= South & Southeast asia =
= Oceania =
November 2017
3rd quarter 2017

The links below lead to news pages specific to the tech startup scene in a particular country in the broad regions we focus on:


  • A look at Spinify, gamifying sales, KPIs, real estate and more
  • A look at Western Sydney’s startup aspirations
  • Australian Computer Society launches accelerator and innovation spaces…

Australia’s startup news: Monthly >
Australia’s startup news: Quarterly >


  • Smart Axiata telco announces first 3 investees of digital innovation fund, each receiving from $25K to $500K
  • Startup&Angels event to bring together ecosystem players in Phnom Penh
  • Mekong Agritech Challenge’s MATCh Startup Accelerator 2018 applications to open soon…

Cambodia’s startup news, monthly >
Cambodia’s startup news, quarterly >


  • Maoyan ticketing platform lands $150M from Alibaba rival Tencent for verticals growth
  • $150M China Venture Fund reportedly backed 9 startups in big data, AI, IoT
  • Singapore’s Genaro Network partners Storj Labs on blockchain data storage…

China’s startup news, monthly >
China’s startup news, quarterly >

Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong eyed as growth entry for China’s BingoBox staff-less convenience stores
  • Hong Kong’s Oya Labs develops device to monitor baby’s learning and offer parents guidance
  • Grana fashion e-commerce startup lands venture debt, in part for AI build…

Hong Kong’s start-up news, monthly >
Hong Kong’s start-up news, quarterly >


  • i2e1 wi-fi analytics firm aimed at offline businesses raises $3M
  • India has highest number of proptech deals in APAC, but China’s proptechs take most in funding
  • Anthill Ventures raising $25M with the aim of scaling startups to Series A inside 12 months…

India’s tech startup news, monthly >
India’s tech startup news, quarterly >


  • A look at how Indonesia uses crowdlending to boost financial inclusion
  • Evoware wages war on plastic with seaweed packaging you can eat
  • A look at Indonesia’s fast-changing e-commerce landscape…

Indonesia’s startup news, monthly >
Indonesia’s startup news, quarterly >


  • Kawasaki city to predict tsunamis and impact using AI
  • Japan launches its 1st quantum computer prototype
  • Kyushu to gain from IoT solutions for agriculture and aquaculture…

Japan’s startup and funding news, monthly >
Japan’s startup and funding news, quarterly >

South Korea

  • Startup Festival 2017 set for November 30 to December 3
  • Startup Festival 2017 – ‘Growth by Innovation with Startup Ecosystems’ – November 30th for 3 days
  • A look at 7 South Korean startups set to pitch at K-Global @ Silicon Valley 2017…

South Korea’s startup news, monthly >
South Korea’s startup news, quarterly >


  • WeChat Pay set for Malaysia launch in 2018
  • MIMOS unveils controller for smart buildings to harness industrial IoT
  • Central bank to regulate converting crypto to cash to prevent terror financing…

Malaysia’s startup news, monthly >
Malaysia’s startup news, quarterly >


  • Oway ride-hail and travel booking startup to expand to 3-wheel taxis
  • Mekong Angels – Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam investment insights…

Myanmar’s tech and startup news, monthly >
Myanmar’s tech and startup news, quarterly >

New Zealand

  • Dotterel Technologies raises AU$500K for drone tech
  • Air NZ partners Swiss travel platform to explore blockchain
  • Cove Insurance aims to introduce first product fully managed by chatbot…

New Zealand’s startup news, monthly >
New Zealand’s startup news, quarterly >


  • Salarium payment solutions provider aims for $50M via ICO
  • 3 Philippine startups awarded at Southern Taiwan Science Park Innovation Festival
  • Philippines Dept of Science & Tech partners with Revolution Precrafted startup…

Startup news from the Philippines, monthly >
Startup news from the Philippines, quarterly >


  • Travl P2P booking platform takes commission approach to online travel reviews
  • More than 20 banks and insurers now run fintech innovation labs
  • A look at UOB’s steps into providing alternative funds for fintech startups…

Singapore’s startup news, monthly >
Singapore’s startup news, quarterly >

Sri Lanka

  • A quick look at Sixer Video’s recruitment solution
  • A deep dive into Sri Lanka’s startup ecosystem
  • A brief look at the recent Startup Weekend Jaffna event…

Sri Lanka’s tech startup news, monthly >
Sri Lanka’s tech startup news, quarterly >


  • A look at corporate innovation accelerators in Taiwan’s startup scene
  • A SlideShare introduction to Taiwan Startup Stadium
  • A look at the 3 winning startups from ANCHORUP x AIRmaker pitching competition…

Taiwan’s startup news, monthly >
Taiwan’s startup news, quarterly >


  • Thailand’s aCommerce e-commerce enabler raises $65M for further SE Asia growth
  • Blockchain World Conference set for December 4th in Bangkok
  • Thailand government to provide welfare recipients with SIM cards, providing free internet access…

Thailand’s tech startup news, monthly >
Thailand’s tech startup news, quarterly >


  • MoMo fintech signed for Ubers first SE Asian e-wallet deal
  • Ho Chi Minh City unveils Smart City plans for 2017-2020
  • Applications open for Fintech Challenge Vietnam, focusing on blockchain, KYC, e-payments…

Vietnam’s tech news, monthly >
Vietnam’s tech news, quarterly >

The quieter countries and ‘volume’

Do note that some countries have very low levels of startup news reporting in English (Pakistan, for instance).

So, for those countries that have very ‘thin’ listings, bear in mind that it may be that there is simply an absence of *English-language* news reporting on the startup space in that country; or it may be an early-stage ecosystem with fluctuating levels of tech, startup, venture capital and overall innovation funding activity.

Whilst having tech and startup scenes, some Southeast Asian countries are at very early stages as far as international visibility goes.  Add to this our current English-language news focus and this lack of visibility is compounded.

Rather than assign a full page to each and our readers finding only a very small amount of – if any – isolated, country-specific information, the quieter countries’ hashtags are simply linked below:

Bangladesh  /  Bhutan  /  Brunei

Laos  /  Nepal  /  Maldives


Southeast Asia’s market statistics and demographics may also be of interest.

By way of only a quick introduction to each country, we’ve collected basic demographics, and stats on internet access and smartphone penetration.