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05 Jun 2020 Updated 11 Jun 2020

EDBI and SEEDS Capital to provide S$285 million in financing to promising startups to tide through COVID-19 period

MR No.: 042/20

Singapore, Friday, 5 June 2020

  1. EDBI, the corporate investment arm of Economic Development Board, and SEEDS Capital, the investment arm of Enterprise Singapore, will administer the S$285 million Special Situation Fund for Startups (SSFS) to provide financing support for promising startups based in Singapore. Under this scheme, EDBI and SEEDS Capital will invest in selected startups with private sector co-investors on a 1:1 basis. The scheme, announced by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat in the Fortitude Budget speech on 26 May 2020, will provide time-limited funding support to help high-potential startups sustain their growth momentum despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The scheme will end when the funds are fully committed or by 31 October 2021, whichever is earlier.

  2. The SSFS will support early- to late-stage innovative startups with strategic capabilities that can contribute to Singapore’s national priorities. EDBI will focus on late-stage startups with larger funding needs and wider employment base while SEEDS Capital will focus on early-stage startups.

  3. EDBI and SEEDS Capital will assess startups on a case-by-case basis. The startups should be incorporated as a Private Limited company with headquarters and key value-added activities in Singapore and possess strategic capabilities such as technology and innovation competencies and/or sustainable competitive advantages. In addition, the startups should have the following key business attributes:
    1. Substantial innovative and/or intellectual property content developed or owned in-house;
    2. Able to demonstrate a commercially-viable business model from its products and/or services;
    3. Able to articulate clearly its value proposition and potential for scalability in their target customer segment(s) and across international markets;
    4. Have a committed and capable management team with relevant experience and business acumen skills (e.g. business, industry, technical capability) for the sector they are in, and are receptive to guidance from investors; and
    5. Able to demonstrate strong corporate governance. 
  4. Ms Chu Swee Yeok, CEO and President of EDBI said, “In this difficult financing climate, even startups that were doing well pre-COVID-19 can have cash flow difficulties, with many facing financing challenges given the more cautious funding approach that most VCs and PEs are adopting. SSFS will allow Singapore to build on the momentum of our thriving start up innovation ecosystem. We look forward to working with partner funds to support technology startups so that they can continue to execute on their growth plans to build strategic capabilities in Singapore, continue with their innovation activities and expansion plans to capture new market opportunities.”

  5. Mr Ted Tan, Chairman of SEEDS Capital and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Enterprise Singapore said, “The SSFS was developed to support promising startups who needed to continue their business development and fund raising in these difficult times. While we do this, we want to ensure that the funds are directed at viable startups. Involving private sector co-investors will double the deployable capital, and ensure that only startups with strong growth potential are supported. Collectively, the SSFS will enable these companies to continue their early product development and innovations to build a strong foundation for growth."

  6. Interested early-stage startups can apply for the funding via ssfs@enterprisesg.gov.sg, while late-stage startups can apply via ssfs@edbi.com. Please provide more details of your company according to the list below:
    1. Business plan setting out the startup’s technology and innovation competencies and/or sustainable competitive advantages
    2. Latest financial statements and cashflow projections for the next 24 months
    3. Preliminary company information including name, date of incorporation, list of directors, management team and shareholding details.
    4. Information on manpower showing the breakdown of Singaporeans / permanent residents and foreign talent employed by the startup, and manpower plans for the next 24 months.
    5. Details of current interest from potential co-investor(s), if available.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Cassandra Wong
Business Partner
Corporate Communications

M : +65 6433 4618

E : cassandra_wong@enterprisesg.gov.sg

Esmond Chong
Deputy Manager
Corporate Communications & Digital Strategy

M : +65 9027 7857

E : esmond_chong@edbi.com

 

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About EDBI

Investing since 1991, EDBI is a Singapore-based global investor in select high growth technology sectors ranging from Information & Communication Technology (ICT), Emerging Technology (ET), Healthcare (HC) and other strategic industries. As a value-creating investor, EDBI assists companies achieve their ambitious goals by leveraging our broad network, resources and expertise. With our growth capital, EDBI supports companies seeking to grow in Asia and globally through Singapore.

About SEEDS Capital 

As the investment arm of Enterprise Singapore, SEEDS Capital catalyses smart investments into innovative Singapore-based startups with strong intellectual content and global market potential. We co-invest with quality investors in innovative startups. We help our startups commercialize and expand globally through leveraging on the expertise and strategic networks of our co-investment partners in areas such as technology translation, commercialization and market expansion. Through co-investments, SEEDS Capital aims to catalyse investments into nascent and strategic sectors. These include Advanced Manufacturing & Engineering, Health & Biomedical Sciences, Urban Sustainability & Solutions, and Services & Digital Economy.