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Eligibility for EntrePass

This work pass is intended for serial entrepreneurs, high-calibre innovators or experienced investors that want to operate a business in Singapore.

Who is eligible

EntrePass is open to all nationalities.

You can apply for an EntrePass if you:

  • Have started, or intend to start, a private limited company registered with ACRA.
    • If registered, the company must be less than 6 months old on the date you apply.
    • If not registered, you can do so after you know the outcome of your application.
  • Meet any of the following innovative criteria for application as an entrepreneur, innovator or investor.

Entrepreneur

Has funding from a government-recognised VC or business angelShow

Your company raised funding of at least $100,000 from a government investment vehicle, venture capitalist (VC) or business angel that is recognised by a Singapore Government agency.

Examples include:

Is an incubatee at a government-recognised incubator or acceleratorShow

Your company is an existing incubatee at an incubator or accelerator in Singapore that is recognised by the Government.

Examples include:

Has business network and entrepreneurial track recordShow

You have significant business experience or network and promising entrepreneurial track record of starting highly-scalable businesses and want to establish, develop and manage a new or existing business in Singapore.

Requirements

You must fulfil any of the following:

  • You have founded and sold a tech company.
  • You have raised significant funding from investors for a current or past venture.
  • You have been or are being incubated by an internationally renowned incubator or accelerator.
  • You have strong industry networks and business contacts that are related to your proposed business.
  • You have received recognition by a national body, recognised media publication or credible industry organisation for your professional, business or entrepreneurial achievements and track record.

Innovator

Holds an intellectual propertyShow

You or your company holds an intellectual property (IP), registered with an approved national IP institution, which delivers a significant competitive advantage to your proposed business that cannot be easily replicated.

Requirements

You must fulfil all of the following:

  • Your IP must be registered with an approved national IP institution.
  • Your IP delivers a competitive advantage to your proposed business and cannot be easily replicated.
  • One of the shareholders or the company must be the owner of the IP.
  • Expired IP can be considered as long as one of the shareholders is the inventor of the IP.

Has a research collaboration with an IHL or research institute in SingaporeShow

Your company has an ongoing research collaboration with a research institution under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), an Institute of Higher Learning (IHL) in Singapore.

Examples include:

  • A*STAR Research Institutes
  • Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) entities
  • Institutes of Higher Learning (e.g. National University of Singapore, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore Management University, the Polytechnics)
  • Recognised non-profit and private sector research groups

Requirements

You must fulfil all of the following:

  • The research collaboration must be related to your proposed business.
  • The research institution needs to provide a contact person to verify details of the research collaboration.
  • You must be involved with ongoing research collaboration.
  • Contract of services is not considered to be research collaboration.

Has extraordinary achievements in key areas of expertiseShow

You have exceptional technical or domain expertise in an area related to your proposed business.

Requirements

You must fulfil all of the following:

  • Your area of expertise must be related to your proposed business.
  • You have outstanding achievements or received international recognition in your area of technical or domain expertise.

Investor

Has investment track recordShow

You have a good track record of investing in businesses and want to grow new or existing businesses in Singapore.

Requirements

You are willing to invest a substantial amount of money in a local company and have a track record in one of the following:

  • Investing in and driving the growth of highly-scalable businesses.
  • Substantial experience (minimum 8 years) as a senior management professional or executive in a large corporation.

You do not need to meet all of the criteria for each respective profile or type but having more qualifications would help your application.

To find out more about the eligibility criteria, you can contact the following participating government or government-linked agencies:

Programmes Contact
Accreditation@SGD Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore
Email: info@imda.gov.sg
SGInnovate SGInnovate
Email: info@sginnovate.com
Others SPRING Singapore
Email: smeinfoline@spring.gov.sg

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Businesses that are not eligible

The following businesses are not eligible for an EntrePass:

  • Coffee shops, hawker centres, food courts.
  • Bars, night clubs, karaoke lounges.
  • Foot reflexology, massage parlours.
  • Acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, herbal dispensing businesses.
  • Employment agencies.
  • Geomancy business.
Last Updated: 5 December 2017