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Syamil Faisal

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China's EV startup Byton raises huge investment from Japan's conglomerate Marubeni

Marubeni seeks to utilise Byton's battery technology to store renewable energy.

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Indian startups raised a huge $14.5 billion in 1,185 funding round this year (2019)

The country sees 25x growth of startups funding over the decade.

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China's Energy Monster secures $71.5 million — looks to expand its operation

The battery-sharing firm leveraged China's massive market of 305 million power bank rental users in 2019.

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India's Peoplestrong acquires SaaS platform Qilo — strengthening its HR offerings

Peoplestrong sets to leverage Qilo's workforce performance management solutions.

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Lightspeed and Sequoia bag $400-500 million profit from selling OYO shares

OYO's founder Agarwal aims to increase his stake in the company

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Vietnam sets a winning fintech growth model for Southeast Asia

Its government plays a huge role in the country's fintech hub emergence.

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India's HungerBox closes $12 million in Series C funding round — sets to expand its market reach

The food tech startup serves big companies instead of consumer food delivery.

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Vietnam’s wealthiest man to sell cars to the US — putting his own $2 billion cash on the line

He aims to export electric vehicles to the US by 2021 with the six-month-old auto startup; Vinfast.

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Sequoia set to invest $2.4 billion into startup growth in China — despite the ongoing US - China tech war

Today more venture firms are moving towards India and Southeast Asia instead of China.

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India is boosting its electric vehicles (EV) industry to convert 200 million vehicles electric by 2026

It’s high time for EV startups and investors to look to India as the government is providing full-on support.

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Starbucks sees slow growth in China despite opening a new cafe every 15 hours

Its sales struggle to keep up with its rapid expansion in China.

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MVLLABS secured $5 million in Series A funding round — looks to grow its mobility ecosystem

Its ride-hailing service TADA is the first blockchain-based in the world.

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#AsiaRocks Conference connects ecosystem builders across Asia — providing market expansion opportunities for startups

Taiwan Startup Stadium (TSS) held the one-day event to integrate Asia’s startups with APAC resources.

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Singapore-based digital payments company 2C2P raises $52 million.

2C2P looks to strengthen its position in SouthEast Asia.

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Singapore’s BCB Blockchain to fund $300,000 for startups in Philippine

The blockchain firm partners with Philippine’s government to boost the country’s startup ecosystem.

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Singapore’s AI-powered firm raised $9 million from its Series A round

It will use the fund to develop and improve its data technology on human insights.

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Malaysia’s NEXEA invests $60,160 into five local early-stage startups

NEXEA chose the top five startups from NEXEA Startup Accelerator and Startup-Corporate Pilot programs.

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Indonesia to host the wold’s largest electronics trade fair in December 2019

Hong Kong’s Global Sources Electronic will host the event in Jakarta.

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These are the highlights of product segment to experience at the Global Sources Consumer Electronic Hong Kong 2020

The event sets to be the largest electronic sourcing show in the world exhibiting over 7,800 booths

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MaGIC holds the E-Nation Symposium with a successful launch — gathering the entrepreneurship community in Malaysia

The event’s highlights feature inspiring keynote sessions, MoU signing, and E-Nation fest.

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Asia Innovative Agency holds first ever Next-Generation Business Summit in Penang.

Innovatif+ brought together world-class business leaders, next-generation entrepreneurs, investors, and more.

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Revolut is now officially serving Singapore with its borderless banking solutions

Singapore residents can make seamless oversea transactions with Revolut services.

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EV startup, Faraday aims to raise $850 million — despite founder’s business mishap in China

Faraday wants to achieve its funding goal by the first quarter of 2020 as a step closer to IPO

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Singapore’s PropertyGuru cancelled $242 million IPO — a response to market uncertainty

The board’s decided that the wavering IPO market does not worth the new funds.

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Malaysia will have its first Islamic Robo-Advisor — revolutionising Malaysia’s halal fin-tech

Wahed Invest passed regulation to bring in halal robo-advisory platform into Malaysia.

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Philippines Startup Sprout Solutions raises $6 million in a Series A round

Investors from the US and SouthEast Asia led Sprout’s Series A round.

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Insignia Ventures closes second VC fund of $200 million.

It is the largest maiden vehicle by a Southeast Asian venture capital firm.

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Singapore-based Shopmatic acquires SaaS firm CombineSell

The Singapore’s ecommerce company, Shopmatic sets to streamline its online offering from its CombineSell acquisition.

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Indonesian insurtech startup, Fuse, raised $2 million from its series A round

Fuse closed $10 million funding in total through the first 3 quarters of 2019.

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Malaysia’s 2020 budget includes boosting 5G ecosystem

Malaysia sets its direction towards digital economy.

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India's unicorn, Oyo, reminds us of WeWork’s recent blunder

The high growth, high valuation company is expanding worldwide with big investments.

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Thailand will host the first Ganja Festival in the world on January 2020

The festival will promote Thailand as the leading Marijuana strains developer.

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FashionValet’s Vivy Yusof and LinkedIn’s Olivier Legrand will speak at MaGIC E-Nation

Over 40 big name speakers will share their entrepreneurial insights at the event.

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Get inspired with the speakers at the Innovatif+ Summit in Penang

World-class speakers sharing innovative solutions and methods.

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Hmlet to expand its co-living operation in Singapore to Japan

MEC will oversee Hmlet’s properties sourcing in Japan.

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99.co acquires iProperty.sg and Rumah123 portals to boost growth in SouthEast Asia

The acquisition will catapult 99.co to its target on market leadership.

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HSBC to cut 10,000 jobs — the banking industry is facing deep job cut wave

Global economic turmoil frustrates HSBC and other big banks.

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Global Sources is organising the world’s largest electronic source trade show this October

The Fall 2019 show series will exhibit electronic, lifestyle, and fashion for businesses and consumers.

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Laos ride-hailing app Loca to be featured at the Mekong Innovation conference in Thailand

LOCA was selected to present its final pitch at Mekong Innovative Startups in Tourism (MIST).

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Demands for luxury cars rise in China, despite overall declining car sales

10 premium brands such as Mercedes Benz, Volvo, and BMW see sales spike in China this year.

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Accel to raise $700 million for its 6th fund in India

Accel is cutting big cheques to focus more on the well-performing portfolio.

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Mohd Atasha from Foxymojo is helping businesses enter the Malaysian market.

Providing valuable insights from years of experience serving in the government and private sector.

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ScaleUp Malaysia will fund RM 200,000 into 10 chosen companies

The accelerator programme is open to companies past the ideation stage.

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Mobile protective case market in the Asia Pacific market will rise by 55% in the next 6 years

Persistence Market Research report forecasted revenue of 17,680.9 Mn by the end of 2026 in Asia Pacific’s mobile protective case market.

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Indonesia’s Capital Relocation will Boost Tourism in Sarawak

Inclusion of more direct international flight to Sarawak will bring in more tourists

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Traveloka launches credit card — targeting users with slow internet

Traveloka expecting to produce 50 million units of PayLater card by 2025

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Vietnam Shakes Hand with the EU

Vietnam’s Secretary of the Communist Party supports Europe-Asia connectivity for prosperity.

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Forever 21 files for Bankruptcy; to close all stores in Asia.

Online technology disruption is affecting the offline retail space.

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