SingaporeConnect is a voluntary non-profit organisation supporting a community of overseas Singaporeans and Friends of Singapore in the San Francisco Bay Area/North America. In other words, a social club for Singaporeans in Silicon Valley.
Join us to interact and network with fellow Singaporeans, and maintain your tie to Singapore. Our events fit into the categories of: Think, Fit, Food, and Fun. Via our web site and Facebook group, you can also share photos, links, find out about organising events, post jobs for a new venture, or simply chit-chat.
All working professionals, spouses, students, families, newly arrived or returned Singaporeans, and friends of Singapore are welcome! Membership is free but we require some information about yourself.
Your generous feedback is always welcome. We'll see you online and at our next event!
What's the difference between SingaporeConnect, Contact Singapore, Overseas Singaporean Unit?
You can look at it as a system dynamics sort of circle, where OSU and Contact Singapore seek to link the Government in Singapore to overseas Singaporeans and people who wish to work and study in Singapore. Meanwhile, SingaporeConnect is a grassroots, non-proft, relatively casual-based organisation to host events because it's nice to mix around with Singaporeans now and then.
Does SingaporeConnect receive any funding?
No, not automatically. SingaporeConnect used to receive some annual funding from the Singapore International Foundation but not since 2008. The operating funds for SingaporeConnect since then have come from donations from our volunteer committee, registration payments per-event, and the occasional sponsorship/grants that are sought on a case-by-case basis for each event.
Here's another way to look at the organisations that will relate to your presence in the Bay Area.
SingaporeConnect, SABA, NTU-AA, etc.
Overseas Singaporean Unit
Help overseas Singaporeans stay in touch with Singapore, for example via newsletters and discount passes, bringing Singaporean entertainers and speakers to your city, and major events like Singapore Day
Help connect foreigners and Singaporeans alike to job and study opportunities in Singapore
Help overseas Singaporeans renew their passport, process visas for foreigners to visit Singapore, and help Singaporeans if they need special assistance
Help Singaporeans and friends staying in each overseas city connect together over social and business events, like potlucks, dinner functions, sports, and family gatherings
Prime Minister’s Office (PMO)
Economic Development Board (EDB)
Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA)
Local Singaporeans in your area
Local support (qualified events may be subsidised by OSU, CS, or CG on a case-by-case basis)