SEA Digest: Homebase raises funding; Grab ties up with NAS Academy

The Homebase team.

Ho Chi Minh-based Homebase has raised an undisclosed amount in its pre-Series A round to develop new alternative financial solutions to serve homeowners in Vietnam. Meanwhile, ride-hailing giant Grab and NAS Academy, the training and development arm of content creator NAS Daily, are rolling out a programme to identify and groom 100 budding content creators across Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

Vietnam’s Homebase raises funding from VinaCapital Ventures, 1982 Ventures, others

Ho Chi Minh-based Homebase has raised an undisclosed amount in its pre-Series A round to develop new alternative financial solutions to serve homeowners in Vietnam.

According to a statement, the size of the round was a “7-figure sum” and joined by a list of venture capital investors in Vietnam, Silicon Valley and Singapore. They include Vietnam’s VinaCapital Ventures, Silicon Valley-based Class 5 Global and Pegasus Technology Ventures, and Singapore-based investors 1982 Ventures and Antler.

A number of prominent ex-founders also joined the round, including Troy Steckenrider III, ex-COO of US real estate technology firm Zerodown, and Darius Cheng, founder and CEO of 99.co.

Homebase last raised another undisclosed amount in its pre-seed round in February this year, which was backed by Antler and Brian Ma, co-founder of Divvy Homes. Divvy Homes is an Andressen Horowitz and GIC-backed alternative home ownership startup based in the US.

Grab ties up with NAS Academy to train SEA’s content creators

Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant Grab and NAS Academy, the training and development arm of content creator NAS Daily, will roll out a programme to identify and groom 100 budding content creators across Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.

The programme, “GrabForGood x NAS Academy Creator Course”, aims to uncover stories of Southeast Asia and provide a platform for micro and small business owners, including Grab driver- and delivery-partners, to share their experiences in adapting to the new normal, Grab said in a statement on Monday.

“This year, we were inspired by stories of so many individuals and businesses in our community, who have shown grace, grit and ingenuity as they come together to help one another and fight to adapt to the new normal. Through this partnership with NAS Academy, we’d like to shine a light on these amazing people and innovative small businesses, while sharing their stories to spread more positivity and hope,” said Grab group vice president of marketing Cheryl Goh.

Under the course designed and conducted by NAS Academy instructors, 100 select participants will get to hone their skills in scriptwriting, video filming and editing, as well as publishing. During the course, they will get personal feedback on their content from trainers, and access to a virtual digital lab where they can get live feedback and tech support. As many as 200 videos will be produced by the participants, with a focus on how Grab’s partners have demonstrated resilience, and adjusted during this challenging period.

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.