Asia Digest: Alibaba Cloud launches China gateway; Austrade-SG Landing Pad cohort

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Alibaba Cloud has launched China Gateway Program while Austrade’s Singapore Landing Pad Program unveils largest cohort  of Australia’s best startups to deepen SEA-Australia startup collaboration.

Alibaba Cloud launches China Gateway Program 

Alibaba Cloud, the data intelligence backbone of Alibaba Group, on Thursday launched China Gateway Program at the Alibaba Cloud APAC Summit with eight local partners, according to an announcement.

Partners that are supporting the initiative include the Info-communications Media Development Authority (IMDA), Enterprise Singapore, DBS SME Banking, Singapore Chinese Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SCCCI), SMU Academy, SGTech, Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) and TechNode.

Through the local partners in Singapore and around the region, Alibaba Cloud will provide firms an in-depth immersion program on doing business in China, connecting them to Chinese companies and consumers via the Alibaba ecosystem.

Austrade’s Singapore Landing Pad Program unveils largest cohort 

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade) Landing Pad in Singapore has officially unveiled its latest cohort of promising startups in the country, according to an announcement.

Eight startups across the fields of cybersecurity, fintech and HR-tech were unveiled in Singapore, where they will be undergoing a 90-day tailor-made residency program.

For this cohort, Austrade has also partnered with the Australian Cyber Security Growth Network (AustCyber), supported by the Australian government. Together both bodies look to mitigate and eliminate cyber-crime across the Asia-Pacific region.

“By connecting these startups with investors, enterprises and government agencies, we are helping them accelerate their growth internationally.,” said Taliessin Reaburn, Trade Commissioner, Austrade Singapore.

Through the efforts of the Landing Pad and Austrade, recent graduates have expanded to markets such as India, Indonesia, Nepal, The Philippines and Vietnam.

The Landing Pad has helped raise around $15.8 million. Over 50 collaborative agreements have formed, including one with a Singapore government agency.