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Plug and Play, Enterprise Singapore to launch US accelerator for SG startups

Brandon Yulolo - August 11, 2023

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Singapore – Innovation platform Plug and Play, in partnership with government agency Enterprise Singapore, has announced the launch of the ‘Global Innovation Alliance (GIA) San Francisco Acceleration Programme’, providing an excellent opportunity for Singapore startups to explore and expand their products in the tech focused regions of San Francisco and the US.

Set to begin this October, the programme will be aiming to empower and assist Singapore-based startup tech companies with the resources and knowledge to thrive in one of the world’s largest and most diverse markets.

The GIA San Francisco Acceleration Programme will be having three main offerings for the companies involved. Firstly, participant companies will be receiving practical training through interactive workshops accompanied by one-on-one discussions through office hours to provide personalised guidance.

In line with this, each startup will be matched with a mentor who will provide tailored support across various aspects, including marketing, product development, partnership building, investment assistance, and pitch polishing.

Lastly, the programme will culminate with a 2-week in-market immersion in San Francisco, providing startups with an opportunity to pitch and showcase their solutions to a regional network of corporate partners, investors, and industry leaders.

Commenting on the program, Jupe Tan, managing partner at Plug and Play APAC, said, “We believe that the GIA San Francisco Acceleration Programme will be an exceptional opportunity for Singapore startups to tap into the innovation culture and networking opportunities in Silicon Valley. Through our tailored mentorship and business development support, we aim to empower startups to make valuable connections and accelerate their growth trajectory.”

Meanwhile, Lim Seow Hui, director for Americas at Enterprise SG, mentioned, “We are very heartened to partner Plug and Play to support tech startups in building connections and capabilities to grow their businesses as they expand into the United States as it presents immense opportunities as a market for business growth. San Francisco is also a good starting point for Singapore companies and startups, in many areas of tech such as biotech, fintech, sustainability and digital economy.”