What we offer
We welcome entrepreneurs who share our vision. For us to invest in your idea or company, we must feel that there will be an abiding partnership between us all. For new startups, we provide seed funding and/or hands-on mentoring and consultancy. We use a partnership model to help startups get to working prototypes sooner, to manufacturing earlier, to market faster, and most importantly engaged with early customers. We have strong ties to research labs and large MNCs in the areas of clean tech, optics and advanced materials and we use these links to help invested companies engage in Joint Development Agreements (JDAs) with the partner MNCs.
Our typical seed investments are US$50-500k for very early-stage companies – sometimes before the company is even formed – through the seed funding round. We plan seed funding to last at least 12 months. We can lead a round or participate in a syndicated round. Some of our investments engage a stable of angels we have done deals with consistently over the past 10 years. These people all have been successful entrepreneurs creating companies with substantial profitable exits.
Because Frank is also a General Partner for the Series A/B fund Phoenix Venture Partners, some of our seed investments have the opportunity to work towards follow on funding with PVP. The group focuses on advanced materials and optics as well.
If your venture already has solid products and a growing customer base, we can provide licensing opportunities for the Southeast Asian market – resulting in a hassle-free bump to your bottom line. This region has twice the population of the USA and a $2T GDP. SWG has access to the capital, expertise, and professional networks needed to bring your product to this market. In Singapore we have a long-term partnership with the Singapore National Research Foundation. Small World Group Incubator (SWGI) operates under the Singapore National Research Foundation (NRF) Technology Incubation Scheme. The Singapore Incubator has funded more than 15 companies.