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The Hungry Games

  • Do I need to sign up individually or as a team?

    You will need a team of 3-5 pax to take part in the competition. Team members should preferably be Singaporean / Singapore PR, and all team members must be from an ITE, Polytechnic, or University based in Singapore. You can sign up either individually or as a team, and you will have the opportunity to find other team members to join you / your team to form the 3-5 pax after registration. Separately, we will be holding team formation session on 16 Jun (Wed) for participants interested in looking for other team members. So if you haven’t formed a team yet, don’t fret! Just hit the register button :)
  • The website mentioned a site-visit. Will I need any specific equipment for it?

    In light of the recent events, the entire programme - including all site visits, will take place virtual! Given so, all you need is a trusty laptop, and we are planning for virtual tours so that you will still be able to experience a live walkthrough of the respective sites and gain a better understanding of the companies from the comfort of your own homes! 
  • I don’t have much of a background in food manufacturing. Am I still eligible to sign up?

    Yes! Having a background in food-science / food manufacturing is not mandatory to participate in the competition. The problem statements are based across the themes of ‘branding’, ‘future food’, and ‘sustainable practices’, so if you have an interest in either one of the three themes do join us in the competition! A can-do attitude is a much more valuable asset to have!
  • Will you be conducting any workshops to help the students in preparation of the final deliverable?

    Yes! Workshops will be conducted (on topics such as ideation, lean canvas, and customer validation) over Zoom, and the recordings will be made available for participants to view at their own convenience. We will also be providing you with a toolkit to arm you with all the necessary context, facts and figures for you to take on the challenge!
  • What is the final deliverable? 

    The final deliverable will be in the form of a (virtual) presentation to the judges. If you have any working prototypes or designs, do include/display them in/during the presentation itself.
  • What is the competition timeline? 

    Please refer to the programme site with the timeline provided!
  • Can we pick more than one problem statement?

    Each team can only select one problem statement to work on in the competition. The problem-statement selection will be on fastest-fingers basis for fairness, and will take place once we do have a substantial number of teams registered. So wait no longer and sign up now to not miss the chance to view and select the challenge area that you would like to work on for the competition!
  • How can I reach out to you if I have any further questions?

    Upon registration, you will be directed to two platforms - Slack and Notion, where you can contact the organising team and access key announcements, further information on the competition and a toolkit developed to help you prepare well for the competition! So do remember to download Slack & Notion, join us on these platforms upon registration and you will be able to reach out to the organisers directly for any further clarifications! We look forward to seeing you there soon! :)


  • All I have is an idea. Which programme can I join?

    We are always on a lookout for high potential teams to join us in our programmes. Check our programmes page to see which one fits you. If you cannot think of which one to apply for, reach out to us anyway, and we will do our best to help you.
  • I have applied for one of your programmes. When will I hear back?

    The timeline of each of our programmes is on the respective programme page. If your application has been shortlisted, our team will reach out to you before the programme begins to get to know you better.
  • I am a solo founder. Can I apply to your programmes or do I need a team before I apply?

    Team applications with founders that have a complementary skill set would stand a better chance. However, you can also apply to our programmes as a solo founder. Check our programmes page to find the best fit for you.
  • Can I apply to more than one programme?

    Yes, you can apply to more than one of our programmes. In the event that you have been selected for more than one programme happening concurrently, we would make the final selection based on the fit of your team. As you progress along your startup journey, we welcome you to apply for our other programmes.
  • Is my intellectual property protected if I join one of your programmes?

    Yes, we treat the information in the applications as confidential information. You own all rights to your intellectual property during and after you participate in our programme.
  • Does StartupX invest in my business if I join one of your programmes?

    There is no guarantee of investment if you take part in our programmes. Whether we invest in your startup or not depends on the structure of the programme you are part of and also the ongoing evaluation and fit.
  • My company has already raised some funding. Am I still eligible to apply?

    Yes, we have programmes that fit whichever stage your venture is at. Check our programmes page to find the best fit for you.
  • I have some questions before I apply. How can I reach out to you?

    You can reach out to us through this form and let us know if you have any questions.
  • I would like to partner with you on your programmes. How can I reach out to you?

    We are always on the lookout for partners that align with our vision and commitment towards the ecosystem. You can submit this form to start a conversation with us on partnership.
  • I see that the deadline for the programme application has passed. I want to apply. What should I do?

    We usually close the applications when the deadline has passed. However, you can reach out to us through this form and indicate your interest to participate. Although we can’t promise anything, we will let you know if there are any opportunities that fit you.
  • I am not in Singapore currently. If I get accepted to one of your programmes, will you help with my visa application?

    Yes, if the programme requires your physical presence in Singapore, if you get accepted, we will work with you to get your visa application approved. However, we cannot promise the outcome of your visa application.
  • I am a part-time founder. Does that affect my application to your programmes?

    Yes, you can apply to our programmes as a part-time founder. Check our programmes page to find the best fit for you.

Startup SG Founder Grant

  • Who is eligible to apply?

    You can find more details on the eligibility criteria for the grant here.
  • What is the process for the grant application?

    All interested applicants are to apply through the form. We will contact all successful applicants within 5 business days. If your startup is shortlisted, we will work with your team to refine and sharpen the business proposal and develop appropriate milestones. StartupX will proceed to issue a Letter of Recommendation, for the team to proceed to submit the application to Enterprise Singapore (ESG) through FORMSG.  If your application is approved by ESG, the grant will be disbursed in 2 tranches based on agreed project milestones. You will have up to 12 months from the date of the letter of offer to meet the milestones to draw down the second tranche of the grant.
  • Is there any industry that is ineligible for the grant?

    The following business sectors are ineligible for the grant: cafes, restaurants, night clubs, lounges, bars, foot reflexology, massage parlours, gambling, prostitution, social escort services, employment agencies (including recruiting foreign work permit holders and workers/support staff, relocation services, and manpower services), and geomancy.
  • I am a solo founder. Am I eligible for the grant?

    Under the revised scheme that took effect from 25th September 2020, startups that wish to tap on the Startup SG Founder grant would need a minimum of two first time-founders.
  • How much should I raise on my own for the co-matching option to be activated?

    The grant provides up to $50,000 to entrepreneurs by matching $5 to every $1 raised by the entrepreneur. To receive the maximum limit of the grant, you need to raise at least $10,000.
  • Will StartupX help me raise the $10,000 required for the co-matching?

    The co-matched amount should be raised by the company, with StartupX to provide support in the form of mentorship and administration of the grant.
  • Will there be an administration fee for the application?

    For applicants applying through StartupX, there will be no fee involved nor equity taken from the applicants.
  • What do we get if we help you apply?

    As an accredited mentor partner, StartupX is committed to supporting the development of the local startup and innovation ecosystem. We do not gain anything materially out of helping you with the application, and our greatest reward would be to see and enable more promising early stage ventures take flight.


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