SG Digest: F10 ties up with Klaytn; Thunes strengthens China presence

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Fintech startup accelerator F10 will partner with Klaytn Foundation to launch an incubation programme in Singapore. In a separate development, Singapore-based cross-border payments firm Thunes has announced its expansion plans in Greater China.

F10 ties up with Klaytn Foundation

Fintech startup accelerator F10 will partner with Klaytn Foundation to launch an incubation programme in Singapore, according to an announcement.

The programme will support early-stage startups built onKlaytn, a blockchain platform developed by internet giant Kakao Corp.

The 3-month programme kicks off in April 2022 and will enable entrepreneurs to develop ideas or minimal viable products (MVPs) into scalable businesses.

Klaytn is a public blockchain focused on the metaverse, gamefi, and the creator economy. Officially launched in June 2019, it is the dominant blockchain platform in South Korea and is now undergoing global business expansion from its international base in Singapore.

SG’s Thunes seeks to strengthen China presence

Singapore-based cross-border payments firm Thunes is scouting for partnerships with local digital payment leaders in China to expand its presence in the region in markets spanning mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Macau.

It recently appointed Daphne Huang, senior vice president (SVP) for Greater China, who will leverage her deep market expertise to spearhead Thunes’s growth strategy.

The firm also plans to recruit more people as it looks to expand its China team, tripling its total headcount in the next 12 months, localising all major functions.

Thunes is a B2B company that powers payments for the world’s fastest-growing businesses. It currently supports over 60 currencies, enables payments to 120 countries, and helps to accept over 25 payment methods.

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.