Schneider Electric earmarks S$16 million to build Singapore-based global firms

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Schneider Electric signed a memorandum of understanding with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) to create a new Venture Building Programme focused on creating new business ventures, and ultimately innovation and businesses in Singapore.

The company will commit at least S$16 million over the next four years to incubate and develop Singapore-based companies which have strong global potential and ability to scale. It will also bring its expertise in energy management, industrial automation and digital transformation to help these companies go global.

In addition, Schneider Electric will provide market access and its deep understanding of the global supply chain to take these companies to the next level.

“Singapore is a hub for innovation and we look forward to working with talented entrepreneurs to build new technology and business models,” said Emmanuel Lagarrigue, Schneider Electric’s CIO.

The Venture Building Programme will target new ventures for solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems, including how to fight climate change and transition the globe to renewable energy.

New technology such as IoT, 5G, AI and robotics mean new opportunities to address growing markets such as distributed energy resources (DER), energy-as-a-service, electromobility, energy storage, and efficient heating, ventilation and cooling (HVAC).

This investment in Singapore is part of Schneider Electric’s global innovation program which includes incubations, investments and partnerships, and aligns with the company’s goal to combine external innovation with internal resources and people to rapidly transform how the world uses and generates energy.