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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 that is venture-backed or owns innovative technologies.

Who is eligible

EntrePass is open to all nationalities/citizenships.

You can apply for an EntrePass if you meet both conditions:

If the registered company is more than 12 months old as of the date of application, you will be assessed according to the renewal criteria.

  • Meet at least one of the following criteria: 

Raised funding for a past or current business

You have raised at least SGD 100,000 from a single funding round from investors for any past or current business.

Examples of eligible investors include:


Supported by a government-recognised or internationally renowned incubator or accelerator

The business is or will be supported by an incubator or accelerator that is either:

  • Government-recognised
  • Internationally renowned

Examples of eligible investors include:

Founded and sold a technology business

You have founded and sold a business that is venture-backed or owns innovative technologies.

You must show all the following:

Requirement Examples of supporting documents
You founded the business
  • Incorporation documents
  • Signed letter from current management team
The business is or was venture-backed or owns innovative technologies Company’s business plan
The business was sold under your management A Sale and Purchase Agreement indicating your name and information

Holds intellectual property

The registered business or proposed business holds Intellectual Property (IP) that is registered with an approved national IP institution.

The IP must provide significant competitive advantage which cannot be easily replicated to the business.

Have a research collaboration in Singapore

The business has a relevant ongoing research collaboration in Singapore with at least one of the following:

  • Institute of Higher Learning (IHL)
  • Research Institution (RI)

Examples of eligible IHLs and RIs include:

  • IHLs as listed by the Immigrations & Checkpoints Authority (ICA)
  • RIs under the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR)
  • Universities and institutions under the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE)


The research collaboration must:

  • Have your involvement
  • Be related to the business
  • Be verified by a contact person from the institution

Contracts of services are not considered research collaborations.

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

Are you intending to start and operate a new tech business in Singapore? You may be eligible for a Tech.Pass if you have founded or led a sizeable tech company, or developed tech products with mass adoption.

Successful applicants are encouraged to contribute to the local startup ecosystem through activities such as:

  • Hosting or speaking at workshops or webinars
  • Organising deal-making or networking sessions
  • Providing mentorship for other startups.

Enterprise Singapore, which works with MOM to evaluate EntrePass applications, may also contact EntrePass holders periodically for engagement and audit purposes.