Get your startup launched and funded with a global investor

Antler backs the world’s most driven founders, from day zero to greatness. As the world’s most active early-stage investor, we back people from the beginning with co-founder matching, deep business validation, and funding. Join us as we bring together the best talents in the vibrant tech hub of Singapore to build the most defining companies of tomorrow.

Who is Antler for?

We invest from the earliest stage—whether you're a startup looking for funding or an individual looking for co-founders and pre-launch capital to launch your startup. More importantly, we are looking for extraordinary individuals and teams across various industries, professional backgrounds, genders, and nationalities.

Individuals

Looking for a co-founder?

For individuals who are looking for a co-founder to build and start something new.

We bring together an exclusive group of ambitious people to explore ideas together. Meet, learn, and co-create with exceptional builders. Join us to turn your vision into reality.

Teams

Ready to get funded?

For startups that already building. Get fast-tracked funding and join our global community of founders, investors, and industry experts to access talent, advisors, expansion support, and capital around the world.

Regardless of the stage of your startup, you will gain access to coaching, network resources, and investor introductions.

What to expect from Antler

Individual founders will build and launch their companies with our support through a ten-week residency. Startups with an existing team of founders will be fast-tracked to pitch if ready for fundraising. We also work with the local government (Enterprise Singapore) to assist global candidates with EntrePass visas.

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Formation and validation

You will be surrounded with everything you need to build at lightning speed: a community of diverse founders so that you can connect with other great talents as potential co-founders, get coaching from our team of proven founders and advisors, and validate your business ideas.

Pre-seed funding

Get the opportunity to pitch for an investment of US$125,000 for a 10% equity stake. Invested companies are required to pay a program fee of US$45,000, which is not applicable if you get a direct investment or if you do not receive an investment after the residency.

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Scaling and fundraising

Join Antler's portfolio and receive continued support and access to a global capital pathway. When you are ready to raise your follow-on round, Antler will host a Demo Day where you will showcase your startup to top investors in the region.

Antler startups are moving the world forward

Antler is the most active investor in Singapore—and around the world—backing the most game-changing companies.

5,000+

Founders supported

900+

Portfolio companies

$4B+

Portfolio value

$750M+

Follow-on funding raised

Application Process

Submit your application

Apply here to submit your details.

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If shortlisted, we will have 2 rounds of interviews with you to understand your background, motivations, experiences, and expertise. You will also get to ask us more questions to further assess if our residency would be an ideal fit for you.

Get a confirmation

The full application process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete, after which we will inform you if accepted or rejected.

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Application Process

Submit your application

Apply here to submit your details.

Chat with us

If shortlisted, we will have 2 rounds of interviews with you to understand your background, motivations, experiences, and expertise. You will also get to ask us more questions to further assess if our residency would be an ideal fit for you.

Get a confirmation

The full application process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete, after which we will inform you if accepted or rejected.

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Application Process

Submit your application

Apply here to submit your details.

Chat with us

If shortlisted, we will have 2 rounds of interviews with you to understand your background, motivations, experiences, and expertise. You will also get to ask us more questions to further assess if our residency would be an ideal fit for you.

Get a confirmation

The full application process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete, after which we will inform you if accepted or rejected.

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Antler-funded founders go on to raise capital from other leading VCs.

Founder testimonials

Click here to find out what founders who have built and launched their companies with Antler say about us.

Bahadir Özdemir

Airalo

What an amazing journey this has been. I have learned so much and met such amazing people. I would do it all over again if I could.

Yaumi Fauziah Sugiharta

Base

The dedicated coaches at Antler and the deep expertise they have in their industries really brought additional value to our team. They helped us pin-point areas we've missed, in the process of building our company.

Wisnu Nugrahadi

Sampingan

The constant coaching and feedback allowed us to iterate our ideas quickly and get best practices from the people in the industry.

Entrepass Partner

Our team

Meet the people dedicated to our founders' success.

Jussi Salovaara
Co-founder and Managing Partner

As Co-founder and Managing Partner Asia, Jussi works with a global team dedicated to building the most defining technology companies of tomorrow. Jussi leads Antler’s investments in the APAC region and supports founders in building and scaling their businesses, especially with growth and fundraising. He has over a decade of experience across different industries at Nokia, McKinsey, Deloitte and Morgan Stanley.

Winnie Khoo
Partner

With over 25 years of experience in tech and startups across Asia, Winnie is a seasoned operator with leadership roles at Alibaba, PropertyGuru, and Carousell. Currently Partner in Singapore, where Antler is headquartered, she shares responsibility for the firm's operations in Southeast Asia.

Rufus Sorsa
Associate Partner

Rufus joined Antler's SEA team in 2018, where he helps build, launch and invest in new startups out of Singapore. Previously, he was an innovation manager at Metro Group’s digital strategy & CVC arm. At Metro, he led various projects across the European retail and hospitality startup ecosystem. He holds an MSc degree in business management from the National University of Singapore where he graduated with the highest distinction.

