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HDB Cool Ideas Hack

  • What is HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020?

    HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020 is a 3 day hackathon that will span from 18-20 Sep 2020, where up to 300 participants will get the opportunity to come together virtually to ideate, hack, design and develop solutions for Heartlands of Tomorrow.

    Participants can look forward to team formation, brainstorming sessions, workshops, one-to-one mentorships and mock pitches during the 3 day hackathon. HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020 will culminate in a pitch presentation to a panel of judges made up of industry veterans, pioneers in digital innovations and notable partners.

    Up to 10 teams from HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020 will be selected for the 4 weeks Pre-Accelerator programme.

  • What is the Pre-Accelerator programme?

    Selected teams from HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020 will be given the opportunity to attend weekly masterclasses, check-ins and work with mentors during one-on-one sessions to further develop their MVP over a course of 4 weeks. At the end of the Pre-Accelerator programme, teams will pitch to a panel of partners where they can look forward to getting ideas adopted!

  • Who can participate in HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020?

    HDB Cool Ideas Hack is for innovators, budding entrepreneurs and change-makers who are just starting out and testing ideas! We welcome participants of all ages and industries, as long as you are passionate about designing Smart and sustainable solutions for Heartlands of Tomorrow. HDB Cool Ideas Hack thrive on diversity and we want the community to come together to solve challenges for better living in the future.
  • Who can participate in the Pre-Accelerator programme?

    The Pre-Accelerator programme is only open to shortlisted teams who qualify from the HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020.
  • What is the cost to attend HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020?

    HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020 is a non-chargeable event. If you are interested in attending the HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020, simply register for your ticket here.

  • Do I need an idea to join HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020?

    No, you don’t. HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020 offers the opportunity for participants to connect with individuals from diverse backgrounds and develop ideas collectively.

    If you have been researching an idea with a team, you can still sign up to participate in HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020. Please take note that partially-developed prototypes and teams with an MVP will not be allowed to join HDB Cool Ideas Hack as it would be unfair to the other participants.

    We actively encourage all participants to keep an open mind and work with other innovators to explore great ideas.

  • What role can I play during HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020?

    We are looking for participants that fall under the following categories:

    • Strategist: Individuals with business development instincts, who are resourceful and strong communicators, great at devising business strategies, and and have the know-how to get a startup off the grounds.
    • Developer: Individuals with coding and programming expertise, who can build tech and software prototypes.
    • Designer: Individuals with design skills and strong sense of aesthetics, who can execute UI/UX design, and create user-centric products.
  • How many team members can I have?

    Teams are limited to a minimum of 4 participants and maximum number of 6 participants. Ideally, the team should comprise a mix of Doer, Developer and Designer for cross-pollination of ideas. Any team that does not fulfil the team members criteria may be disqualified.

  • When and where will the HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020 be held?

    HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020 is held virtually on the virtual collaboration platform from 18-20 Sep. Platforms will only be accessible by registered participants.

    The Pre-Accelerator will be a weekly programme held from 5 Oct to 1 Nov. Pitch Day for the Pre-Accelerator will be held on 3 Nov. 

  • What will the teams be judged on during the presentation?

    Teams will be evaluated based on their idea, aligned to the theme of HDB Cool Ideas Hack 2020.

    Teams will also be evaluated based on these 3 elements: Validation, Execution and Design & Innovation.

General

  • 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 determine the appropriate milestones for your business and submit the application and supporting documents to Enterprise Singapore (ESG) on your behalf.  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. 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. maybe let's not call it the google form? All interested participants are invited to submit their application through our form here . We will contact all successful applicants within 5 business days.
  • 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?

    We do accept applications from solo founders. However, that’s usually an exception and the chances of your application being approved are much higher if you have a team of co-founders with complementary skills.
  • How much should I raise on my own for the co-matching option to be activated?

    The grant provides up to $30,000 to entrepreneurs by matching $3 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?

    We are an accredited mentor partner and we work with Enterprise Singapore on ecosystem development.

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