VCs in Vietnam: Scope for domestic development

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In recent years, Vietnamese startups have received funding from several venture capital (VC) funds, including the IDG Ventures Vietnam, 500 Startups, CyberAgent Ventures and DFJ VinaCapital. The startup potential in the country has attracted the interest of the Japanese fund – CyberAgent Ventures’ Asia Internet Fund I – which has invested… Read more »

FoodPanda acquisitions are part of the larger Rocket Internet narrative

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In a recent strategic move that secured its market leadership across multiple markets in the Asia-Pacific (APAC), FoodPanda – a crown jewel in Rocket Internet’s APAC portfolio – acquired key competitors across markets in South Asia and Southeast Asia, consolidating its leadership. Active in 39 countries globally, Foodpanda acquired competitors in markets, ranging from… Read more »


Japanese firms seek more investment in Vietnam: Survey

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Japanese foreign direct investment (FDI) companies in Vietnam are looking to expand their business in the host country as they have seen increases in operational revenue. This was opined at a Japan External Trade Organisation (JETRO) meeting on Thursday. JETRO announced results of its survey of business environment in Asia Pacific. With 458… Read more »


Yeaoh: Break the taboo of failure in entrepreneurs

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The Malaysian Global Innovation and Creativity Centre (MaGIC) is hiring ‘failed entrepreneurs’, to encourage the individuals to rejoin or remain in the ecosystem and give their talent a second chance. CEO Cheryl Yeoh said during a live interview session with Mindvalley founder Vishen Lakhiani that it was no surprise that the… Read more »


Myanmar opening banking doors

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Foreign banks are about to make a return to Myanmar after an absence of more than 50 years, in a move that is intended to support foreign direct investment (FDI) but may also pressure domestic lenders to raise their game. At the beginning of October, Myanmar announced it was granting… Read more »


“SEA EM consumers high on confidence”

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Results of a survey released last week by the MasterCard Index of Consumer Confidence noted a reduction in consumer confidence in Northeast Asia, with the markets of Taiwan, Japan and Hong Kong reporting sharp drop in second half of 2014, compared to the first half. Meanwhile, emerging economies in Southeast Asia… Read more »


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 »