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Asia’s tech News: March 2022

News collections, drawing online coverage of Asia and the Indo-Pacific’s tech, startup and venture funding news headlines from ecosystems across South & Southeast Asia, Australia & New Zealand, in March 2022.

Each link takes readers to the index page for that jurisdiction’s news snapshots for March 2022, with tech-focused headlines then linked to the free-to-read online news articles behind them.

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

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Australia: March 2022

  • Australian Plant Proteins project set to quadruple animal-free protein manufacturing in South Australia, with Au$378M funding for 3 new production plants
  • Language Confidence raises $1.5M seed funding using artificial intelligence to automate teaching and testing of spoken English…

Australia: March 2022 >

China: March 2022

  • China’s Twitter clone, Weibo, faces US market delisting risk as regulators tighten accounting standards on foreign companies; Alibaba and Baidu likely to face the same in future
  • Zongmu raised over $157M in new funding via state-owned funds with autonomous driving systems, and sights on new production plant…

China: March 2022 >

Hong Kong: March 2022

  • HSBC preps to become 1st global financial services provider to enter Animoca Brands’ Sandbox, decentralized virtual world
  • Animoca Brands’ founder on the rise of the Metaverse and what it means for the world of luxury goods…

Hong Kong: March 2022 >

India: March 2022

  • BOLT, the country’s largest EV charging network, sets sights on deploying 100K charging points over the next 6 months, focusing on non-metro cities
  • FanCraze cricket-focused NFT company raises $100M in new funding, building on recent release of 75 NFT-based moments from the ICC Men’s World Cup…

India: March 2022 >

Indonesia: March 2022

  • Grab partners Sedania As Salam Capital fintech for Grab Cash Financing-i, Shariah-compliant financing product, to Grab’s drivers and delivery partners
  • Gov’t preps tough new rules to allow fines and criminal charges for ‘net and social media firms, demanding action inside as little as 4 hours…

Indonesia: March 2022 >

Japan: March 2022

  • Line messaging giant is to launch a non-fungible token marketplace, partnering entertainment companies and running on its own LINE Blockchain platform
  • Innovation Square Startup Accelerator Program selects Genome Miner and Menopause And Beyond as winning recipients of ¥1 million grant…

Japan: March 2022 >

Korea: March 2022

  • South Korea: A brief intro to 20 of the more active venture capital and private equity firms in the country, based on 4 key factors
  • North Korea: ‘Mapping DPRK Cyber Threat Groups to Government Organizations’ – an assessment from Mandiant…

South Korea: March 2022 >

Malaysia: March 2022

  • Communication Ministry proposes to gov’t that cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin be adopted as legal tender
  • iPrice online shopping aggregator raises $5M in part to expand into the lending market, helping users find consumer loans to fund purchases…

Malaysia: March 2022 >

New Zealand: March 2022

  • oVRcome health-focused startup selected to present at SXSW 2022, using VR to treat phobia and anxiety
  • An overview of NZ’s fintech space, a growing ecosystem of companies looking at future listings on the ASX…

New Zealand: March 2022 >

The Philippines: March 2022

  • An intro to DashoContent, on-demand, customized social media content service focusing on e-commerce and MSMEs
  • The Esquire Trailblazers List: 70+ Influential People in the Philippine Startup Scene…

The Philippines: March 2022 >

Singapore: March 2022

  • Singapore: An intro to Horizon Quantum Computing, aiming to provide a compiler that streamlines code, allowing a unified language across quantum and classical programming…

Singapore: March 2022 >

Taiwan: March 2022

  • Cooby raises $2.9M led by Sequoia India’s Surge with WhatsApp-focused sales messaging and conversation management
  • An intro to Micro PC, early-stage startup working on removing micro-plastics from the world’s oceans…

Taiwan: March 2022 >

Vietnam: March 2022

  • M Village co-living spaces startup gains $1.7M
  • Gov’t directs agencies to develop a legal framework around digital assets and cryptocurrencies, looking at their impact on the law and their relationship with fiat money…

Vietnam: March 2022 >

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