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Asia's tech news in June 2021
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Asia’s tech News: June 2021

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

News listings below provide country and location index pages for May 2021, with tech-focused, startup and VC headlines linked to the free-to-read online articles behind them, in full. Items were first covered online, on a variety of free-to-read technology 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, cryptocurrency, and cybersecurity news, see Other News.

Ericsson Mobility Report: June 2021

Australia: June 2021

  • FOMENT Accelerator applications now open, seeking tech innovations in viticulture, wine and tourism
  • Memories startup secures $31M Series A with media platform focusing on memorials…

Australia: June 2021 >

Australia: Living Room of Satoshi Wages service

Cambodia: June 2021

  • Cambodia Digital Economy and Social Policy Framework 2021-2035 launched, aiming to direct moves towards digital economy
  • Angkor 500 Globalization Accelerator Programme, a program run by the gov’t Khmer Enterprise and 500 Startups…

Cambodia: June 2021 >

Cambodia E-Commerce Strategy (pdf)

China: June 2021

  • Xiong’an government launches digital yuan pilot using Blockchain Fund Payment Platform to pay some builders’ wages
  • An overview of 22 of the country’s top players in the UAV and drones industry, dominating some 70,000 smaller outfits in components, software etc…

China: June 2021 >

GSMA: 5G Use Cases for Vertical China (pdf)

Hong Kong: June 2021

  • Hong Kong Monetary Authority launches Fintech 2025 Strategy, featuring focus on CBDCs and cross-border payments
  • Amber Group crypto trading firm raises $100M Series B, 10x the company’s 2019 Series A, offering algorithmic trading and more…

Hong Kong: June 2021 >

Hong Kong Fintech Week, November 2021

India: June 2021

  • 9Unicorns accelerator and VC fund sets maiden edition of 9Unicorns Global Demo Day for August 11-12, showcasing 30 shortlisted startups
  • CityMall raises $22.5M with e-commerce platform for Tier 2, 3 and 4 city micro-entrepreneurs, boosted by mobile app & WhatsApp…

India: June 2021 >

EY India: Trends in PE and VC (pdf)

Indonesia: June 2021

  • Wagely raises $5.6M with earned wage access focus on Indonesia’s 100M Indonesian low- and middle-income workers
  • Alodokter, major digital health platform, gains new funding, connecting 43K doctors and 1500 hospitals and clinics with millions of patients…

Indonesia: June 2021 >

Indonesia: Wild Digital Conference, September

Japan: June 2021

  • Ashirase develops app-connected ‘in-shoe navigation system’ to help visually impaired with walking, graduating from Honda’s IGNITION business creation program
  • A look at Softbank-backed digital payments firm PayPay, boasting 3M merchants and over 39M users…

Japan: June 2021 >

btrax: NFT trends in Japan

South Korea: June 2021

  • Residents to be required to pay tax on crypto assets held in overseas exchanges, starting January 2022
  • Ringle raises $18M Series A with one-on-one English tutoring platform, with plans to for offline education spaces in South Korea and the US…

South Korea: June 2021 >

Samsung 6G Vision whitepaper (pdf)

Malaysia: June 2021

  • Naluri raises $5M Series A with wide-ranging digitally-delivered health, fitness and life coaching services
  • Malaysia Digital Economy Corp launches 100 Go Digital Coaching workshop series, aiming to help businesses with guidance around digitalization…

Malaysia: June 2021 >

Malaysia: Selangor Accelerator Programme

Myanmar: June 2021

  • A brief video look at how smartphone footage may provide evidence for prosecutions of crimes against humanity by the country’s military
  • National Unity Gov’t to launch mobile learning with Moodle and Zoom for primary, secondary and vocational schools to teach around military coup impacts…

Myanmar: June 2021 >

Myanmar: Military coup internet blocks

New Zealand: June 2021

  • This Local Piggy launches hyperlocal grocery delivery trials  in Auckland
  • A quick look at Iris Data Science, AI-backed agritech using on-farm camera monitoring to collect data from livestock to assess animal health…

New Zealand: June 2021 >

New Zealand: Digital Skills (pdf)

The Philippines: June 2021

  • Uno digital bank gains license from country’s central bank, enabling AI-run features including facial recognition and voice ID
  • Netbank launches following regulatory approval, providing banking-as-a-service operations for companies entering or transitioning to digital financial services…

The Philippines: June 2021 >

Philippines: Shell LiveWire

Singapore: June 2021

  • Singapore’s BondEvalue bond exchange gains $6M led by Citi bank with blockchain-based bond market ‘electronification’
  • Osome raises $16M Series A to digitize accounting and compliance services for SMEs using artificial intelligence…

Singapore: June 2021 >

Singapore startup resources - Founder Institute

Sri Lanka: June 2021

  • ICTA and PwC introduce new credit evaluation framework to aid tech startups and existing firms access funding
  • Lankan Angel Network, country’s largest angel investor network, appointed as Entrepreneurship World Cup National Organizer for Sri Lanka…

Sri Lanka: June 2021 >

Sri Lanka: Towards A Startup Friendly Government (pdf)

Taiwan: June 2021

  • 500 Startups partners Taiwan Tech Arena to scale and globalize tech startups with ‘TTA Accelerator by 500 Startups’
  • 4 of Taiwan’s startups take awards at France’s VivaTech 2021 with innovations in AR, fitness-tech, AI in media and advertising, and kid-focused health…

Taiwan: June 2021 >

2020 Taiwan Startup Investment Scene Report (pdf)

Thailand: June 2021

  • An intro to Synqa, digital payments and blockchain firm
  • Securities and Exchange Commission bans digital asset exchanges from trading meme- or fan-based tokens, NFTs and exchange-issued tokens…

Thailand: June 2021 >

Thailand: TDP Startup Booster Program

Vietnam: June 2021

  • A quick intro to Dòng Dòng, upcycling old tarpaulin ads, awnings and coverings into backpacks
  • Mfast fintech startup raises $1.5M Pre-Series A with financial institution partnerships that provide services like loans and insurance to a primarily rural customer base…

Vietnam: June 2021 >

Vietnam's Future Digital Economy Towards 2030 and 2045 (pdf)

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