= Southeast asia & Oceania =
Asia’s startup news

~ From August 2018 & q2 2018 ~

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


  • Zambesi education marketplace lands partnership with WeWork coworking giant
  • Herbert Smith Freehills legal firm partners IBM and Data61 on blockchain project
  • An intro to Finactly, Newcastle startup helping reconcile your bank statement…

Startup news, Australia: August 2018 >
Australia’s startup news: Quarterly >


  • DakDam 3-month business model validation program for agricultural innovation opens for applications
  • Cambodia Fintech Association launches to boost the Kingdom’s startups, accelerators and VCs
  • A brief overview of SmartSpark incubation program, aimed at achieving Sustainable Development Goals…

Startup news, Cambodia: August 2018 >
Cambodia’s startup news, quarterly >


  • Wangjiahuan agriculture startup secures $58M, targets blockchain-based food quality control and analytics
  • China’s AI startups raised $5BN in funding last year, compared with $4.4BN in the US
  • Tianrang AI and big data startup secures $26M, launches ML project focusing on urban development…

Startup news, China: August 2018 >
China’s startup news, quarterly >

Hong Kong

  • ELLIPAL launches mobile-oriented cold wallet for cryptocurrency
  • Hong Kong Police launch free online antivirus tools for smart devices in response to rise in cyberattacks
  • En-trak energy IOT management startup backed by China’s Alibaba HK Entrepreneurs Fund…

Startup news, Hong Kong: August 2018 >
Hong Kong’s start-up news, quarterly >


  • MyCrop mobile app aims to used data to raise agricultural productivity in Asia and beyond
  • Future Farms takes aim at India’s food crisis with hydroponic and rooftop farming
  • T-Hub HSBC program selects 5 fintech startups to develop AI and ML solutions…

Startup news, India: August 2018 >
India’s tech startup news, quarterly >


  • Indonesia Blockchain Hub launched to build awareness in the community
  • Warung Pintar retail tech startup raises a further US$4M with kiosk-focused ecommerce
  • Go-Jek rolls out cashless payments to mom-and-pop ‘warung’ stores…

Startup news, Indonesia: August 2018 >
Indonesia’s startup news, quarterly >


  • Autonomous taxi starts road trials in Tokyo, aiming for 2020 Olympics
  • China’s tech news website 36Kr to enter Japan, aiming to grow two-way awareness
  • Japan’s AgriNet site set to connect South Asia’s rural farmers with other sectors, helping agricultural regions do better…

Startup news, Japan: August 2018 >
Japan’s startup and funding news, quarterly >

South Korea

  • Central bank to implement mobile debit card services in Alipay-like move
  • ICONLOOP blockchain tech to be applied to the Digital Plaza for Small Business program
  • China’s Alipay launches world-first paperless mobile tax refund service in South Korea…

Startup news, Korea: August 2018 >
South Korea’s startup news, quarterly >


  • An intro to FinC, education platform that helps train users become more financially savvy
  • China’s WeChat wallet rewarding Malaysian users with virtual money packets in country growth bid
  • diffride, homegrown ride-hailing startup, launches in the vacuum after Uber’s departure from SE Asia…

Startup news, Malaysia: August 2018 >
Malaysia’s startup news, quarterly >


  • Why Facebook is losing the war on hate speech in Myanmar
  • Next Code tech startup aims to digitally reshape the country’s healthcare sector
  • An intro to Flexible Pass, aiming to bring the country’s gyms onto one platform…

Myanmar’s startup news: August 2018 >
Myanmar’s tech startup news, quarterly >

New Zealand

  • An intro to Ambit, turnkey AI chatbot platform startup for business
  • Little Yellow Bird lands $1M for garments industry focused blockchain tech
  • NZ’s Cryptosaver platform moves to Australia, aiming to it easy for people to buy bitcoin…

New Zealand’s startup news: August 2018 >
New Zealand’s startup news, quarterly >


  • Blockchain Fair Asia 2018 set for October in Manila
  • Huibi Exchange digital currency trading platform launched
  • Government planning US$100M Crypto Valley of Asia cryptocurrency and tech hub

The Philippines’ startup news: August 2018 >
Startup news from the Philippines, quarterly >


  • TravelStop, AI-powered tech startup, secures $1.2M to simplify Asia’s business travel
  • d’Optron AI and image visioning startup wins She Loves Tech pitching competition
  • AntWorks AI startup secures $15M from Japanese AI and blockchain fund…

Startup news, Singapore: August 2018 >
Singapore’s startup news, quarterly


  • Appier acquires India’s Qgraph, launches AIQUA AI-powered content marketing platform
  • Ultra Taiwan 2018 music festival to be the first to utilise blockchain tech for payments
  • Dexon Foundation blockchain platform developer secures $20M…

Startup news, Taiwan: August 2018 >
Taiwan’s startup news, quarterly >


  • Bank of Thailand, R3 and local financials launch Project Inthanon to create a central bank digital currency
  • Thai government’s PromptPay has 42.6M registrants with a transaction value of $47M
  • UNESCO’s Women Make the News Thailand project applications close shortly…

Thailand’s startup news: August 2018 >
Thailand’s startup news, quarterly >


  • LOGIVAN freight and trucking logistics startup secures US$1.75M
  • All In Station blockchain ecosystem support centre opens in Ho Chi Minh City
  • Vietnam’s EzQ takes 2 prizes at APEC contest in Taiwan…

Vietnam’s startup news: August 2018 >
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