IIM-A’s start-up incubator to expand to Pune, Jaipur

India: After jointly setting up the region-focused Gujarat Accelerator last year in Ahmedabad, IIM-A’s Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE) and SAP Labs are now planning to replicate it in Jaipur and Pune.

Microsoft Accelerator partners Temasek to aid startups

India: The collaboration sees Temasek, together with six of its portfolio companies, join the Microsoft Accelerator programme as official global network partners in Seattle, Berlin, Tel Aviv and Bangalore.

Reliance Inds invests Rs 100 crore (~$15M) in a US-based tech startup

India: India’s biggest company by sales picked up a 40 per cent stake in NetraDyne Inc, a San Diego, California- based company that is developing products that may be leveraged by RIL’s telecom venture Reliance Jio.

Leonteq opens new innovation lab in Singapore

Singapore: The lab at Asia Square, opened in partnership with Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB), will foster fintech research and development for the benefit of the financial services sector.

Allianz launches Asia Lab to drive innovation

Singapore: Insurer Allianz has opened an Asia Lab at its Singapore headquarters to harness digital innovation and use advanced analytics to offer better solutions to its 18 million customers in the region.

The Straits Times’ Innovation Lab wins Best New Concept at global media awards

Singapore: The lab, an initiative of ST’s Digital team to ensure the newspaper keeps abreast of technological innovation and digital trends, takes an “entrepreneur” approach to developing new forms of story telling and reaching new readers.

Cisco, Qualcomm, others launch IoE innovation centre in Jaipur, India

India: Networking major Cisco, in collaboration with Qualcomm, General Electrical and 3M India, launched an innovation Centre in Jaipur, which will be housed and operated by Genpact, and will help accelerate co-innovation of Internet of Everything (IoE) based solutions.

Kimberly-Clark lab to spark innovation

Singapore: As part of its global initiative to crowd-source digital solutions, Kimberly-Clark has announced the formation of its Digital Innovation Lab, or D’Lab, in Asia, as it launched the inaugural K-Challenge in the region.

Swiss Re launches startup accelerator

India: Zurich-headquartered reinsurance major Swiss Re is setting up a first-of-its-kind insurancetech accelerator in Bengaluru to tap into Indian startups.

Visa opens innovation centre in Singapore

Singapore: As the first innovation centre in Asia, the Singapore centre will also operate as a commercial gateway for Visa’s clients, partners and developers from across the world to extend their service offerings into Asia.

Infosys invests undisclosed amount in data wrangling software provider Trifacta

India: Vishal Sikka led Infosys, today has made an investment in Trifacta, provider of data wrangling software that enables non-technical users to easily transform data for analysis.

KPMG opens Digital Village in Singapore to help corporates reach out to startups

Singapore: To drive the innovation agenda for businesses, the Digital Village provides innovative solutions to corporate clients out of KPMG’s innovation network, venture capitalists (VCs) and research institutions, and includes links with institutes of higher learning and available government resources to complete the ecosystem.