Temasek and portfolio companies partner Microsoft to build and develop start-ups

Microsoft's logo on an office building in New York.
Microsoft's logo on an office building in New York. PHOTO: REUTERS

SINGAPORE - Singapore investment company Temasek is partnering tech giant Microsoft to build and develop start-ups.

Temasek and six of its portfolio companies have joined the Microsoft Accelerator programme as official global network partners in the technology and innovation hubs of Seattle, Berlin, Tel Aviv and Bangalore.

The companies involved are: real estate developers CapitaLand and Ascendas, venture lending platform InnoVen Capital, cyber-security provider Quann, engineering group ST Engineering, and investment company Fullerton Financial.

Temasek and its portfolio companies have identified urban solutions, IoT, artificial intelligence, fintech, cybersecurity, healthcare IT and digital media as key focus areas.

"(The programme) offers partnering opportunities between promising start-ups and our portfolio companies to provide innovative solutions to operating pain points and enhance customer experience," said Mr Ong Beng Teck, the managing director of Temasek's Enterprise Development Group.

"For the startups, this provides them with the opportunity to work with established companies to pilot and validate their products and technologies," he added. "This is therefore a win-win partnership."

CapitaLand's chief corporate development officer Ng Kok Siong said the company will explore investments into start-ups that complement its business, from design and construction, operations and maintenance, sales and leasing, customer engagement, to workplace productivity and smart living solutions.