In the ninth edition of Singapore Business Review’s 20 Hottest Startups, it was the small and medium enterprise (SME)-focused neobank Aspire that clinched the top spot, with $45.03m (US$32.5m) in funding from a series A round. These 20 startups raised an average funding amount of about $7.85m, which was a 47.32% plunge from the 2018 average of $14.9m.
Singapore-based logistics startup Moovaz has secured an undisclosed Series A investment from government-owned Deep Tech investor SGInnovate, and Supply Chain Angels (SCAngels).
Cybersecurity startup Right-Hand has raised US$1 million in a seed funding round led by Singapore-based early-stage venture capital fund Atlas Ventures, it said on Thursday. Other investors include Singapore government-owned Deep Tech investor SGInnovate, and tech company builder Entrepreneur First.
UNL, an Amsterdam-based smart addressing platform for navigation and location-based services, has raised $2 million in seed funding to build the “Internet of Places” and bring the rest of the world’s population into the digital economy. The round was co-led by fellow Dutch company HERE Technologies, which specialises in mapping and location solutions, and Elev8.vc, a Singapore-based Deep Tech VC fund. Other investors include Singapore’s SGInnovate, Amsterdam-based Venturerock and the US-headquartered SOSV.
“Prevention is better than cure” is the mantra spurring some of this year’s 30 Under 30 Asia listees in the Healthcare & Science category to start their health-tech ventures. Stroke is the world’s second-leading cause of death after heart disease, a statistic that inspired Milad Mohammadzadeh and Sadaf Monajemi in 2017 to launch See-Mode Technologies to better predict the risk of strokes.
On 18 February 2020, the Singapore government announced the budget allocation for the year. One of the highlights of the budget was the S$300 million (US$215 million) additional funds set aside to support startups in the Deep Tech sector. The government noted the larger investment and longer gestation period required by Deep Tech investments as the reason why the sector was given special attention in this budget.