Investors Night:


18 September 2018  |  
6:00pm - 9:30pm
Paulaner Bräuhaus @ Millenia Walk,
9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-01 Singapore 039596
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Investors Night

SGInnovate’s Investors Night series brings together the community of venture capitalists, angel investors, corporate VCs for knowledge sharing, networking and collaborations. In this edition, we will address the trends and opportunities in the Autonomous Technology space. Our panelists will also be sharing their journey in building autonomous technology start-ups, including how they approach challenges faced in commercializing their product/solutions and how investors can be a part of this space.
This is a by invite only event co-located with Deep Tech Summit 2018.





Opening Remarks


Panel Discussion




Dinner & Networking



Niels de Boer
Program Director of the Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of Autonomous Vehicles – NTU (CETRAN)

Niels de Boer joined NTU as a Senior Scientist in the Energy Research Institute (ERI@N). He is also the Program Director of the Centre of Excellence for Testing & Research of Autonomous Vehicles – NTU (CETRAN).

Prior to joining NTU, Niel has a long track record of delivering R&D projects in Industry. His experience includes work on automotive powertrain development in Delphi Singapore where was responsible for software development but also part of the global core team which developed processes to ensure software quality. Subsequently, he was responsible for automotive infotainment platform development and research in automotive infotainment systems in Siemens-VDO/Continental.

After working in the automotive field, Niels moved to a more research based environment where he was responsible as R&D Director for the development of electrical drivetrains for Vestas and later was responsible for research on electrical systems not only including the wind turbine drivetrain but also the wind farm and grid connectivity.

Prior to his current role, Niels was Technology Quality Manager at Lloyd’s Register where he was responsible for ensuring the outputs of all research globally relating to Energy Technology meet business objectives. This included the development if certification requirements and certification assessment methodologies.

Niels’ current research interest are autonomous systems with a focus on autonomous vehicles, automotive electric drivetrains, high power converters and hardware-in-the-loop systems.

Dinakar Munagala
CEO and Co-founder of ThinCI

Dinakar C. Munagala co-founded ThinCI and serves as CEO and a member of the board of directors. Starting as a bootstrapped development effort of a highly efficient Graph Streaming Processor (GSP), he was instrumental in assembling an experienced leadership team that now builds GSP powered products that are aimed at promoting widespread adoption of artificial intelligence.  

From setting up offices across geographies to bringing together marquee investors to back the vision of the founding team, he has played a key role in transforming ThinCI into a global organisation. Under his leadership, the company has grown to ship products to multiple customers across automotive and other sectors and continues to hire exceptional talent to join its US, UK, Japan and India offices.

Ling Ting Ming
CEO and founder of ActiV Technology Group

Ling Ting Ming is the CEO of Activ Technology Group of companies.  Ling is the founder of ActiV Technology which started in 2006. Activ Technology is an Information Communications Technology provider serving Enterprise and Telecommunications clients. Activ Technology grew from a three men team to 400 employees in APAC over the last ten years. ActiV has expanded its footprint in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, San Francisco and Tokyo.

Ling also started OTSAW, recently established in 2014, a wholly owned subsidiary of Activ Technology with the vision of investing into digital business. The company plans on investing in the future by developing its Innovations Development Centre in Silicon Valley to develop AI and Robotics.

OTSAW expanded to the United States and he spearheaded the company’s technological forefront by becoming the first few companies in Singapore to set up base in Silicon Valley to build Autonomous Drive Security Robot O-R3.

Ling’s vision was to develop digital technology and to gather innovative ideas that are far ahead of Asia and to bring it back to Asia. OTSAW has also launched expansion across Asia by establishing offices in Hong Kong, China and Japan.

Ling brings with him more than 20 years of experience in technology, sales and marketing and a proven track record in the information and communications technology in Asia. 

Ling received his diploma in Mechanical Engineering from Singapore Polytechnic in 1992. Additionally, he gained relevant employment experience before founding Activ Technology. Prior to founding ActiV, Ling has 10 years of corporate world experience in Engineering and Information Technology managing regional sales teams across Asia.

One of his early years crazy deal was to sell Japanese robots to German car makers in China, Shanghai Volkswagen. The Germans were shocked to see this young Singaporean breaking tradition mindset in China in 1997. The Germans were so proud of their technology and its almost unthinkable to see Japanese robots in a German car assembly line.