#Asia Swingvy comes out on top at Arena battle


TIA SG 2017 Arena winner

Swingvy beat six other startups to win TIA Singapore 2017’s Arena. Photo credit: Tech in Asia.

It’s tough, but in every battle there must be a winner. The Tech in Asia Singapore Arena is no exception and, sure enough, Swingvy beat six other startups to rise to the top and claim the prize – a fully paid participation at the Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Summit 2017 in Tokyo this July, including flight, accommodation, and booth.

Cognalearn came in second, while Kobe finished third.

These were the startup finalists that put up a brave fight:


Kobe is an advertising platform that matches advertisers with influencers. It claims to use algorithms to improve matching and make sure the right advertising message is broadcasted through the right channel. This way, advertisers can boost their signal and target specific audiences they want to reach. The team has a patent pending for its AI-powered system.

Rootee Health

Rootee Health claims to prevent diabetic blindness in your eye’s retina by detecting symptoms at an earlier stage than other medical methods. It does this with a contraption that’s part glasses part VR visor. The device, called ELI, takes multiple pictures of your retinas without straining your eyes and processes them through an AI-powered software platform.


AiChat describes its model as “chatbots-as-a-service.” The startup builds software that allows businesses to create their own chatbot for Facebook Messenger. Applications include customer service, content delivery, and even ecommerce. AiChat can integrate its bots with a business’s inventory management system or payment gateways, continually training bots with customer interactions using natural language processing tech, and offers data and analytics services.


Swingvy is an online human resources tool. It helps small businesses automate functions like hiring, payroll, benefits, leave, and more. It promises to do away with complex paperwork and spreadsheet fatigue through a clean, easy-to-use dashboard. The startup has inked a partnership with telco Telekom Malaysia, which it says will give it access to 500,000 businesses in the country.

Octagon Studio

Octagon Studio creates interactive educational content using augmented and virtual reality. Its objective is to make interactive learning more fun and engaging while keeping the tools affordable. The startup develops enterprise and consumer applications, including educational AR cards, 3D animation and games, and smartphone-powered VR.


Cognalearn licenses technologies developed at Duke-NUS Medical School to help improve learning – with cognitive science. Its InteDashboard software is an interactive learning platform with a multitude of features aimed at both students and educators. The company calls this “learning 3.0,” the previous two versions being traditional lecture-based learning and non-interactive online lectures.


Regit helps you manage your personal contact information through its website. The service promises to keep your contact details – phone number, address, and more – updated and make them easy to share with your personal or professional contacts. The startup claims to keep your data safe and encrypted, giving you the ability to share only the information you want. It’s free to use for people and there is a business offering on a subscription basis.

This is part of the coverage of TIA Singapore 2017, our conference taking place on May 17 and 18.

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