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

The FinLab is Singapore’s first corporate fintech accelerator. A 50-50 joint venture between United Overseas Bank (UOB) and SGInnovate, we run a 3-month acceleration programme designed to help early-stage FinTech startups through mentorship and connecting them with both businesses and investors from around the region. For more on The FinLab:

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) is a statutory board under the Ministry of Law. We develop the right legal regime and business ecosystem to support an innovation-driven economy, build IP skills and expertise and foster innovation and creativity for Singapore’s future growth. We deliver on our commitments through our core values of integrity, professionalism, team work and by investing in our greatest asset – our people. More information on IPOS can be found at

We are on a relentless mission to improve people’s lives by combining our fresh thinking and technology to solve crucial challenges.

Decades of competition in the world’s most technologically advanced sport has given us the ability to see and maximise the potential of an increasingly connected world.

And working with like-minded visionaries, we go beyond the limits of what was considered possible to turn ideas into reality by developing intelligent products and processes.

A research-intensive public university, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has 33,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students in the colleges of Engineering, Business, Science, Humanities, Arts, & Social Sciences, and its Interdisciplinary Graduate School. It has a new medical school, the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, set up jointly with Imperial College London.

NTU is also home to world-class autonomous institutes – the National Institute of Education, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Earth Observatory of Singapore, and Singapore Centre for Environmental Life Sciences Engineering – and various leading research centres such as the Nanyang Environment & Water Research Institute (NEWRI), Energy Research Institute @ NTU ([email protected]) and the Institute on Asian Consumer Insight (ACI).

Ranked 13th in the world, NTU has also been ranked the world’s top young university for the last two years running. The University’s main campus has been named one of the Top 15 Most Beautiful in the World. NTU also has a campus in Novena, Singapore’s medical district.

Founded in 1905, NUS is a leading global university centred in Asia. The University is the oldest institute of higher learning (IHL) in Singapore, as well as the largest university in the country in terms of student enrolment and curriculum offered. NUS is a research-intensive, comprehensive university with an entrepreneurial dimension.

NUS offers a distinctively Asian and global experience that is grounded in maximising the potential of students and their future-readiness, and broad-based research excellence that enables beneficial translation. Renowned for pioneering new models of education, the University is also highly regarded for the hallmark rigour and breadth of its academic programmes, innovative entrepreneurship education, and experiential learning.

NVIDIA (NASDAQ:NVDA) is the AI computing company. Its invention of the GPU in 1999 sparked the growth of the PC gaming market, redefined modern computer graphics and revolutionized parallel computing. More recently, GPU deep learning ignited modern AI -- the next era of computing -- with the GPU acting as the brain of computers, robots and self-driving cars that can perceive and understand the world.

SUTD is Singapore’s fourth public university, and one of the first universities in the world to incorporate the art and science of design and technology into a multi-disciplinary curriculum. Established in collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), SUTD seeks to nurture technically-grounded leaders and innovators in engineering product development, engineering systems and design, information systems technology and design, and architecture and sustainable design, to serve societal needs.

Also in collaboration with Zhejiang University (ZJU) and Singapore Management University (SMU), SUTD, a research-intensive university, is distinguished by its unique East and West academic programme which incorporates elements of technology, entrepreneurship, management and design thinking. Graduate opportunities include an MIT-SUTD Dual Masters' Degree Programme and an SUTD PhD Programme.

Ms Yong Ying-I is currently the Permanent Secretary (Public Service Division) of the Prime Minister’s Office. She guides the Public Service to be future-ready and better prepared for longer term challenges and risks. She also leads the National Research Foundation as the Permanent Secretary (National Research and Development). In this role, Ms Yong leads the organisation in driving Singapore’s research innovation and enterprise strategies, funding research programmes nation-wide, and catalysing new capability development. 

Dr Beh Swan Gin is presently the Chairman of the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB). He also chairs the Boards of EDB Investments and EDBI. Dr Beh joined EDB in 1992 and held various positions before being appointed Managing Director from 2008 to 2012. Before he returned as Chairman of EDB, Dr Beh served as Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Law. Dr Beh also had concurrent appointments at the Agency for Science, Technology & Research, as well as the Ministry of Trade & Industry at different points in his career. Dr Beh currently serves on the boards of several organisations including Singapore Technologies Engineering and Ascendas-SingBridge. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation and the Advisory Board for the University of St. Gallen.

After more than 30 years working for major US healthcare companies, Mr Jean-Luc Butel is now a global healthcare advisor, providing guidance, support and expertise in broad areas of healthcare. He serves as a Senior Advisor to McKinsey’s Health Care practice, and is an advisor to several other organisations. In addition, Mr Butel serves on the boards of several organisations such as Singapore Economic Development Board, Singapore ETPL (A*STAR) and several healthcare startups globally. He was on the steering committee for Singapore government’s CFE (Committee for the Future Economy) and was previously Corporate Vice President and President of Baxter’s international operations, and had held leadership positions in various global medical corporations.