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.
IBS Intelligence reported that Tribe Accelerator has facilitated the fundraising of $15.7 million, raising its total funding to $28 million for startups across the world. Tribe Accelerator has expressed intentions of propelling government partnerships with countries to promote development through technology, with Ng Yi Ming, Managing Partner of Tribe Accelerator sharing that it is necessary to help fuel up the current ecosystem. According to Hsien Hui Tong, Head of Venture Investing at SGInnovate, which is one of the partners for Tribe, the partnership will allow SGInnovate to get closer to the action and support the promising startups through investments and venture building efforts.
Asia Fruit reported that SGInnovate has invested in Singapore-based supply chain traceability platform DiMuto to help them drive further international expansion into markets such as Europe and Latin America in the next few months. Gary Loh, founder and chairman of DiMuto said that the investment will help the company to capitalise on its global growth momentum. To date, DiMuto has tagged more than 30m fruits and tracked and traced over US$100m worth of agri-food trades. It currently has a presence in seven countries including the US, China, Thailand, Australia and Mexico.
Tech in Asia reported that Singapore-based healthtech startup Lucence has raised US$20 million in a series A round led by global healthcare provider IHH Healthcare, with participation from SGInnovate and Heliconia Capital, amongst others. Lucence, which is a spinoff from A*Star in 2016, uses liquid biopsy, a blood-based technology that’s less invasive than tissue biopsies, to help clinicians analyse a tumour and make treatment decisions. The new funds will enable the company to reach more patients across Asia and North America, and the company is planning to embark on new prospective clinical studies to evaluate its technology for early detection of multiple cancers.