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April 2021: Asia's tech startups
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Asia’s tech News: April 2021

News collections, gathering coverage of tech, startup and funding news headlines in startup ecosystems across South and Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand, in April 2021.

News listings gathered below provide country and location indexes for the month, with technology-focused, startup and VC headlines linked to the articles behind them, in full. Items were first covered online, on a variety of free-to-read tech news platforms.

Summaries are gathered at the end of each month, hence the lag between today’s date and the monthly summaries.

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

Shopify 2021 Future of E-Commerce Report (pdf)

Australia: April 2021

  • An intro to the 18 Australian and New Zealand startups that presented at the recent Startmate Demo Day
  • Living Room of Satoshi launches Wages service, allowing users to pay bills with cryptocurrencies…

Australia: April 2021 >

Australia: Living Room of Satoshi Wages service

Cambodia: March 2021

  • E-Commerce Strategy available to download, produced by the Ministry of Commerce
  • Malaysia’s Thada and Singapore’s Oyika partner to supply Kingdom with battery-swappable electric scooters, focusing on rural communities…

Cambodia: April 2021 >

Cambodia E-Commerce Strategy (pdf)

China: April 2021

  • AgFunder unveils China 2021 Agrifood Startup Investing Report, latest edition of annual deep-dive on foodtech and agritech trends
  • “Tencent…underwent its most aggressive period of investment last year …nearly a quarter of its yearly revenue, or US$17BN was channeled into foreign investment alone”…

China: April 2021 >

China: The 5G Race

Hong Kong: April 2021

  • Kikitrade cryptocurrency investment platform gains $8M pre-A with sights on NFT and DeFi services
  • StartmeupHK Festival launches 5 virtual StartmeupHK Salons, focused on attracting overseas startups to base in Hong Kong…

Hong Kong: April 2021 >

Hong Kong: Shaperz tech event

India: April 2021

  • An intro to the 5 firms selected by H&M Foundation and Social Alpha for Techtonic waste management program
  • Electric vehicle unit of ride-hail giant Ola Cabs to build Ola Hypercharger Network, 100K charging points, 400 cities, 5 years…

India: April 2021 >

Indian Payments 2020-2025 - pwc (pdf)

Indonesia: April 2021

  • Populix gains 1.2M pre-Series A with app-driven consumer research across 250K users in 300 cities
  • Indonesia’s Xendit to waive P3.5M per business in transaction fees in the Philippines as part of new Level Up marketing campaign…

Indonesia: April 2021 >

Nongsa Digital IT Park, Indonesia

Japan: April 2021

  • How some municipalities are embracing digital currency, launching community-focused digital money initiatives to boost local economy and identity
  • Bank of Japan launches phase 1 experiments with central bank digital currency, testing feasibility of core functions and features…

Japan: April 2021 >

Indo-Pacific Strategies: Chatham House (pdf)

South Korea: April 2021

  • An intro to 10 of the country’s venture capital firms and the companies and sectors they invest in
  • Smaller cryptocurrency exchanges likely to close later in the year as new anti-money laundering regulations take effect…

South Korea: April 2021 >

Samsung 6G Vision whitepaper (pdf)

Malaysia: April 2021

  • An interview intro to Malaysia’s digitalisation strategy, looking at use of cloud platforms, artificial intelligence and blockchain
  • Ministry of Science, Tech and Innovation to consolidate Technology Park Malaysia and MaGIC into a single commercialisation agency…

Malaysia: April 2021 >

Malaysia Cybersecurity Strategy 2020-2024

Myanmar: April 2021

  • Three Fingers For Democracy, an online project allowing creatives to upload works supporting Myanmar’s fight for human rights, freedom and democracy
  • ‘Digital dictatorship’: “Protesters in Myanmar fear they are being tracked with Chinese facial recognition technology…”

Myanmar: April 2021 >

Myanmar Consumer Survey Report / Deloitte

New Zealand: April 2021

  • “Local businesses, consumers, and workers – in the face of seemingly unstoppable multinationals like Amazon – require gov’t protection…”
  • Halter agritech raises $32M with solar powered ‘smart collar’ for fence-free dairy farming, providing virtual herding via smartphone app…

New Zealand: April 2021 >

New Zealand: Techweek Conference

The Philippines: April 2021

  • Kraver’s Canteen cloud-kitchen firm gains $1.5M seed funding, aiming to build out 100 kitchens in the country’s major cities
  • Plentina ‘buy now, pay later’ startup raises $2.2M with instalment loans that can be used and repaid using e-wallets…

The Philippines: April 2021 >

Philippines: Alaga Health

Singapore: April 2021

  • Singapore’s MVLLabs gains $15M to develop 3-wheeler electric vehicle, the ONiON T1, for Cambodia
  • Mintable non-fungible token marketplace platform gains seed funding, with over 150K NFTs created and listed for sale in the last month alone…

Singapore: April 2021 >

Singapore fintech trends - pwc (pdf)

Sri Lanka: April 2021

  • Sri Lanka and Germany ink MOU aiming to formalise bridge between Berlin Senate’s AsiaBerlin startup initiative and Sri Lanka’s startup ecosystem
  • Lanka Angel Network Angel Fund invests over $100K in Niftron, blockchain-as-a-service platform focused on easy implementation of blockchain technology…

Sri Lanka: April 2021 >

Sri Lanka: Spiralation incubator 2021

Taiwan: April 2021

  • Chunghwa Telecom telco selects Nokia to expand 5G network in the country, aiming for 80% population coverage and a boost in 5G subscriptions
  • IC Insights semiconductor research finds South Korea’s Samsung and Taiwan’s TSMC investments, combined, make up 43% of spending this year, outpacing US and China…

Taiwan: April 2021 >

2020 Taiwan Startup Investment Scene Report (pdf)

Thailand: April 2021

  • Bank of Thailand announces intention to develop a retail central bank digital currency, provisionally aiming for trials in Q2 2022
  • Mercular raises $3M Series A with hobby-focused e-commerce platform…

Thailand: April 2021 >

Thailand Digital Foresight 2035 (pdf)

Vietnam: April 2021

  • Funtap mobile gaming company invests in 9PAY digital payments platform, allowing game-related purchases using 9PAY’s digital wallet
  • Coin98 Finance gains $4M investment from US’ crypto trading firm Alameda Research, working on decentralized finance protocols and applications…

Vietnam: April 2021 >

Vietnam: Gimo, earned wage access fintech

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