Vietnam’s soy beverage startup Soya Garden raises $880k from Egroup

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The investment from Egroup will be used to hire more personnel and build the startup’s IT infrastructure to support its plans to open 30 new stores in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City.

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Sequoia-backed education startup Byju’s targets $205m revenue this year

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Byju’s also claims it is one of the few Indian unicorns that has become profitable within a very short period of time since it launched its learning app in 2015.


SE Asia turns new battle ground for food delivery as ride hailing apps step on gas

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Grab’s expansion plans are expected to further heat up the market, dominated by Go-Jek’s food delivery service Go-Food, foodpanda, Deliveroo and dahmakan.


SAARC Fund to back 80 social enterprises in 8 member nations

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SAARC member states include Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka


AECS Thailand invests in Singapore-based healthcare startup GetDoc

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The joint venture deal was part of GetDoc’s plan to expand into Thailand.


Paytm buys Flipkart-backed Cube26, aims to boost customer experience

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In December 2017, Paytm acquired Nearbuy and Little, two platforms that focus on local restaurants and commercial establishments. Paytm later merged both entities and made an undisclosed investment into the resultant entity.


India Dealbook: MobiKwik backs Pivotchain; Cashify in pact with China’s AiHuiShou

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Cashify has brought in China’s AiHuiShou as a strategic investor.


Post-IPO goal, Mercari looks at being the first Japanese startup to make it in US

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Mercari has become Japan’s default market for selling and buying used goods on smartphones, where downloads of the app reached 71 million in the five years since its debut.


Entrepreneurs in North Korea? Not as rare as you would think

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Hearty founders have defied a lack of technology and support to start their own ventures.


Singapore influencer marketing platform Affable closes seed round led by Decacorn Capital

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Decacorn Capital is a cross-border VC with a portfolio that includes ride-hailing startup Lyft and social media platform Snapchat.