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  • Writer's pictureJuana Morell de España

European grants for Deep tech companies in Asia

Funding Opportunities for Start-ups in Asia has become a Thriving Ecosystem

In this article, we will explore the funding opportunities for start-ups in Asia and how they contribute to the city-state's thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. Singapore as a strategic hub for technological startups due to its conducive ecosystem, strong infrastructure, and supportive regulatory policies. Furthermore, this article will feature the new Asian destination for European programs, South Korea.

Singapore as the technological powerhouse in Asia

Singapore has emerged as one of the most vibrant and dynamic epicenters for start-ups in the Asia-Pacific region. 

With its strategic location, favorable business environment, and proactive government policies, Singapore has attracted entrepreneurs from all around the world seeking opportunities for growth and funding, and also has been an entry point for international investors.

Singapore has a thriving community of venture capital funds that are willing to back start-ups with growth potential. Singapore’s startup ecosystem highlights the country's innovation-driven economy, backed by government initiatives, ample access to capital, strong infrastructure and skilled talent. 

Singapore has earned a reputation as a global business hub due to its political stability, world-class infrastructure, legal system, and highly skilled workforce. 

Support Singapore funds

The Singapore government has played a crucial role in fostering the business ecosystem through various initiatives and support programs. 

For Singapore-based organizations seeking funding for R&D projects, Enterprise Singapore serves as the government agency to contact. It assists companies in building capabilities, innovating, and globalizing their operations and supporting European initiatives such as;

  1. Clusters: Collaborative such as health initiatives involving experts, companies, universities, Research Institutions, R&D, projects of different magnitudes.

  2. Eurostars: Funding support for promoting international collaboration between innovative SMEs to develop their projects. 

  3. Globalstars: R&D project calls involving partners from specific countries outside the Eureka network, like Singapore or South Korea 

  4. Network projects: Flexible R&D funding program open to proposals of any technological focus, with opportunities to join or propose projects at any time.

  5. Innowwide: Grants of 60,000€ for SMEs to explore the feasibility of research or commercial ventures in international markets.

  6. Investment readiness: Facilitating connections between startups/SMEs and investors, including participation in international missions and corporate events.

South Korea's Inclusion in Horizon Europe Program

Korea's association by 2025 with Horizon Europe marks a significant leap forward in global research and innovation collaboration. Successful negotiations have laid the groundwork forKorea's formal inclusion. Korea is poised to join Horizon Europe in 2025, unlocking access to €53.5 billion for collaborative projects addressing pressing global challenges in climate, energy, digital economy, and health under Pillar II.


This association showcases the EU's commitment to excellence and marks a shift in Horizon Europe's approach to global collaboration. Moving beyond its traditional focus on nearby partners, the program now embraces like-minded nations with strong science, innovation, and technology prowess, demonstrated by Korea's impending involvement.


By formalizing its interest in association during the 2022 Joint Science & Technology Cooperation Committee meeting, Korea reaffirms its commitment to advancing research and innovation in tandem with the international community, reinforcing its role on the global stage.

Access to international Cooperation Programmes for SMEs

Eureka-Eurostars initiative offers global funding through national funding organizations for small and medium enterprises (SMEs) collaborating on research and development to create innovative services, products, and processes for commercialization. It's crucial for your consortium to include a leading-edge SME as the main contributor to the project.

Eureka-Eurostars key points:

  1. Focus on SMEs; It is specifically designed for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), providing them with the opportunity to participate in joint innovation projects.

  2. Innovative R&D Projects; The program focuses on supporting projects that generate innovative products, processes, or services with commercial potential.

  3. International Consortia; Projects must be developed by international consortia, involving collaboration between at least two independent companies from two different countries participating in the program.

  4. Participation of Innovative SMEs; Each consortium must include at least one innovative SME acting as the lead project participant.

  5. Financial Support; provides funding for selected projects, which may include grants for research and development activities as well as support for commercializing the results.

European grants present a significant opportunity for high-tech companies in Asia to advance their innovation and growth agendas. Utilizing these subsidies can promote collaborations across continents and stimulate technological progress.

As Asia continues to emerge as a powerhouse in the tech industry, access to European funding can catalyze further development and enhance global competitiveness. Taking advantage of these grants can facilitate transformative advancements in both Asian and European tech landscapes. It also emphasizes the significance of global collaboration within Horizon Europe's framework.

These mostly technology-driven startups solve social problems and, in addition to driving their own growth, contribute significantly to the vitality of the economy. As well as reinforcing the region's status as a premier destination for entrepreneurship and investment.

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