Ready? Start-Up. Go! : The Guest Editor’s Note

ISSUE #65 – The latest edition of FOCUS Magazine explores the start-up ecosystem in Singapore and Eric Barbier, CEO, TransferTo and Co-President of the French Chamber CEO Tech Club introduces the issue in the Guest Editor’s Note.


The start-up scene in Singapore has evolved dramatically over the last ten years. The number of start-ups has skyrocketed, there is a good growth in the support ecosystem, and it should come to no surprise that we should have new unicorns emerging from this start-up hub growing more robust each year.

The French Start-Up Award concluded just last month in December is a great example of how vibrant the French tech community in Singapore has become. Along with the jury, which included various Singaporean and French actors of the start-up landscape here, we had a quite a task shortlisting and then selecting a winner out of an impressive line-up of candidate companies. These were companies that came from different backgrounds, from fintech to biotech to IT, and they encompassed a large spectrum of very exciting and promising start-up activity.

At the CEO Tech Club, animated together with Denis Branthonne of Novade, and the French Chamber, we see a lively exchange of ideas and experiences, a great culture of sharing which presents a great opportunity to not only meet peers in the industry but advance and develop together.

From Singapore, start-ups can start to think global, beyond Asia; Singapore has set a good foundation for entrepreneurs to pursue innovative projects and I can only encourage all entrepreneurs to go for it here!




Guest Editor’s Note by Eric Barbier, CEO, TransferTo

Published in FOCUS Magazine — Issue #1 2018 “Ready? Start-Up. Go!”