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Asia’s Startup News: August 2020

17 country-and-jurisdiction focused startup news collections, gathering coverage of technology headline news items in each country’s startup ecosystem across August 2020.

Summaries are collected at month-end, hence the lag between today’s date and the monthly startup news collections below.

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

Australia: August 2020

  • Applied Blockchain Intensive Short Course- study blockchain fundamentals in 6 weeks with Blockchain Collective
  • Government to boost cybersecurity spending to $1.6BN and push for expanded police powers in bid to reduce crime on dark web…

Australia: August 2020 >

Australia: Nat'l Missing Persons Hackathon

Cambodia: August 2020

  • An intro to WeMall, online platform boosting Cambodian women’s products locally and to the outside world
  • Khmer Enterprise, unit of gov’t Entrepreneurship Development Fund, opens applications for KE Assistance Package second round for SMEs and startups…

Cambodia: August 2020 >

Cambodia: Impact Hub Phnom Penh

China: August 2020

  • An overview of the current state of play in autonomous vehicles – piloting robotaxis as a first step whist regulations and technology issues are addressed
  • Moka HR tech firm gains $43M with software approach to streamlining human resources processes, boasting clients including Xiaomi and McDonald’s…

China: August 2020 >

Mobile Economy 2020, China

Hong Kong: August 2020

  • InvestHK unveils new Global Fast Track Programme for help local firms globalize and global fintechs enter the region
  • Report: Hong Kong Institute for Monetary and Financial Research releases Artificial Intelligence in Banking: The Changing Landscape in Compliance and Supervision…

Hong Kong: August 2020 >

Signal private communications app

India: August 2020

  • Eduvanz fintech startup raises $5M series A with student-focused education loans
  • Lightspeed India Partners raises $275M fund for India, aiming to invest in upwards of 24 early-stage startups…

India: August 2020 >

India: NASSCOM Startups

Indonesia: aUGUST 2020

  • An intro to InfraDigital, helping schools digitize tuition and enrolment, and partnering everyday outlets to help parents make digital payments for tuition
  • A recent look at the growing presence of tech firms like GoPay and OVO in the digital payments space, already handling over 55% of all digital payments in the country…

Indonesia: August 2020 >

SupportStartups initiative

Japan: August 2020

  • BeaTrust enterprize collaboration platform gains $2.8M seed round to build workplace collaboration and cohesion
  • Intel-owned Mobileye to partner WILLER transport services operator to launch robotaxi services in Japan, Taiwan, and other SEA locations…

Japan: August 2020 >

Japan's Innovation Ecosystem

South Korea: August 2020

  • Elysia launches small-scale blockchain-based real estate investment service, allows users to invest from $92 per month
  • One million citizens have taken up blockchain-powered digital driving license since May this year, over 3% of driving population…

South Korea: August 2020 >

Korea Startup Week: ComeUp 2020

Malaysia: August 2020

  • Oxwhite e-commerce site on track to fulfill RM12M sales pledge to equity crowdfunding investors with launch of Shopee-based online store
  • JurisTech acquires iMoney, adding personal financial education to enterprize-focused fintech solutions…

Malaysia: August 2020 >

Malaysia: Forward School

Myanmar: August 2020

  • Another look at the 11 startups selected from the End Plastic Waste Innovation Platform program, from Australia, India, Indonesia, Myanmar and UAE…

Myanmar: August 2020 >

Lesswalk, Myanmar

New Zealand: August 2020

  • Startup Dunedin, Otago University, Otago Polytechnic and Callaghan Innovation to partner for startup ecosystem research and development
  • An intro to MedSalv, aiming to help medical system save $100M each year with sterilization process preventing 1700 tonnes of waste going to landfills…

New Zealand: August 2020 >

New Zealand: Entrepreneurship Manifesto 2020

The Philippines: August 2020

  • An intro to Let’s Eat Bai in Cebu, full-service food & delivery app
  • An intro to Edusuite, startup deploying a locally-developed cloud-based schools management system…

The Philippines: August 2020 >

Philippines: Connected Women

Singapore: August 2020

  • RealVantage real estate co-investing platform takes out 2 awards with focus on fractional real estate ownership
  • Singapore-Australia Digital Economy Agreement signed to facilitate digitization of trade processes and ease cross border business activities…

Singapore: August 2020 >

COVID-19 Detect & Protect Challenge

Sri Lanka: August 2020

  • The Angel Fund, Lankan Angel Network initiative with corpus over $500K, opens applications from early-stage startups with regional and global potential
  • Tracified gains equity investment from Japan’s 360ip VC firm with blockchain-based traceability solution for supply chains…

Sri Lanka: August 2020 >

Sri Lanka Startup Report 2019

Taiwan: August 2020

  • US Taiwan Startup Forum virtual event set for September 11th and 25th, aiming to advance a collaborative startup community and conversation on innovations
  • UK’s Rainmaking Innovation inaugurates tech-focused Center of Excellence and Expertise in the Southern Taiwan Science Park, becoming the 3rd accelerator there…

Taiwan: August 2020 >

pwc Philippines startup survey (pdf)

Thailand: August 2020

  • Major mobile operator partnered by Digital Economy Promotion Agency and Thai Media Fund for e-learning platform to enhance digital literacy in young people
  • Ricult raises $2M pre-A with platform combining deep tech, artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve agricultural efficiency…

Thailand: August 2020 >

Startup Thailand

Vietnam: August 2020

  • Okxe Vietnam motorbike trading startup raises $5.5M to connect buyers and sellers via smartphone app and website
  • An intro to AskNow, helping students interact with a host of qualified online tutors from home, in COVID-19 social isolation or from a remote location…

Vietnam: August 2020 >

LoShip Vietnam 1-hour e-commerce

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