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TNF Ventures Incubates DoubleHelix Tracking Technologies

DoubleHelix1 August, 2014 (SINGAPORE) DoubleHelix Tracking Technologies Pte Ltd (“DoubleHelix”), a Singapore-based location technology company which applies forest genetics for conservation and the sustainable timber trade, have completed a Series A funding led by TNF Ventures (TNF) through the Technology Incubation Scheme under the Singapore’s National Research Foundation (Prime Minister’s Office). The funds will play an important role in DoubleHelix’s roll-out and adoption plans for its core products and services.

 

DoubleHelix is the leader in applied forest genetics for conservation and the sustainable timber trade. We bridge the gap between cutting edge genetics, forest management and timber supply chain issues. We are succeeding through an enterprising, inquisitive and inclusive approach, tapping into a network of scientists, trade organisations, governments and NGOs to understand and deliver the best possible solutions. DNA contains huge amounts of information that can be used for a multitude of applications. We focus on turning that potential into commercially viable services that support the responsible and sustainable use of forest resources.  Double Helix Tracking Technologies Pte Ltd is Singapore company making a difference globally.Bookmark and Share

TNF Ventures Incubates TouchJet

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14 July, 2014 (SINGAPORE) – Touchjet Pte Ltd have secured S$588k in pre-Series A funding for TouchPico. Led by TNF Ventures (TNF) through the Technology Incubation Scheme under the Singapore’s National Research Foundation (Prime Minister’s Office) (NRF), the funds will play a important role in Touchjet’s roll-out and adoption plans for TouchPico.

 

Touchjet, a leading innovator in the field of embedded mobile human computer interfaces, which will launch TouchPico – a pico projector designed specifically to help resolve the problem of limited mobile screen space, especially for the use with educational apps. TouchPico is the world’s first interactive Android-based mobile pico projector with screen casting functionality. TouchPico transforms any blank wall or table into a 60-inch tablet with the use of a custom-designed stylus!Bookmark and Share

MYHERO (TRADEHERO) RAISES $10M SERIES A

http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/26/tradehero-series-a/

An app that lets people play the stock market without the risk of losing any real money has turned its virtual cash game into a pile of actual Benjamins, by closing out a $10 million funding round — one of the largest Series A rounds for a consumer startup in the region, it claims.

The app in question, TradeHero, is made by a Singapore-based developer MyHero. Investors in the round are Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers China fund (KPCB China) and IPV Capital.

 

TechCrunch: http://techcrunch.com/2013/09/26/tradehero-series-a/

E27: http://e27.co/2013/09/27/tradehero-raises-us10m-from-kpcb-china-and-ipv-capital/

ZDNet: http://www.zdnet.com/sg/singapore-mobile-app-startup-gets-10m-funding-7000021203/

TechInAsia: http://www.techinasia.com/tradehero-raises-10-million-china/

Straits Times (Online): http://www.straitstimes.com/premium/money/story/tradehero-creator-raises-125m-20130927 (Subscription only, text appended)Bookmark and Share

W-LOCATE RAISES $2M SERIES A

http://www.techinasia.com/singapore-wlocate-gets-series-a-funding/

Earlier this year we looked into Singapore startup W-Locate, which makes location-based service (LBS) tools for businesses. Today, W-Locate reveals that it has wrapped up series A funding worth S$2 million, which is $1.6 million.

The funds comes from investment bank RHB OSK via its Millennium Fund.

As with W-Locate’s $470,000 from TNF Ventures in May, the funding will be used to expand the startup’s two core products, FIND and XimLoc. FIND can help manage a company’s vehicle fleet, while XimLoc is for tracking workers, and claims to be much better than GPS.

Last month, XimLoc was launched in Thailand and adopted by Thai telco AIS.

 

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TNF Ventures Incubates W-Locate

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W-Locate, developers of FIND & XimLoc, secures S$589K funding to advance roll-out plans

 

5 May, 2013 (SINGAPORE) W-Locate Pte Ltd (“W-Locate”), a Singapore-based location technology company which delivers innovative tracking solutions, have secured S$589k in pre-Series A funding led by TNF Ventures (TNF) through the Technology Incubation Scheme under the Singapore’s National Research Foundation (Prime Minister’s Office). The funds will play an important role in W-Locate’s roll-out and adoption plans for its core products.

 

W-Locate is the innovator behind the well-acclaimed products, FIND and XimLoc, which are productivity tools for vehicle fleet and workforce management respectively.

 

FIND combines tracking and telematics technologies with business analytics to empower fleet and assets owners to remotely track, manage and protect their assets. Most importantly, they can leverage on the business intelligence features in FIND to maximize the productivity of their fleet. FIND is currently adopted by regional large fleet owners from different industries in the ASEAN region. (Holcim (S) Pte Ltd, Soon Poh Telecoms, Samwoh Corp, etc)

 

First in the world, XimLoc offers a SIM-based cell positioning system which can accurately track any cellular devices in both indoor and outdoor locations regardless of OS. XimLoc is a proprietary technology, which uses information from the cellular network (2G/2.5G/3G/3.5G/4G) to compute the user’s position. XimLoc uses a residential java applet on the SIM card to sniff the network information and send them to XimLoc server, where the location engine computes the most probable location based its patent-pending algorithm. XimLoc has been rigorously tested and has been proven to be a practical solution that addresses the limitation of GPS i.e. the inability to track indoor and heavy power consumption. XimLoc comes with a full-feature web-based dashboard.

