INFINITI’S SINGAPORE IGNITION PROGRAM TO HELP FOUNDERS ACHIEVE VALIDATION AND SCALE

INFINITI’S SINGAPORE IGNITION PROGRAM TO HELP FOUNDERS ACHIEVE VALIDATION AND SCALE 
Applications for INFINITI’s Ignition program, driven by Nest, close in five days




7 February 2017 (Hong Kong) – Just five days remain for founders to apply for Smart Mobility SIN, a unique innovation program in Singapore created by INFINITI Motors Ltd. and Nest, to support the progress of high-potential startups in the fields of mobility and connectivity.

Unlike the typical accelerator format, the specific objective of this Ignition program is to prepare founders and their early-stage companies for a partnership or pilot with INFINITI. After eight weeks of support and guidance the selected entrepreneurs may have the opportunity to pitch a viable business-use case to INFINITI’s senior decision makers and key innovation stakeholders from across the Renault-Nissan Alliance.

Smart Mobility SIN is part of INFINITI’s international innovation initiative, INFINITI LAB. After two successful accelerators in Hong Kong, the premium automotive brand has once again partnered with Nest, a leading venture capital firm and innovation partner, to run its first Ignition program in Singapore. Up to eight startups will be selected to plug into Singapore’s vibrant innovation ecosystem and benefit from the numerous opportunities available through government’s Smart Nation Initiative. 

Focused on helping founders gain validation in a commercial setting over a condensed period of time, INFINITI and Nest programs have already facilitated several successful ongoing startup/corporate relationships.

One such company to benefit from the internal expertise and infrastructure at INFINITI is Singapore-based company Hapticus - an alumni of the INIFINITI Accelerator 2.0 in Hong Kong. Hapticus is a mobility solution technology company, whose flagship product is a virtual transportation hub for people with special needs. Their system, comprised of a set of mobile and web applications, matches adequate transportation options with the specific user’s mobility needs. Currently INFINITI is working directly with the founder Amir Nivy to run a pilot project, with the view to confirming a more substantial partnership in the near future.

“This program is a key part of INFINITI’s initiative to promote entrepreneurial spirit in the business community,” said Roland Krueger, President of INFINITI Motor Company. “Automobiles play an important role in future intelligent cities. Technologies of connectivity will enable vehicles to communicate with each other and with city infrastructures. This will significantly enhance the driving experience and INFINITI is committed to leading the development in this area”.

Nest CEO, Lawrence Morgan commented, “This program could be transformational for early-stage companies who need commercial validation of their product. Startups need the opportunity to test their products and theories and this program is highly focused on giving founders a clear path to POC so they can quickly gain traction and scale.” 

Applications for Smart Mobility SIN close on 12 February:



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