OpenGov reported the MAS has announced that the 380 participating investors who enrolled in the Singapore Fintech Festival’s (SFF) deal-making platform, MATCH (Meet ASEAN’s Talents and Champions), have indicated intentions to invest up to US$6.2 billion in ASEAN enterprises next year. An additional US$6 billion has been earmarked over the subsequent two years. MATCH is a new platform at this year’s SFF which curates and brings together promising next-generation ASEAN enterprises with global private equity and venture capital. At the beginning of this month, MAS also announced the 60 finalists of the Global FinTech Hackcelerator and FinTech Awards. Past year’s finalists have gained exposure and connections from the competition – one company which pitched a blockchain technology to deliver international aid (AID:Tech) has since secured €1 million in investment from both Enterprise Ireland and SGInnovate.
SGC Business Magazine published an editorial contribution by Steve Leonard on the startup landscape in Singapore. Steve highlighted that while Singapore is helping drive some of ASEAN’s booming digital economy, most startups in Singapore are building businesses around consumer-facing technology. He emphasised the importance for Singapore to create startups that pursue ‘deep tech’ products and how SGInnovate was formed to tackle the challenges faced by these startups such as the lack of investment, the scarcity of talent and the long gestation period for commercialisation.
IDG Connect published an article based on an email interview with Juliana on the AI developments in Singapore and how the nation can continue to excel in deep technology innovations. Since its establishment in 2016, SGInnovate has invested in more than 35 deep tech startups at the pre-seed to Series A levels and through its Deep Tech Nexus strategy, SGInnovate is working closely alongside partners and co-investors to back deeply technical founders through equity-based investments, access to talent, and support in building customer traction. Juliana emphasised on the need for a shift in the collective mindset and “frame Singapore as ‘the little red dot’ that can make a difference to the world”. By welcoming IT professionals who are already ‘knee-deep’ in the technology ecosystem to participate in SGInnovate’s events, the organisation hopes to inspire them to develop AI systems or build startups that can address real challenges that people and businesses face around the world.
Freight Waves published an article on the Singapore government’s commitment in driving innovation in the areas of AI, IoT and blockchain through various initiatives. SGInnovate stood out in the global arena with the team delivering a first in class conference day at the Deep Tech Summit, focusing on technologies improving societies. During the panel discussion ‘Blockchain and the Decentralised World’, questions centred around the opportunities and challenges of blockchain were addressed. For the transportation/supply industry, blockchain will optimise the current paper-intensive, slow and error-prone process.
Fintech News published an article on the latest announcements made by SGInnovate at the Deep Tech Summit. SGInnovate is partnering with Ngee Ann Polytechnic (NP) and Kingsland University School of Blockchain to launch Singapore’s first certified blockchain developer programme. NP will be will be providing its experience in education while Kingsland School of Blockchain and SGInnovate will be providing their technical expertise and practical deep tech knowledge to the course. In addition, SGInnovate also announced that it is investing in three deep tech startups, Tricog Health, ThinCl Inc and Quantiply.
Inc. ASEAN published an article on the Deep Tech Summit which will be presented by SGInnovate as part of the Singapore Week of Innovation and TeCHnology (SWITCH 2018). The summit will discuss how deep tech can solve global problems across industries and transform the way businesses and consumers operate, covering topics such as AI across industries, blockchain beyond fintech, the future of work and talent development, as well as venture building and deep tech investments. Citing how Singapore is a perfect host for the event, Steve Leonard, founding CEO of SGInnovate says, “Through hands-on work with hundreds of scientists, engineers, and investors, SGInnovate has gained a unique perspective of the challenges and opportunities for scientist-entrepreneurs who want to build a deep tech startup from Singapore.”