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Opinion: Why Singaporean entrepreneurs don’t fully benefit from their own ecosystem

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Singapore was ranked 10th globally in the 2015 Compass Report, the only Asian city that made it. But while Singapore is proud of its startup achievements, foreign entrepreneurs are obtaining the largest returns from its ecosystem. Top fundraising and acquisitions in Singapore Headlines for larger fundraising and exits have been dominated by startups with foreign-born founders […]

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Here are the Singaporeans who started up overseas

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Singapore is described as a very comfortable place to live in and do business. But with a small domestic market of 5.5 million people, it is difficult for Singaporean entrepreneurs to fully develop their business potential. Thus, they will look to venturing abroad to seek growth. But venturing overseas is fraught with new challenges and […]

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Is Singapore forgetting startups in Smart Nation? 3 startups weigh in

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Transportation, population density, population aging, healthcare—these are all problems in any developed country. Revealed earlier this year, the Smart Nation Programme (SNP) seeks to harness ICT, networks, and data to support better living, create more opportunities, and support stronger communities in Singapore. Macro initiatives were carried out by the government, for example, the trials of Above Ground (AG) boxes, HetNet […]

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VCs and Angels: Can Singapore’s ecosystem produce unicorns

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Singapore has been a hotbed of startup ideas and VC funding, but here’s a question: “with all the available infrastructure and available government grants and funding (additional US$28m announced recently), why haven’t we seen a Singaporean-born entrepreneur (SBE) create a unicorn (US$1 billion exit and above) yet? Are Singaporeans not capable of building high quality […]

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Opinion: Is Singapore still relevant after 50 years? Here’s an entrepreneurial view

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As Singapore ramps up to its 50th birthday celebrations on August 9, the politicians and economists have all given their views about post-50 Singapore, from Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s interview with Time to The Economist‘s special report on Singapore, and many more. But what about the viewpoint of Singapore entrepreneurs, especially tech entrepreneurs, in this digital age? Will Singapore still […]