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About Us
The Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) was launched in 2003 by the Ministry of Trade & Industry as a national effort to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in Singapore. It was re-restructured in 2014 as a private-led initiative supported by the government to continue its national mandate to drive entrepreneurship initiatives in Singapore. The Senior Minister of State for Ministry of National Development and Ministry of Trade & Industry, Dr Koh Poh Koon is Patron. Working closely with Enterprise Singapore, ACE is guided by a board of directors that comprises of experienced entrepreneurs and professionals who are immersed in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Vision

To build a dynamic and sustainable startup ecosystem in Singapore

Mission

To provide ground-up community support to help startups and promote youth entrepreneurship
ACE takes on three main thrusts to focus on strengthening the entrepreneurial scene
ACE - Access Hub for Connected Ecosystems
Access Hub for Connected Ecosystems
Connecting ecosystems for access to startups, technologies, funding and talents
ACE - Avenue for Company Expansion
Avenue for Company Expansion
Helping startups to scale and internationalise
ACE - Accelerated Co-innovation Enabler
Accelerated Co-innovation Enabler
Facilitating co-innovation between startups and enterprises

Our Journey

 

2003

ACE was launched to transform the entrepreneurial landscape in Singapore, with Mr Raymond Lim, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Trade and Industry (2001 – 2004) was appointed as Chairman of ACE

2006

Mr Li Yi Shyan, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry (2006 – 2012) took over as Chairman of ACE

2014

ACE was re-launched as a private sector led, non-profit organisation
 
 

2004

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry (2004 – 2005) took over as the Chairman of ACE

2011

Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry (2011 – 2015) was appointed as Patron of ACE

2016

Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry (current) took over as Patron of ACE

2003

ACE was launched to transform the entrepreneurial landscape in Singapore, with Mr Raymond Lim, Minister of State, Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Ministry of Trade and Industry (2001 – 2004) was appointed as Chairman of ACE

2004

Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry (2004 – 2005) took over as the Chairman of ACE

2006

Mr Li Yi Shyan, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry (2006 – 2012) took over as Chairman of ACE

2011

Mr Teo Ser Luck, Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry (2011 – 2015) was appointed as Patron of ACE

2014

ACE was re-launched as a private sector led, non-profit organisation

2016

Dr Koh Poh Koon, Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry (current) took over as Patron of ACE

Our Team

  • Patron
  • ACE Patron - Dr Koh Poh Koon
    Dr Koh Poh Koon
    Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Trade and Industry
  • Board of Directors
  • ACE Board of Director - Dr Mark Hon
    Dr Mark Hon
    Chairman, Board of Directors
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    ACE Board of Director - Mr James Tan
    Mr James Tan
    Deputy Chairman, Board of Directors
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    ACE Board of Director - Mr Chiang Joon Arn
    Mr Chiang Joon Arn
    Treasurer, Board of Directors
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    ACE Board of Director - Mr Clarence Ti
    Mr Clarence Ti
    Member, Board of Directors
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    ACE Board of Director - Dr Alex Lin
    Dr Alex Lin
    Member, Board of Directors
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  • Management Team
  • Management - Edmas Neo
    Edmas Neo
    Executive Director
    Management - Shirlynn Teo
    Shirlynn Teo
    Head, Finance and HR
    Management - Marianne Tan
    Marianne Tan
    Head, Internationalisation
    Management - Ng Dirong
    Ng Dirong
    Deputy Head, Innovation and Branding
    Management - Zack Li
    Zack Li
    Manager, International Talents and Youth
    Management - Ang Yan Lin
    Ang Yan Lin
    Manager, Market Access
    Management - Michelle Ng
    Michelle Ng
    Manager, International Business Development and Partnership
    Management - Gerald Chow
    Gerald Chow
    Manager, Innovation and Partnership
    Management - Priscilla Koh
    Priscilla Koh
    Manager, Community and PR
    Management -  Li Peixin
    Li Peixin
    Manager, Communications and Branding
  • Sub Committees
  • Sub Committees

    Appointments & HR
    • * Dr. Mark Hon (BANSEA)
    • James Tan (Quest Ventures)
    • Ted Tan/Jonathan Lim (Enterprise Singapore)
    Audit & Compliance
    • * Chak Kong Soon (Stream Global Pte Ltd)
    • Prashant Agarwal (AIA Group)
    Communications
    • Mohan Belani (e27)
    Finance & Investments
    • * Chiang Joon Arn (Ernst & Young LLP)
    • Aniruddha Ganguly (UBS)
    • Lee Kian Soon (Astral Asset Management)
    Incubators
    • * Theodore Tan (SG Meditech)
    • Chong Chiet Ping (Small World Group)
    • Frank Lee (TNF Ventures)
    Internationalisation
    • * James Tan (Quest VC)
    • Alex Lin (ICORA Asia)
    • Paul Lim (Supply Chain Asia)
    Investors Community
    • * Dr. Mark Hon (BANSEA)
    • Amit Anand (Jungle Ventures)
    • Chua Boon Ping (SPH Media Fund)
    • Jeffrey Paine (Golden Gate Ventures)
    • Chua Joo Hock (Vertex Ventures)
    • Alan Hsu (KK Fund)
    Women Entrepreneurship
    • Grace Clapham (The Change School)
    Mentorship
    • * Wong Hong Ting (Botbot.AI)
    • Miles Gilman (Sultan River Holdings)
    • Eddy Lee (Coffee Ventures)
    Youth & Education
    • * Clarence Ti (Ngee Ann Polytechnic)
    • Assoc Prof Sarah Cheah Lai Yin (NUS Business School)
    • Heng Guan Teck (Institute of Technical Education)
    • Yeo Li Pheow (Republic Polytechnic)
    * Chairperson of Sub-Committee