 

XimLoc is currently offered via major SIM card manufacturers (Morpho Cards (S) Pte Ltd & Bluefish Technologies Asia Pte Ltd) to their Global Customers. XimLoc has already secured 2 major telecommunications companies (StarHub Ltd & a major telco in Thailand) in Southeast Asia to provide location-based services. W-Locate is also currently in concluding talks with other telcos in Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

 

“This investment is a testimony to our efforts thus far and will help W-Locate fund both FIND and XimLoc regional expansion plan. We are also excited by the value that the TNF team is bringing to the Company. They are a highly experienced and well respected group of professionals and we believe their support will bring W-Locate to a new level of growth,” said Stevie Ooi, Chief Locationist of W-Locate.

 

“W-locate is a very unique tracking and telematics company. They use both GPS technology and their proprietary SIM card-based, XimLoc, to deliver an all-encompassing solution to address their customers’ needs.  We are starting to see where M2M, Big Data and Cloud Computing are coming together to deliver some impressive benefits across a number of industries. Their solution offering has the potential to elevate into wider and more innovative uses.  With their sound business model and good partnership with major telecom players, we expect W-Locate to be the leading player in Asia’s tracking and telematics market in 2-3 years’ time” said Shirley Wong, Managing Director of TNF Ventures Pte Ltd.Bookmark and Share

TNF Ventures Incubates Express In Music

SINGAPORE – 3 May 2013 –

Express In Music, a platform connecting thousands of musicians with clients seeking personalized music, has closed around S$600K seed funding round led by TNF Ventures (TNF) through the Technology Incubation Scheme under the Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) within the Prime Minister’s Office.Express In Music powers Express Melody, an on-line digital music service providing environmental music to commercial areas such as retail shops, shopping malls, restaurants and cafes, hotels, and office buildings.

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TNF Ventures Incubates Ohanae

TNF Ventures completes invesment into Ohanae

Singapore (April 5th, 2013) ─ TNF Ventures completes an undisclosed six-figure sum investment into Ohanae, Inc., a company that is offering enterprises and professionals a way to safeguard data on the cloud.

 

Maintain Control while Providing a Simple End-User Experience

In a mobile-centric world, business has a new challenge on its hands: ensuring that users can access and collaborate on content anytime, anywhere and on any device.  Whether the enterprise is buying these mobile devices for staff, or individuals are bringing their own devices to use at work, employees want the same content sharing and collaboration experiences with these platforms as with their corporate-issued laptops and desktops.  Content sharing has been a tough nut for businesses to crack as business loses control over content that may well be subject to regulatory or enterprise privacy, security, compliance or other requirements.

“At Ohanae, we believe the ultimately security and compliance boils down to being able to protect the data and logins.  Trying to control the device, in a lot of cases, is neither necessary nor sufficient.  At the end of the day, if you have the ability to protect the data and make sure that your data is not leaking off, you do not have to touch the rest of the device.” said Greg Hauw, founder and CEO.  The best security for cloud storage is to encrypt the data and not give your service providers the keys to unencrypt it.  Sensitive data on endpoint devices must not be subject to data breaches and login passwords cannot be guessed, phished, or stolen.

The power and sophistication of Ohanae® Connect is delivered through a powerful integrated security solution that combines sophisticated technology with elegant simplicity to create and protect unique passwords and encryption keys.  Information at the public cloud storage providers is no longer insecure.  All files in the cloud sync folders are encrypted before uploading to the respective cloud storage services.  Files for collaboration and sharing are transparently encrypted with unique encryption keys, while maintaining the familiar access control user interface provided by cloud storage providers.

 

About Ohanae

Ohanae empowers users to create, share, and keep all their files in the public cloud storage and access from multiple devices securely without compromise, making cloud storage and online transactions safer, faster, and more private.Bookmark and Share

TNF Ventures Incubates TribeHired

SINGAPORE – 25 March 2013 – Tribehired.com, a social recruitment website, today announced that it had closed around S$696K (US$560K) seed funding round led by TNF Ventures (TNF) through the Technology Incubation Scheme under the Singapore’s National Research Foundation (NRF) within the Prime Minister’s Office. The round was supported by Singapore angel investors Ben Ball and Ben Chew.

The investment will be used to grow Tribehired’s team to expand both the number of job candidates on the system and the range of businesses using the service.

Devan Singaram, Founder of Tribehired, said: “Today’s investment is crucial to the next stage of Tribehired’s development and not just because it brings us cash to fund our growth. In TNF we have access to a team of veteran entrepreneurs who have proved they know how to manage fast growth. Meanwhile Ben Chew brings specialist domain insight around recruitment. It’s great to have that kind of support behind us as we scale up rapidly.”

