SG Digest: Jim Rogers joins Life3 Biotech’s board; Aleta Planet and Fooyo establish JV

SG’s HashMix raises $3m for cryptomining marketplace and other SE Asia deals

Vietnamese blockchain-based game developer Sky Mavis raises $7.5m Series A

SEA Digest: Alice Labs raises $500k seed round; Sri Trang Gloves Thailand lists on SGX

Photo: Pixabay Singapore-incorporated Alice Labs has raised $500k in a seed funding round, while Sri Trang Gloves Thailand has made a secondary listing on the Singapore Exchange (SGX). Alice Labs raises $500k seed funding Alice Labs, a developer of smart…

PH’s first neobank Tonik raises $17m in pre-Series B funding

Manila, Philippines. Photo: David Milmont/unsplash Tonik, the recently launched first neobank in the Philippines, announced raising $17 million in pre-Series B funding led by Singapore venture capital firm iGlobe Partners. The funding round was also backed by existing investors Sequoia…

Sequoia Capital looks to play a fair game as it doubles down on seed-stage investing

Photo: DEALSTREETASIA Sequoia Capital, the venture firm renowned globally for backing generations of unicorns from their early stages, is now looking to play more actively at the seed stage as well.

SE Asian digital entertainment firm POPS seeks to raise $50m in Series D round

Singapore-headquartered digital entertainment company POPS WORLDWIDE on Thursday said it is targeting to raise $50 million in a Series D funding round in 2021 to drive its growth strategy. POPS raised a $30-million funding round in 2019 led by Mirae…

SEA Digest: SG’s W Capital Markets raises funds; Gojek Vietnam launches digital inclusion project

Photo: Pixabay Singapore-based W Capital Markets Pte Ltd, a corporate finance firm, has completed its Series A fundraising round from Thakral Corporation, while Gojek Vietnam has launched a project to empower micro-entrepreneurs in the digital economy. SG’s W Capital Markets…

SG e-commerce aggregator Una Brands raises $40m in 500 Startups-backed seed round

Una Brands Co-Founders (left-to-right) : Tobias Heusch, Kiren Tanna, and Kushal Patel. Una Brands, a Singapore-based startup co-founded by Kiren Tanna, the founder of Foodpanda and ZEN Rooms, announced raising $40 million in a seed round backed by global investors…

Temasek-backed Big Idea Ventures closes $50m, debut alternative protein fund

Big Idea Ventures portfolio company Hooked offers plant-based tuna and fish. Photo: Hooked website Temasek-backed Big Idea Ventures has hit the $50 million final close of its debut alternative protein fund. The food tech investor closed the New Protein Fund…

Indonesian robo-advisor Bibit.id raises $65m round led by Sequoia India

Indonesian robo-advisor app Bibit.id has raised $65 million in a fresh funding round led by Sequoia Capital India, DealStreetAsia has learnt.

With an eye on global prize, SG data intelligence firm Near inches closer to unicorn status

Near founder and CEO Anil Mathews Fresh off the acquisition of US-based location data company UM, data intelligence startup Near is in talks to raise fresh capital to bankroll its global ambitions and propel it into the unicorn club.

IFC proposes $25m investment in Jungle Ventures’s fourth fund

The Jungle Ventures team International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, is considering a $25-million investment in the fourth Southeast Asia fund of Singapore-based venture capital firm Jungle Ventures, according to a disclosure.

SG mortgage brokering platform Mortgage Master raises $700K and other SE Asia deals

ResearchPremium Mortgage Master, a Singapore-based mortgage brokering platform, announced raising S$928,000 ($700,000) in a pre-Series A funding round led by private angel investor Woon Young Jeong. Continue reading this report with a DSA Research and Analytics subscription. Subscribe Already a…

India’s Urban Company gets unicorn tag after raising $190m: Report

Visual from UrbanClap website India’s home services startup Urban Company has become a unicorn after raising $190 million in a Series F funding round led by venture capital firm Prosus Ventures (formerly Naspers Ventures), according to an Entrackr report. Prosus…

