Marvelstone Group to kickstart Artificial Intelligence hub in Singapore

Marvelstone Group, the private investment firm behind Singapore-based fintech hub LATTICE80, plans to launch the world’s largest artificial intelligence (AI) hub in Singapore’s central business district (CBD) in 2018. Aligned with the government’s Smart Nation vision, the goal is to serve the existing need in the market and at the same time position Singapore as a global leader in AI technologies, expected to be a key growth engine of the future economy. The AI hub will be followed by sister hubs in Japan, Scotland, and Canada.
Many ideas in the field of AI in Singapore are still research focused and need an incubator such as Marvelstone Group to be able to bridge the gap to commercialise them for future deployment by government and corporates. Beyond incubating 100 AI startups per year, the business model of the planned hub includes intellectual property (IP) generation, educating 1,000 people per year, investments to grow the ideas, and events to involve the community.
Joel KO Hyun Sik, President of Marvelstone Group, said: “There is a clear need for a big playground for startups, entrepreneurs, and even corporates in the field of AI. Considering the high interest and demand for AI globally, there are still relatively few places to test these new technologies. Our goal will be to build 100 AI startups per year and attract global AI talent to come to Singapore to incubate their own applications and collaborate with our local teams. We’re extremely excited about this vision and believe AI will represent an unparalleled theatre of growth of the future.”
MNCs and institutions that partner with the AI hub will benefit from access to innovative AI startups, in turn creating demand for the projects. Startups will be able to commercialise their products in a more systematic and organised manner, and easily ‘plug and play’ into the corporate segment. The AI hub will co-build products alongside startups and help them to commercialise products and identify market fit.
Marvelstone Group is the independent, neutral market player best positioned to bring this project to life by leveraging its experience launching and running LATTICE80. The more-than 30,000sqft space was opened in November 2016 with the objective of accelerating the growth of the fintech ecosystem and attracting opportunities from overseas to showcase Singapore as a fintech success story. More than 30 governments, 50 corporates, and 100 investors have visited LATTICE80, which is referenced not just in Singapore but as a global blueprint and standard.
Headquartered in Singapore, Marvelstone is a private investment group that develops specialized investment strategies and invests in high-potential businesses. With finance at its core, Marvelstone also has diversified investments in technology, real estate, hospitality, trading, and media. The group believes in the growth of Asia and seeks to focus on emerging markets in the region.