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Asia’s startups: June 2020

17 country/jurisdiction focused startup news collections, gathering coverage of the headline items in that country’s startup ecosystem across June 2020.

Summaries are collected at month-end, hence the lag between today’s date and the monthly startup news collections below.

For tech-specific collections – covering blockchain, fintech, artificial intelligence, and cryptocurrency news – see the Other News section.

Australia: June 2020

  • HATCH Taronga Accelerator Program applications open, seeking solutions for pressing environmental and conservation challenges
  • 1200 Coca-Cola vending machines now accept payments using cryptocurrency via Centrapay digital payments tech
  • BlueVolt solar energy startup’s Savo Solar Initiative one of only 8 selected from 700 applicants for Honnold Foundation grant…

Australia: June 2020 >

Blockchain Australia


Cambodia: June 2020

  • Kingdom’s first National Entrepreneurship Awards deadline for applications set for end of June
  • UN Conference on Trade and Development’s Rapid eTrade Readiness Assessment (pdf)…

Cambodia: June 2020 >

Cambodia Fintech Association

China: June 2020

  • OO Eyetech gains $1.3M funding from Foxconn with AI-based diagnostic solution targeting early-stage myopia
  • ByteDance, owner of TikTok video sharing giant, closes down TopBuzz news aggregator app, the international version of China-focused Jinri Toutiao
  • VeChain blockchain traceability platform partnered by Shenzhen Yuhongtain Foods Company to verify lifecycle of pork products…

China: June 2020 >

Mobile Economy 2020, China

Hong Kong: June 2020

  • MINY blockchain startup launches platform to facilitate cryptocurrency mining, including Cloud Mining Pool allowing users to combine resources
  • HackAsia 36-hour online hackathon set for July 6-8, as part of Hong Kong’s StartMeUpHK Festival 2020…

Hong Kong: June 2020 >

Startup Impact Summit Hong Kong

India: June 2020

  • An intro to 18 meat-free startups aiming to change the country’s eating habits
  • Reserve Bank creates $66M Payments Infrastructure Development Fund to improve payments ecosystem in rural and operationally expensive locations
  • Uber India head role expands beyond South Asia to also encompass Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand…

India: June 2020 >

India Venture Capital Report 2020

Indonesia: June 2020

  • A look at GoPlay, streaming service from Gojek ride-hail and deliveries giant, taking growth cues from e-commerce companies globally
  • Gojek Xcelerate program unveils 11 retail-focused startups graduating from batch 3…

Indonesia: June 2020 >

Akadasia partners IndonesiaX

Japan: June 2020

  • Sequoia Capital, US VC giant, hunting Japanese startups delivering high-end tech to corporate customers with valuations of $279M to $1.3BN
  • Japan’s virtual idol, Hatsune Miku, joins China’s Taobao as live-streaming ambassador for upcoming 618 online shopping festival…

Japan: June 2020 >

Tokyo Startup Events

South Korea: June 2020

  • Central bank forms legal advisory team to research digital currency
  • An intro to Mathpresso’s Qanda, AI-powered edtech platform analyzing math problems from submitted photographs…

South Korea: June 2020 >

Korea Blockchain Week

Malaysia: June 2020

  • A look at Whizzl, using its Business Visitor Management System in the COVID-19 context for customer communication
  • Curlec fintech gains backing from 500 Startups with easier debit access fir Malaysia’s SMEs…

Malaysia: June 2020 >

Alfred fintech, Malaysia

Myanmar: June 2020

  • Frontiir internet service provider gains $26M investment led by Singapore’s Ascent Capital, aiming to expand broadband to 1/4 of 54M population…

Myanmar: June 2020 >

Lesswalk, Myanmar

New Zealand: June 2020

  • An intro to Shoots Microgreens and its expansion from vertical farming to in-store growing system trial…

New Zealand: June 2020 >

Investor's guide to the New Zealand tech sector

The Philippines: June 2020

  • DigiCon Omni 2020 Conference set for October 5-9, online and IRL, with speakers including Seth Godin and Eric Ries
  • A brief intro to KwikInsure, fintech startup aiming to launch an online insurance marketplace for Filipinos…

The Philippines: June 2020 >

Singapore: June 2020

  • Singapore-based blockchain startup Ontology to collaborate with Bitcoin Suisse cryptocurrency financial services platform, with ONTO wallet supporting CryptoFranc stablecoin
  • Reebelo raises $1.25M seed funding with online marketplace for refurbished electronics, with sights set on Asia-Pacific expansion…

Singapore: June 2020 >

Blockchain Association of Singapore

Sri Lanka: June 2020

  • An intro to 20 of the country’s startups, working in e-commerce, mobility solutions, AR, agritech and more…

Sri Lanka: June 2020 >

Sri Lanka Startup Report 2019

Taiwan: June 2020

  • Taiwan’s advantages: “…capable but relatively inexpensive engineers, prowess in high-tech manufacturing, strong gov’t support, stable economy and excellent quality of life”
  • An intro to Talent Circulation Alliance, public-private partnership facilitating circulation of talent between Taiwan and like-minded partners worldwide…

Taiwan: June 2020 >

Numbers, Taiwan blockchain startup

Thailand: June 2020

  • Zmyhome property-tech startup raises pre-Series A with online platform to help people buy homes directly from sellers
  • Ministry of Finance to sell $6.42M in savings bonds using state-owned Krung Thai Bank’s blockchain-based e-wallet…

Thailand: June 2020 >

Schedult, Thailand

Vietnam: June 2020

  • Propzy raises $25M Series A with end-to-end real estate platform, spanning transactions, financing, property managment and more
  • Loship delivery and e-commerce startup launches Lo-supply service, taking steps into the wholesale distribution and supply chain…

Vietnam: June 2020 >

LoShip Vietnam 1-hour e-commerce

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