|Source: Impact Hub. Horowitz (left) with Sai (right).|
Singapore’s largest coworking and entrepreneur-building community, Impact Hub, has announced that Google for Entrepreneurs is its first tech hub partner in Southeast Asia. Impact Hub Singapore members can now take advantage of Google for Entrepreneurs’ global network and resources, spanning dozens of coworking spaces and community programmes across 135 countries.
Impact Hub Singapore takes a holistic approach to encouraging startups by providing everything from coworking space to resources and tools early-stage businesses need to grow. The five year-old Impact Hub is home to Singapore’s largest community of creatives, entrepreneurs, and technologists. Member startups have raised more than US$180 million since Impact Hub Singapore opened its doors. Impact Hub Singapore comprises more than 650 entrepreneurs, professionals and freelancers, and has partnerships with 50 corporate, university and government-linked organisations.
At the launch, Grace Sai, CEO and Co-Founder, Impact Hub Singapore, said, “We are proud to be the first Google for Entrepreneurs tech hub partner in Southeast Asia, and we are looking forward to being the goto place for entrepreneurs, not only for local Singaporean companies, but also for startups from around the world that wish to build and scale their business in Singapore and Southeast Asia.”
Impact Hub Singapore’s range of services for startups include mentoring programmes, incubation, networking events, fundraising workshops, consultancy with experts, marketing support, and access to a global network of more than 100 Impact Hubs on five continents with over 20,000 Hubbers.
Bradley Horowitz, VP of Product Management, Google, who leads Google for Entrepreneurs globally, added, "Grace and her team are indispensable members of the Singapore startup community, and Impact Hub is an innovation leader not only for Singapore, but across greater Southeast Asia. Google for Entrepreneurs is all about providing the best of Google's resources to our global partner network. We can’t wait to collaborate with Impact Hub Singapore’s members.”
As members of the Google for Entrepreneurs network, Impact Hub Singapore and the greater Singapore startup community will have access to new resources including training and mentorship opportunities, plus access to:
● Google for Entrepreneurs global programmes: Hubbers can now apply for programmes like Google for Entrepreneurs Exchange, a series of week-long, vertically-specific global immersion programmes aimed at helping startups gain access into new markets and insights, and Google Demo Day, an event that brings together a diverse group of startups from around the world to showcase their technology and meet top investors and mentors in Silicon Valley in the US.
● A global network: Hubbers will join 50 other organisations with a global footprint in more than 135 countries, including six campuses, which are Google-owned and operated spaces for entrepreneurs. Impact Hub members are now connected to the Google for Entrepreneurs Passport programme, which allows members to access more than 20 Google partner spaces the world over, such as in Seoul, Korea.
● Google resources: Relevant startups will be eligible for Google product offers and have access to local and international mentorship from Google advisors.
Impact Hub Singapore, inspired by Google’s campus, will also provide more opportunities for collaboration:
● From August onwards, Impact Hub Singapore will open 30 free coworking seats per day in the coworking area be even more inclusive and welcoming to the tech-curious as well as to current and aspiring entrepreneurs.