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SGInnovate to work with 17 VCs for co-investing in early-stage deep tech startups under Startup SG Equity scheme

SGInnovate to work with 17 VCs for co-investing in early-stage deep tech startups under Startup SG Equity scheme

SGInnovate announced today that it has
appointed 17 co-investors under the Startup SG Equity scheme. (SGInnovate is a private limited company
wholly owned by the Singapore Government to support and develop the deep tech
startup ecosystem in Singapore
.)

The Startup SG Equity schemewas created to
stimulate and accelerate private investment into innovative, Singapore-based
technology startups with intellectual property and global market potential.
Both SGInnovate and SPRING
Seeds Capital Pte. Ltd. (an investment arm of SPRING
Singapore
) were appointed to manage the funds under this scheme.

The co-investors would collectively be identifying and
co-investing with SGInnovate in early-stage deep tech startups in areas
prioritised in Singapore’s Research, Innovation and Enterprise 2020 Plan or RIE2020, such as Artificial
Intelligence and Blockchain.

The total value for investments that would be made alongside
these co-investors could potentially reach up to S$80 million over the next
four years.

In addition to the injection of capital that will fuel the
startups’ development and expansion efforts, they are also expected to benefit
from the strategic and management guidance provided by SGInnovate and the
co-investors.

These co-investors have been appointed through a stringent
selection process that is based on, among other criteria, the management team’s
capabilities and adequacy of facilities and resources.

“Deep technology startups typically have a longer roadmap
for development and commercialisation, and this may discourage some private
sector VCs whose LPs expect shorter-term returns,” said Steve Leonard, Founding
CEO, SGInnovate. “These highly qualified VCs have committed to be active
investors in early-stage deep tech startups founded in Singapore, and we look
forward to working with all of them.”

The 17 co-investors (with additional details for some of
them) are:

  • C31 Ventures (CapitaLand’s
    corporate venture fund that invests in technology startups that complement
    CapitaLand's real estate business and provide the Group with new strategic
    capabilities)
  • Cocoon Capital (a focusing on early-stage, digital companies
    across Southeast Asia and India)
  • Decacorn Partners (a cross-border venture funding initiative,
    which aims to invest in game changing start-ups)
  • Dymon Asia Ventures (a Singapore-based venture
    capital fund with focus on financial services)
  • Gobi Management (Gobi
    manages nine funds, with investment focus on early stage, IT and digital media
    companies in China and Southeast Asia)
  • Jungle
    Ventures
    (seeks to help build regional consumer internet category leaders
    in retail, financial services, travel & hospitality, healthcare and several
    other sectors)
  • Mojo Partners
  • Monk’s Hill Ventures (VC firm investing in post-seed stage
    tech startups
    that seek to take advantage of the fast growing Southeast
    Asian markets)
  • NSI Ventures (typically invests
    at Round A or B stage, where revenue traction is building and capital is
    required to drive rapid growth and its existing portfolio covers B2C and B2B
    technologies; part of the Northstar Group, a Southeast Asia private equity
    firm)
  • Pix Vine Capital (provides
    early-stage venture capital to startups in Info-Tech, Med-Tech and FinTech)
  • Qualgro Partners (invests
    at Series A and Series B, across
    Southeast Asia, Australia & New Zealand, with primary focus on B2B)
  • Supply Chain Angels (the corporate
    venture arm
    of YCH Group,
    a leading integrated end-to-end supply chain management and solutions provider
    in Asia-Pacific; co-invested
    by National Research
    Foundation (NRF)
     under the Early Stage Venture Funding Scheme III,
    SCAngels invests in startups that are synergistic and complementary to YCH’s
    supply chain and logistic business)
  • TNF Ventures (established
    presence in ICT, social media, hardware, fintech and medical space and with
    extensive network panning from ASEAN to China and India)
  • tryb Group (a
    financial technology platform
    , which acquires, develops and operates
    financial technology for institutions in trade finance, SME finance and
    micro-credit, seeking to enable better access to global capital markets for
    underserved consumers of credit in ASEAN)
  • Velocity
  • Vickers Venture Partners (looks for
    sustainable business models with competitive edges and considers platform plays
    to be key to portfolio risk mitigation)
  • Wavemaker Partners (starts
    with small investments in very early-stage companies, working with them over
    12-18 months and gradually exposing more capital to the most promising ones)

SGInnovate recently announced
its ‘Deep Tech Nexus’ Strategy
that represents its commitment to add
tangible value to the Singapore deep tech startup ecosystem in two key areas –
Human Capital and Investment Capital.

In the latter area, the goal is to make direct investments
into at least 20 Singapore-based deep tech startups during next year, as well
as to co-invest into deep tech startups alongside private-sector VCs (venture
capitalists) under Startup SG Equity. Three
technology areas were selected for focus during 2018: Artificial Intelligence,
Blockchain and MedTech.

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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