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Singtel Innov8 launches global programme to tackle business challenges with start-ups

Singapore, 12 January 2016 Singtel Innov8 today launched Singtel Innov8 Connect (Innov8 Connect), bringing start-ups and Singtel together to create innovative solutions for business challenges faced by the Singtel Group.

Through this programme, selected start-ups will receive up to S$75,000 to test and validate their solutions with Singtel. Successful solutions may lead to commercialisation with the Singtel Group, providing start-ups access to the Group’s customer base, which includes both enterprises and consumers and over 575 million mobile customers across Asia, Australia and Africa. They will also have the opportunity to seek funding from Singtel Innov8 and tap on its network of co-investors and partners across the globe.

Mr Edgar Hardless, CEO of Singtel Innov8 said: “Since Innov8’s launch in 2010, we have invested and partnered with many talented start-ups globally to help them expand their businesses and introduce innovative technologies to the Singtel Group.”

“Entrepreneurs are looking for problems to solve. This programme enables Singtel to share real-world business challenges and invite solutions from start-ups globally. It is an excellent opportunity for start-ups to work directly with Singtel’s business units and validate their solutions,” he added.  

Mr Peter Ho, CEO of Hope Technik, a Singtel Innov8 portfolio company said: “The investment and support from Singtel Innov8 have really helped Hope Technik punch above its weight class. Through Singtel, we have a better understanding of the opportunities and challenges faced by large enterprises, which allows us to create more relevant and impactful solutions.”

As the venture arm of the Singtel Group, Singtel Innov8’s mandate is to scout and provide the Group with insights and early access to emerging technologies, as well as to nurture the innovation ecosystem in Southeast Asia. Innov8 Connect is part of Singtel Innov8’s initiatives to create greater awareness for Singtel’s innovation agenda and engagement with start-up ecosystems.

Innov8 Connect Application and Selection Process

Through the Innov8 Connect portal (innov8connect.com), Singtel Innov8 will publish briefs detailing various business challenges. Start-ups with relevant solutions are welcomed to submit their applications through the portal. Selected start-ups will then be invited to pitch to a panel of management representatives from the Singtel Group. After a rigorous selection process, one company per brief will be chosen to work with Singtel to trial its solution.

Project Briefs                                                

The first set of 10 project briefs are focused on business challenges in areas such as enterprise cloud, smart and safe city and customer experience. More details on the briefs can be found in Appendix 1.  

The briefs are now open for submission from all start-ups in Singapore and across the globe at http://innov8connect.com.

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Appendix 1 – Summary of Innov8 Connect Project Briefs

# Short Description of Briefs
1 Enterprise cloud solutions that help users easily contain, develop and migrate their applications between cloud platforms. 
2 Solutions to protect designated areas and events from drones. Features could include the ability to monitor drone movements, manage intrusions non-destructively and determine the drone’s profile and risk level. 
3 Data analytics solutions that capture real-time information on crowd and traffic behaviour. These information could be used to inform decisions on urban infrastructure, traffic planning, emergency evacuation training and event planning. 
4 Visual enhancement solutions to improve the quality of CCTV feeds and other surveillance devices, allowing security personnel to better identify potential intruders and related vehicles.
5 Next-generation energy saving solutions for data centres that save significantly more energy than solutions available in the market today. 
6 Network traffic management solutions to improve customers’ internet browsing experience during peak hours and/or encourage usage during non-peak hours.
7 Solutions that enhance the in-home WiFi experience. This could include boosting internet speeds or easy-to-use WiFi management tools for end users.
8 Solutions that detect and manage telco network or infrastructure failures. The solutions could be focused on early or real-time detection of breakdowns or those that can help determine its causes.
9 Communications solutions that keep enterprise customers updated on incidents. The solutions should take into account of contextual information, timeliness, modes of communication and customers’ interactions. 
10 Knowledge management solutions that keep customer-facing staff informed of the latest information. 
Next-generation energy saving solutions for data centres that save significantly more energy than solutions available in the market today. 
Next-generation energy saving solutions for data centres that save significantly more energy than solutions available in the market today. 
Next-generation energy saving solutions for data centres that save significantly more energy than solutions available in the market today. 
Solutions that enhance the in-home WiFi experience. This could include boosting internet speeds or easy-to-use WiFi management tools for end users.
Solutions that enhance the in-home WiFi experience. This could include boosting internet speeds or easy-to-use WiFi management tools for end users.
Solutions that enhance the in-home WiFi experience. This could include boosting internet speeds or easy-to-use WiFi management tools for end users.
Solutions that enhance the in-home WiFi experience. This could include boosting internet speeds or easy-to-use WiFi management tools for end users.
Solutions that enhance the in-home WiFi experience. This could include boosting internet speeds or easy-to-use WiFi management tools for end users.
Knowledge management solutions that keep customer-facing staff informed of the latest information.
Knowledge management solutions that keep customer-facing staff informed of the latest information.
Knowledge management solutions that keep customer-facing staff informed of the latest information.
Knowledge management solutions that keep customer-facing staff informed of the latest information.
Knowledge management solutions that keep customer-facing staff informed of the latest information.

Detailed briefs are available on http://innov8connect.com