Mistletoe Founder Taizo Son

Singapore-based business group Golden Equator today announced the appointment of serial entrepreneur Taizo Son as a special advisor.

The appointment is part of a partnership between the group and Mistletoe, a “collective impact collective” and accelerator-incubator that Son founded.

The partnership aims to collaborate with individuals and businesses to build a tech- and innovation-centered “dynamic” ecosystem that create positive social impact on global level. It also aims to accelerate the growth of businesses looking to expand into Asia with Singapore as their base.

It seeks to promote innovation and ease of doing business, education and learning, and impactful investments, as well as bringing the “right” connections from both business and government to help the ecosystem.

There are six sectors that the partnership will focus on:

  • Healthcare
    Redefining ways one approaches healthcare, wellness and health management in urbanised living
  • Education
    Redesigning education for the future generations with a focus on self-directed and innovative learning environment
  • Financial
    Reinventing banking and insurance for families
  • Food
    Refreshing the way we understand food and the technologies
  • Housing
    Reinvigorating form of housing and elderly care
  • Fashion
    Advancing clothing, fashion accessories and wearables that are more impactful to health

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“We are thrilled to have such a prominent figure like Taizo Son and his Mistletoe team in the family. Knowing Taizo and his selective, discerning style, being his first partner in Southeast Asia bears testament to the strength and uniqueness of our proposition. With Taizo’s extensive experience in technology as well as strong global connections and perspectives, I am confident that together we can sharpen our focus on building a facilitative and curated ecosystem that will help individuals and businesses succeed,” said CEO and Founder of Golden Equator Shirley Crystal Chua in a press statement.

In September, Golden Equator launched a healthtech-focussed incubator in a joint venture with South Korean regulatory and clinical research provider C&R Healthcare Global (C&R), with the goal to help South Korean healthtech startups expand to Singapore and other Southeast Asian markets.

It is planning to launch curated business and technology club SPECTRUM in mid-January.

Son’s Mistletoe has been making several investments in the region; it has led a US$3.5 million funding for Hatcher+, a Singapore-based data-driven venture investment platform.

In a separate occasion, he had explained Mistletoe’s mission as ” to revolutionise the startup ecosystem, and make fundraising more transparent, and available to entrepreneurs.”

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