Automotive startup Motorist.sg gets seed funding from JobsCentral, Zopim founders

SINGAPORE automotive platform Motorist.sg has secured an undisclosed sum in seed funding from JobsCentral’s co-founders Lim Der Shing and Huang Shao-Ning, as well as Zopim’s co-founder Royston Tay. JobsCentral is an online job search platform, while Zopim is an online live chat software startup...
TOPLINE

Singapore Airlines' digitalisation plans make room for the little things

DIGITAL transformation plans often sound like major projects that involve companies making bold moves in a bid to give their businesses a new phase of life.

Keep calm and carrot on: how agritech could transform farming in Singapore

And yet when it comes down to it, most of us in Singapore might go our whole lives never being in the presence of a crops farm or livestock. A single mysterious wild cow on Coney Island - which has since died - was novel and exciting enough to gather a religious following.

Event planning platform Delegate raises US$1m in pre-Series A round

SINGAPORE online event planning platform Delegate has closed a US$1 million pre-series A funding round. The round was led by a Singapore-based family office and the ex-pioneer team of Zopim, a Singapore-based live chat customer support software that was acquired by San Francisco’s Zendesk...
STARTUPS

Insurers tap startup platforms to open new distribution channels

LURED by the promise of a large user base and a well of data to tap, insurance companies are tying up with non-insurtech digital platforms to open up a new distribution channel for their products.

Grab in JV with China's ZhongAn to distribute insurance products in South-east Asia

HOPING to tap a fast-growing market, Grab has entered into a joint venture (JV) with a subsidiary of Chinese Internet-based insurer ZhongAn Online P&C Insurance Co to create a digital platform to distribute insurance products in South-east Asia.
STARTUPS

ESG, partners to pump over S$90m into agri-food tech

ENTERPRISE Singapore (ESG) investment arm Seeds Capital has appointed seven co-investment partners to pump more than S$90 million into Singapore agri-food tech startups.

Seeds Capital, partners to co-invest over S$90m in agri-food tech startups

ENTERPRISE Singapore investment arm Seeds Capital has appointed seven co-investment partners to pump more than S$90 million into Singapore agri-food tech startups.

Online businesses in Singapore most globalised; policies a challenge: poll

SINGAPORE is home to the highest percentage of online businesses selling globally, according to a report published by technology firm Stripe that surveyed companies across 15 markets.

Singapore’s online businesses most globalised, but government policies a hurdle: poll

SINGAPORE is home to the highest percentage of online businesses selling globally, according to a report published by technology firm Stripe that surveyed companies across 15 markets.
STARTUPS

EMQ goes behind the scenes to stand out in world of remittance

IN the increasingly crowded space of remittance, one startup has decided not to have a direct interface with the customer.

RHL Ventures makes follow-on investment in startup HealthMetrics

MALAYSIA-based venture capital and multi-family private investment firm RHL Ventures has made an undisclosed follow-on seed investment into healthcare platform startup HealthMetrics.

New initiative helps SMEs digitalise from the get-go

NEWLY incorporated businesses in Singapore will have access to subsidised digital solutions provided by industry players, under an initiative launched by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Enterprise Singapore on Wednesday.

Singapore SMEs get help going digital from the get-go with new initiative

NEWLY incorporated businesses in Singapore will have access to subsidised digital solutions provided by industry players, under an initiative launched by the Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Enterprise Singapore on Wednesday.

Dubai powers ahead with blockchain

DUBAI sure does not hold back once it has set a goal for itself. Ever since it announced plans in Oct 2016 to become the world's first blockchain-powered city by 2020, it has launched over 20 city-wide pilot projects across various sectors, involving both public and private stakeholders...
OUTLOOK 2019

VC firms bullish on 2019 as region steps into the limelight

ALL leads point to South-east Asia slinking into the spotlight in 2019 as investors' attention on the US and Europe waned - and VCs that The Business Times spoke to are certain that interest will only go up from here...

Safety and service quality are tops for 2019, says Grab's head of regional operations

COME next year, Grab will invest "tens of millions of dollars" into boosting its safety features, according to the firm's head of regional operations Russell Cohen...

Keppel Corp secures 10.97-ha residential site in Tianjin Eco-City

KEPPEL Corporation's subsidiary Keppel Land China has secured a 10.97-hectare residential site in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City for a total consideration of 1.07 billion yuan (S$214 million)...

China Jinjiang Environment gets new controlling shareholder

CHINA Jinjiang Environment's controlling shareholder Dou Zhenggang has gifted four million ordinary shares in the capital of China Green Energy Limited to his daughter Jennifer Wei...

Pine Capital signs MOU to develop land in Sri Lanka

FINANCIAL services firm Pine Capital Group has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Provincial Council of the Eastern Province of Sri Lanka to invest in and develop an extent of land in Eastern Province, Sri Lanka.

BH Global secures 2 contracts worth S$7.6m

BH Global Corporation said on Wednesday that it has bagged two contracts totalling S$7.6 million. The first contract is for the supply of cables for a FPSO (floating production storage and offloading vessel) project to a repeat customer, and the second is for the supply of LED lighting systems to...

Keppel Corp secures residential site in Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City

KEPPEL Corporation's subsidiary Keppel Land China has secured a 10.97-hectare residential site in the Sino-Singapore Tianjin Eco-City for a total consideration of 1.07 billion yuan (S$214 million)...

Toyota to offer 'Total-care Service' to 1,500 Grab cars

ASIA'S biggest carmaker Toyota Motor is offering a service to Grab that will allow Toyota to collect real-time vehicle information to tailor fleet management, automotive insurance and vehicle management services for Grab in Singapore...

Toyota to offer Total-care Service to 1,500 Grab vehicles

ASIA'S biggest carmaker Toyota Motor is offering a service to Grab that will allow Toyota to collect real-time vehicle information to tailor fleet management, automotive insurance and vehicle management services for Grab in Singapore...
BT EXCLUSIVE

SGX, CapBridge eye growth-stage companies

ENCOURAGED by the flush of capital in the private market, SGX-backed CapBridge has developed a licensed private stock exchange that aims to facilitate deals more efficiently, giving companies and investors greater access to each other on a single platform.