I'm back in Singapore this week for SPH Plug and Play Cohort 2's demo day on Friday. As the Partner in Residence for the program, I've been applying what I learned mentoring Techstars, Spark Labs, Upscale, Eleven, and other accelerator programs and iterating my own knowledge of mentoring, fundraising, and accelerator programs. At last count I've been involved with programs from across 7 cities (Korea, Chicago, Bulgaria, London, New York, Singapore, Hong Kong).
If you'd like to attend Demo day, please RSVP here for this Friday's event.
My key experiment was to increase my impact/time ratio to its apex and not hit diminishing returns. Some of the things I tried and learned:
This was also my first time interacting with the Singaporean startup ecosystem in depth. My impressions are that despite long-standing government efforts, the ecosystem is still quite early. However, with some mentoring and a global perspective, startups are receptive to feedback, can become global in viewpoint, and are willing and able to execute. Also, running lean is a perspective that most startups are inculcated with.
Thanks to Rudy from SPH and Jupe from Plug and Play for getting me involved and making me feel at home. Thanks to Carinna, Jielun, and Terence for helping me flesh out the learnings.