Launching Your Venture Capital Fund in Singapore: A Step-by-Step Guide

Singapore’s pro-business environment and flourishing startup scene make it a prime location for Venture Capital (VC) firms. If you’re looking to establish a VC fund and propel innovative startups in Singapore, this guide will equip you with the essential steps

Building a Strong Foundation
1. Team Assembly

Your VC fund’s success hinges on a qualified team. You’ll need a  minimum of two full-time employees residing in Singapore with relevant experience.  The team should ideally possess a strong understanding of the local startup ecosystem and investment landscape.

2. Investment Thesis

Develop a clear and concise investment thesis that outlines your fund’s focus. This includes the industries or sectors you’ll target, the investment stage (seed, Series A, etc.), and the ideal characteristics of your portfolio companies.  A well-defined thesis attracts investors with aligned interests and helps guide your investment decisions.

3. Fundraising Strategy

Devise a plan to raise capital for your fund.  Identify your target investor pool, which could include high-net-worth individuals, family offices, or institutional investors.  Prepare a compelling offering document showcasing your team’s expertise, investment strategy, and track record (if applicable).

Licensing and Regulatory Compliance
1. Registering a Fund Management Company (FMC)

You’ll need to establish a Singapore-registered FMC to operate your VC fund.  This company will be responsible for managing the fund’s operations and ensuring compliance.

2. Office Space

You’ll need to have a permanent physical office in Singapore to operate your VC fund. The office should be dedicated, secure and accessible only to the FMC’s directors and staff.

3. VCFM License

Obtaining a Venture Capital Fund Manager (VCFM) license from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is mandatory.  This license allows you to manage funds that invest primarily in unlisted startups.  The application process involves submitting Form 1V, along with a detailed business plan and supporting documents demonstrating your team’s qualifications and compliance procedures.  Consider seeking assistance from a professional service firm specializing in Singapore fund management licensing to ensure a smooth application.

4. Compliance Framework

Establish a robust compliance framework within your firm.  This includes implementing anti-money laundering (AML) and know-your-client (KYC) procedures to mitigate financial risks.   Staying compliant with MAS regulations is crucial to maintaining your license and operating ethically.

Operational Considerations
1. Fund Structure

Determine the most suitable legal structure for your fund, such as a Variable Capital Company (VCC) or Pte Ltd (SPV).  Consult with legal counsel to ensure the structure aligns with your investment strategy and tax optimization goals.

2. Drafting Fund Documents

In collaboration with qualified lawyers, meticulously craft a comprehensive suite of legal documents to govern the operation and investment activities of your VC fund. These cornerstone documents include but not limited to:

  • Private Placement Memorandum (PPM)
  • Supplement to PPM
  • Subscription Agreements
  • Memorandum & Articles of Association (M&AA) / Constitution 
  • Investment Management / Advisory Agreement (IMA/IAA)
  • Fund Administration Agreement (FAA)
3. Fund Administration

Partner with a reputable fund administrator to handle the day-to-day operations of your fund, including investor onboarding, accounting, reporting, and valuation.  This frees your team to focus on sourcing and managing investments and can be a regulatory requirement depending on the type of fund licence you have.


By following these comprehensive steps, you’ll be well on your way to setting up a successful VC fund in Singapore. Remember, this is a complex process, so seeking professional guidance from lawyers, fund administrators, and experienced VC practitioners can significantly increase your chances of success.

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