Aiming to make our tech landscape a bit less hellscape-y, we recently held more of our Life’s A Pitch sessions, where early-stage startup founders from across Southeast Asia pitched online to a bunch of prominent VCs.

Our two most recent sessions saw a total of 12 young teams – a diverse bunch, from tech for fish farms to robo-software – peddle their patter to investors from 11 noteworthy VC firms.

The startups pitching:

  • Triip (Singapore/Portugal) – Earn money for future trips by sharing your travel plans today and completing tasks
  • Bangku (Indonesia) – Business loan marketplace
  • Kravve (Malaysia) – Calling itself “Etsy for food,” it helps mom-and-pop food vendors to sell at scale
  • Recommend Group (Malaysia) – Homes servicing marketplace for Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand
  • Moodah ID (Indonesia) – Inventory management service
  • Buyandship (Hong Kong) – Cross-border fulfillment startup which has recently been busy shipping out masks to Europe donated by Hong Kong billionaire Charles Brown
  • Glee Trees (Singapore) – Automated software for repetitive workplace tasks, with a focus on supporting multiple Asian languages
  • Poseidon-AI (Singapore) – Tech solutions for the fast-growing aquaculture (ie: fish farming) industry
  • Pakpobox (Hong Kong) – Smart lockers for online shopping deliveries
  • Zocial Earn (Hong Kong) – Earn cash by referring a shop or product you like to friends
  • Mobiversa (Malaysia) – Digital payments services for businesses
  • EmpatKali (Indonesia) – Partners with retailers to offer zero-interest buy-now-pay-later option to shoppers

After the Zoom call, all those startups got follow-ups with at least one investor.

Participating VCs:

  • Big Idea Ventures
  • Burda Principal Investments
  • Cocoon Ignite Ventures
  • Kairous Capital
  • Lightspeed China Partners
  • Ondine Capital
  • East Ventures
  • Infinity Ventures
  • Plug and Play APAC
  • Qiming Venture Partners
  • Sunbo Partners

Hit me baby one more time

The slots for our upcoming Life’s A Pitch events are limited (and they’re free), so head over to this Eventbrite page to pick a date and apply for a slot.

  • May 29, 1400hrs – 1530hrs (GMT+8)
  • June 12, 1400hrs – 1530hrs (GMT+8)
  • June 26, 1400hrs – 1530hrs (GMT+8)

Format: you get five minutes to pitch plus seven minutes for the Q&A.

Joining requirements: early-stage startup (seed to series B) with proven business traction looking to raise from Southeast Asian or Chinese VCs.

Hit this Eventbrite page for further details and to register for free.