Frequently Asked Questions
What is the time commitment required?
The time commitment required by your company varies between programmes. Our team will advise you on the estimated number of hours per week that are required for programme-related activities including mentoring, expert meetings and workshops.
Do I have to attend all programmes?
All our programmes can be attended separately. We recommend that companies schedule a meeting with us to determine your readiness for market expansion into Germany, so we can advise on the most suitable programme for you at this time.
Scaler8 Explore: Scaler8 Explore is a structured market exploration programme for companies who are taking their first steps into the German/European market. If your company is unsure about whether Germany is the right market for you, we recommend companies to join our “Scaler8 Discover” information sessions or schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with our team, to learn about opportunities in Germany and what you can expect.
Scaler8 Expand: Companies can apply for our Expand programme directly. A pitch to the selection committee is part of the selection process. For companies who have no prior engagement with the German/European markets, participating in Scaler8 Explore first is highly recommended in order to adequately prepare for successful expansion to Germany.
Which team member should participate?
Scaler8 Discover: Interested parties from startups and tech SMEs are invited to join to learn about the German and European markets and industries.
Scaler8 Explore and Scaler8 Expand: At least one of the founders or C-level executives should attend together with a member with significant business background and expertise. There is a maximum of 2 participants per company for these programmes.
In Germany - Do you help with visa/immigration issues?
As visa/immigration issues can vary according to your personal situation, we recommend that you obtain expert advice and/or contact the German Embassy in Singapore for further clarification on visa requirements.
In Germany - Where will I live during the programme?
That’s up to you. We don’t provide accommodation but we can provide recommendations to find an appropriate place.
In Germany - Do you also provide office space in other locations in Germany?
The landing pads for the programme are designated to be in Berlin and Munich.
Does my company qualify for the Scaler8 programme?
Our programmes are open to Singapore-registered startups or small-medium enterprises (SMEs). Companies who would like to participate in Scaler8 Expand are required to pitch to a selection committee, who will assess your company’s:
- Growth potential of the product and/or service in Germany and Europe
- Commitment to establish German operations
- Funding and/or revenue to support the expansion strategy
Can I apply if our company or founders are not from Singapore?
As long as your company is incorporated in Singapore, you are welcome to apply. Your founder’s nationality does not affect participation in the stages of the programme.
How much does it cost to participate in the programmes?
As Scaler8 is supported by Enterprise Singapore, participants of the programmes are given an immediate 70% subsidy on the cost of participation for the Explore and Expand programmes. There are no additional forms or applications required for this grant for companies that are accepted into the stages.
Each programme is priced separately:
- Scaler8 Discover: Free
- Scaler8 Explore: Reduced participation fee of S$3,000/company (excl GST) for the virtual 11-week programme. Companies have the option of paying an additional S$2,000/company* (excl GST) to participate in our physical market immersion trip to Germany once business travel can resume.
- Scaler8 Expand: S$15,000/company* (S$16,050 inclusive of GST)
*Subsidised price includes programme costs for a maximum of 2 participants per company. It excludes cost of travel, accommodation and meals. For the Expand programme, subsidised price includes office space.
Does Scaler8 take equity or options from the participating companies?
No. We take no equity in your company.
How do we make payments for the various programmes?
Payment modes include bank transfer. More information will be provided upon confirmation of your application.
What are the payment terms and refund policies?
Full payment must be made within 5 working days from the invoice date indicated.
Refunds are not available. If your nominated representatives are not able to participate in the programme, you are allowed to nominate a substitute or defer your participation.
How do I apply for the various programmes?
How long does the selection process take?
Scaler8 Explore: Applications for our upcoming end-Sept to end-Nov 2020 batch will close on 13 September. As we review applications on a rolling basis, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible. If you are shortlisted, we will get back to you within 3 working days of your application to schedule a 1-on-1 meeting with your team.
Scaler8 Expand: The selection committee will make a decision on your application within approximately 5 working days after your pitch.
Can I re-apply if I did not qualify previously?
We select the companies that we believe have the greatest potential to benefit from the programme. If you are not accepted the first time you apply, you are welcome to re-apply for another programme start date. In addition to the market potential in Germany, we focus on the readiness of your organisation as an important factor to join the programme.