Founding CEO of SGInnovate Steve Leonard recently gave a presentation on the development of deep tech and how to bridge the gap from research to commercialisation. To learn about the journey of SGInnovate and its role in the Singapore startup ecosystem, OpenGov had a conversation with Mr Steve Leonard at EmTech Asia.

SGInnovate
was launched in November 2016 as a private limited company wholly owned by the
Singapore Government to support and develop the deep tech startup ecosystem in
Singapore. As reported
earlier, SGInnovate does so by investing in deep tech startups, helping
them source talent and finding early adopter customers for them.

It aims to
leverage off Singapore’s strengths in academia and scientific research and
create globally relevant companies by filling a gap in “business-building”
capabilities. At
the recent EmTech Asia 2018, Founding CEO of SGInnovate Steve Leonard gave a
presentation on the development of deep tech and how to bridge the gap from
research to commercialisation.

To
learn about the journey of SGInnovate and its role in the Singapore startup
ecosystem, OpenGov had a conversation with Mr Steve Leonard at EmTech Asia. In
its first year of establishment since late 2016, SGInnovate had achieved
several milestones including the completion of equity investments in 15 deep
tech startups, generation of 400 potential customer leads for early-stage
companies and built a network of more than 1,000 technical individuals
interested in joining early-stage tech companies.

In
last November, SGInnovate unveiled its Deep
Tech Nexus Strategy to further strengthen deep tech startup ecosystem in
Singapore through adding tangible value in the two key areas of human capital
and investment
capital for startups. Artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and, medtech
have been selected as key areas of focus. During the interview, Mr Leonard also
touched on SGInnovate’s interest in these technologies. Read more from opengovasia.com…

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