= Southeast asia & Oceania =
Asia’s startup news

~ May 2018 & q1 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:


  • Brisbane startup hub The Precinct to gain multi-million-dollar expansion
  • An intro to the 2018 Startup Coffs Coast finalists
  • Global Coworking Unconference Conference 2018 set for Sydney, August 15-17…

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


  • The Asia Foundation launches female-focused TEK4Good program to support tech-focused businesses
  • Youth Eco Labs 10-week program helps aspiring entrepreneurs turn environmental impact ideas into viable businesses
  • An interview with entrepreneur Rithy Thul, looking at the Kingdom’s growth in tech, startups and crypto…

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


  • United States to shorten visa length for Chinese tech students in bid to fight IP theft
  • Google to host its first Demo Day for Asian startups in Shanghai in September
  • $391M AI fund established in Guangzhou…

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

Hong Kong

  • Pakpobox ‘smart locker’ startup moves into self-pickup market
  • Hong Kong’s Dragon Inc Ethereum-based gambling startup holds pre-launch in South Korea
  • Kr Space coworking, backed by China’s Alibaba, opens 7-floor workspace…

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


  • Qtrove curated marketplace secures $52M with focus on small entrepreneur products
  • China’s Xiaomi set to disrupt TV market in India, just like it did for smartphones
  • Toffee digital insurance platform raises $1.5M to grow offerings in data science, AI and machine learning…

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


  • Next Indonesia Unicorn Int’l Summit 2018 set to bring startups and domestic, international investors together
  • Ruangguru edutech startup gains grant from MIT SOLVE for Digital Bootcamp program
  • Alpha JWC venture capital firm partners with PayPal to invest in SE Asia’s fintech space…

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


  • Micin mobile telemedicine app startup raises $10M
  • Otaku Coin preps to launch cryptocurrency to serve communities and hobbyists
  • Tokyo Metropolitan government seeking fintech startups for latest accelerator program…

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

South Korea

  • South Korea to invest over $900M Won in bid for the lead in AI tech by 2022
  • Qarasoft fintech startup launches KOSHO, AI-based financial forecasting app
  • Wishlink fashion commerce firm launches One Day Ten Minutes AI-driven clothing recommendation service…

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


  • In scrapping the MaGIC innovation centre and programs, ASEAN entrepreneurship will take a blow
  • A round-up look at the recent Cyberjaya Startup Summit
  • 1337 Ventures early-stage VC firm partners Canada’s InnoStart Capital for fintech pre-accelerator…

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


  • An intro look at 5 of Myanmar’s tech startups and UMG Idealab, the country’s first incubator
  • Go|Games startup aiming to capture SE Asia’s subscription gaming market
  • China’s Alibaba acquires Daraz, online marketplace covering Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Nepal…

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

New Zealand

  • CompareBear comparison site startup aims to help Kiwis find the best deals
  • An overview of the events in TechWeek 2018 in Auckland
  • A look at the recent Startup Weekend Auckland Pasifika…

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


  • Winery Philippines online marketplace lands funding to have quality wines sourced directly from US, Australia
  • Blockchain Asia Forum 2018 set for May 28-30 in Manila
  • Edukasyon edtech platform backed to help students find the best courses and career options…

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


  • Silent Eight AI startup takes Australian RegTech award for money laundering and terror financing prevention solution
  • Escapex social media startup aiming at influencer marketing space with Instagram rival app
  • Sentinel Protocol startup secures $8M via ICO for blockchain-driven fraud prevention platform…

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

Sri Lanka

  • Disrupt Asia 2018 digital conference set for August 11 in Colombo
  • AngelHack Sri Lanka 2018 PreHack Awareness Session set for Colombo, June 12
  • An overview of the approaching SLASSCOM Innovation Summit and Awards…

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


  • Gogoro expected to be Taiwan’s first billion-dollar ‘unicorn’ company
  • HTC adds smartphone integration to Vive VR ecosystem
  • An intro to 5 startups spanning healthcare, tourism, media and more…

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


  • Siam Commercial Bank doubles size of fintech-focussed corporate VC fund to $100M
  • A look at the massive scope of Thailand’s True Digital Park
  • Thailand 4.0, the country’s economic development model which includes startup and innovation components…

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


  • Vietnam Startup Wheel 2018 launched nationwide to boost startup ideas and businesses
  • AI-driven insights from Ho Chi Minh City’s spatial development
  • Yeah1 CMG movie platform partners White Rabbit blockchain startup for distribution and payment solutions…

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