Screenshot of Taiger's website.
Taiger CEO Sinuhé Arroyo (right, back) with colleagues at the Citi Hong Kong FinTech Challenge ceremony.
By Billy Teo
For Taiger, the 2016 National Infocomm Awards (NIA) was an important milestone.
The SG:D accredited company clinched the merit award in the Most Innovative Product/Solution category – and has not looked back since. The NIA and the former SiTF Awards have been merged to create the new SG:D TechBlazer Awards, which seeks to recognise the best of the best for local innovative firms.
Taiger touts itself as the 'market leader in knowledge work automation'.
Dr Sinuhé Arroyo, founder of Taiger, says that its AI-powered solutions optimizes operational efficiencies for businesses by automating complex cognitive tasks.
For example, the company's iMatch solution is capable of reading, understanding and interpreting information in the way that we human beings do.
IMpact spoke to him to reminisce about his company’s NIA win and to understand its progress since then.
Q: What was it like to make it to the final shortlist for NIA 2016?
As a leading and fast-growing technology company, we were thrilled to be recognised as a nominee for Singapore’s highest accolade for infocomm innovation then.
The selection rounds were rigorous and intensive, and the entire company was exhilarated about the award potential that it sparked creativity and inspiration amongst us to walk through the journey together.
Of course, I think we made history with our emergence as one of the NIA recipients.
Q: What did the win signify for your company?
I think it signifies the market potential of our innovative solutions in the industry, and the potential of AI in general. I strongly believe that AI-based solutions will let enterprises achieve a new level of operational efficiency in the next years.
This is what Taiger is working on day by day.
A fun snapshot of the Taiger team.
Q: What other notable Awards or achievements has Taiger garnered?
Last year, we clinched The Grand Award in the 2017 Citi Hong Kong FinTech Challenge, with a prize award of HK$300,000 (equivalent to about S$60,000).
As we know, good things come in abundance!
We have also exhibited in numerous prominent exhibitions such as the Singapore FinTech Festival 2017, and also featured in international media such as the Financial Times, Nikkei Asian Review, CNBC, to name just a few.
Lately, we were incredibly honoured to be invited by Monetary Authority of Singapore to showcase our AI solutions in the Public Sector Transformation exhibition at Resorts World Sentosa, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with major tech players like IBM, Microsoft, Lenovo, Tableau and Nvidia.
This was an amazing opportunity for us to cement our commitment and dedication to the government sector in their digital transformation journey with our AI-engineered solutions.
Q: How has it been for your company since the NIA win?
Since the award, Taiger has received significant public coverage from international media like Forbes, and local mainstream media like The Business Times, and The Straits Times.
On the business front, we have been growing more than 100% year on year! We have onboarded many global financial institutions such as a global commercial bank, an international insurer, Singapore government agencies, and have expanded to sectors which were not possible before, such as education, healthcare, shipping and more.
We also secured a S$8 million Series A funding in August 2017, from investors that included Tembusu ICT Fund I and SGInnovate – both of which are serial investors in deep technologies.
To us, their investment cemented the fundamental reasons why we do what we do: To use our solutions to solve the long-standing problems of manual and laborious processing work that have been plaguing organizations for decades.
What do you have to say to companies/start-ups who are wondering if they should taker part in the new TechBlazer Awards?
Everyone should give it a shot!
If your net is cast within your boundaries, you will never get to know how big the world is.
I consider the new SG:D Techblazer Awards to be the highest accolade for infocomm innovation. Such a competition offers much exposure to the technology space, and it also widens your perspective of what your product can potentially offer.
In short, cast your net into the jungle and gain some experience out of the journey!
Find out more about the SG:D TechBlazer Awards here: https://techblazerawards.sg
1. Photos of Taiger team courtesy of Taiger.