At SGE, we always strive to unearth the most promising startups from around Asia and place it in front of you, our dear reader. At the same time, there is also so much innovation happening around the world we track on a daily basis and for key ones that we think you should know, we share them on our Twitter and Facebook accounts.
However, we are still hungry to serve our audience better – to help you keep your finger on the pulse of global innovation.
So we have taken a step further by partnering with Polish venture capital firm, HardGamma and its accelerator program, GammaRebels, to have them curate interesting companies that they come across and for SGE to feature them. For a start, SGE will have a section dedicated to featuring their portfolio companies.
I have been volunteering my time by mentoring at GammaRebels since their pioneer batch of startups more than a year ago and recently did another round of Skype calls with the second batch of startups. And I continue to be impressed by what the Google for Entrepreneurs-partnered accelerator have done for the Polish startup scene, especially after a recent trip to visit the new HardGamma and GammaRebels office and speaking at their launch.
So look forward to hearing about some outside-Asia innovation and startups from time to time!
Upping the competition in the business of connecting doctors to patients is DoctorPage.sg. Launching officially today in Singapore with already 11,500 doctors in its database, DoctorPage is a real-time online appointment-booking system where patients book instant appointments according to the type of doctor they want to see, their insurance type and location.
Combining European and Asian e-commerce experience
Somewhat similar to two-month old DocDoc, DoctorPage is founded and funded by a group of experienced entrepreneurs and investors from Europe. The founding team consists of Max and Daniel, both of whom worked together at deals site, DailyDeal in Berlin, which was acquired by Google in September 2011. Read more
The Dutch gaming industry is one of the fastest growing and most highly acclaimed in the world. The Netherlands also has one of the most active online gaming markets in Europe. Of the top 10 game publishers, 9 have direct presence in the Netherlands. The international market of serious gaming is rapidly growing and changing. To enter new markets and develop expertise partnering is a must!
The opportunities for Singaporean and Dutch partners to work together are broad:
1. Adapt existing products to the Singaporean/Dutch national market via a local partner
2. Exploit jointly new areas of application for serious gaming concepts and develop new products and services
3. Develop the next generation of (serious) games together
This matchmaking event is an opportunity for Singaporean and Dutch partners to meet and get to know each other and explore possibilities to partner and expand worldwide. Networking opportunities are provided with a buffet dinner.
When: Tuesday 28 August 2012
Time: 2.30pm – 6.00pm
Where: Games Solution Centre, 71 Ayer Rajah Crescent #04-01, Singapore 139951
In the past two years, Dublin Web Summit has established a firm presence in the European tech scene. In 2011, there were over 1,500 attendees from 45 countries across the world. It is helmed by the team at F.ounders, an annual private gathering for 150 of the world’s leading tech company founders (the Jack Dorseys and Niklas Zennstroms of the world has spoken and attended F.ounders’ gatherings).
Now, this same team behind F.ounders and Web Summit aims to inspire a more-focused audience: the early-stage startups -through the launch of an event aptly titled START, which seeks to be an interactive platform for a small group of the world’s most exciting early-stage startups, plus investors and media in Dublin (Ireland) in October.
The START organizers are looking for startups under 3 years old who have raised under €5M (US$6.2M). A number of the best European and US VCs and a range of entrepreneurs and some journalists will be attending too. The startups will get access to an exclusive series of events and the Dublin Web Summit itself. Read more
Every once in a while, we cover cool technology from across the pond. After all, inspiration knows no boundaries.
When birds chirp, they communicate. And communication involves transmitting data. Taking inspiration from nature, a startup in London has created a novel way of transmitting data from one smartphone to another — by sending digital chirps.
The company, called Chirp, is a spin-off business from the University College London. Here’s how the app works: Say you want to transmit a photo to a friend. You upload the photo to the cloud using the app, and once you hit the button, the app blasts a short two-second song to your friend’s phone, which also has the Chirp app open.
It takes just a few seconds for your friend to receive the file. Besides photos, the app can transmit text links and short 140 character messages. Read more