About Us

The Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) is a national private sector-led organisation to drive entrepreneurship and innovation in Singapore.

Launched in 2003 by the Ministry of Trade & Industry and restructured as a private entity in 2014, ACE is supported by the government, under the patronage of Senior Minister of State for Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Trade & Industry, Dr Koh Poh Koon.

ACE’s Board of Directors also comprises of experienced entrepreneurs and professionals immersed in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

 

ACE takes on three main thrusts to focus on strengthening the entrepreneurial scene:

         

Access Hub for Connected Ecosystems

 

Avenue for Company Expansion

 

Accelerated Co-innovation Enabler

 
Connecting ecosystems for access to startups, technologies, funding and talents
 
Helping startups to scale and internationalise
 
Facilitating co-innovation between startups and enterprises
 

Vision

To build a dynamic and sustainable start-up ecosystem in Singapore

Mission

To provide ground-up community support to help start-ups and promote youth entrepreneurship

Our 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 Li 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 (current) took over as Patron of ACE

Our Team

Dr Koh Poh Koon

Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry

Dr. Mark Hon

Chairman,
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Mr James Tan

Deputy Chairman,
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Mr Chiang Joon Arn

Treasurer,
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Mr Clarence Ti

Member,
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Dr Alex Lin

Member,
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Edmas Neo

Executive Director

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Shirlynn Teo

Head, Finance and HR

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Marianne Tan

Head, Internationalisation

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Ng Dirong

Deputy Head, Innovation and Branding

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Zack Li

Manager, International Talents and Youth

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Ang Yan Lin

Manager, Market Access

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Michelle Ng

Manager, International Business Development and Partnership

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Yvonne Leong

Manager, Centre Relations

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Gerald Chow

Manager, Innovation and Partnership

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Priscilla Koh

Manager, Community and PR

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Li Peixin

Manager, Communications and Branding

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Appointments & HR

  • * Dr. Mark Hon (BANSEA)
  • James Tan (Quest Ventures)
  • Ted Tan/Jonathan Lim (Enterprise Singapore)

Audit & Compliance

  • * Chak Kong Soon (Stream Global Pte Ltd)
  • Prashant Agarwal (AIA Group)

Communications

  • Mohan Belani (e27)

Finance & Investments

  • * Chiang Joon Arn (Ernst & Young LLP)
  • Aniruddha Ganguly (UBS)
  • Lee Kian Soon (Astral Asset Management)

Incubators

  • * Theodore Tan (SG Meditech)
  • Chong Chiet Ping (Small World Group)
  • Frank Lee (TNF Ventures)

Internationalisation

  • * James Tan (Quest VC)
  • Alex Lin (ICORA Asia)
  • Paul Lim (Fidelium Group)

Investors Community

  • * Dr. Mark Hon (BANSEA)
  • Amit Anand (Jungle Ventures)
  • Chua Boon Ping (SPH Media Fund)
  • Jeffrey Paine (Golden Gate Ventures)
  • Chua Joo Hock (Vertex Ventures)
  • Alan Hsu (KK Fund)

Women Entrepreneurship

  • Grace Clapham (The Change School)

Mentorship

  • * Wong Hong Ting (Botbot.AI)
  • Miles Gilman (Sultan River Holdings)
  • Eddy Lee (Coffee Ventures)

Youth & Education

  • * Clarence Ti (Ngee Ann Polytechnic)
  • Assoc Prof Sarah Cheah Lai Yin (NUS Business School)
  • Heng Guan Teck (Institute of Technical Education)
  • Yeo Li Pheow (Republic Polytechnic)

  • * Chairperson