= Southeast asia =
= Australia / New Zealand =
January 2018
4th 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:


  • Blockchain and beyond – innovation insights from WestTechFest
  • Why non-technical founders need greater support from Australia’s startup ecosystems
  • A look at Adelaide’s smart city vision using sensors and IoT networks…

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


  • A brief overview of SME funding
  • A look at Facebook’s disastrous impacts on Cambodia’s fragile politics
  • A look at Pi Pay, Phnom Penh’s ubiquitous digital wallet and e-commerce solution…

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


  • Didi Smart Transportation Brain AI system set to manage city traffic
  • Plenty, Silicon Valley agriculture startup, preparing to build 300 vertical farms across China
  • Chengdu High-Tech Industrial Development Zone commits around $300M for elderly-care IoT solution…

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

Hong Kong

  • Goxip online fashion marketplace secures US$5M for Southeast Asia growth
  • AlphaConcepts influencer marketing platform raises $200K
  • Bright Box smartphone-based cloud technology acquired by Zurich for telematics analysis…

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


  • Scapic VR/AR platform secures $500K for drag-and-drop platform
  • 6Degree fashion startup lands $400k from IAN and The Angel Network
  • The 10 startups selected for the NASSCOM-Facebook social impact program…

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


  • Smart ‘warung’ project launched to bring retail tech and ecommerce to local kiosks
  • Indonesian Governtment considering Bitcoin’s use as an investment instrument
  • A look at Freeware Spaces moves into the co-living industry…

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


  • SmartHR HR automation service backed to $13.3M
  • University of Tokyo tech startups set as focus of new $220M fund
  • Line messaging app reportedly looking at cryptocurrencies for payment services…

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

South Korea

  • Massive inclusion initiative launched to give hundreds of thousands a hand in shaping policy
  • Tera Funding real estate P2P lending startup secures $9.3M
  • Bloomberg Innovation Index: South Korea top for 5th year; Singapore leapfrogs Germany, Switzerland, Finland into 3rd…

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


  • China’s Alibaba to implement AI-powered traffic control system in Kuala Lumpur in first foreign project
  • StoreHub secures $5.1M to aid SE Asia’s retailers digitize their business
  • NEXT Academy accepts bitcoin for school fees payment…

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


  • Tech VC funding rising, even as trading on Yangon Stock Exchange dips
  • Innoveller bus ticketing software firm backed to 7-digit US$ amount
  • nexlabs raises 6-digit funding for digital consulting services growth…

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

New Zealand

  • Dave & Patrimonio startup creates bespoke AI-driven chatbots
  • Soda Inc Innes48 Start-up Competition set for March 16-18
  • A look at 6 up-and-coming NZ startups…

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


  • Blockchain & Bitcoin Conference – 25th January
  • SALPay salary payments startup partners Unionbank for blockchain wallet; aims to raise US$7M via ICO…

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


  • Blockchain Economic Forum – February 4-6
  • Entrepreneur First Singapore 2nd cohort dominated by medtech startups
  • Morpheus Labs blockchain-platform-as-a-service backed on $2M valuation; seeks $25M ICO…

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

Sri Lanka

  • An overview of Startup Weekend Kandy
  • Sri Lanka’s women entrepreneurs set to gain through $15M loan base
  • An overview of Sri Lanka’s growing startup scene…

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


  • Cabinet approves AI industry development plan
  • Space Cycle boutique fitness studio chain backed to $15.5M in part by China’s Alibaba fund
  • AWS partners New Taipei City to establish Joint Innovation Centre…

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


  • Digital Government Plan 2017-2021 annoucned, aiming for integrated, citizen-centric digital government inside 5 years
  • PTT Group state-owned energy company partners RISE Accel Co for regional SEA corporate/startup accelerator
  • Jaymart mobile retailer’s VC arm aiming for $20M fundraise via ICO…

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


  • A brief look at the blockchain opportunities for Vietnam
  • An overview of Vietnam’s social enterprise space
  • 10 Topica Founder Institute startups to gain from $500K fund allocation…

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.