GIA New York City Acceleration Programme

About this programme

Organised by WEVE, the GIA New York City Acceleration Programme is designed to support Singaporean startups in their expansion to the New York market. The programme consists of:

Eight Weeks of Virtual Acceleration
The programme will kick off with eight weeks of virtual acceleration, consisting of group sessions and 1:1 mentorship and business development opportunities. The group sessions will cover a wide array of topics related to US expansion, including legal and accounting set up, hiring, sales, fundraising, marketing, go-to-market strategy, and much more. Each session is led by a highly qualified expert from WEVE’s expansive network, and we invite all senior members of your team to join this professional development opportunity. The participating startups will also be assigned a Lead Mentor, or Entrepreneur in Residence, who is uniquely qualified to support that company with their US expansion. Lead Mentor meetings will take place for an hour every week to validate your US G2M roadmap, highlight key action items, discuss updates and potential challenges, and make specific asks of the mentor or WEVE team. Throughout the programme, both the WEVE team and Lead Mentor will facilitate numerous 1:1 introductions to support with business development, investment, and further mentorship.

Two Weeks of In-Market Experience in New York City
During the final two weeks of the programme, startups will join us in-person in New York City for an immersive introduction to the New York ecosystem. These weeks will be jam-packed with networking opportunities, in-person group sessions, ecosystem visits, and, of course, in-person meetings with potential clients, partners, and investors. The programme will culminate with a Demo Day, where participants will be invited to show off their hard work in a pitch event geared towards both investment and sales.

About WEVE Acceleration

WEVE Acceleration is New York City’s premiere acceleration programme for international startups expanding to the United States. Formerly NUMA New York, WEVE enjoys more than twenty years of experience introducing the world’s most promising startups to the world’s largest market. Since opening their NYC office in 2017, they have accelerated over 200 startups from 29 different nationalities, and counting. Startups will benefit from a targeted US-expansion curriculum, 1:1 mentorship, and introductions to a warm network of top US investors, corporates, and entrepreneurs.

Key features

  • Curated 1:1 Mentorship
    Each startup will be paired with a lead mentor who is uniquely qualified to support their US expansion efforts, who will in turn faciliate additional mentorship connections throughout the programme. 
  • Business Development and Investment Support
    Participants will be introduced to relevant potential clients, partners, and investors throughout the programme. These introductions are highly curated based on each company's goals for the US market.
  • Access to WEVE's Network
    Throughout the programme and beyond, participants will have access to WEVE's network of 800+ mentors, corporates, and investors. This access will not end when the programme does as the WEVE team will continue to facilitate introductions and provide support after the programme is over.


Singapore-based tech startups

  • Incorporated with at least 30% local equity by Singaporean(s) and/or Singapore PR(s)
  • Had a validated and competitive value proposition
  • Sufficient resources, e.g. stable funding and team
  • Works on a B2B or B2B2C business model
  • An existing product in the market that has achieved initial traction OR demonstrated sufficient initial validation and traction through partnership, investment, or research
  • Seed stage and beyond in terms of funding raised OR >$500k in ARR

How to apply

Applications for the GIA New York City Programme are now closed. Interested applicants can register your interest here to be notified of upcoming programmes.

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