The start-up scene in Singapore is hotting up more than ever. Between 2004 and 2014, the number of start-ups grew from 2,800 to 5,400 – a 90 per cent increase, according to Spring Singapore. But as these young businesses mature and harbour ambitions of expanding, the need for capital becomes acute. More than $1.2 billion was raised by local start-ups in 2014, said Associate Professor Sarah Cheah, from NUS Business School’s Department of Management & Organisation.

Three investors, who joined The Peak at dinner in our recent Salon Series held at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore’s Jade restaurant, shared how entrepreneurs could stand out from competitors in this jostle for funds – and attention.