Build your company with Antler in Singapore

Antler backs the world’s most driven founders, from day zero to greatness. In Singapore’s vibrant tech hub, we bring together entrepreneurs from all backgrounds to build the defining companies of tomorrow.

Who is Antler Singapore for?

We believe in founders from the earliest stage—pre-idea, pre-team, or pre-seed. Over four years, more than 600 ambitious individuals have joined Antler Singapore and transitioned into entrepreneurs. We are looking for extraordinary founders across various industries, professional backgrounds, genders, and nationalities. Whether you're a domain expert, serial founder, product builder, business leader, or a tenacious individual with unwavering drive, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to being an exceptional founder.

Pre-Seed

Startups

Early-stage startups can now join Antler seeking support to scale their operations and secure pre-seed funding. These are typically incorporated companies with a product in market and growing customer base. We provide dedicated expert coaching, industry connections to secure subsequent funding rounds, and support to scale operations.

Pre-Launch

Individual Founders and Teams

Pre-idea and pre-team. Ambitious founders can join Antler before the inception of their company to find a co-founder(s) and receive their first cheque. We support these founders through team formation, idea validation, dedicated expert coaching, access to the world’s largest-growing community of like-minded entrepreneurs, and a clear pathway to capital.

Pre-Seed

Startups

Early-stage startups can now join Antler seeking support to scale their operations and secure pre-seed funding. These are typically incorporated companies with a product in market and growing customer base. We provide dedicated expert coaching, industry connections to secure subsequent funding rounds, and support to scale operations.

Pre-Launch

Individual Founders and Teams

Pre-idea and pre-team. Ambitious founders can join Antler before the inception of their company to find a co-founder(s) and receive their first cheque. We support these founders through team formation, idea validation, dedicated expert coaching, access to the world’s largest-growing community of like-minded entrepreneurs, and a clear pathway to capital.

What to expect once you join Antler Singapore

Antler Singapore works with aspiring entrepreneurs and founders through a ten-week program. Founders can join Antler Singapore regularly throughout the year. Global candidates are welcome and we can help you with your visa.

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Formation and validation

We start with venture development and testing your startup hypotheses. You will be surrounded with everything you need to build at lightning speed: a community of diverse founders so that you can find the right co-founder, coaching from our team of proven founders and advisors, and perks from hundreds of partners and a global network. All founders will receive a grant of S$3,000 gross, paid in two monthly installments.

Pitch your company

You will get the opportunity to pitch your startup to Antler's Investment Committee. If successful, Antler will invest US$125,000 for a 10% equity stake. After the investment, companies are required to pay a program fee of US$45,000 to cover the cost of the program. If you do not get an investment, you do not have to pay any program fee to Antler.

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Scaling and fundraising

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

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Antler Singapore startups are moving the world forward

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

600+

Founders supported

120+

Portfolio companies

$1B+

Portfolio value

180M+

Third-party capital raised

Application Process

The full application process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete. Once you apply, our scouting team will guide you through the full process and will be available to answer all your questions.

Submitting your application

Apply on apply.antler.co using your LinkedIn account or CV and fill out a short questionnaire.

Screening call

If shortlisted, we will do an introductory call for us to get to know you, your background, and motivations for joining our residency.

Partner interview

If qualified, you will do an interview with one of our partners at Antler Singapore, where we will dive deeper into your experiences and expertise, and assess if our residency would be an ideal fit for you.

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Application Process

The full application process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete. Once you apply, our scouting team will guide you through the full process and will be available to answer all your questions.

Submitting your application

Apply on apply.antler.co using your LinkedIn account or CV and fill out a short questionnaire.

Screening call

If shortlisted, we will do an introductory call for us to get to know you, your background, and motivations for joining our residency.

Partner interview

If qualified, you will do an interview with one of our partners at Antler Singapore, where we will dive deeper into your experiences and expertise, and assess if our residency would be an ideal fit for you.

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Application Process

The full application process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete. Once you apply, our scouting team will guide you through the full process and will be available to answer all your questions.

Submitting your application

Apply on apply.antler.co using your LinkedIn account or CV and fill out a short questionnaire.

Screening call

If shortlisted, we will do an introductory call for us to get to know you, your background, and motivations for joining our residency.

Partner interview

If qualified, you will do an interview with one of our partners at Antler Singapore, where we will dive deeper into your experiences and expertise, and assess if our residency would be an ideal fit for you.

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

Founder testimonials

Don't just take it from us. Hear from phenomenal people who joined Antler Singapore to launch their company.

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.

It’s the best time in history to build a business

There has never been a better time to innovate and build a company that solves a meaningful problem. As the issues society faces become more complex, founders are more needed than ever to tackle them.

Our team

Meet the people dedicated to our founders' success.

