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Govt’s S$300 million injection into deep-tech scheme will benefit Singapore. But some concerns remain

Among the many announcements in Budget 2020, one which slipped under the radar was the S$300 million injection by the Government into Startup SG Equity for deep-technology startups.

Under the scheme, the Government will co-invest up to S$4 million with qualified third-party investors into eligible Singapore-based deep technology startups.

As a deep-tech venture capitalist in Singapore’s startup scene, the announcement by Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat last Tues (Feb 18) was music to my ears.

This is a timely injection to support the rise of new emerging deep technology companies in areas such as urban solutions and sustainability, health and medical biosciences, advanced manufacturing and agri-food.

Deep technologies are essentially those that can bring about substantial scientific-based inventions or high tech engineering innovations that will significantly improve standards and our lives.

Artificial intelligence, the internet-of-things, alternative proteins and material sciences are some examples of deep technologies.

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