Vietnam’s POC Pharma raises $4.5m seed round to expand to new markets

Visual from POC Pharma‘s website. Vietnam and Hong Kong-based pharma industry-focused SaaS firm POC Pharma has closed a $4.5-million seed funding round, marking one of the biggest rounds at that stage in the country. Germany-based Picus Capital, US-based FJ Labs…

Chinese semiconductor startup raises $100m in Pre-A round

SHANGHAI — Shanghai-based semiconductor company Innostar has raised nearly $100 million in a Pre-A financing round led by returning backer Shanghai Lianhe Investment. New Alliance, a 10 billion yuan ($1.5 billion) fund that targets technology, media, telecom and health care,…

Dutch bank to invest $50m in Bangladesh microfinance lender

HANOI — Dutch development bank FMO has approved a $50 million investment in Bangladesh-based microfinance lender BRAC. BRAC has a microfinance loan portfolio of $3.2 billion and serves more than 7.4 million customers in more than 69,000 villages, according to…

Indonesia B2B commerce startup set to scoop double-digit funding

JAKARTA — Indonesian B2B commerce company Sinbad is set to close a funding round of about $15 million to $20 million as it seeks to bolster its position in the competitive supply chain business, DealStreetAsia has learned. Founded in 2018,…

Indonesia's Halodoc closes drug delivery unit as COVID bites

JAKARTA — Halodoc, an Indonesian health-tech platform, was forced to shut down one of its business units that had been hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, a top company executive told DealStreetAsia. The unit, Halodoc Goes to Hospital (HG2H), was in…

Indonesian peer-to-peer lender ALAMI buys Sharia bank

JAKARTA — The Sharia-compliant peer-to-peer (P2P) lender ALAMI Technologies has acquired a Sharia rural bank, BPRS Cempaka Al-Amin, in Indonesia, three people familiar with the matter told DealStreetAsia. The sources said the total transaction value was less than $10 million.…

Malaysia Debt Ventures and Kenanga set up $73m fintech fund

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysia Debt Ventures (MDV), a state-owned financier of technology and green startups in the country, and Kenanga Investment Bank on last Wednesday announced the creation of a fintech fund, with a target size of 300 million ringgit…

Malaysia PE firm targets $600m in first close of fifth fund

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian private equity firm Creador, which launched its fifth fund last month, expects it to secure $600 million in its first close, said founder and CEO Brahmal Vasudevan. “[We expect] the first close in July. There is…

Philippine livestreaming app Kumu to raise $15m

CEBU, Philippines — Philippine livestreaming app Kumu is said to be finalizing a $15 million Series B funding round led by return investor Openspace Ventures, multiple sources have told DealStreetAsia. The sources said a “blue chip” strategic investor is also…

Are Japanese startups ready for the big leagues? | Q&A with Ayumi Ode, director of Japan at 500 Startups

Japan’s ecosystem is evolving. However, the government, investors, and corporates are ‘still looking at how to better involve themselves,’ says Ode.

Grab steers into New York for world’s largest SPAC merger

The SEC is scrutinizing SPACs, but Grab is about to get its show on the road.

KKR raises USD 15 billion for largest Asia fund

US private equity group to target consumer businesses and carve-outs.

Non-metro unicorns are coming to Indonesia, Alpha JWC says

Two to three billion-dollar startups will emerge in the next five years on the back of growth in Indonesia’s tier-2 and tier-3 cities.

Singapore’s Accelerating Asia announces fourth cohort ahead of widened regional reach

The 11 new companies cover a range of industries, helping Accelerating Asia grow in the region through partnerships with governments and investors.

The domestic brand that surpassed P&G and Unilever | Morning Briefing Ep 5

Our case study in episode 5 looks at how a domestic brand grew with evolving consumer trends and rose to the top. Will it stay at no.1 and keep P&G and Unilever at bay?

Zhang Yiming’s 5 principles in life | China Venture Roundup Volume 30

China Venture Roundup Volume 30 covers China’s investment activity from March 29 – April 2, 2021.