NextUp : Singapore

Deeptech Startup Challenge

Building diversity and inclusion in DeepTech 

We all know that more needs to be done to have a vibrant and diverse workforce in  STEM. This is especially true in DeepTech when it comes to under-represented social, educational and gender groups.

  • Tech companies with all-male founding teams receive 93% of the capital invested by VC and account for 85% of deals. 5% of capital goes to mixed teams and only 2% to all-female teams. 
  • Only 18% of ICT (Information and communication technology) specialists are women.
  • A person from a lower socio-economic class will have 30% fewer opportunities to enter the digital professions.
  • For their new study, “375 Startupers – Profiles, trends and startupers in their own words” Roland Berger and the French accelerator NUMA found that 81 percent of the start-up entrepreneurs who responded to the poll are male, and just 19 percent are female
  • In 2021, 88% of the total amount raised by startups is captured by 100% male teams
  • All things equal, all-male teams raise approximately €4m more than teams with at least one woman.  

NextUp Singapore: Startup Program

NextUp Singapore is looking for tomorrow’s talent who are shaping solutions for a better future.

It is open to any person actively driving for more  gender, social and ethnic diversity  and  looking to expand their business in Asia.

As one of the most stable economies in the world with a diverse population, Singapore is well-known for being a business-friendly and vibrant  innovation hub, making it the perfect launch pad  to test your product’s market-readiness for Asia, but also to fast-track its launch across South East Asia. 

Apply now to be part of the finalists, pitch to an expert jury panel in Paris in September 2022 and win an immersion business trip to Singapore in November 2022.


21th June 2022:
Application Deadline

July 2022*:
Final Cohort Selection

29th September 2022:
Paris live pitch day

24th-28th October 2022*:
Immersion Trip to Singapore

* Detailed Date and Time will be announced soon.

Business Immersion Trip 2022

25 October 2022 – 28 October 2022

Eager to explore Singapore? 

Join NextUp: Singapore Business Immersion Trip 2022 to discover the Singapore Tech Ecosystem and associated FrenchTech partners in Singapore!
If you had missed out on your chance to apply for the DeepTech Challenge, we are now giving you another chance to join us!

Singapore is one of Asia’s leaders in DeepTech, with a burgeoning local ecosystem backed by a supportive government. From 2017-2022, the government has set aside S$19 billion in R&D funding, a sum secondly only to the US. Concurrently, since 2016, government-backed entities like SGInnovate have launched initiatives such as the Power X Initiative and DeepTech Nexus Strategy to cultivate technological hard skills in a 23,000-strong local talent pool. Such efforts have transformed Singapore into an international champion of innovation and research, putting it at the forefront of fields like nanotech and advanced materials. 


Our 4-day immersion program is designed to expose you to the Singapore Tech ecosystem and to increase your understanding about conducting business in Asia. 

You will be given the opportunity to attend proprietary networking events, expert-led seminars and in-person visits at Singapore’s leading research facilities. 

During our networking events, prominent FrenchTech players will speak about their experiences in the APAC region alongside Asian business leaders with years of insight in the region. 

Similarly, Singapore government representatives, mentors and startup founders will present on region-specific regulations, due diligence and operational considerations. Besides this, attending the 2022 SWITCH Conference is an invaluable chance for you to learn from the most prominent Asian tech startups

Access the registration form :

Judges and Mentors

An amazing line-up of Judges and Mentors, meet and connect with them!

Hsien-Hui Tong

Head of Investments @ SGInnovate

Julien Mialaret

Operating Partner @ Eurazeo

Pierrick Bouffaron

Director, Development & New Ventures @ NUS

Yan Yan Ho

Regional Director, Europe @ Economic Development Board (EDB)

Julien Dillon

Investment Director @ Emerald Technology Ventures

Maxime Blein

Managing Director, Venture Hub @PwC

Remi Choong

Principal @

Minh Vuhong

Startup Advisor and Angel Investor

Nathalie de Gaulle

Founder of European & International ventures

Lin Dejean

Fund manager @ Transcendence VC

David Gray

CTO @ BforCure

Marie Loré

Investments Associate Director @ EssilorLuxottica

Dickson Thian

Venture Associate @ Xora Innovation

Rongying Lin

Expert in energy storage

Sophie Guo

Startup Mentor


Thanks to this competition, EvidenceB was able to be onsite in Singapore with a tide schedule of higher quality meetings than would not be possible without those introductions. We were able to have contact with the Ministry of Education, we met the Singaporian EdTech ecosystem, and French local expertise to expand in Asia”

Former winners
Catherine and Thierry de Vulpillières
Founders of Evidence B

“Winning the competition allowed us to quickly validate the interest for our value proposition in the Asia Pacific region and to access strategic contacts in Singapore. This allowed us to build our growth plan with much more confidence than we would have been able to do otherwise.”

Former winners
Dr Monika Tomecka and Dr Brian Miller
Founders of uFraction8

“The tech competition France-Singapore was a unique experience that provided us a new vision of the Asian environment, business partners and the opportunity to improve the approach of WIVI Vision to Asian Markets”

Former winners
Eva García Ramos and Juan Carlos Ondategui
Founders of Wivi Vision