TechTrade Asia published a post based on the Deep Tech Summit media alert, sharing the details of the event. Being held as part of the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology (SWITCH) and presented by SGInnovate, the summit will be covering themes such as AI across industries, blockchain beyond fintech, the future of work and talent development, as well as venture building and deep tech investments. A list of the key speakers was also featured in the post.
The Straits Times Online reported on SGInnovate's investment in MediLOT Technologies for an undisclosed amount as part of its strategy to develop research-based deep tech start-ups. Based in Singapore, MediLOT Technologies is built on blockchain, AI and database management system technologies for patients, healthcare practitioners, and oganisations, giving them access to private and secure health data for better diagnoses and effective treatments. MediLOT is the first Blockchain and Healthcare Analytics company in Singapore that SGInnovate has invested in, which is in line with its mission to help develop high potential companies with products that will have global impact.
Eco-business published an article on how venture capitalists can play a stronger role in supporting cleantech solutions which can help fight climate change and create sustainable cities. According to a report by Asian Development Bank, Asia will need more funding to bring about the solutions needed to fight or adapt to climate change. Less than 10 percent of global cleantech VC investment goes to cleantech entrepreneurs and startups in Asia. Steve Leonard was quoted in the article where he shared his view that for deep tech solutions like AI, robotics and blockchain, more investment is needed from the VC community.
Social Media Portal published an article based on an email interview with Steve, on what people can expect at EmTech Hong Kong 2018. In the article, Steve introduces himself and what he does at SGInnovate briefly. He also shared the common challenges he had encountered at SGInnovate so far, along with what he thinks will happen in the future given the rapid advancements in AI, blockchain and robotics.
e27 reported that Singapore-based influencer marketing platform Affable announced that it has raised S$1 million in seed funding round led by Decacorn Capital. The funding round also includes the participation of SGInnovate through its Startup SG Equity scheme, making Affable the first startup to get funded under the scheme, which aims to “stimulate and accelerate” private investments into local startups with intellectual property and global market potential. Affable uses AI to identify authentic micro-influencers, allowing brands and marketing agencies to engage with relevant influencers and analyse their marketing campaigns.
e27 reported that AID:Tech, an Irish startup which delivers international aid using blockchain technology, has raised an undisclosed sum in investment from Enterprise Ireland and SGInnovate. AID:Tech’s online platform enables entitlements like aid, welfare, remittances, donations and healthcare to be digitised and delivered through blockchain technology in a transparent manner. Its work in getting humanitarian aid to those in need aligns with SGInnovate’s mission in solving globally relevant problems. The investment will help AID:Tech in hiring, scaling and delivering on projects with its global clients such as governments, enterprises, NGOs and charities.