With nearly 9 out of 10 local businesses dependent on the internet, Singapore is arguably Asia’s hottest market for digital products and services—for both enterprise and consumer offerings. The country also boasts the highest level of smartphone penetration in the world; recent figures reveal that 7 out of 10 Singaporeans access social media on their mobile devices.It’s therefore no surprise that Singaporeans’ lives—at both work and play—are intimately linked with the digital and mobile offerings created by local, innovative tech startups. The following are 15 such companies you need to be aware in 2017 and beyond.
Previously known as Monkimun, Lingokids has developed an online language educational platform for designed exclusively for kids. The offering offers educational games, apps, video, and other content—as well as live, in-platform video tutoring sessions with professional English language teachers.
Akin to an “Uber for Logistics,” Ezyhaul connects shippers to transportation service providers for more cost-effective, efficient domestic and cross-border transportation services. Along with Singapore, the company is currently expanding into Malaysia and other Southeast Asian countries.
Nexus Gaming’s live streaming platform for mobile gaming allows users to broadcast their game plays, skills, and adventures—and earn an income while they’re at it. The solution gives gamers a way to build their own fan bases, earn virtual gifts, and trade their gaming merits for real money.
If you haven’t heard of Glocalization movement—or glocal for short—just know that it integrates local culture into international offerings, allowing for globalization-plus-localization. Stayology helps to power the glo-cal sharing economy by offering a curated, verified online marketplace for local accommodations, travel services, experience providers, and more.
99.co is an online house hunting platform that allows users to search for houses to rent or buy in Singapore. Like Perx, the company has secured the financial backing of Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, allowing it to compete with rival PropertyGuru for a larger share of the market.
Praktice.ai’s AI-powered platform handles high-volume, repetitive medical tasks and healthcare operations through the use of intelligent text/speech chatbots. By automating activities like answering patient queries, scheduling and managing appointments, referring patients to specialists, and filling scheduling systems and EHRs, the solution allows medical staff and doctors to focus more on providing better patient care.
GToken’s offering lives at the confluence of gaming and digital currency—the company publishes crowdsourced games and has developed a virtual currency for use with its applications. The company recently announced the addition of Manny Pacquiao to its list of investors.
Perx has developed a mobile loyalty card app—the leading rewards app of its kind—that allows users to earn points, chops, or stamps at all their favorite merchants. The company was recently funded by Golden Gate Ventures and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin.
Based in Singapore and Bangkok, Pinpic has developed a search engine for finding local photographers to cover local events—akin to an Uber or Grab, but for photography services. The company currently covers Barcelona, London, Lisbon, Cancun, Singapore, and Bangkok—with more locations in the works.
Codapay is a payment platform that facilitates web/mobile web and in-app payments, among others. The company offers an Android-based in-app payment SDK that allows for quick app monetization across various popular distribution platforms.
MAKERSCUT is the premier platform for buying and selling custom-made products and handmade goods. The company connects top designers from around the world with skilled craftsmen in Southeast Asia, overseeing production, material sourcing, sales and marketing—allowing designers to focus on what they do best.
Despite its unique name—familiar to many national servicemen in Singapore—Ninja Van is actually a logistics company focusing on next day delivery for their e-commerce clients. With leading brands like Zalora, Lazada, Guardian, and Watsons as customers, the company and its signature red vans are becoming commonplace in Singapore.
In many cases, niche goods are too costly to import to Singapore in bulk; Airfrov’s peer-to-peer shopping platform allows users to make requests for special item purchases from overseas travellers in exchange for a small fee, as agreed between the buyer/seller. The company has been featured in The Strait Times, CNBC, Elle, and Stuff Magazine, to name a few.
WeInvest’s investment platform allows users to access retail investment opportunities via global diversified portfolios. Additionally, its TrackWealth app allows users to monitor their financial health, consolidate finances, and optimize spending to meet goals—all in one place.
BioMark is a healthcare analytics startup that offers actionable insights regarding a users’ health based on a simple blood test. The company plans on integrating wearables, diagnostics, EMR, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence into a one-stop platform for health monitoring and improvement.
This year has proven to be another groundbreaker for Singapore startup funding; in fact, several of the above tech ventures have received substantial venture capital to expand their operations this year. From peer-to-peer shopping platforms to AI-powered healthcare management solutions, be sure to keep these 15 tech innovators from the Lion City on your radar in 2017 and beyond.