How to raise funds for a startup in Singapore

Funding a startup in Singapore

Singapore has become a hot spot for startups in Asia with a vibrant supporting ecosystem. Yet, estimating the proper amount of funds to be raised and ensuring a fair allotment of the company’s capital remains tricky for any entrepreneur. Here are some useful guidelines to help you raise the proper funds in Singapore.

This presentation gives great advice for the financing of startups anywhere, and especially in Singapore. For more detailed and recent information, stories and advice specifically for startups of Singapore, check this overview of Singapore’s tech startup ecosystem.

Start-up financing in Singapore – summary

Introduction – slide 3

“Raising money is not an achievement… it is a beginning”

  • Startup development stages – slide 9
  • Financing steps – slide 10

How much do you need – slide 11

  • Pre-revenue phase – slide 12
  • Funding needs – slide 14

Investors categories – slide 16

  • Financing innovation in Singapore – slide 17
  • Bootstrapping – slide 18
  • Incubators – slide 21
  • 3Fs: Family, Friends and Fools – slide 22
  • Business Angels – slide 23
  • Series AA – slide 24
  • Venture Capital – slide 25
  • Investment trends – slide 26

For more on the support from the Singaporean government, check the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore – IDA

Investment criteria – slide 27

  • Main criteria – slide 28
  • Idea and market – slide 29
  • A winning team – slide 31
  • Traction and metrics – slide 32
  • Competitive advantage – slide 33
  • Criteria ranking – slide 34

Investor pitching – slide 36

  • Process and documentation – slide 37
  • Pitching presentation – slide 38

Make sure you check these 10 mistakes of entrepreneurs to avoid by Guy Kawasaki before you move forward with your startup.

Investor hook tactics – slide 39

“Dream”

  • Business angels – slide 41
  • Seed / VC stages – slide 43
  • Fundraiser or not? – slide 46

Valuation and terms – slide 47

  • Valuation – slide 49
  • What is fair – slide 55
  • What to avoid – slide 56

Presentation from May 2012 by Tanguy Lesselin

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