Challenges not deterring Singapore start-ups

Mr Kenneth Tan, co-founder of Singapore tech company Hearti Lab, said the firm started considering the Japanese market as it shares similarities with Singapore, whose population is also ageing.
Mr Kenneth Tan, co-founder of Singapore tech company Hearti Lab, said the firm started considering the Japanese market as it shares similarities with Singapore, whose population is also ageing.ST PHOTO: MARCELLIN LOPEZ

The opportunities offered by the Japanese financial technology market are enticing a range of Singapore start-ups despite the challenges of language, talent acquisition and finding a local business partner.

Japan is trying to make it easier for the new arrivals, offering free consulting and business matching services, but the task remains a daunting one.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 11, 2019, with the headline 'Challenges not deterring Singapore start-ups'. Print Edition | Subscribe