly demonstrate how science/technology is applied;
  • Be of a breakthrough level of innovation (i.e. distinctly different or new technology which either (i) has the potential to disrupt an existing market; or (ii) to replace, or create, a new market/purpose/niche.);
  • Lead to or build on proprietary know-how/IP;
  • Be commercially viable.

Applicants should be:

Startup Companies

  • Registered for less than 5 years at time of grant application;
  • At least 30% local shareholdings;
  • Company’s group annual sales turnover is not more than $100 million or group employment size is not more than 200 workers; and
  • Core activities to be carried out in Singapore.

Qualifying Projects

Your project must either be a:

Proof-Of-Concept (POC) Project
Your solution is at the conceptualisation stage, and the technical/scientific viability still needs to be proven.

You should clearly explain the innovative science or technology concept behind the solution. Individual applicants from public sector research institutes must demonstrate entrepreneurial commitment to continue their technology commercialisation work upon successful completion of the project.

OR

Proof-Of-Value (POV) Project
You already have a technically/scientifically viable concept (POC available), and you wish to carry out further development of a working prototype, to validate the commercial merit of an established concept.

You need to show the technology concept you are building on, and the commercial merit to be validated. You will also be required to demonstrate proof-of-interest from a potential customer or 3rd party investor, and the necessary business competencies to execute the project.

To maintain financial discipline, startups would be required to inject an increase in paid-up capital of 10% and 20% of the grant for POC and POV respectively. This replaces prior restrictions on the supportable costs. The grant cap for POC will remain at $250,000 and POV at $500,000. Please refer to FAQ for more details.

Your project should fall under one of the following areas:

Advanced Manufacturing / Robotics Biomedical Sciences and Healthcare
Intelligent digital industrial technologies

Fleet management systems

Intelligent control systems

Operating platforms

Kinematic and dynamics (manipulation and movement)

Navigation, machine vision and positioning (sensing)

Life Science Tools

Diagnostic and Implantable Systems

Medical Device Technology

Healthcare IT

Clean Technology Information & Communications Technologies
Water Technologies

Waste management systems

Urban and sustainability solutions

Renewable energy generation and management

Cybersecurity Technology

Infocomm Infrastructure and Architecture

Analytics and Artificial Intelligence (e.g. Machine Learning)

Edge Technologies

Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality technologies

Distributed Ledger Technologies (e.g. Blockchain)

Urban & Autonomous mobility

Sustainable energy generation and management enablers

Precision Engineering Transport Engineering / Engineering Services
Silicon Photonics

Sensors and Actuators

SMART Materials

Composite Technology

Nano Materials

Coatings

Optics and lasers

Subsea technologies e.g. subsea production and monitoring, materials development for high temperature/ high pressure applications

Process technologies e.g. solutions for improved oil recovery

Automation platforms

Points to note:

  • Project must not have commenced at the time of application.
  • Work should be done by the applicant (company), in Singapore, unless otherwise justified.

Apply

Startup SG Tech Process

There are three stages for Startup SG Tech:

  • Stage 1 (Registration of Interest)
  • Stage 2 (Application and Evaluation)
  • Stage 3 (Final Panel Evaluation)

Stage I
Interested startups should submit a summary of the proposed project. Download and complete the Startup SG Tech Registration of Interest Form (xlsx, 172kb). Email your completed form to smeinfoline@spring.gov.sg. SPRING Singapore will inform you of your project’s eligibility.

Stage II
If accepted, SPRING will invite you to submit a formal application comprising of the full business proposal (doc, 56kb) and cost breakdown (xslsx, 41kb). Proposals are assessed for the innovativeness, technical feasibility and commercialisation potential.

Stage III
Shortlisted (both POC and POV) applicants from Stage II will present their proposals to a final evaluation panel comprising of industry experts. The decision of the evaluation panel is final.