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Indonesia e-commerce unicorn Bukalapak plans to go public in July; Bukalapak said it intends to offer “up to 25% of enlarged capital” but did not reveal details; Reuters had previously reported that the company was aiming to raise around US$800M, with a valuation of between US$4B and US$5B, citing sources.
With US$356M in funding so far this year, Indonesia’s wealthtech startups bask in the spotlight; Indonesia has doubled the total number of investors in its capital market since the pandemic began in Jan 2020; However, this is just a beginning; With 5.4M registered investors, its capital market penetration stands at a mere 2%.
Kredivo scores US$100M more in debt funding from Victory Park Capital Advisors; The capital will be used to fund consumer loans for Kredivo’s borrowers in Indonesia; Last November, Kredivo raised US$100M from the US-based firm.
Goldbell Investments in talks to launch US$60M Asia-focused venture fund by next year; Titled Cube3 Ventures, the fund plans to invest mainly in startups operating in smart mobility, automotive, logistics sectors; It plans to pump in capital in the range of US$500K to US$2M in pre-seed to Series A.
Vertex Growth secures US$15M from Korea Venture Investment’s Foreign VC Investment Fund initiative; It will invest in Korea’s home-grown startups, as well as foreign businesses owned by Korean founders with disruptive and scalable products; According to its latest report, Vertex has identified Japan and Korea as key markets that are set to gain global prominence.
Society Pass acquires Leflair to relaunch it in Q3; Leflair was a fashion e-commerce startup, which was closed down last year due to a capital crunch and operational issues despite raising nearly US$12M; When Leflair filed for bankruptcy last year, it was confronted with suppliers who said that the startup still owned them a large sum in unpaid goods.
Circulate Capital hits US$14M first close of new climate-tech fund; Circulate Capital Disrupt will invest in deep technology solutions to combat plastic waste and advance the circular economy; Earlier, Circulate Capital launched a US$106M Ocean Fund.
Justika nets seed funding from East Ventures (lead), Skystar Capital; The platform connects people who need legal services to lawyers and other supporting services, such as company formation agents and translators; It focuses on three legal areas: family law, laws involving SMEs, and property law.
GrowSari raises Series B to help 30K small convenience stores in PH increase their earnings; Investors include Robinsons Retail Holdings, JG Digital Equity Ventures, Tencent, and Wavemaker Partners; GrowSari aims to empower and transform 1M sari-sari stores by providing them with affordable products, e-business and financial assistance.
Gorilla Mobile’s blockchain-powered offerings are giving rival telcos a run for their money; By converting the unused roaming data into digital tokens, users can reuse them to purchase another data plan in a different city or country; The startup has already raised US$3M in seed capital and targets to close a US$5M Series A shortly.
How Doctor Anywhere stepped up to the COVID-19 challenge; During Circuit Breaker, most residents were uncomfortable with visiting the clinic, even if they were feeling unwell; This was an opportunity to demonstrate how Doctor Anywhere’s services complemented Singapore’s existing healthcare infrastructure.
Global early-stage VC Antler enters Vietnam; The Vietnam operations will be led by Erik Jonsson, former MD of Lazada; Antler plans to kick off the country’s programme later this year and invest in companies through its SEA fund.
Ex-Honestbee, Foodpanda exec’s new cloud kitchen startup banks 3 Square US$1.2M seed funding; Investors are Taiwanese local department store chain Hanshin and foodtech VC firm Foodland Ventures; 3 Square looks to help F&B operators by providing local businesses with cloud kitchen solutions, including digital food hall networks.
Singapore to increase spending on ICT to US$2.8B; The projected spending will go towards transforming the government’s digital services and digital infrastructure; SMEs will also get more opportunities; They will be able to participate in nearly 83% of these procurement contracts.
APAC businesses worry about slow economic growth, increased competition and employee safety, says study; With remote working likely to stay for now, 78% of those surveyed expected their company to increase reliance on it to meet business goals; Over the next 6 months, the top 3 technologies executives see their companies harnessing are AI and ML (52%), cloud computing (49%), and 5G (38%).
5 hottest healthtech startups in Singapore; They are Doctor Anywhere, Holmusk, EndoMaster, Doc Doc, and Docquity; The COVID-19 pandemic increased the adoption of healthtech in Singapore with limited access to doctors amidst lockdowns and movement restrictions; Experts believe that healthtech will become more relevant during the post-pandemic era because of its transformation to healthcare delivery.
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