The Funding Options for Pre-Seed Stage Startups in Southeast Asia

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The Main Players

Angels and VCs

They invest in pre-seed startups based on their high conviction. Angels usually invest in early and seed-stage startups in exchange for equity, and are often founders or senior executives from other startups.


Accelerators provide seed funding for startups based on their acceptance into the accelerator program, typically in exchange for a small equity stake (10% or less). Some of the most active accelerators include SMU BIG and TechStars.


Incubators provide office space, mentoring and support services for startups as a way to help them become viable businesses with potential exits for investors.


Many governments have funds to support innovation and entrepreneurship, including Singapore’s SGStartup (Enterprise Singapore)

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