Singapore has been said to be Asia’s next new, big tech hub, and at South By Southwest Interactive, we decided to investigate that claim for ourselves.

VentureBeat caught up up with a few Singapore-based entrepreneurs and get the story straight from the horse’s mouth. We talked about culture, competition, the talent pool, and venture capital in Singapore, and the entrepreneurs we met with were quite enthusiastic about their hometown.

Here’s the first of three interviews on that subject. Stay tuned for the rest, and be sure to check out the startup referenced here, Protégé Production.