Electronics is one of the industries sustaining Singapore’s economy, significantly contributing to the country’s annual Gross Domestic Product. One of the branches of the electronics industry is IT which on an annual basis attracts most of the foreign enterprisers, accounting for 14% of the total investments. Employment in the IT sector is also one of the highest in Singapore, having created approximately 80,000 jobs during the last years. Among the most successful businesses in the Singapore IT industry are the computer parts manufacturing companies, but also Internet service providers have started to develop. Opening an IT company in Singapore nowadays has become quite simple due to the simplified company registration and licensing procedures.
The video below shows the main steps to open a company in Singapore in the IT field:
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The first step in opening an IT company in Singapore is the registration procedure which is the same for all types of companies. Once one has selected the appropriate type of business structure must apply for the company name approval and reservation with the Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority (ACRA) in Singapore. Once the name is approved, the founders must draft and notarize the IT company’s Memorandum and Articles of Association, appoint a manager, select the company’s office and submit all the relevant documents with ACRA. Once ACRA releases the Certificate or Registration, the owners must apply for an Internet service license with the Media Development Authority in Singapore.
Depending on the profile of the Singapore IT company, one must apply for an Internet service and content provider license. There are four types of an Internet and content provider license:
The facilities-based operator license application must be submitted with the Infocomm Development Authority in Singapore.
Present in all other major areas of investments in Singapore, the IT industry benefits from a great support from the government which has enabled various grants, incentives and programs meant to help IT businesses. Among these are:
Apart from these programs, Singapore companies can also access various loans developed by local banks and dedicated to startups. This is because the number of startups activating in the IT industry has grown considerably in the last several years. Venture funding and angel investors schemes are also good options for IT companies seeking for equity for their activities.