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 has more than 2,000 members, representing over 1,300 startups.

ACE constantly seeks to build a vibrant and sustainable startup ecosystem in Singapore, and focuses on five key 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.

ACE was established in 2003 by the Singapore Ministry of Trade and Industry, and re-launched as a private sector-led, non-profit organisation in 2014. ACE’s Patron is Dr Tan See Leng, Minister for Manpower and Second Minister for Trade and Industry.

Working closely with the Government and startups, ACE aims to promote entrepreneurship, catalyse new growth opportunities, scale startups and build champion enterprises.

 

 

BACECAMP does a wonderful job of preparing start-ups in critical fields (e.g. valuation, sales, legal, IP, etc.) during their infancy stage to set them on the right track. Incredibly comprehensive and the best basecamp I've attended so far!

Surendra Shenoy
CEO & Co-founder / Nile

Well-rounded introduction to the myriad of topics a founder needs to know when starting a business. Unfortunately this season can't be conducted in-person, if not I believe there could be more learnings between the participants.

Choo Wee Chyn
Co-founder / Attribuild

BACECAMP was a comprehensive crash-course of what to expect when starting up. I recommend all aspiring entrepreneurs, young or old, to attend the programme.

Raimie

As an early stage start up, BACECAMP help me to understand the key subjects that would really be useful in future.

Mukul
Co-founder / Hale Smoothies

Equipping and enabling new startups with invaluable skills

Paul Phang
Managing Director / Excabaa Pte Ltd

It is an amazing program which gives insight into various facets when starting a business which are essential for the launch, build and growth stage of a company. The support ecosystem is amazing.

Pushkar N Pradhan

BACECAMP has provided me a fresh lens of how to run my startup, alongside a supportive community. Would recommend to any early-stage founders!

Alexandra Zhang
Co-founder / Factorem

I met great mentors such as Jeffrey Nah and Eric Tan through the BACECamp. They taught me the importance of understanding the market and how to position my company with great clarity.

Pinzhang
Co-founder / Wraek

BACECAMP had been a fruitful and enjoyable learning journey. Highly recommended for all budding entrepreneurs who are keen on improving your business.

Roy
CEO & Co-founder / Tectech

BACECAMP has been very beneficial to OTECH as it has sharpened my take on the business and the narrative. The many speakers sharing their invaluable experience made me keenly aware of the gaps in my company. It has also provided me with many different options to resolve them.

Lionel Otsuka
Founder / OTECH

BACECamp was fun and engaging all throughout, and the best place to network with like-minded individuals who are on the same journey as you are.

Ryan Chin
Co-founder / Alpha Electrics

This program far exceeds my expectation. Despite the challenge of having this BACECAMP in virtual/remote setting, it has been a very, very positive experience.

Foo Tuan Tong

Let this BACECAMP be the start of your entrepreneurial climb towards success.

Kok Ting Han, Daniel
Co-founder / InMyOpinion

Great to see concrete no nonsense support for entrepreneurs!

Jeffery Goh

As the national voice of the startup ecosystem, supported by ESG and MTI, ACE is the organization to go to if you are a tech start-up, corporate, public sector agency, venture capitalist, or IHL looking to be part of Singapore's tech startup ecosystem!

Brian Tan

ACE team is very knowledgeable in anything startup or entrepreneurship related. Thumbs up!

Clara Low

Well done to the speaker, Jeremy!

Participant at NTUC x ACE Key Lessons to Build a Successful Tech Startup

The session was informative. Relevant information sharing for new startups!

Fluo Ang

Thank you for the webinar, it was a useful event!

Chin Kok Leong

Being able to hear life experience from people with great knowledge and hearing them share inspirational and wise words to youths like us.

Participant at ACE's Entrepreneurship to Cultivate Community Resilience

"Engaging. Inspirational. Insightful."

Jonathan Lee
Principal & CIO, SSG Public ATO Pgm Partner, Master Skills & Workforce Developer (Industry Transformation Maps)

"An informative session indeed."

Adrian Cheok
Founder / iMovietoy

"ACE facilitated the whole session to be fruitful."

Terence Ng
Director & Founder / Advoco Pte Ltd

"The engagement session was very well organised. "

Nur Hakeem
Co-founder / ServiceBack

"A good channel to voice concerns and hear concerns from other founders"    

Participant at ACE's Engagement on COVID-19 Measures

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,
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Mr Marcus Tan

Member,
Board of Directors

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Mr Jeffrey Tiong

Member,
Board of Directors

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Er Edwin Khew

Member,
Board of Directors

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Mr Mohamed
Nasser Ismail

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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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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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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James Tan

Chairperson

ACE Chairman & Managing Partner, Quest Ventures

Edwin Chow

Member

Assistant CEO, Enterprise Singapore

Chak Kong Soon

Chairperson

Managing Partner, Stream Global Pte Ltd

Prashant Agarwal

Member

Head - Digital, Customer & Ecosystems Marketing, AIA Group

Philip Kwa

Member

Co-founder & Director of Advisory Services, GMC16 Pte Ltd

Jeffrey Seah

Chairperson

Partner, Quest Ventures

Oo Gin Lee

Member

Managing Director, GLOO PR

Marc Lim

Member

CEO, S-Lite Group

Jeffrey Paine

Chairperson

Managing Partner, Golden Gate Ventures

Alan Kuan Hsu

Member

General Partner, KK Fund

Remi Choong

Member

Principal, Elev8.VC

Tiang Lim Foo

Member

Co-founder & Partner, Forge Ventures

Marcus Wong

President

Co-founder & Chief Commercial Officer, Svested

Benjamin Emmanuel Lee

Vice President

Co-founder & CEO, Sealed Network

Logan Tan

Head of Community

Co-founder & CEO, Eezee

Nigel Ong

Head of Programmes

Marketing Manager, Livspace

Saurav Bhattacharyya

Chairperson

CEO, Quantum Inventions

Carmen Yuen

Chairperson

Partner, Vertex Ventures

Albert Shyy

Member

Managing Director - Asia, Burda Principal Investments

Jessica Huang

Member

Executive Director, Openspace Ventures

Marc Dragon

Member

Managing Director, Reefknot Investments

Tan Ching Ching

Chairperson

Director - The Sandbox, Innovation & Entrepreneurship Office, Ngee Ann Polytechnic

Tham Mei Leng

Member

Director - School of Business & Services, ITE College Central

Yang Tien

Member

Director - Innovation & Enterprise Office, Nanyang Polytechnic

Neo Gim Kian

Member

Director - Office of Entrepreneurship Development, Republic Polytechnic

Samuel Ang

Member

General manager - SPINOFF Centre, The Entrepreneurship Centre, Singapore Polytechnic

Wallace Lim

Member

Director - Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Temasek Polytechnic

Caecilia Chu

Chairperson

Co-founder & CEO, YouTrip

Gillian Tan

Member

Co-founder & CEO, Homage

Shiyan Koh

Member

Managing Partner, Hustle Fund

Val Yap

Member

Founder & CEO, AMTD PolicyPal

Jupe Tan

Chairperson

Managing Partner - Asia Pacific, Plug and Play Tech Center

Lim Qing Ru

Co-Chair

ACE Board Member & Partner, True Global Ventures

Patrick Yeo

Member

Partner & Venture Hub Leader, PwC Singapore

Aylwin Tan

Member

Chief Customer Solutions Officer & Head of Innovation Lab, CapitaLand

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