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).
“Besides the need for ‘patient’ capital, there are various unique technical, structural and cultural barriers that these startups have to overcome. It takes years, not just a few deals, to go through the cycle to get the real experience and make the right judgement calls.” — said Hsien-Hui Tong, Head of Venture Investing at SGInnovate
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.
Singapore was one of the first countries hit by the coronavirus, COVID-19. The city state’s early response, which included cash incentives to work from home, chatbots and a national Whatsapp channel to educate and inform citizens, has earned praise from the World Health Organization and in scientific research.