Homegrown technology startups will be considered first over more established firms for government projects under a new scheme and nine startups have already applied for this.
Called Accreditation@IDA, the scheme was launched in April and is run by the Infocomm Development Authority.
The scheme helps startups without a track record or financial muscle -- and would otherwise not meet the stringent criteria to apply for government tenders -- get a foot in the door. Government agencies can skip the usual tender process and sign a contract with any accredited startups that meet their criteria.
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