Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions



What is the cost of the programme?

Admission to the programme is charged at no cost and equity-free but is subject to a rigorous selection process. The National Gallery provides a one-time SGD 5,000 grant for participating team performing prototyping during the three-month incubation phase. This will not be exchanged for equity, but it is tied to your attendance and commitment to the programme. Start-ups who successfully raise with venture capitalists (VCs) or other investors shall establish terms separately from their participation in the Y-Lab Foundry programme.

What is the ideal Y-Lab participant profile?

We welcome all individuals or teams to apply for this programme. This is a hybrid programme delivered through a mix of remote and in-person sessions to accommodate applicants from across the globe.

  • Innovative entrepreneurs, startups, scale-ups, and organizations are all encouraged to apply
  • Has a team of at least 1-5 persons working on the project full time
  • Solution readiness level can range from drawing board level, to having undergone multiple rounds of iteration, and reaching the desired level of usability

We accept all ideas or solutions, regardless of whether they are at an early ideation stage or looking to adapt the current tech solution to address problem statements in the art and culture sector, as long as they fulfil the requirements stated below:

  • The idea/solution is relevant to Y-Lab stakeholders, where it will further the goals of the arts and culture sector and/or have significant commercial potential
  • The idea/solution sits under one of the three pillars of Art, Visitor, and/or Work Experience
  • The idea/solution proposed is relevant to the challenge statements for this cohort
  • The idea/solution needs to be technology-based e.g., metaverse, 3D printing, cloud computing
What is the application process?

Apply here by 27 June 2023, 12pm SGT. Note that late and incomplete applications will not be accepted. All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their application by email. Successful applicants will be required to attend a three-day bootcamp (3 - 5 July 2023) that will culminate in an elevator pitch day on 7 July 2023.

Please refer to the timeline for key dates.

How does the selection process look like?

We will review all online applications and undergo several rounds of shortlisting to select five finalists with idea/solutions that we deem to be a right fit for the challenge statements identified by the Gallery’s business owners. These five teams will participate in the prototyping phase and eventually present their solution during demo day.

In the 1st round of shortlisting, we will review all online applications received by the cut-off date and select 20-30 quality teams that will participate in the bootcamp. The bootcamp will follow a “Start, Build, and Scale” structure that aims to support your team in refining your ideas/solutions and equip you with the necessary skills for the elevator pitch.

In the 2nd round of shortlisting, we will evaluate the elevator pitches to select ten teams that will present their pitches during Pitch Day.

For Pitch Day, a panel consisting of a combination of technical and business experts, along with those who have an intimate knowledge of the Gallery will select the final five teams who will participate in the prototyping phase beginning in August.

What are the selection criteria for the programme?

Most importantly, teams need to show that their solutions are innovative i.e., novel application of tech in the art and culture sector and relevant i.e., can address the challenge statement(s) published for this cohort. Ultimately, we hope that at the end of the programme, your team can create a compelling proof-of-concept or prototype that can be scaled and adopted by stakeholders within museums or the broader arts and culture sector.

What are the benefits of the Y-Lab Foundry programme?
  • Up to 6 months of showcase space, tapping into the visitor-ship footfall of the gallery
  • Y-Lab’s Exclusive Arts Immersion Programme to initiate team with the arts and culture sector
  • Limited hot-desking space at National Gallery Singapore
  • One-year Gallery Membership for free access to exhibitions, as well as programmes and F&B discounts
  • SGD 5,000 grant for product prototyping
  • USD 5,000 worth of AWS cloud credits
  • Fee-free processing for SGD 60,000 processing volume on Stripe and repricing for processing above SGD 1M ARR
  • 16% discount off the first invoice for all of Osome's services, which is a 24/7 one-stop cloud solution for businesses covering incorporation, corporate secretary, accounting, tax, immigration and payroll
  • USD 1,000 worth of AI microservices credit
  • USD 5,000 worth of Kinde credits, the single platform to build and manage SaaS products
  • Access to a panel of mentors in both domains of Art and Technology
  • Develop credibility and legitimacy of the product, should it complete the pilot project with the Gallery and/or the broader museum sector and have that as one of the use cases that can be cited publicly
Do I need to be physically present in Singapore for the entire duration of the programme?

The programme will run in a hybrid format, allowing for virtual participation. While we do not firmly require physical participation at Demo Day, we have seen tremendous benefits from participants attending in-person and being able to build meaningful connections at the event.

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