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Hewlett Packard Enterprise opens new regional HQ in Singapore, also announces program to accelerate local startups

By Kenny Yeo - on 8 May 2017, 3:34pm

Hewlett Packard Enterprise opens new regional HQ in Singapore, also announces program to accelerate local startups

HPE CEO Meg Whitman and EDB Chairman Dr Beh were both present to officiate the opening of HPE's new Asia Pacific and Japan HQ building in Depot Close.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE) new Asia Pacific and Japan headquarter building was officially opened this morning by HPE CEO Meg Whitman and EDB Chairman Dr. Beh. 

The new sprawling campus will serve as a regional HQ for HPE and will house sales, operations, R&D, marketing, supply chain and logistics, and even manufacturing facilities.

Along with the opening of the new headquarters, HPE also announced a new program called InnovateNext, which is an incubator that is in collaboration with EDB that aims to partner with local tech startups to ideate, co-innovate, and commercialize new technologies.

The InnovateNext program will take place over the next three years and will see HPE investing up to US$16 million. 

The lounge area of HP's new Innovation Center.

As part of this program, HPE and EDB will select 12 startups with the ultimate goal of being able to develop a solution that will be market viable around the world.

Startups will be identified through local university partnerships, industry engagement, and through venture capital engagement.

To be clear, HPE will not provide funding for these startups. But under this program, the selected startups will gain access to HPE's vast resources including access to HPE technologies as well as engineering and consulting expertise.

HPE will stand to gain from the startups' ingenuity and solutions, which can be adapted to suit their HPE's own customers.

HPE's CEO Meg Whitman said, "With our new InnovateNext program, HPE will now be able to provide our best-in-class technology and global partner ecosystem to promising technology startups in Singapore to help them turn ideas into commercially viable enterprise technologies solutions they can offer to prospective customers."

Mike Holt, co-founder of gridComm, demonstrating how its software can help save electricity and make lights work more efficiently.

The InnovateNext program already has one local startup under its wing and that's gridComm, a local startup that focuses on creating smart lighting systems that leverage on real-time data to help its users save electricity and money.

In response, Dr Beh, Chairman of the EDB said, "We are pleased to support Hewlett Packard Enterprise in establishing its InnovateNext program in Singapore. It will benefit from and add to the growing vibrancy of our city’s startup eco-system."

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