There is a gap in Series A to C funding: MVCA

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While the past two years have seen encouraging levels of funding activity in the Malaysian startup scene, the Malaysian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association (MVCA) notes that these have been geared mostly toward early stage investment, and that there is a gap in Series A to C funding rounds… Read more »

AEC Effect: Thailand cos foray into Vietnam

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For the past two years, several Thailand-based companies have been active in Vietnam M&A market. A series of deals involving Thai investors have led to acquisition of some of the largest private sector companies in Vietnam.  Experts view it as a byproduct of the regional consolidation, spurred by coming into being of… Read more »


Crude Effect: Malaysia to boost pvt investment

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In the revision of the nation’s Budget for 2015, responding to the decline in oil prices, the Malaysian government has formulated five measures to boost private investments in the country. These include – setting up of the $1.39 billion Service Sector Guarantee Scheme, directing government-linked investment companies and government companies to… Read more »


2015: Revisting overlooked startup opportunities

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A startup ecosystem can be a complex beast, given the web of connections binding people across different industry verticals, sectors and segments. Entrepreneurs, investors, incubators, accelerators and governments are constantly jostling and aiming to advance their interests. Simultaneously, they are helping to grow the size of the ecosystem, developing their communities… Read more »


Biotech startups: viable investment for VCs

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In the US, biotechnology is increasingly emerging as a viable investment for VC firms. Series A valuations number in single digit for the biotech sector, as the firms maintain a tight focus on their burn rate and government regulators (i.e. the Food & Drug Administration), which have become easier to deal… Read more »


2015 will see reversal in investment focus: Jarvis

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Alexander Jarvis, the operating partner with Jungle Ventures, is a serial entrepreneur turned venture capitalist. The founder of KL-based startup incubator and advisory 50Folds, former managing director of Lazada, one of the fastest growing e-commerce platforms in Rocket Internet’s portfolio, as well as the co-founder of Groupon Australia, he made… Read more »


SG realty: Less attractive for investors in 2015?

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Singapore’s property market, much like London, has emerged as a capital preservation market for investors. The scarcity of land in the city-state allows the value of property to be maintained, converting liquid capital into enduring asset value. However, capital preservation markets are subject to the long-term exposure to inflation risk. And,… Read more »


Three foreign-owned banks to enter PH

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Three new foreign banks are set to enter the Philippines, as the country opens itself 100 per cent foreign-owned banks, Reducing the entry and ownership barriers will attract more players to the country’s banking sector, benefiting both the economy and the consumer, say officials from the central bank Reports add… Read more »


“Asean’s youthful market attractive for FDI”

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Asean makes an attractive young market for foreign direct investments, according to Malaysian International Trade and Industry minister Mustapa Mohamed. With over half of the population in the region under 40 years old, he noted that there are always more opportunities in a youthful population. Speaking of the First Asean… Read more »


VCs in Media: Good, Bad & Asian prospects

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Venture capital (VC) is the financial capital provided to early-stage, high-potential, high risk, growth startup companies. A VC fund makes money by owning equity in the companies within its portfolio, generating returns through an eventual realisation event such as an IPO, or a merger & acquisition by another party, rather than dividends…. Read more »