Ash heads Hong Kong business incubator ops in Singapore

| Singapore | 20 Nov 2015 | Asia Samachar |
Ash Singh to head Singapore operations of business incubator Nest.
Ash Singh to head Singapore operations of business incubator Nest.

Entrepreneur Ash Singh will head the Singapore operations of business incubator Nest.

The Hong Kong-based company this week announced its expansion to Singapore with a health care start-up accelerator in partnership with AIA and Konica Minolta.

Nest, which is already present at Hong Kong, Nairobi, London and Paris, works with some big names in business to run a series of mentor-driven accelerator programmes.

Designed to support the needs of high potential and fast growth startups, the company saiid its intensive 12-week programmes include a mix of resources that enables entrepreneurs build and scale their business rapidly, according to the company on its website.

Ash was behind the The Angel’s Gate, badged as Asia’s first 360 TV platform for entrepreneurs aired prime-time on Singapore’s MediaCorp’s Channel NewsAsia and YouTube.

He had also been conducting entrepreneur bootcamps for Sikh Youth Australia (SYA). A similar programme for Malaysia is in the pipeline.

On the latest venture, the AIA-Konica Minolta acclerator will take on up to 10 companies for a 12-week programme focused on digital health products to be run by Nest.

“We have already been working very closely with brands like AIA in Hong Kong and the natural progression is to continue the success of the formula that we’ve got in Singapore,” Nest founder/CEO Simon Squibb was quoted in South China Morning Post (18 Nov 2015).

Nest partnered with AIA on a similar health care technology start-up accelerator programme in Hong Kong in March and has now welcomed a second batch of companies, the report adds.

In January, Nest announced it was partnering with Level39, a technology accelerator based in London’s Canary Wharf, to assist the global ambitions of Hong Kong and British financial technology companies.

Ash will bring much of what he teaches in his start-up boot camp class at business school Insead to Nest’s programmes in Singapore.

“Our focus here in Singapore is going to be on the corporate accelerator market. We have another flagship accelerator that will be launching within the next couple of months,” Ash was quoted in the same report.

To date, Nest has invested in 53 start-ups and assisted more than 200 companies through accelerator programmes, the report adds.


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