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October 2020 startup news headlines

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Asia’s Startup News: October 2020

17 country-and-jurisdiction focused startup news collections, gathering coverage of technology headline news items in each country’s startup ecosystem across October of 2020.

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

For technology-focused collections, covering blockchain, fintech, artificial intelligence, and cryptocurrency news, see Other News.

Australia: October 2020

  • WeMoney gains $2M with app helping people to manage their finances which includes a social component
  • CSIRO’s Data61 and Monash Blockchain Technology Centre unveil protocol claimed as secure against quantum computers while protecting user and transaction privacy…

Australia: October 2020 >

GoMicro: mobile phone microscopy

Cambodia: October 2020

  • Smart Farm Assistance takes first place at She Loves Tech Cambodia 2020 with IoT-based agritech solutions
  • Central bank rolls out Bakong digital currency, built on blockchain tech designed by Japan’s Soramitsu…

Cambodia: October 2020 >

Cambodia: Smart Farm Assistance

China: October 2020

  • Central bank digital currency trials of ‘digital yuan’ set for toy vending machines that accept cashless payments, reportedly in preparaton for 2022 Olympics
  • Available now: Attention Factory, The Story of TikTok and China’s ByteDance – 300+ pages of original analysis and reporting on China’s fastest-growing tech company…

China: October 2020 >

Mobile Economy 2020, China

Hong Kong: October 2020

  • The Elevator Pitch Competition set for November 6-13, organised by Nordic Innovation House Hong Kong and HK Science Park
  • 2020 Hong Kong Fintech Week online event set for November 2-6…

Hong Kong: October 2020 >

Signal private communications app

India: October 2020

  • WeKan product accelerator unveils 20 India and US-based startups selected for Future of Work cohort
  • Supply Chain Labs unveils 11 startups selected for Cohort 2020, working on warehousing, track and trace solutions, AI-driven automation and more…

India: October 2020 >

India Venture Capital Report 2020

Indonesia: October 2020

  • A look at the country’s steps in Sharia-compliant fintech, with regulator OJK adapting to both a growing market and a requirement for banking without interest
  • Ministry of Industry launches Startup4industry programme in new step towards Making Indonesia 4.0 roadmap ambitions…

Indonesia: October 2020 >

Indonesia: Lexipage messenger app

Japan: October 2020

  • Andpad secures $18.8M with cloud-based schedule, blueprint and work sharing app for construction workers, supervisors and clients
  • Get In The Ring Osaka 2020 AI edition applications now open – finals to be held online December 3rd…

Japan: October 2020 >

Startup Lady Japan

South Korea: October 2020

  • A look at DamoGO, startup connecting consumers with perfectly good, unsold food from restaurants, bakeries, grocery stores and farms
  • Uber to invest $150M in JV and partnership with SK Telecom to boost moves into Korean market as the telco proposes splitting off its mobility business…

South Korea: October 2020 >

Korea Startup Week: ComeUp 2020

Malaysia: October 2020

  • HealthMetrics corporate healthcare benefits and wellness management platform raises $5M
  • A brief look at recently-launched Gojo, ride-hailing app and driver platform…

Malaysia: October 2020 >

Malaysia: HeyAlfred - track spending, save money

Myanmar: October 2020

  • Myanmar-founded Better HR sets sights on $500K fundraise in Q1 2021, aiming to expand to Thailand, Cambodia and Laos by year-end
  • An intro to Mother Finance, crunching mobile data for credit scores and digital lending, focusing on the unbanked population…

Myanmar: October 2020 >

lesswalk Myanmar

New Zealand: October 2020

  • A brief look at YY Nation, making shoes from ocean waste and renewable resources and currently crowdfunding on Kickstarter
  • US Dept of Homeland Security R&D branch awards MATTR Limited blockchain startup $200K to aid development digitally issued essential worker licences…

New Zealand: October 2020 >

New Zealand: ArcAngels female entrepreneurs fund

The Philippines: October 2020

  • A brief intro to Closing The Loop Technologies, social enterprise helping communities upcycle plastic waste into materials for new products
  • Venio expands services nationwide, providing nano-credit between $1 and $5 to unbanked consumers via smartphone…

The Philippines: October 2020 >

Philippines: Connected Women

Singapore: October 2020

  • SingTel likely to commit $440M to joint venture with Grab to start digital bank in Singapore
  • The Digital Feed Episode 2 – The Basics of Blockchain, from UNDP Singapore Global Centre…

Singapore: October 2020 >

Singapore: Lucy fintech

Sri Lanka: October 2020

  • disABILITY app launches to support children with a disability and their families, including teletherapy services for people with cerebral palsy
  • SLASSCOM launches Women Technopreneurs Forum to support, promote and grow women technopreneurs, aiming for 1000 startups by 2025…

Sri Lanka: October 2020 >

Sri Lanka Startup Report 2019

Taiwan: October 2020

  • 2020 Meet Taipei Startup Festival set for November 18-21
  • Microsoft to establish datacenter region in Taiwan as a part of ‘Reimagine Taiwan’ initiative; and to provide digital skilling for over 200K people in Taiwan by 2024…

Taiwan: October 2020 >

Taiwan Tech Arena

Thailand: October 2020

  • Yindii launches mobile app to combat food waste in Bangkok to connect consumers with food outlets offering flash sales on food that would otherwise go to waste
  • Thailand MICE Startup Competition launches its 3rd edition, focusing on startups innovating for the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions industry…

Thailand: October 2020 >

Thailand: Let's Plant Meat

Vietnam: October 2020

  • Saigon Innovation Hub launches Initial Public Offering training program for startups and investors
  • VIISA – Vietnam Innovative Startups Accelerator – launches batch 8 program with startups working in medtech and fashion-tech…

Vietnam: October 2020 >

LoShip Vietnam 1-hour e-commerce

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