Mervin Ho
Investment Manager

Mervin was previously from Zilliqa, a Layer-1 blockchain protocol, spearheading the firm's ecosystem development programmes including grants, incubators and accelerators. Since co-founding a cashless payment startup in his undergraduate days, Mervin has been passionate about venture building and investing and finds joy in connecting with founders and early-stage projects. He holds a MSc in Banking & Financial Services from the University of Glasgow where he graduated with distinction.

Jay Teo
Investment Analyst

Jay oversees Antler's pipeline of founders and startups in Singapore. Besides deal sourcing and due diligence, he actively supports coaching and fundraising operations, guiding early-stage startups from zero to beyond. Jay's prior experiences in tech policy and consulting have inspired his commitment to empower founders and their impact, particularly in sustainability and emerging technologies. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Politics, Law, and Economics from Singapore Management University, graduating Magna Cum Laude.

Alannah Roche
Investment Analyst

Alannah serves as a dedicated facilitator at Antler’s Singapore residency. In this pivotal role, Alannah leverages her competencies to empower and guide promising startups through the program’s various stages, fostering an environment of growth and innovation. With a background in Business and blockchain/Web3 technologies, Alannah's diverse background equips her with a unique perspective and a passion for identifying and nurturing the next generation of disruptors in the startup ecosystem.

Markus Bruderer
Partner

Markus is a Partner at Antler sharing the overall responsibility for Antler’s operations in Southeast Asia. Markus has worked with technology ventures in SEA for nearly a decade. Prior to Antler, Markus was in Venture Development Roles at Zalora and Global Fashion Group (GFG) based in Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore. He holds a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland.

Ryan Thoo
VP

Ryan Thoo is the marketing lead for Southeast Asia. He manages Antler's brand and marketing performance in the region as well as coach founders in early-stage growth and marketing. Former Marketing Director at PropertyGuru, the leading Proptech company in Southeast Asia, where he was part of the core team to drive the organization from Series B to market leadership and IPO. During that journey, Ryan contributed towards scaling up their Marketplaces business across SEA, starting up their FinTech arm, and driving Web3 innovation for PropTech.

Felix Frenzel
Investment Manager

Felix works on portfolio management and investment topics for Antler's Southeast Asia portfolio. He provides coaching and fundraising support, manages select external investments, helps build relationships with investment firms, and enables performance reporting. Felix previously worked as a consultant at Bain & Company, advising global clients across sectors on strategic topics. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and an MSc in International Finance from HEC Paris.

Keith Lim
Finance Director

Keith heads the Finance function in Antler Southeast Asia and is in charge of the financial and tax reporting and compliance of the SEA fund and the local Antler entity. He has more than 20 years of working experience in both the public and private sectors covering industries from real estate, sports, defence and research. Prior to joining Antler, he spent 13 years with a multi-national real estate company which specializes in fund and asset management, real estate development and resort operations.

Audrey Gunawan
Finance Associate

Audrey supports the financial operations of South East Asia as a financial Associate. She has an understanding of financial systems that stem further than the basics, previously working first hand on finances in Singapore’s hospitality industry. Audrey is also currently pursuing her ACCA studies to gain her Chartered Certified Accountant qualification. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and Financial Management.

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Mervin Ho
Investment Manager

Mervin was previously from Zilliqa, a Layer-1 blockchain protocol, spearheading the firm's ecosystem development programmes including grants, incubators and accelerators. Since co-founding a cashless payment startup in his undergraduate days, Mervin has been passionate about venture building and investing and finds joy in connecting with founders and early-stage projects. He holds a MSc in Banking & Financial Services from the University of Glasgow where he graduated with distinction.

Ryan Thoo
VP

Ryan Thoo is the marketing lead for Southeast Asia. He manages Antler's brand and marketing performance in the region as well as coach founders in early-stage growth and marketing. Former Marketing Director at PropertyGuru, the leading Proptech company in Southeast Asia, where he was part of the core team to drive the organization from Series B to market leadership and IPO. During that journey, Ryan contributed towards scaling up their Marketplaces business across SEA, starting up their FinTech arm, and driving Web3 innovation for PropTech.

Winnie Khoo
Partner

With over 25 years of experience in tech and startups across Asia, Winnie is a seasoned operator with leadership roles at Alibaba, PropertyGuru, and Carousell. Currently Partner in Singapore, where Antler is headquartered, she shares responsibility for the firm's operations in Southeast Asia.

Rufus Sorsa
Associate Partner

Rufus joined Antler's SEA team in 2018, where he helps build, launch and invest in new startups out of Singapore. Previously, he was an innovation manager at Metro Group’s digital strategy & CVC arm. At Metro, he led various projects across the European retail and hospitality startup ecosystem. He holds an MSc degree in business management from the National University of Singapore where he graduated with the highest distinction.

