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Four tech sectors emerge as bright spots in Singapore's startup scene

One of these bright spots saw its deal volume rise to 51 from 21.

Healthtech, greentech, agri-tech, and AI have emerged as the four new bright spots in Singapore's startup ecosystem, fueled by the country's thriving digital and green economies.

Amongst these four, healthtech has become a focal point of investment in Singapore.

Healthtech’s popularity amongst investors underlines “the transformative impact of innovations in medicine and technology, and consumer demand for more accessible and affordable healthcare solutions,” according to Enterprise Singapore and Dealstreet Asia.

“The sector also appears to be resilient to external factors as evidenced by the jump in deal volume in 2023 amid a broader funding slowdown,” the experts said.

Based on the Singapore Venture Funding Landscape 2023 report, healthtech deal volume rose to 51 in 2023 from 21 in 2022.

Like the healthtech sector, green and agri-tech sectors also saw substantial traction.

According to the report,  there has been a notable emphasis on sustainability-related innovations and health-centric food solutions in Singapore.

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“Singapore’s commitment to sustainable development, as outlined in its Green Plan 2030, and its position as a tech and innovation hub, with the necessary infrastructure and supportive policies in place, are geared to prime local venture-backed companies for success,” the report said.

Meanwhile, new startups are also emerging in the AI sector thanks to Singapore's advanced infrastructure for piloting AI technologies and solutions, and growing pool of AI professionals.

“With the recent momentum and rise of generative AI, there is an undeniable role for AI as a catalyst for sector-wide innovation and investment,” the report said.

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