Singapore tech start-ups get more support from government

Staff of some of the companies at Block 71, a hub for start-ups at Ayer Rajah Industrial Estate. A new office in San Francisco, sharing the same name as its Singapore counterpart, will be set up by Infocomm Investments to offer working space to start
Staff of some of the companies at Block 71, a hub for start-ups at Ayer Rajah Industrial Estate. A new office in San Francisco, sharing the same name as its Singapore counterpart, will be set up by Infocomm Investments to offer working space to start-ups heading to the United States for fund raising or entering the market there. -- ST PHOTO: KUA CHEE SIONG 

Tech start-ups are getting more support from the government.

A new office in San Francisco set up by Infocomm Investments (IIPL), the investment arm of the Infocomm Development Authority (IDA), will offer working space to start-ups heading to the United States for fund raising or entering the market there.

For professionals aiming to get involved in the active tech start-up community will be able to learn new Internet skills or level up when the US firm General Assembly (GA) opens an office here.

IIPL's new office was opened on Jan 20 by IDA's executive deputy chairman Mr Steve Leonard, said an IDA statement on Wednesday (Jan 21).

It will also host entrepreneurial and business building activities to enable greater partnership opportunities between the United States and Singapore start-up communities.

It is the second office IDA opened to support Singapore start-ups going overseas. The first was opened in London last year.

The office, located in South of Market, better known as SoMa, is in the high tech neighbourhood of this American city. It will be part of Block 71 San Francisco, a joint initiative of the IDA, Innov8, the venture unit of SingTel and the NUS Enterprise, the entrepreneurship arm of the National University of Singapore.

It takes its name from Block 71 in Ayer Rajah industrial estate which has been home to many Singapore start-ups in the last three to four years.

GA delivers online courses across all segments of Internet development, from web development to content marketing and data analysis and user experience design.

A GA spokesman told The Straits Times that the new office will open "as soon as the start of the second quarter".

GA will deliver courses through learning-by-doing classes, workshops, full-time immersive programmes and online courses.

Co-founder Jack Schwartz said in the IDA statement: "Some of Southeast Asia's and the world's most innjovative businesses and tech leaders spring from Singapore, so it is natural to expand there to help enable new innovation."

The New York-based company is committed to help employers create the workforce they need to build the future, he added.

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