Markus Bruderer
Partner

Markus is a Partner at Antler sharing the overall responsibility for Antler’s operations in Southeast Asia. Markus has worked with technology ventures in SEA for nearly a decade. Prior to Antler, Markus was in Venture Development Roles at Zalora and Global Fashion Group (GFG) based in Indonesia, Philippines and Singapore. He holds a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from the University of St.Gallen, Switzerland.

Mackenzie Chng
Associate, Founder Scout

Mackenzie leads the founder scouting for Antler Southeast Asia cohort. Always on a look out for exceptional founders looking to build revolutionary companies in the region. Prior to Antler, cofounded a low code computer vision platform startup, running the operation and BD side of thing. Deeply passionate about investment, strategy and all thing startup related.

Keith Lim
Finance Director

Keith heads the Finance function in Antler Southeast Asia and is in charge of the financial and tax reporting and compliance of the SEA fund and the local Antler entity. He has more than 20 years of working experience in both the public and private sectors covering industries from real estate, sports, defence and research. Prior to joining Antler, he spent 13 years with a multi-national real estate company which specializes in fund and asset management, real estate development and resort operations.

Ishaan Malhi
Venture Partner

Ishaan is a product-focused entrepreneur with a background in consumer technology and financial services. His passion lies in using technology to tackle the most important issues faced by the global consumers of today and tomorrow. Most recently, he was the Founder & CEO of Trussle.com - an award-winning FinTech startup built to streamline and automate the end-to-end mortgage experience. He led the company from inception and scaled up to 130 people and £30m in funding with £2Bn in annual volume and a Net Promoter Score of +76. His achievements were recognised by his inclusion in Europe's Forbes 30 under 30, Sunday Times Top 100 Entrepreneurs and the Telegraph Tech Hot 100.

Audrey Gunawan
Finance Associate

Audrey supports the financial operations of South East Asia as a financial Associate. She has an understanding of financial systems that stem further than the basics, previously working first hand on finances in Singapore’s hospitality industry. Audrey is also currently pursuing her ACCA studies to gain her Chartered Certified Accountant qualification. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accountancy and Financial Management.

Jussi Salovaara
Co-founder and Managing Partner

As Co-founder and Managing Partner Asia, Jussi works with a global team dedicated to building the most defining technology companies of tomorrow. Jussi leads Antler’s investments in the APAC region and supports founders in building and scaling their businesses, especially with growth and fundraising. He has over a decade of experience across different industries at Nokia, McKinsey, Deloitte and Morgan Stanley.

Rajesh Raikwar
Founder and CTO

Rajesh has 10+ years of experience in building products from ground up and turning them into scalable solutions to a variety of problems. A polyglot programmer and passionate about technologies, and above all, an entrepreneur at heart. For the better part of his career, Rajesh has been involved with Fintechs. He's currently focusing on solving the SME business expensing problem with the help of smart corporate cards.

Michelangelo Pagliara
Co-founder
Magnus Grimeland
Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Magnus will challenge your ideas and loves spending time in front of a whiteboard with founders. He previously co-founded Zalora, Asia’s largest fashion e-commerce company. It was later acquired by Global Fashion Group (GFG), where Magnus served as COO and Managing Director, rolling out the firm’s marketplace across 26 countries. 

Magnus is an alumnus of Harvard University and McKinsey & Company in which he worked for six years. His last role at McKinsey & Co was as a Junior Partner, working across North America, Europe and Asia in the global telecom, media and high-tech industries. 

Lisa Enckell
Partner

Lisa coaches founders on go-to-market strategies, product development, fundraising and more. She's based in Singapore but work closely with Antler's portfolio companies and the team all over the world.

Previously, she was the VP of marketing at Wrapp, a social gifting startup based in San Francisco and Stockholm. Lisa is an active angel investor and is part of Antler's investment committee. She has invested in companies such as Sunrise, Clue, and Opbeat.

Rosalind Bazany
Partner, Head of ESG and Impact

Ros Bazany is Head of ESG and impact at Antler and currently based in Singapore. Ros is responsible for leading the overall strategy design and implementation of Antler’s ESG and impact proposition to deliver long-term value for Antler’s stakeholders. This includes oversight of firm level practices, founder engagement and investment decision making processes. Prior to this, she worked at the global asset manager Schroders for over 10 years, working with institutional and retail clients, including on a number of strategic ESG initiatives, across Europe and Asia. She started her career at the hedge fund BlueCrest and holds an MSc in Chemistry. She is passionate about making ESG and impact a tool to create value for our founders, Antler and the industry more broadly.

Simon Lee
Co-founder
Madhulika Gupta
Startup Marketing Manager
Puja Bharwani
Co-founder & CMO
Jeffrey Duyvesteijn
Co-founder & CEO
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