Asia Digest: SG’s Plano raises funds; Revolution Precrafted’s Antonio launches PH startup

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Singapore health-tech startup Plano has raised an undisclosed amount of funding from a slew of prominent investors, while Robbie Antonio, the founder of Philippines unicorn Revolution Precrafted, has launched a new startup in the country.

Healthtech startup Plano raises capital

Singapore-based healthcare technology (health-tech) startup Plano announced a new funding from a slew of prominent investors, including a seven-digit figure sum from former trader and investor Peter Lim, through his investment company Meriton Capital Limited, according to a Business Times report.

Plano, founded by ophthalmologist Mohamed (Mo) Dirani, was launched in late 2017 through the Ophthalmic Technologies Incubator set up by the Singapore Eye Research Institute (SERI) in a bid to commercialise the organisation’s research outcomes.

Plano provides a suite of child safety functions while using science-based features to help modify behaviour in children to reduce myopia-related factors and empower healthier device usage.

Since its inception in 2017, the application has over 100,000 registered families both within and beyond Singapore. The application currently operates in India, Malaysia, and Australia. Going forward, within next year, Plano plans to expand its operations in ten more countries, including China, and the US.

Revolution Precrafted’s Antonio launches new PH startup

Robbie Antonio, the founder of Philippines unicorn Revolution Precrafted, has launched a new startup that offers celebrity-designed and curated franchising and concepts for entrepreneurs.

Antonio launched Renegade Branding Concepts with Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao leading a collection of local and international personalities who created their own brand of products and services.

In a statement, Antonio said Renegade Branding Concepts challenges traditional models of launching possible ventures by offering fully-realized licensing concepts interiors. All licensing concepts are curated by partner celebrities and influencers referred to as “renegades”.

Antonio plans to expand Renegade Branding Concepts to key markets in Asia and around the world staring with strategic operations in Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Thailand.

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.