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Fintech set up in Singapore?

Fintech startups looking to establish a presence in Asia will be thrilled to know that Singapore intends to grow the Fintech space and promote Singapore as a Fintech Hub.

What are the key developments that has taken place so far?

  • The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) has formed a FinTech & Innovation Group (FTIG) within its organisation structure on 1st Aug 2015. FTIG comprises of Payments & Technology Solutions Office, Technology Infrastructure Office, and Technology Innovation Lab. Each of these are led by 3 individuals being Mr. Bernard Wee, Mr. Tan Yeow Seng and Mr. Roy Teo respectively, who will all report to Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief FinTech Officer to head FTIG.
  • Major financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies have already set up their innovation or fintech labs in Singapore, i.e. UOB, OCBC, and AIA, etc.
  • MAS and the National Research Foundation (NRF) has announced that a FinTech Office will be set up on 3rd May 2016 to serve as a one-stop virtual entity for all FinTech matters and to promote Singapore as a FinTech hub.
  • Here’s the good news! FinTech businesses intending to set up in Singapore can then seek advice through the FinTech Office on various FinTech and technology-related government grants and schemes. The FinTech Office will:
    • review, align and enhance FinTech-related funding schemes across government agencies;
    • identify gaps and propose strategies, policies, and schemes in industry infrastructure, talent development and manpower requirements, and business competitiveness; and
    • manage the branding and marketing of Singapore as a FinTech hub through FinTech events and initiatives.
  • MAS has also announced the inaugural Singapore FinTech Festival, to be held in Singapore from 14 to 18 November 2016, the first of its kind in Asia, to bring together a series of distinct, back-to-back Fintech events.

What should we be concerned with?

  • Compliance requirements, eg. corporate compliance, financial sector regulations.
  • Costs (initial setup and ongoing costs) involved in setting up the business, eg. office rent, staff costs, compliance costs, etc.
  • Availability of grants and funding, whether they are from the government, incubators, accelerators, angels, venture capitalists, etc.
  • Any government incentives, eg. tax incentives.

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How We Can Assist:

We will facilitate your office setup by assisting with:

  • Evaluating your options
  • Help you understand your business requirements
  • Liaising with the local authorities
  • Preparing the forms and documents for application
  • Post-application follow-up
  • Assist with your relocation needs

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