SGInnovate: Venture catalysts for deep tech, research based start-ups in Singapore

Nurture.ai is a web platform for the AI community to intelligently discover, discuss and implement AI research, thus accelerating the AI research process and increasing ease of adopting new methods.

Strengthening Deep Tech Communities
SGInnovate will be working with Nurture.ai to build a strong community of enthusiasts and experts who would be trained in AI. Nurture.ai enables this through organising free study groups using Stanford University's course material on deep neural networks, where participants get to discuss the most cutting-edge AI models covered in the lectures, read the relevant research papers with peers and implement these models as open-source code.

SGInnovate is also a partner to the Global NIPS Paper Implementation Challenge organised by Nurture.ai, which has seen more than 600 applications globally so far and 30+ expert mentors including researchers from the Baidu Silicon Valley AI Lab, Amazon Core Machine Learning Research team, NVIDIA, SAP, Stanford University and several authors of papers accepted at the Conference for Neural Information Processing Systems – the most prestigious AI research conference in the world.

NVIDIA is a computer technology company that has pioneered GPU-accelerated computing. The GPU has proven to be unbelievably effective at solving some of the most complex problems in computer science. It started out as an engine for simulating human imagination, conjuring up the amazing virtual worlds of video games and Hollywood films. Today, NVIDIA's GPU simulates human intelligence, running deep learning algorithms and acting as the brain of computers, robots, and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world. This is NVIDIA's life's work — to amplify human imagination and intelligence.

Strengthening Individual Talent
Partnering with NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI), SGInnovate will be conducting DLI workshops and offering hands-on training for developers, data scientists, and researchers looking to solve the world’s most challenging problems with deep learning. The goal is to train 1,000 developers over the next two years.

These sessions take place at our premises at BASH or 32 Carpenter Street, and are conducted by certified DLI instructors. Participants have the opportunity to dive deeper into widely used open-source frameworks and NVIDIA's GPU-accelerated deep learning platforms.

  • Read more about NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute here.
  • For more information on the training dates, please visit here.

Red Dragon AI is started by two serial entrepreneurs Sam Witteveen and Dr Martin Andrews, who are committed to increasing the AI talent pool in Singapore. They started the "TensorFlow and Deep Learning" meet-up group, which, in under a year has become Singapore's biggest active data science community. And while Red Dragon's products are still in stealth mode, you might want to keep an eye out for them as Google has selected both Martin and Sam as only two of fifteen Google Developer Experts for Machine Learning in the world.

Strengthening Individual Talent
SGInnovate will be working with Red Dragon AI to organise various advanced AI training sessions. Using industry standard frameworks such as TensorFlow, Keras & PyTorch, students will learn Deep Learning as applied to a variety of different practical applications including computer vision, natural language and time series information. They will then be applying those skills to make real world artificial intelligence products and services. At least 100 students will participate in the advanced training sessions over the next year.

Strengthening Deep Tech Communities
With a member count of close to 2,000, Red Dragon AI would be looking to organise multiple TensorFlow, PyTorch & Deep Learning meetups with SGInnovate in the next year. The target is to reach out to more than 1,000 participants.

SingularityNET, the brainchild of renowned Artificial Intelligence expert, Dr. Ben Goertzel and famed robotics pioneer, Dr. David Hanson, is a revolutionary new, decentralized, open marketplace for exchanging AI services. With SingularityNET, companies, organizations and individuals will be able to create, combine and monetize AI technologies at scale.

One of the first use cases for SingularityNET will be provided by Sophia, the world's most expressive humanoid robot. Created by founding partners Hanson Robotics, Sophia will become a core node for SingularityNET, bootstrapping the network with dozens of cognitive processes such as procedure repository, associative episodic memory, spacetime servers, world simulation, and more.

Strengthening Deep Tech Communities
Together with SGInnovate, SingularityNET will co-host meetups and provide speakers and technical experts in the areas of blockchain, smart contracts, AI & robotics to drive discussions and inspire new ideas. In 2018, the target is to reach out to a community of over 2,000 people.

Business Building Support
Through the partnership, startups within the SGInnovate community will get early access to SingularityNET, with SingularityNET providing technical guidance to enable them to integrate, monetise and scale their AI technologies.

Entrepreneur First (EF) was founded by Matt Clifford and Alice Bentinck to help top technical talent build world-class tech startups. It is the only pre-seed investment programme in the world to accept candidates' pre-team, pre-idea with individuals selected purely on the basis of their technical ability or domain expertise.

As well as pre-seed funding, the full-time, six month programme provides individuals with mentoring and advice from the EF team and some of the world's top entrepreneurs, as well as office space and legal and administrative support, so that each cohort has the best possible environment to meet potential co-founders and launch their startups.

The programme has so far supported over 200 entrepreneurs build over 70 companies who have been funded by some of the world's leading venture investors, including Balderton Capital, Index Ventures, Notion Capital, Octopus Investments and Y Combinator.

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) is a major research enterprise established by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in partnership with the National Research Foundation of Singapore (NRF) since 2007. It is the first entity in the Campus for Research Excellence and Technological Enterprise (CREATE) developed by NRF.

SMART serves as an intellectual hub for research interactions between MIT and Singapore. Cutting-edge research projects in areas of interest to both Singapore and MIT are undertaken at SMART. SMART comprises an Innovation Centre and five Interdisciplinary Research Groups (IRGs): BioSystems and Micromechanics (BioSyM), Center for Environmental Sensing and Modeling (CENSAM), Infectious Diseases (ID), Future Urban Mobility (FM) and Low Energy Electronic Systems (LEES).

EntrePass is a work pass scheme for foreign deep tech entrepreneurs who are keen on starting a business in Singapore. At SGInnovate, we believe global talent will complement and contribute positively towards a vibrant startup ecosystem in Singapore. Find out more here.

Speed up the creation of your innovation via an accelerator programme. Accelerator programmes are run in partnership with commercial accelerators, corporations and institutions of higher learning. In the initial stages, you are guided in crafting and defining of a value proposition, maximising your chances in securing early stage funding.

To gear your innovation for the world, demo days are run upon programme completion to present your product to potential investors. Successful applicants will receive intensive mentoring and networking opportunities – a valuable springboard to industry-wide recognition.

Find out more on the accelerator programmes here:

Spread over 12,000 square feet of collaborative space at 32 Carpenter Street, SGInnovate will work with people who pursue the creation and building of research based deep technology products and companies from Singapore for the world.

Located at LaunchPad @ One-North, BASH is a collaborative startup space that empowers deep tech founders to launch, prove and scale technology-intensive products borne out of science research.

BASH brings together a curated community committed to support and create impact, alongside with entrepreneurs pursuing and tackling hard problems that matter to people around the world.

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