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Temasek Capital Launches inCube

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The press release states, “Temasek Capital announced that it has launched “inCube”, an innovative incubation programme aimed at helping and supporting startups, early stage and established technology companies bring their products and services to world markets. To be marketed under the brand name “inCube”, the programme will leverage on Temasek’s extensive network of companies and global business partners to offer incubatees a unique combination of seed funding, network support, facilities, management support and branding.

2 Mr Tan Soo Nan, Chief Executive Officer of Temasek Capital, explained, “We want to capitalise on the strong growth in R&D activities in Singapore as well as in other parts of the world. inCube is not just mere physical space. It allows the incubatees to interact with a suite of complementary services and affinity partners, ranging from financial management support to marketing, human resources and research institutes. What sets inCube apart from other incubators is our ability to offer incubatees access to global markets, particularly China and India, through our network of incubator facilities. inCube is therefore well-positioned to transfer new technology and business concepts into Singapore, and help Singapore companies accelerate their growth and expand globally.”

3 inCube is actively developing a global network of incubator facilities to foster synergies, and has set up three centres in three technology cities in Asia – Singapore, Chennai (India) and Shenzhen (China). There are plans to link inCube with some of the leading incubators in other technology cities in Australia, Europe, Japan, Korea and the United States.

4 For a start, inCube has signed on two incubatees: eGurkha and Bijitec. eGurkha is a software company that has developed a suite of monitoring applications which helps e-businesses to improve the reliability and responsiveness of their web sites through effective and proactive monitoring. eGurkha, which was originally based in India, is now headquartered in Singapore with subsidiaries in India and USA. inCube has made an equity investment of S$7 million in eGurkha.

5 Mr Srinivas Ramanathan, CEO of eGurkha said, “inCube, with the strong Temasek brand name behind it, will contribute significantly towards our initial marketing efforts in Singapore and the rest of Asia. Once we have developed a strong foot hold in Asia, we can then penetrate the US market with our superior features and competitive pricing.”

6 Bijitec, into which inCube has invested S$2 million, specialises in software products that enable handwritten messages to be edited and transmitted via a variety of platforms, such as personal computers, PDAs and mobile phones, including via short messaging service (SMS) on mobile phones. Bijitec’s software is especially suited for ideographic languages such as Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and other Asian and Mid-Eastern languages. Bijitec has signed a co-operation agreement with ZTE, a leading telecommunications company listed on the Shenzhen stock exchange in China. Under the agreement, ZTE will incorporate Bijitec’s software in its new range of mobile phones to be launched in 2001.

7 Mr Dave Chen, CEO of Bijitec commented, “Our target customers are the telecommunications and IT companies. With inCube and Temasek Capital as our partner, we will be able to leverage on their strong global network of telecommunications and IT industry players. This is a great boost to our growth prospects.”

About Temasek Capital

8 Temasek Capital is the direct investment arm of Temasek Holdings. Temasek Capital seeks investment opportunities around the world. Its focus is on traditional private equity opportunities, as well as early to mid-stage technology and life sciences related investments. Temasek Capital aims to be the investor of choice for companies in Singapore and overseas.”

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Digital Media Marketer Turned Urban Farmer Raises Series B from Google

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Singapore’s Temasek Holdings continues to plow money into agriculture and agtech investments. New York-based Bowery raised US$ 90 million in a Series B round that was led by GV (formerly Google Ventures). Other investors in the Series B round include Temasek, GGV Capital, General Catalyst, First Round Capital, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, and David Barber’s fund Almanac. Is this a technology company growing something real and edible? Yes.

Bowery started in October 2014 and raised US$ 117.5 million since its creation. Bowery raised US$ 20 million in a Series A round in January 2017. Bowery was co-founded by Irving Fain. Fain is a former executive of iHeartMedia, who specializes in digital marketing. He is also a co-founder of CrowdTwist, Inc., a digital marketing analytic startup.

The company uses its own internal operating system to monitor plants and optimize their growth without using pesticides. Bowery claims it uses 95% less water compared to mainstream farming methods. Bowery sells its produce, such as mustard greens, kale mix, and romaine, to places like fast causal chain Sweetgreen, Whole Foods, Dig Inn, and Foragers. Bowery opened its first farm in February 2017.

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Goldman Sachs Buys Weyerhaeuser Spin Off AM Unit from Lindsay Goldberg

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Increasingly, Goldman Sachs is buying up small alternative asset management groups across the United States. Goldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) is part of Goldman Sachs Group. GSAM inked a deal to purchase Aptitude Investment Management LP, a hedge fund-of-funds manager, from Lindsay Goldberg & Bessemer II AIV LP, a vehicle managed by Lindsay Goldberg. Aptitude Investment Management oversees around US$ 3.5 billion in discretionary assets. Aptitude Investment Management operates out of Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Before the creation of an in-house unit at Weyerhauser, Morgan Stanley was the sole investment manager of Weyerhauser’s retirement assets. Salim Shariff, formerly of Morgan Stanley Alternative Investment Partners, and Jeff Klein were hired as CIO and Deputy CIO of Weyerhaeuser Asset Management LLC in 2004. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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GIC Gets Exposure to Exchange Tower through Primewest Vehicle

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Singapore’s GIC Private Limited funded a deal through a fund to acquire the Exchange Tower in Perth. [ Content protected for Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute Standard subscribers only. Please subscribe to view content. ]

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