Asia Digest: AskNicely, AmazeVR, Fertilis in funding news

AskNicely, a New Zealand-based company that provides customer experience software for service businesses, has raised $32 million in its Series B round. In other pieces of fundraising news, US-based AmazeVR secured $15 million co-led by Partners Investment and Murex Partners, while Australia’s Fertilis raised $1.98 million in a seed round.

AskNicely raises $32m in Series B

AskNicely, a New Zealand-based company that provides customer experience software for service businesses, has raised $32 million in its Series B round, according to an announcement.

The round was led by Five Elms Capital with the participation of existing investors Nexus Venture Partners and Blackbird. As part of the funding, Ryan Mandl from Five Elms will join the AskNicely board.

The funding will help AskNicely to lead the next generation of customer experience software for service businesses, bringing better technology to frontline teams.

Founded in 2014, AskNicely connects the dots between employee experience, customer experience, and revenue growth for service businesses.

To date, the company has serviced over 1,300 companies worldwide and has offices in the United States, New Zealand, and the Netherlands.

AmazeVR raises $15m 

US-based AmazeVR, a virtual reality concert platform founded by former executives of South Korean messaging app Kakao, has raised $15 million in a new funding round co-led by Partners Investment and Murex Partners, per a TechCrunch report.

Other investors participating in this round are Smilegate Investment, Quantum Ventures Korea, ABC Partners, Everrich Group, GS Group’s corporate venture capital firm GS Futures, We Ventures, Base Investment and Dunamu & Partners.

Previous backers Mirae Asset Venture Investment, Mirae Asset Capital, Partners Investment and Timewise Investment also pumped in capital.

AmazeVR has built a platform where artists are closer to fans anywhere at any time through proprietary immersive technologies

AmazeVR has offices in Seoul apart from its headquarters in Los Angeles.

The startup secured $9.5 million in a Series A round in 2019 and another $9.5 million in 2020.

Australia’s Fertilis raises $1.98m seed round

Australia-based Fertilis, which specialises in vitro fertilization (IVF), has raised AU$2.75 million ($1.98 million) in a seed funding round, according to TechCrunch.

The round was led by Horizons Ventures, the venture capital firm of Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing and an early investor in Facebook and Spotify.

The funding round will be used to support Fertilis’s ongoing scientific development. The company plans to start clinical trials globally this year and aims to introduce its first commercial product by 2023.

The startup was founded in 2020 by reproductive biologist Jeremy Thompson and serial entrepreneur Martin Gauvin.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.

Singapore Reporter/s

In Singapore, we are looking to double our reporting team by this year-end to comprehensively cover the fast-moving world of funded startups and VC, PE & M&A deals. We want reporters who can tell our readers what is really happening in these sectors and why it matters to markets, companies and consumers. The ability to write precisely and urgently is crucial for these roles. Ideal candidates must have to ability to work in a collaborative, dynamic, and fast-changing environment. We want our new hires to be digitally savvy and ready to experiment with new forms of storytelling. Most importantly, we are looking for hard-hitting reporters who work well in a team. Collaboration and collegiality are a must.

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).

Following vacancies can be applied for (only in Singapore).   

  • A reporter to track companies/startups that have raised private capital, and have the potential to become unicorns. SEA currently has over 40 companies with a valuation of over $100 million and under $1 billion.
  • A reporter who can get behind the scenes and reveal how funding rounds are put together, or why they’ve failed to materialise. She/he in this role will largely focus on long-format stories. 
  • A journalist to track special situations funds, distressed debt and private credit (from the PE angle) across Asia.