About

Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) is The National Voice for Singapore Startup Ecosystem. ACE focuses on five pillars that are crucial for any ecosystem: Startups, Corporations, Institutes of Higher Learning (IHLs), Risk Capital, and Public Sector. As the driving force that brought Singapore to be The Innovation Island it is today, ACE has created a virtual and physical space where ideas, knowledge, and capability 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 in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second 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 coopetition 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 in the Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Manpower, and Second Minister for Trade and Industry.

Mr James Tan

Chairman,
Board of Directors

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Dr Alex Lin

Treasurer,
Board of Directors

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Mr Clarence Ti

Member,
Board of Directors

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Ms Lim Qing Ru

Member,
Board of Directors

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Mr Saurav
Bhattacharyya

Member,
Board of Directors

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Dr. Mark Hon

Chairman Emeritus

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Shirlynn Teo

Director,
Finance & HR

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Brian Patrick Tan

Deputy Director,
Advisory &
Startup Growth

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Saw Biing Huei

Lead,
Venture Growth

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Ang Yan Lin

Senior Manager,
Partnership &
Startup Growth

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Gerald Chow

Senior Consultant,
Innovation &
Advisory Services

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Jeremy Lim

Senior Consultant,
Innovation &
Advisory Services

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Tracy Lee

Manager,
Finance

Antron Lim

Consultant,
Innovation &
Advisory Services

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Clara Low

Manager,
Branding &
Communications

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Carmen Yeo

Manager,
Community &
Member Relations

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Nerissa Wong

Manager,
Startup Talent
Development

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Laurina Tay

Manager,
Member Relations &
Centre Management

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Sabrina Leow

Administrator,
Startup Talent
Development

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Alec Xu

Managing Director

Macro Ma

Executive Director

Edward Xu

Executive Director

Henrique Lee

Executive Director

Echo Wu

Assistant Director

Stan Lee

Project Manager, Technology Service

Jason Zhang

Project Manager, Business Development

Vivian Fu

Project Manger, Business Development

Amber Xu

Project Executive, Event Planning

Juli Wang

Project Executive, Brand Planning

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)

EDGE

  • Chairperson: Marcus Wong (Enterprise Singapore)
  • Benjamin Lee (Sealed Network)
  • Logan Tan (Eezee)
  • Nigel Ong (Livspace)

Finance & Investments

  • Chairperson: Dr Alex Lin (NTUitive)
  • Aniruddha Ganguly (Negobot)
  • Lee Kian Soon (Astral Asset Management)

Mentorship

  • Chairperson: Wong Hong Ting (Botbot.AI)

Youth & Education

  • Chairperson: Clarence Ti (NP)
  • Sarah Cheah (NUS)
  • Goh Mong Song (ITE)