Tribehired has the potential to grow fast because it incentivises ordinary people to recommend job opportunities at companies where their friends would fit. A window into social networks gives employers a better choice of talent, simultaneously reducing hiring costs and time-to-hire. Tribehired’s automatic recommendations are supplemented by individual candidate interviews to assure a match.

Tribehired is currently in intensive beta testing with several thousand users in Malaysia providing feedback around real job opportunities. Early adopters are typically ‘Generation Y’ graduates but they are spread across a range of different industries and job functions. The notion of social network friends recommending each other for jobs is still new and testing has already revealed fascinating insights into customer needs and behaviours. A full international launch will follow shortly as the team reflects its learning in the service online.

Shirley Wong, Managing Partner at TNF Ventures, said: “Recruitment is an evergreen industry but it is also ripe for disruption. We saw that Tribehired’s team has the passion and drive to bring about that disruption. There are others in this space but Tribehired’s team convinced us that they really understand the psychology of social networks and job seekers better than anyone else.”

Clients using Tribehired already include Zalora, Lazada, Flocations and Brandtology. The service currently covers Singapore and Malaysia and focuses on innovative businesses that offer job seekers opportunities in businesses with a flat hierarchy and positive social impact.

Previous to today’s announcement, Tribehired received pre-seed funding from Cradle Fund Sdn Bhd, a government agency under the Ministry of Finance, Malaysia. Tribehired was also a participant in the JFDI-Innov8 2012 accelerator program operated by JFDI.Asia.

Hugh Mason, Co-founder and CEO at JFDI.Asia, said: “This is a great deal for those directly involved but it also shows the benefits when Malaysia and Singapore collaborate to support innovative start-ups. Tribehired’s talent was first spotted by a Malaysian government fund and, with support from both private and public investors in Singapore, the business has been able to exploit opportunities in both markets to grow much faster than it would have done in either alone. Now, Tribehired is helping to fill jobs and create wealth on both ends of the causeway.”Bookmark and Share

TNF Ventures Incubates Mobile Media Creations

5 February, 2013 (SINGAPORE) Mobile applications developers Mobile Media Creations (M2C) have secured S$588k in pre-Series A funding for a revolutionary m-commerce and mobile apps platform called MOGi.  Led by TNF Ventures (TNF) through the Technology Incubation Scheme under the Singapore’s National Research Foundation, Prime Minister’s Office (NRF), the funds will play a important role in M2C’s roll-out and adoption plans for MOGi.  The wallet app is a first in Singapore for both iPhone and Android phones, allowing users to save through gift card promotions & discount vouchers, earn rewards, and securely pay with their mobile device at over 220 dining, retail and health & beauty outlets across Singapore.  The app also provides an interesting innovation allowing for social gifting.

Mr. Rashad Budeiri, the Chief Executive Officer of M2C said, “Mobile Wallets are on the verge of becoming mainstream in 2013.  All trends point to a surge in the adoption and use of smart phones in commerce, specifically for marketing and payments.  In fact, according to PayPal, m-commerce transactions already account for 24% of all e-commerce transactions in 20121 and will only grow further as sales of smart phones continue to skyrocket.”

He added, “We are extremely privileged to be in a country that supports technological innovation on such a comprehensive scale and are grateful with the support provided by NRF and TNF. This funding is an important component in our plans to make MOGi the most popular mobile commerce and wallet app in Singapore for both the merchants and the consumers.”

Since the app was launched last October, several thousands of active users have signed up to enjoy numerous promotions, send gifts to their friends and use their mobile devices to pay in participating MOGi merchant outlets.  The platform has successfully helped participating merchants with their transaction volume, apparent with several merchants who have seen their sales increase by several thousands of dollars per month.

In addition, MOGi has helped over 160 small and medium businesses to:

  • Enhance their brand recognition and presence in the digital marketing and mobile space
  • Build and grow a loyal base of repeat customers
  • Obtain marketing analytics in order to develop more intelligent and focused marketing campaigns and promotions
  • Leverage the power of GPS location-based services for real-time targeted promotions
  • Improve their customers’ shopping experience through mobile payments
  • Utilize mobile application and social media to drive in-store traffic and boost sales

Shirley Wong, the Managing Director at TNF said, “Our focus is on providing holistic support to innovative and ambitious start-ups.  What Mobile Media Creations have developed and presented to us is a solid proposition for both the consumers and the merchants.  We are excited to be involved with companies with strong innovations and look forward to MOGi and M2C’s continued success.”

The free MOGi app can be downloaded via the iPhone App Store or the Google Play Store. For more information, please visit: www.mogicard.comBookmark and Share

TNF Ventures Incubates Quantine

Quantine Secures SGD 588k Pre-Series Funding
Funding to Further capabilities of Next-5 Human Resource Screening Platform

Next-5.com is a novel platform that allows companies and job/internship seekers to connect and engage without borders or time conflicts. Leveraging on the pervasiveness of webcams, they give jobseekers the ultimate marketing tool.

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