Corporates are a key stakeholder in the startup ecosystem. Through innovation challenges, corporate innovation labs and Corporate VCs (CVCs), the corporates give opportunities to startups in the form of awards, equity, brand association, access to IP and distribution channels, or possible collaborations such as going into a Proof of Concept (POC) together.
Corporates recognise Singapore as a vibrant innovation hub for startups in the region and are therefore keen to engage our startup ecosystem to learn about disruptive technology, engage with and co-innovate with startups.
ACE, being the heart of Singapore’s startup ecosystem, is keen to bring Corporates into our ecosystem to enrich it with win-win co-innovation possibilities.
WHAT WE DO
The membership programme for corporates to kick-start their innovation journey with startup ecosystem plug-in and innovation workshops.
Corporate Innovation Challenge
Dedicated innovation challenge for corporate members.
Innovation Enablers Network (IEN)
Led by ACE, this is the largest network of innovation enablers in Singapore who facilitate innovation programmes that cover the entire innovation value chain. Learn more about IEN here.
Corporate Innovators Networking (CIN)
The “must go to” once a month thematic networking sessions for corporate innovators. Organised by ACE every third Thursday of the month, the community has more than 100 innovators and growing.
Digital Transformation Exchange
Quarterly sectorial focused seminar where key startups showcase trends and solutions in the industry to kick start a corporate’s or SME’s digital transformation journey.
|The Bridge Challenge by The Coca-Cola Company, powered by ACE aims to identify and collaborate with high potential startups with emerging technologies that disrupt the consumer industry.
Startups have the opportunity to co-innovate, validate, and commercialise solutions with The Coca-Cola Company. They also received feedback and inputs on their solution from The Coca-Cola Company and ACE mentors. 20 promising startups were matched.
|Startup Investment Pitch 2019 aims to co-innovate, validate, and scale with emerging tech startups in the fintech industry promoting financial inclusion for the informal sector in Southeast Asia.
Reaching out to ACE’s regional network, the event matched 10 startups for the challenge. With further shortlisting, 3 startups were selected for point-of-contact discussions.
|Digital Transformation Exchange: DigiExpo was held in partnership with Rolls Royce. Together, we created and refined the problem statement and attracted a pool of startups that are at the forefront of technology.
15 startups were matched for the problem statement challenge and 8 were selected to pitch on Demo Day. Additionally, 3 startups got selected for potential proof-of-concept at EPIC 2019.
|Digital Transformation Exchange: Innovation in Food & AgriTech took place in May 2020 in collaboration with Enterprise Singapore, ACE and Padang & Co.
Numerous cutting edge solutions such as new biodegradable polymers and natural food preservation films were showcased, spurring interest, and possible collaboration between the startups and corporates.
|Digital Transformation Exchange: MedTech was a successful event ran together with Roche. Roche is the world’s largest biotech company and has one of the highest R&D spend in the world across all industries. They were looking to co-innovate with startups globally.
15 MedYech startups were matched and 10 startups pitched on Demo Day. Additionally, 3 startups got selected for potential proof-of-concept at EPIC 2019.
|ACE-Mitsui Startup Meetup 2019 was looking to co-innovate with IoT, Food & Nutrition, Infrastructure & Construction and Drone startup companies in Singapore.
A closed-door innovation workshop was conducted for relevant startups to showcase and network with the Mitsui delegation. 60 key stakeholders in the ecosystem participated in this event.
TALK TO US
If you are a corporate that wishes to meet relevant tech startups in the regional startup ecosystem, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!