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Australia to boost ASEAN smart city start-ups

The Australian Government will be partnering with a regional network of start-ups in order to develop a Singapore-based ASEAN Smart Cities Accelerator (ASCA).

What is ASCA?

ASCA, which is supported by Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), is a first of its kind, seven-month start-up accelerator programme.

It is designed to provide the best possible support for early-stage Southeast Asian start-ups specialising in future city development.

As a seed-stage accelerator program, it will select, fund and provide a development programme for smart city start-ups in Southeast Asia through access to regional opportunities, knowledge, networks and resources.

There are two parts to the programme. The first one involves a three-month period with weekly activities in Singapore.

The next part is made up of four months of remote support, a Demo Day and a one-week immersion trip.

Women entrepreneurs are vital to the success of the initiative and are encouraged to apply.

Why is there a need for ASCA?

The Co-Founder of the regional network of start-ups shared that smart solutions are proliferating in the region.

This includes ride-hailing super apps, AI-powered transit planning, data-driven disaster assessment and advanced green-building techniques.

Start-ups are uniquely positioned to tackle the challenges that cities face today and in the future.

By working closely with cities and government agencies, the objective is to foster a collaborative and progressive ecosystem.

Having that will expedite the development and deployment of sustainable smart cities in Southeast Asia, while creating better connected, more resilient cities that work for everyone.

Who are qualified?

Pre-seed or seed-stage start-ups from all ASEAN member countries with a product or solution and a viable user base are being sought.

The focus of these start-ups should be geared towards addressing problems related to sustainable development and improvement of city living.

The programme is looking for next-generation solutions that can be scaled across growing urban populations.

They should be able to improve livelihoods through new business, career and economic opportunities.

Furthermore, they should improve access to safe and affordable housing, public spaces, infrastructure and transportation.

Other key qualifiers include a measure on environmental impacts, resource management and general public accessibility.

What will they get?

The following benefits will be provided for selected start-up founders:

  1. A structured schedule of impactful sessions including workshops, mentorship meetings, and investor events
  2. S$ 40,000 equity-free investment
  3. Access to top quality mentors, investors, and founders including an Entrepreneur in Residence, who will work closely with them throughout the programme
  4. Office space in the city centre of Singapore during the programme
  5. Benefits from partner companies

The ASCA is a big step in the right direction toward making the vision of smart cities into reality.

Applications are open until 4 August 2019. The programme start date is set for 30 September 2019 while the inaugural Demo Day will take place on 6 February 2020.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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