Rising against all odds, Singapore is pushing hard to becoming a research-intensive, innovative and entrepreneurial economy.
“When it comes to innovation, there is no such thing as status quo — you either improve or decline relative to everyone else and sitting in a comfort zone for too long could prove costly.” That is the philosophy of Steve Leonard, the founding chief executive of SGInnovate. SGInnovate is a leading government enterprise that consolidates entrepreneurs’ innovation efforts in Singapore.
Given Singapore’s tiny domestic market, it was impossible to rely on import substitution to promote economic independence and development. Instead, the city-state chose the unconventional route of attracting investments from foreign multinational corporations.
Web Biotechnology Pte Ltd (WEB, the "Company"), specializing in Cloud-based Remote and Personalized Wearable ECG monitoring today announced a Pre-series A financing round from Singapore-based SGInnovate.
WEB produces the Spyder ECG, the World's first medical grade ECG wearable that transmits continuously through a smartphone to a Cloud Database. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is then applied to the data to analyze ECG rhythm abnormalities in real-time. Its unique 24/7 "always on" system allows continuous patient ECG data transmission from anywhere in the world with a connected smartphone. Physicians can remotely log in securely into the database and report findings to patients from another connected device.
The 2018 roadmap for SGInnovate, the private startup agency owned by the Singapore government, will focus on increasing investments and empowering people, specifically targetting the Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and MedTech industries.
The agency plans to grow the AI and Blockchain facilities at scale whereas it will approach MedTech with a more bespoke strategy, only focussing on a few companies in a given year.
The announcement was made a little over one year after the official launch of SGInnovate. Dubbed ‘Deep Tech Nexus’ the programme is designed around two core strategies — a renewed focus on Human Capital as well as Investment Capital.
SGinnovate, which focuses on tech-intensive, research-driven product companies, will also intensify its efforts in artificial intelligence (AI), which it identified as a transformational technology that will impact most industries.
Deep tech encompasses such technology given that it is based on radical engineering or scientific breakthroughs.
SGinnovate's aims were announced yesterday as part of a new "Deep Tech Nexus" strategy to further strengthen Singapore's deep-tech start-up ecosystem in 2018.
One goal is to make direct investments in at least 20 early-stage, deep-tech start-ups founded here.
SGINNOVATE on Nov 29 announced its ‘Deep Tech Nexus’ strategy as a direct result of experiences and insights gained in its first year of operation.
The Deep Tech Nexus represents SGInnovate’s commitment to add tangible value to the Singapore deep tech startup ecosystem in two key areas – human capital and investment capital.
SGInnovate, a one-year-old entity that focuses on tech-intensive product companies and research-driven technologies, also said that it will intensify its efforts around artificial intelligence (AI), which it identified as a transformational technology that will impact most industries.
Those targets were announced as part of a new "Deep Tech Nexus" strategy to further strengthen Singapore's deep-tech startup ecosystem in the next year.