About

Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) is the National Voice for the Singapore Startup Ecosystem, and a key trade association representing the interests of startups in Singapore. ACE focuses on five pillars: Startups, Corporations, Institutes of Higher Learning, Risk Capital, and Public Sector.

As the driving force behind Singapore as an Innovation Island, ACE is creating a virtual and physical space where ideas, knowledge, and capabilities are transformed into value efficiently. 

Established in 2003 by the Ministry of Trade & Industry, ACE is supported by the Singapore Government under the patronage of Dr. Tan See Leng, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry.

 

 

Vision

ACE’s vision for the 5 pillars

  1. Startups – Singapore is the go-to for all things startup, providing the most fertile ground and best resources for entrepreneurship in the region.
  2. Corporations – Corporations can efficiently find best-fit startups to enhance existing offerings and adopt new capabilities for market expansion.
  3. IHLs – New technologies developed by universities and youth talent are effectively adopted and hired by startups.
  4. Risk Capital – Create a solid supply of viable and scalable startups for investment that reap good returns.
  5. Public Sectors – Able to easily source for innovative startups that can solve various problems, such as ways to create a viable economy to traffic congestion.

Mission

ACE serves all Innovation and Enterprise Stakeholders by creating a nurturing environment for competition that leads to healthy and efficient startups.

Journey

2003
ACE was launched to transform the entrepreneurial landscape in Singapore, with Mr Raymond Lim, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Trade and Industry (2001 – 2004) appointed as Chairman of ACE

2004
Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry (2004 – 2005) took over as the Chairman of ACE

2006
Mr Lee Yi Shyan, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry (2006 – 2012) took over as Chairman of ACE

2011
Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry (2011 – 2015) was appointed as Patron of ACE

2014
ACE was re-launched as a private sector led, non-profit organisation

2016
Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry (2016 - 2019) took over as Patron of ACE

2020
Dr. Tan See Leng, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Manpower, and Second Minister for Trade and Industry took over as Patron of ACE

Our Team

Dr. Tan See Leng

Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry

Dr Mark Hon

Chairman Emeritus

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Mr James Tan

Chairman,
Board of Directors

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Mr Saurav
Bhattacharyya

Treasurer,
Board of Directors

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Ms Lim Qing Ru

Member,
Board of Directors

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Mr Lim Kok Kiang

Member,
Board of Directors

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Dr Goh Mong Song

Member,
Board of Directors

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Mr Marcus Tan

Member,
Board of Directors

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Lim Qing Ru

Interim CEO & Board Member

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Shirlynn Teo

Director,
Finance & HR

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Brian Chan

Deputy Director,
Corporations/
International

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Joseph Khong

Assistant Director/
Head, Engagement
& Communications

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Ang Yan Lin

Senior Manager,
Risk Capital &
International

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Jeremy Lim

Senior Manager,
Corporations

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Gerald Chow

Senior Manager,
Corporations

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Max Sim

Senior Manager,
Venture Building

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Antron Lim

Manager,
Corporations

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Tracy Lee

Manager,
Finance

Nerissa Wong

Manager,
Startups

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Kouichi Maki

Manager,
Memberships

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Kwok Chin Lai

Manager,
IT/ Facilities

David Pang

Manager,
Branding &
Communications

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Syerifah Alsagoff

Manager,
Community

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Rebecca Lim

Assistant Manager,
Community

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Lynn Oh

Senior Associate,
Startups

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Appointments
& HR

– Chairperson: James Tan (ACE)

– Edwin Chow (Enterprise Singapore)

Audit &
Compliance

– Chairperson: Chak Kong Soon (Stream Global Pte Ltd)

– Prashant Agarwal (AIA Group)

– Philip Kwa (Cyber Test Systems Pte Ltd) 

Communications

– Chairperson: Jeffrey Seah (Quest Ventures)

– Gin Lee Oo (GLOO PR)

– Marc Lim (S-Lite Group)

Early Stage
VCs

– Chairperson: Carmen Yuen (Vertex Ventures)

– Albert Shyy (Burda Principal Investments)

– Jessica Huang Pouleur (Openspace Ventures)

– Marc Dragon (Reefknot Investments)

EDGE

– Chairperson: Marcus Wong (Svested)

– Benjamin Emmanuel Lee (Sealed Network)

– Logan Tan (Eezee)

– Nigel Ong (Livspace)

Finance &
Investments

– Chairperson: Saurav Bhattacharyya (Quantum Inventions)

Growth Stage
VCs

– Chairperson: Jeffrey Paine (Golden Gate Ventures)

– Kuan Hsu (KK Fund)

– Remi Choong (Elev8.vc)

– Foo Tiang Lim (Forge Ventures)

Mentorship

– Chairperson: Wong Hong Ting (Botbot.AI)

Post Secondary
Education Institutions (PSEI)

– Chairperson: Tan Ching Ching (NP)

– Tham Mei Leng (ITE)

– Yang Tien (NYP) 

– Neo Gim Kian (RP)

– Samuel Ang (SP)

– Wallace Lim (TP)