Keeping up with game changers in the MICE industry

MICE tourism extends beyond just meetings and conventions in a formal setting. To be an attractive MICE destination, Singapore aims to provide a holistic experience for business travellers, combining the elements of business and leisure together.

MICE industry will continue to be key for Singapore

MICE tourism is a key sector for Singapore's growth over the last 40 years, and it will continue to be a key contributor for Singapore moving forward, says the president of the Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS), Aloysius Arlando.

Purpose of SACEOS is unchanged 40 years from its beginning

STEPPING into its 40th year, meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) organiser Singapore Association of Convention and Exhibition Organisers and Suppliers (SACEOS) stand by their founding principle - to be the leading industry association to enhance Singapore's position as a...

Significant MICE events in Singapore

SINGAPORE'S position as an attractive meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) destination has been cemented through various MICE events over the years. The Business Times traces some of the most significant MICE events that have occurred in Singapore.

Ramping up Industry 4.0

ASIA-PACIFIC'S biggest Industry 4.0 event is set to open its doors for the second year running from Oct 22 to 24 at the Singapore Expo. Industrial Transformation Asia-Pacific (ITAP) 2019, the regional edition of the iconic Hannover Messe, brings together a multitude of actors and key...

Collaboration Lab aims to help companies in their learning journey

APART of a learning journey is to seek help and insights from others. This year, ITAP reveals a new addition to its learning journey - The Collaboration Lab - to help participants cope with the uncertainties of adopting and adapting to the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

An immersive experience of the future of manufacturing

THIS year's ITAP will take visitors on a journey to Industry 4.0, literally. Attendees can explore first hand what the Fourth Industrial Revolution can look like - through a curated guided tour, they will get a concise and visual demonstration on issues most relevant to them.

Sharing insights through summits, panel discussions

FACILITATING discussions and networking among various stakeholders is key for cooperation and speeding up the adoption of Industry 4.0. Through various sharing sessions and three key summits occurring at ITAP this year, leaders from all levels will be able to learn to address opportunities and...

THE PITCH

AEvice brings wearables and the cloud to paediatric asthma treatment

AEvice Health chief executive Adrian Ang had asthma as a child, so he understands how challenging it can be to manage the respiratory condition in young children.

Fintech platform Helicap acquires securities firm Arcor Capital

FINTECH startup Helicap, which offers alternative lending services in South-east Asia, has acquired securities firm Arcor Capital. 

DocDoc raises US$13m; total funds hit US$24.6m

MEDICAL technology startup DocDoc, which uses artificial intelligence for medical services delivery, announced an institutional capital fundraising of US$13 million.

Cybersecurity startup CyCraft raises US$5.65m in Series B round

TAIWAN-BASED technology firm CyCraft, which provides artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to enhance cybersecurity of businesses, on Friday announced a US$5.65 million fundraise in a Series B round.

HOMI Smart Home raises US$1.3m in seed round

SMART home products and services provider HOMI Smart Home has raised US$1.3 million in a seed round led by SeedPlus, AngelCentral and Xoogler Angels. 

STARTUPS

Grab to invest US$2b in Indonesia over a period of 5 years

GRAB commits to investing US$2 billion in Indonesia over a period of five years, with capital invested through Japanese conglomerate Softbank to speed up Indonesia's development of digital infrastructure.

Grab to invest US$2 billion in Indonesia through SoftBank capital over next five years

GRAB has committed to investing US$2 billion into Indonesia over five years, with capital invested by Japanese conglomerate SoftBank to speed up the country’s development of digital infrastructure. 

StashAway raises US$12m led by Eight Roads Ventures

STASHAWAY, a robo-advisor that serves both retail and accredited investors, has raised US$12 million through a Series B round led by Eight Roads Ventures, the proprietary investment arm of Fidelity International.

Healthcare firm Halodoc raises about US$100m in Series B, B+ rounds

INDONESIAN healthcare startup Halodoc has announced additional fund raise in a Series B+ round from strategic investors, including Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Allianz X and Prudential. Allianz and Prudential are both customers of Halodoc's services. 

Venture firm Cocoon Capital raises S$30 million for its second fund

SINGAPORE-BASED venture firm Cocoon Capital has raised S$30 million for its second fund to aid enterprise tech startups in South-east Asia. 

STARTUPS

Music tech startup sees vast potential in South-east Asia

THE absence of a thriving music technology ecosystem in the region inspired founders of Musiio, Hazel Savage and Aron Pettersson, to combine their music and artificial intelligence (AI) backgrounds respectively to form the music tech startup in January 2018.

THE PITCH

Asia's untapped markets for AI-based song analysis is music to Musiio's ears

IT did not take long for the founders of music technology startup Musiio to realise that the Asian music market is a land of diverse needs. 

South-east Asia's Rise to run AI accelerator programme from Singapore

REGIONAL corporate accelerator Rise will be helping Singaporean startups enter Thailand’s innovation ecosystem and collaborate with local partners to develop solutions that target market needs, under a partnership with Enterprise Singapore.

Online fashion platform Zilingo appoints James Perry as chief financial officer

FASHION and e-commerce platform Zilingo has appointed James Perry as its first chief financial officer. He was the former managing director and head of Technology Investment Banking for Asia-Pacific at Citigroup. 

Ohmyhome announces first overseas expansion into Malaysia

LOCAL proptech startup Ohmyhome is expanding into Malaysia, its first market outside Singapore.

Ohmyhome expands into Malaysia, offers cross-border property deals

LOCAL proptech startup Ohmyhome on Thursday announced it is expanding into Malaysia, its first overseas market.

THE THESIS

Vertex Ventures Israel bets on Cymulate and the need to test cybersecurity systems

COMPANIES' increasing cybersecurity spending means little without assurance that all the solutions and systems being bought are efficiently deployed and working as planned, says Vertex Ventures Israel general partner Emanuel Timor.