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January 2020
4th quarter 2019

The 17 country-focused news collections below gather coverage of the main items in that country’s startup ecosystem – technology, stage, funding and impact focus – in January 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 video intro to Seabin, floating waste removal device removing water-borne plastic pollution
  • Antler early-stage VC and tech startup generator launches second Australia program in Sydney with intake of 81 founders…

Australia: January 2020 >
Australia: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

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  • ‘Grab for Good’ social impact program gains government support for 2 initiatives, one addressing disability, the other combating human trafficking
  • National Bank of Cambodia to launch Project Bakong, a blockchain-based, peer-to-peer payment and money transfer platform…

Cambodia: January 2020 >
Cambodia: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

SHE Investments: Cambodia


  • An intro to 0glasses’ RealX augmented reality smart glasses
  • DataCloak startup secures $13M Series A with focus on network data leaks, rather than on intrusion…

China: January 2020 >
China: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

China Internet Report 2019

Hong Kong

  • StartMeUpHK Festival set for February 10-15
  • Betatron startup investment firm to boost funding to $500K per startup in next round of accelerator program…

Hong Kong: January 2020 >
Hong Kong: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

StartMeUpHK Festival, Hong Kong


  • A look at Shayna EcoUnified, using plastic waste to make colorful floor tiles
  • An intro to My Lead Catalyst, tech firms providing marketing automation, leads development and management platform and services…

India: January 2020 >
India: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

Startup India market research


  • Amazon Web Services to build infrastructure region and 3 availability zones in Jakarta by end of 2021 or early 2022
  • Gredu education-tech startup secures pre-A funding from Vertex Ventures, VC arm of Singapore’s state-owned Temasek Holding…

Indonesia: January 2020 >
Indonesia: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

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  • Preparations for 2020 Olympics fuel race to monetize autonomous vehicles
  • Mitsubishi Motors signs with Israel’s Otonomo car data marketplace in attempt to catch up with US and Euro rivals in providing in-vehicle connected services…

Japan: January 2020 >
Japan: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

Osaka Innovation Hub

South Korea

  • Hyundai to make 4-passenger flying taxis for Uber, with Toyota, Volvo and Daimler backing similar startup activities
  • Daegu City signs agreement with Israel’s Mobileye to test and eventually deploy robotaxi service…

South Korea: January 2020 >
South Korea: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

Korea Startup Ecosystem Guide


  • An intro to LuxTag, blockchain-backed anti-counterfeiting startup working in verifiable authenticity for tangible items
  • 9 entrepreneur-focused podcasts for startup founders and enthusiasts…

Malaysia: January 2020 >
Malaysia: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

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  • An online round-up of the country’s early-stage tech, startup and funding news from across Q4 2019
  • Singapore’s Hi-So food delivery app secures 6-figure backing with over 200 store partnerships…

Myanmar: January 2020 >
Myanmar: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

Phandeeyar, Myanmar

New Zealand

  • A look at YieldTec, startup working on fruit-picking with smart fruit bags that send an automated message to mobile robots when they are full
  • India’s Telangana and New Zealand ministers discuss ties and collaboration, touching on startups and agritech…

New Zealand: January 2020 >
New Zealand: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

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The Philippines

  • Great Deals E-commerce Corp secures $12M with end-to-end e-commerce enabling services for brands
  • A brief intro to the 13 SEA category-winning startups from the recent ASEAN Rice Bowl Startup Awards 2019…

The Philippines: January 2020 >
The Philippines: Q4 2019 tech startup news >


  • Punggol town set to become tech-enabled, sustainable town showcasing Singapore’s Smart Nation ambitions
  • TurtleTree Labs raises pre-seed funding with cell culture biotech that creates the full nutritional content of milk…

Singapore: January 2020 >
Singapore: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

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Sri Lanka

  • A brief look back at the recent 3rd edition of the JUMPSTART pitching competition
  • XpressJobs platform gains $550K from Emerging Media, location-based digital advertising company…

Sri Lanka: January 2020 >
Sri Lanka: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

Sri Lanka Startup Report 2019


  • DeCloak has developed a chip to de-identify individuals’ private data using hardware privacy processing unit
  • Assuring Taiwan’s Innovation Future – a piece from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace…

Taiwan: January 2020 >
Taiwan: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

pwc Taiwan startup survey findings


  • Tech in Asia Pitch Night set for February 26th in Bangkok, featuring 6 startups and a panel of investors
  • Finnomena fintech firm raises $10M with digital wealth management platform; sets sights on SEA expansion…

Thailand: January 2020 >
Thailand: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

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  • Viettel completes country’s first 5G video call using its own gNodeB transceiver, running entirely homegrown hardware and software
  • EdTech CrowdPitch Vietnam 2020 set for March 26th in Ho Chi Minh City…

Vietnam: January 2020 >
Vietnam: Q4 2019 tech startup news >

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