Jussi Salovaara
Co-founder and Managing Partner

As co-founder and Managing Partner Asia for Antler, Jussi works with a global team dedicated to developing the next generation of world-changing companies and creating a global pipeline for top talents to pursue a career in entrepreneurship and innovation. Before joining the startup ecosystem, Jussi headed the Global Services Commercial Management sector of Nokia. He works closely with the founders to coach them and helps connect them with the right advisors to build their businesses.

Markus Bruderer
Partner

Markus has worked with technology ventures for 8 years. Prior to Antler, Markus was Corporate Development Manager at Global Fashion Group (GFG) where he set up the global Process Improvement and Path to Profitability functions. Markus also designed and implemented turnaround strategies in multiple locations and led the transaction of Zalora Philippines (a GFG subsidiary), selling a 49% stake to Ayala Group. Before joining GFG, Markus was Corporate Development Manager at Zalora Philippines and Indonesia where he led projects in Growth, Profitability, Business Intelligence and Finance.

Winnie Khoo
Partner

Winnie has more than 25 years of experience in managing tech and media startups cross-functionally across Asia. She has spent the last 15 years in leadership positions with tech giants like Alibaba, PropertyGuru and Carousell, helping these companies grow from early stage to market leadership positions. Winnie is a partner in the Antler Singapore office, where she shares the overall responsibility for Antler’s operations in Southeast Asia.

Keith Lim
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.

Rufus Sorsa
Director

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.

Ryan Thoo
VP of Marketing, SEA

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 GTM. Former Marketing Director and Web3 Strategy Lead at PropertyGuru Group, where he drove high-growth demand generation and value creation for the organisation and took them from Series B to market leadership and IPO. During that journey, Ryan contributed towards scaling up their Marketplaces business across SEA, starting up a new FinTech unit, and driving Web3 innovation for PropTech.

Ho Keng Mun Mervin
Investment Associate

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.

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.

Antler Singapore
Ho Keng Mun Mervin
Investment Associate

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 of Marketing, SEA

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 GTM. Former Marketing Director and Web3 Strategy Lead at PropertyGuru Group, where he drove high-growth demand generation and value creation for the organisation and took them from Series B to market leadership and IPO. During that journey, Ryan contributed towards scaling up their Marketplaces business across SEA, starting up a new FinTech unit, and driving Web3 innovation for PropTech.

Winnie Khoo
Partner

Winnie has more than 25 years of experience in managing tech and media startups cross-functionally across Asia. She has spent the last 15 years in leadership positions with tech giants like Alibaba, PropertyGuru and Carousell, helping these companies grow from early stage to market leadership positions. Winnie is a partner in the Antler Singapore office, where she shares the overall responsibility for Antler’s operations in Southeast Asia.

Rufus Sorsa
Director

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 has worked with technology ventures for 8 years. Prior to Antler, Markus was Corporate Development Manager at Global Fashion Group (GFG) where he set up the global Process Improvement and Path to Profitability functions. Markus also designed and implemented turnaround strategies in multiple locations and led the transaction of Zalora Philippines (a GFG subsidiary), selling a 49% stake to Ayala Group. Before joining GFG, Markus was Corporate Development Manager at Zalora Philippines and Indonesia where he led projects in Growth, Profitability, Business Intelligence and Finance.

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
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 for Antler, Jussi works with a global team dedicated to developing the next generation of world-changing companies and creating a global pipeline for top talents to pursue a career in entrepreneurship and innovation. Before joining the startup ecosystem, Jussi headed the Global Services Commercial Management sector of Nokia. He works closely with the founders to coach them and helps connect them with the right advisors to build their businesses.

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 & CEO

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
Head of ESG and Impact
Simon Lee
Co-founder
Madhulika Gupta
Startup Marketing Manager
Puja Bharwani
Co-founder & CMO
Jeffrey Duyvesteijn
Co-founder & CEO

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Cove is a coliving company putting renters first. They make it easier, faster and more flexible to rent comfortable homes at honest prices. Their flatshare rooms, studios and apartments are hand-picked in top city locations, thoughtfully furnished and include utilities. The bookings process is digital and hassle-free, and the community of 'Coveys' get access to a network of like-minded people as well as exclusive events and perks.

Startup Series: How Airalo will change connectivity forever with digital sims

Alright, let's say you're going on a trip to Asia and plan on hitting 5 different countries. You know you're gonna need to sort out a mobile connection to the local company in each new place.

Chore.

But, imagine if you could simply get your local SIMs before you even start your trip? So that once you land you are automatically connected. Before you've even finished breakfast in your New York apartment, in 5 minutes you've sorted out mobile connectivity for your adventure to the East.

This is the aim of Airalo co-founder and Antler alumni, Bahadir Özdemir. He plans to turn the traditional roaming market completely on its head through new eSIM technology.

Bahadir stopped by the Antler Amsterdam office for a quick chat with our marketing manager Hayden on the state of eSIM technology and the challenges in being the trailblazer for this emerging space:

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