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= Southeast asia / Oceania =

October 2019
3rd quarter 2019

Each news  collection below gathers the main items reported in that  country in October 2019, without focusing on a particular technology; for tech-specific collections (blockchain, fintech, AI, and cryptocurrency) see the Other News section.


  • Australia goes backwards on 63-nation ranking across study’s 3 main criteria: Knowledge, Technology, and Future Readiness
  • Android and Apple iOS users can now create myGovID digital ID to access government services online…

Australia: October 2019 >
Australia: Q3 2019 startup new >

StartCon 2019


  • Startup&Angels event set for October 25th in Phnom Penh
  • Sala schools management platform startup takes win of Seedstars’ Best Startup Cambodia award, moving on to November’s regional Seedstars summit…

Cambodia: October 2019 >
Cambodia: Q3 2019 startup news >

Seedstars Summit Cambodia


  • SimCam raises $8M for AI-powered offline home security camera
  • State-owned bank CMB International partners Nervos Network to develop decentralized finance applications for financial services…

China: October 2019 >
China: Q3 2019 startup news >

China Internet Report 2019

Hong Kong

  • A quick look at Hong Kong’s Freekick, football teaming-up and match-making platform
  • Apple reverses HKmap app ban, accepting that what users do with information provided is outwith developer control…

Hong Kong: October 2019 >
Hong Kong: Q3 2019 startup news >

Hong Kong Free Press


  • NoBroker property listings portal raises $50M with home rentals and purchase platform
  • Bithumb Global, South Korean crypto and token exchange, to open crypto exchange in India despite anti-cryptocurrency climate…

India: October 2019 >
India: Q3 2019 startup news >

Startup India market research


  • Bukalapak ecommerce marketplace partners Google My Business to register 95K MSMEs online, making warungs visible on Maps and Search
  • TouchTen games developer gains funding to aid growth of women’s mobile gaming…

Indonesia: October 2019 >
Indonesia: Q3 2019 startup news >

Asia Undercovered


  • SoftBank to partner IBM for cross-carrier blockchain solutions, aiming to allow smartphone users to make local payments when traveling overseas and roaming
  • Japan establishes cybersecurity council with aim of securing the 2020 Olympics and Paralympics…

Japan: October 2019 >
Japan: Q3 2019 startup news >

Osaka Innovation Hub

South Korea

  • An overview of the growing activities and investments by South Korean VC funds across Southeast Asia
  • ICONLOOP blockchain secures $8M Series A with digital identification services focusing on banks, security firms, e-commerce and manufacturing…

South Korea: October 2019 >
South Korea: Q3 2019 startup news >

Korea Startup Ecosystem Guide


  • Australia’s Power Ledger partners Malaysia’s Sustainable Energy Development Authority to trial peer to peer energy trading
  • The recent Malaysia Rice Bowl Conference & National Awards Ceremony, the first leg of the ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2019…

Malaysia: October 2019 >
Malaysia: Q3 2019 startup news >

aCAT Penang


  • An intro to Recyglo, waste management startup expanding to Malaysia, and with sights set on Cambodia
  • An intro to 4 food startups from Cambodia, and 4 from Myanmar…

Myanmar: October 2019 >
Myanmar: Q3 2019 startup news >

Phandeeyar, Myanmar

New Zealand

  • An intro to Winely, ‘precision wine technology’ startup allowing winemakers to track wine ferments using smart sensors
  • IMAGR secures partnership with Japan’s H2O Retailing Corporation with SmartCart shopping trolley system, which uses computer vision and AI…

New Zealand: October 2019 >
New Zealand: Q3 2019 startup news >

PressPatron, supporting journalism

The Philippines

  • Speed Money Transfer acquired by Japan’s Digital Wallet fintech; in August alone, Filipinos working abroad remitted $2.88BN
  • PayMaya Philippines recognized as Most Innovative Company of the Year at Asia CEO Awards 2019 for its drive to spread financial inclusion…

The Philippines: October 2019 >
The Philippines: Q3 2019 startup news >


  • CIMB Bank completes trade finance transaction using iTrust blockchain and IoT platform
  • An intro to Karana, using young jackfruit to create a sustainable and less processed plant-based meat alternative tailored for iconic Asian dishes…

Singapore: October 2019 >
Singapore: Q3 2019 startup news >

we, the citizens: Singapore

Sri Lanka

  • Global Entrepreneurship Network to formally launch, adding to 170-country presence
  • An intro to Sri Lankan entrepreneur’s OxiWear, a wearable medical device that monitors oxygen levels…

Sri Lanka: October 2019 >
Sri Lanka: Q3 2019 startup news >

Sri Lanka Startup Report 2019


  • An overview of the government’s support for the autonomous vehicle industry
  • HTC has launched its latest blockchain phone, the Exodus 1s, allowing users to run a full Bitcoin node…

Taiwan: October 2019 >
Taiwan: Q3 2019 startup news >

pwc Taiwan startup survey findings


  • Drivemate P2P car-sharing platform raises $2.2M with over 9000 cars and 45-province presence
  • Plizz DIY accounting platform secures $300K seed funding from Singapore’s REAPRA VC firm…

Thailand: October 2019 >
Thailand: Q3 2019 startup news >

elevating cannabis expo/conference


  • An intro to Upp! upcycling startup using plastic waste from landfills and oceans for construction
  • Vietnam’s fintech market predicted to grow to $7.8BN value by 2020, growing from $4.4BN in 2017…

Vietnam: October 2019 >
Vietnam: Q3 2019 startup news >

Startup Vietnam - Andrew Rowan

The quieter countries and ‘volume’

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

Asia Undercovered by journalist Nithin Coca

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