Why invest in healthtech

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The global average lifespan has risen steadily since 2000, and in the EU, it’s topped 80 for the first time. With this growth in mind, venture capital investors have been keen to back healthtech startups. Healthtech has ridden an overall VC boom in the past several years. However, while volume and capital invested have both been slowing elsewhere in 2017, healthtech has already broken a record, with nearly $4.5 billion invested so far this year. Babylon Health, which raised $60 million, has recently partnered with the UK’s National Health Service to offer remote doctor consultations via Skype.

The greater value in the sector can be attributed at least in part to the increased activity within bigger round sizes. Over a fourth of VC deals in healthtech so far this year have been above $5 million in value, compared with just over 15% last year. While the US still counts for the majority of healthtech deals, other geographies have been eating away at that near-monopoly. From making up 77% of global deals in 2012, US-based activity has gradually fallen, as activity in Asia and the rest of the world has ticked up.

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How to expand your cybersecurity business

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The cybersecurity industry was worth 122 billion USD in 2016, and expects to reach $202 billion USD by 2021. You might be wondering what’s pushing the market growth for cybersecurity. Cybercrimes cost an estimated $3 trillion. As the global population grows, the number of people be using the Internet, furthering cybersecurity’s importance. Today the spending on products to fight against cybercrime is estimated to be worth more than 1 trillion USD from now until 2021, while cybercrime damages will rise to 6 trillion USD by 2021, up from 3 trillion USD in 2015. In terms of jobs, the global spending on security awareness training for employees will reach 10 billion USD by 2027.

The route to cyber resilience is to firstly sense, secondly resist and thirdly, react to threats. Sensing and anticipating attacks with threat intelligence is the first step on the road. Then resistance comes in the form of internal audits and controls. Lastly, in the worst-case scenario, organizations need a reaction protocol and incident response capabilities for effective damage control. Cyber threats are becoming increasingly sophisticated, so companies are having to collaborate and share information with business peers to survive.

2016 was the Year of Online Extortion, due to the amount of ransomware threats, but expects to increase by 25 percent in 2017. That number will go up as the population will be at least 4.7 billion people using the internet by 2025, with half of them coming online between now and then.

One of the most vulnerable industry is the healthcare industry which is not as resilient to cyber intrusions compared to the financial and retail sectors. We recently helped a major cybersecurity’s player to enter the Singapore market. You want to know more about expanding your cybersecurity business, please contact us. The first hour is free of charge.

Why you should invest in Smart Cities

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Smart cities are the urban landscapes of the future. Powered by the connectivity of the Internet of Things (IoT), smart cities collect data on a variety of factors and employ them to make cities more sustainable. The smart city market is expected to hit 35 billion USD by 2020. Many cities have innovation offices implementing smart city technologies. Business leaders should engage with these that have a vision and understanding of their local needs.

Here are three reasons why business leaders should take advantage of this key moment in smart city development:

  • City rules shape how energy is used and how buildings are designed. As digital infrastructure evolves, the rules that govern it will become only more complex.
  • The people needs ought to shape how a city develops. But frequently, poor communication between the public and private sectors prevents this. Companies that will be affected must start weighing in on policy and planning now.
  • Companies such as Uber, Lyft, Expedia and Airbnb have already started to employ technology to meet local transportation and lodging needs. Retailers, restaurants and other service providers can use real-time data to analyze likely consumer choices and adjust pricing accordingly.

Five years ago, it would have been difficult to imagine Airbnb’s experience market or Amazon’s drone delivery. But with smart cities, the companies that dream the biggest for the future will get the best returns.

Smart cities are best positioned to accommodate growing populations, cut down on traffic, provide energy efficiency improvements, reduce infrastructure expenses, modernize public transportation, and provide everyone a greater standard of living. It’s time for city planners and business leaders to fully embrace technology that is changing our lives for the better, and develop the smart cities of the future.

Why to invest in water industry

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The global bottled water market is characterized by tough competition. Leading companies operating in this market are PepsiCo, Nestle Waters, Coca Cola, Danone, and Mountain Valley Spring Company. Market players are increasingly focused on providing consumers with functional and flavored bottled water and secure their position further. Top companies are also focusing on emerging markets and benefiting by getting promising returns.

According the United Nations, the global bottled water market will be worth US$307 Billion by 2024, expanding at a 7% CAGR from 2016 to 2024. Based on product, the market is anticipated to be led by still bottled water for the rest of the forecast period. The still bottled water segment is estimated to account for 78% of the market by 2024. The growing number of health-conscious consumers worldwide will be a chief driver for the growth of this segment. The increase in the number of consumers suffering from diabetes will also help fuel the demand for still bottled water as compared to other product variants that may contain artificial sweeteners and other such ingredients. By geography, it is predicted that the emerging nations in the Middle East and Africa, Latin America, and Asia Pacific will be most lucrative in the years to come.

Also, the growing number of educated and health conscious people across the globe is increasing and this is creating a huge demand for hygienic food and drinks. The hygiene standard has therefore increased tremendously over the last few decades in developed nations and this trend is fast catching up in developing nations such as China and India. All these factors are expected to encourage the growth of the global bottled water market.

Recently we have helped a mid-market player to enter the South-East Asia market. You are ready to expand your business. Please contact us. The first consulting hour is free.

How the food industry is changing

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Today, there is almost an infinite selection of product, and content at the click of a button. This created a new problem for brands. As more content fights for our attention, product discovery has become an increasingly valuable business. Retailers and brands are partnering to connect with customers in new ways.

Amazon has declared war on brands. It will use algorithm to find a product that matches your preferences for a lower price. It will figure out the best deal and most likely trade you into the highest-margin product for them which will be Amazon toothpaste. But, it is not just about Amazon. Let’s say the fridge could use its connectivity to talk to your phone and let you know that you need eggs, creating an ecosystem. By extending our ecosystem we can have the fridge order the eggs from the grocery store. Amazingly, this is already starting to happen today. Connected kitchen appliances can identify ingredients, cook meals, and recommend personalized nutrition for the family.

Food retail of the future will be delivered through tight collaboration between smart merchants and supply chain teams, enabled by a digital platform strategy that allows you to capture data, experiment, build machine intelligence and create deep and lasting partnerships.

We see five main structural trends starting to transform food over the longer term:

  • Vertical agriculture: Today we are beginning to see signs of viability from indoor agriculture, where sensors, algorithms, data fusion, machine perception, and robotics come together to remove many of the labor and yield constraints of existing outdoor farming methods;
  • Intelligent food grids: Smaller, automated warehouses, operating closer to city centers, with goods fulfilled through small autonomous electric vehicles able to deliver fresh food to smaller merchants;
  • Advanced food manufacturing: Advances in bioscience and material science couples with changes in customer preferences will impact how and where our food is produced;
  • Borderless retailing: The retail store is going borderless, it will appear in many forms, satisfying a diverse set of needs. Backed by a globally efficient supply chain and predictive inventory management;
  • Augmented humanity: The biggest differentiators moving forward will involve making strategic bets with either human capital in developing your technology capability, or financial capital in bringing an efficient food experience to each of the communities you serve.

The food industry is evolving at such a rapid rate, and retailers, distributors, and producers need to rethink their business models and focus on innovation to succeed in this evolving market. We are passionate about partnering with ambitious leaders who are up for the challenge. Is that you? We’d love to hear from you.