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= Southeast Asia / Oceania =

March 2020
4th quarter 2019

The 17 country-focused news collections below gather coverage of the main items in that country’s tech startup ecosystem in March 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.


  • A brief intro to the 4 Australian women on the Innovate Finance Global Top 200 Women in Fintech Powerlist
  • A look at HackHunter, hard- and software startup using IoT to protect organisations from info theft by malicious Wi-Fi…

Australia: March 2020 >
Australia: Q4 2019 tech news >

GoSave: Financial literacy for kids


  • SHE Investments – 5 years of impact for women and communities in Cambodia
  • Impact Hub Phnom Penh Impact Report 2019 – a look at the last year’s activities and successes (pdf)…

Cambodia: March 2020 >
Cambodia: Q4 2019 tech news >

SHE Investments: Cambodia


  • MAD Gaze raises $19M with augmented reality smart glasses range, online app marketplace and more
  • Hunan Province to create first provincial blockchain special zone in area already home to 788 blockchain-related companies…

China: March 2020 >
China: Q4 2019 tech news >

China Internet Report 2019

Hong Kong

  • HK’s Green Monday partners Taiwan’s FamilyMart convenience store chain to launch Omnipork instant meals across 3600 locations in the country
  • HK’s AMTD Digital to acquire Singapore’s PolicyPal insurtech startup, aiming to build a SE Asia-focused fintech platform HQ’d in Singapore…

Hong Kong: March 2020 >
Hong Kong: Q4 2019 tech news >


  • Reserve Bank to seek review of Supreme Court ruling which overturne ban on cryptocurrency trading
  • Tricog healthtech startup raises $10.5M with virtual cardiology services, using AI for the diagnosis of heart failure and screening for congenital heart disease…

India: March 2020 >
India: Q4 2019 tech news >

Pune, India: Startup hub


  • A look at the issues of gaming and gadget addiction in children and teens in the country
  • Grab Ventures Velocity opens 3rd Accelerate Startups Growth program for applications…

Indonesia: March 2020 >
Indonesia: Q4 2019 tech news >

Asia Undercovered


  • Nulab SaaS startup raises $5M with collaboration software for international teams of all sizes
  • An overview of Startup Guide Tokyo, guide book on how the tech hub is reinventing itself for a new wave of entrepreneurs, startups and more…

Japan: March 2020 >
Japan: Q4 2019 tech news >

South Korea

  • Another look at Pangyo Techn Valley, the country’s startup epicenter
  • An intro look at 5 Korean startups working in the beauty industry…

South Korea: March 2020 >
South Korea: Q4 2019 tech news >

Litecoin in Korea


  • Dropee B2B wholesale marketplace selected for Y Combinator Winter 2020 cohort
  • Malaysian Palm Oil Council and BloomBloc blockchain startup develop app enabling users to trace palm oil throughout entire supply chain…

Malaysia: March 2020 >
Malaysia: Q4 2019 tech news >

aCAT Penang


  • An intro to Resdi, app which offering discounts for restaurant customers with 7K registered users in Yangon
  • An intro to the 4 winning teams from the recent Myanmar Youth Technopreneurship Development Program…

Myanmar: March 2020 >
Myanmar: Q4 2019 tech news >

Myanmar Entrepreneurial Ecosystem Report

New Zealand

  • Gov’t launches Elevate NZ, a $300M VC fund focusing on high-potential early-stage tech startups
  • New Zealand’s fintech sector is outgrowing the rest of the world; while the global average is 31-33%, New Zealand is growing at a rate of 48.5%…

New Zealand: March 2020 >
New Zealand: Q4 2019 tech news >

Investor's guide to the New Zealand tech sector

The Philippines

  • “Access to institutional VC funding is a major concern” in the country, says 1982 Ventures’ Managing Partner
  • A look at 3 of the country’s startups, working in the on-demand, work-from-home and fintech spaces…

The Philippines: March 2020 >
The Philippines: Q4 2019 tech news >


  • ShopBack gains $75M funding with cashback app, claiming 19M users and 2K merchants
  • Right-Hand cybersecurity startup gains $1M seed funding with software-as-a-service platform focusing on employee behavior…

Singapore: March 2020 >
Singapore: Q4 2019 tech news >

Akadasia partners IndonesiaX

Sri Lanka

  • A brief intro to Sixer Video, video-focused recruitment startup replacing physical interviews with video interviews
  • Lankan Angel Network builds on Ford Foundation ecosystem developer partnership with launch of Sri Lanka’s first Angel Fund…

Sri Lanka: March 2020 >
Sri Lanka: Q4 2019 tech news >

Sri Lanka Startup Report 2019


  • Startup Digest Taipei, from TechStars – a calendar of the city’s tech and startup-related events, meetups, networking opportunities and more
  • Crowdfunding is having a moment in Taiwan, with campaigns growing in size and diversity’…

Taiwan: March 2020 >
Taiwan: Q4 2019 tech news >

SparkLabs Taipei accelerator


  • Krungsri Finnovate, corporate VC firm under Bank of Ayudhya, to invest $10M across 3 startups in the first half of 2020
  • Gov’t rolls out startup-produced ‘SydeKick for ThaiFightCOVID’ app as requirement for self-quarantined travellers…

Thailand: March 2020 >
Thailand: Q4 2019 tech news >

Schedult, Thailand


  • A brief intro to Strawlific, manufacturing drinking straws from natural grey sedge grass
  • Rens Original makes it onto Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Europe listing, a startup using residual coffee grounds as raw material for shoes…

Vietnam: March 2020 >
Vietnam: Q4 2019 tech news >

LoShip Vietnam 1-hour e-commerce

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