YCH's SC Angels, SGInnovate give Singapore deep tech start-ups a leg up

James Ong, a partner of Supply Chain Angels (SC Angels), the corporate venture arm of logistics company YCH Group. PHOTO: YCH GROUP

SINGAPORE - Supply Chain Angels (SC Angels), the corporate venture arm of YCH Group, on Wednesday (Dec 13) announced its partnership with SGInnovate to bolster Singapore's deep tech start-up scene.

Under the Startup SG Equity scheme, SC Angels will set aside an initial investment of S$10 million to bankroll early stage start-ups focusing on technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), cyber security and the Internet of Things (IOT).

In tandem with Singapore's Research, Innovation & Enterprise 2020 Plan (RIE2020), the partnership will "identify and co-invest in innovative Singapore-based deep tech start-ups with intellectual property and global market potential in the Services and Digital Economy domain", SC Angels and YCH said in a joint release. SC Angels will be responsible for leading investment negotiations with start-ups appointed through a stringent selection process, they said.

SGInnovate's founding CEO Steve Leonard said: "Deep technology start-ups typically have a longer road map for development and commercialisation, and this may discourage some private sector VCs (venture capitalists) whose LPs (limited partners) expect shorter-term returns." With the inclusion of SC Angels, Mr Leonard added that they now have on board several VCs who have committed to be active investors in Singapore's deep tech start-ups, and that they look forward to working with the VCs.

This collaboration is also timely as Singapore will be taking over the Asean chairmanship in 2018, with a focus on developing the digital economy and cross-border e-commerce.

Said partner at SC Angels James Ong: "With this partnership and leveraging YCH Group's network, resources and facilities such as in Supply Chain City, we are confident that we are able to help deep technology companies which are highly differentiated and hard to replicate, scale faster and wider across geographies."

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