Frequently Asked Questions


What is the selection process like?

During the recruitment stage, you will be required to submit an application form. The sooner you apply the earlier we can review your application & invite you for an interview. (Submit your application here by April 22nd. For more info on criteria, please see our Program page. After submitting your application, you will be notified of your application status, followed by an invitation for an interview & technical assessment.

What type of founders are you looking for?

We are looking for founders who are resilient, self-motivated & passionate about building a Deep-tech venture. Each team will comprise members with profiles ranging from scientists, c-level executives, to experienced entrepreneurs. Our founders hold strong domain expertise relevant to the technologies listed on our website for our upcoming cohort. Building a Deep-tech venture requires a strong understanding of the industry, technology transfer & commercialization process.

Do I need a team?

We encourage you to apply as an individual and if you have friends to recommend, you’re welcome to include their details in your application as a referral.

Do I need an idea?

No, you don’t need to come in with an idea – we already started the process on your behalf during our technology due diligence process to identify potential applications! You should come in with an open mind to be matched with co-founders who will complement your skillset and explore opportunities to develop a business around a specific technology that fits your edge.

What are the additional criteria for a founder profile?

All founders are required to be currently residing in Singapore. We accept applications from Singapore Citizens, Permanent Residents & existing work pass holders.

What if I have an existing tech or idea?

We strongly believe that finding the right team members with aligned interests & complementary skills is crucial for your success. You will be going through stages of pivoting use cases with your team, and it’s all part and parcel of your startup journey! Having your own technology does give you a heads start in building a company, however, your technology shall be put through our tech due diligence process just like all technologies accepted into our venture builder. We’d like to hear from you if you have a technology with potential application areas in our industry focus areas!


What happens during the program?

An overview of the program is available in the Program page here. For a more detailed program breakdown, kindly write to us at

What is the timeline of the program?

9 months

What does our week look like?

Every week you will have at least 2-4 hours of workshops/talks, followed by mentor hours & check-ins with the SDTA team & Mentor-in-residence.

What type of support can I expect during the program?

Support and incentives provided during the program are available at the What’s In It For You Section. Click here to view.

Is there a limit for a co-founding team?

We typically encourage an optimal early stage founding team to consist of 2-3 co-founders.

Can I apply if I have an existing startup or technology?

No, we typically bring in founders who can commit to building a company using the technologies provided by our Research Institutes. If you have an existing technology that could potentially add value or works complementarily to our existing technologies, we will go through an additional round of due diligence & tech evaluation.

Company & Technology

Which TRL(Technology Readiness Level) are the available technologies at?

Our existing technologies are at TRL Level 4-5, please view the technologies section here.

I have an existing technology, Can I merge & build it with the existing technologies provided by SDTA partners?

Yes, we welcome existing technologies that match our partner technology applications, however, you will be required to go through a technical assessment by our tech evaluator & mentors.

Who owns the IP?

Please reach out to for more questions about Technology & IP.


Do you provide office space?

Yes, indeed. We provide co-working spaces & access to R&D facilities from Alliance Partners.

What additional support do you provide?

In addition to our venture-building activities, we support founders with market access to China, company incorporation, media, PR & access to corporate partners for go-to-market.

What happens if I don’t build a company during the program?

The experiences you gain will be invaluable & transferable with whatever you choose to do next. Therefore, founders who complete the 9-month venture builder are welcome to continue working on their own projects or tap into the opportunities offered by our alliance partners.

Do I need to be based in Singapore?

Yes, all founders are required to be based in Singapore as we will conduct workshops & talks both in-person & virtually, with physical access to prototyping and lab facilities.