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500 SEA expects more unicorns in Southeast Asia following successful exits like Grab, Bukalapak

The Southeast Asian fund will start expanding its investment mandate and investing more into countries like Vietnam, and the Philippines.

Southeast Asia’s top 50 rising women in tech 2021 [Updated]

More and more venture capital (VC) firms and angel investors are wising up to the opportunity in investing in the region’s female founders. Despite the largely virtual deal-making environment over the past year due to COVID, women-led startups have secured multimillion-dollar rounds across a multitude of sectors.

Singapore blockchain security firm CYBAVO raises $4M in pre-Series A round

The company intends to use the latest funding to fuel expansion in the East Asian, European, and North American markets and invest in R&D.

500 Startups rebrands Southeast Asia fund to 500 Southeast Asia

It remains dedicated to seed-stage investing, cutting checks of up to $500,000, but is now open to larger follow-on checks of up to $5 million, as well as potential investments through special-purpose vehicles, such the $21.2 million vehicle it previously executed for Carousell.

Pandemic has served as a catalyst for accelerating ESG innovation in Southeast Asia, says Ee Ling Lim of 500 Startups [Q&A]

In this TechNode Global Q&A with Ee Ling Lim, Head of APAC Business Development, 500 Startups, we learn how the pandemic has served as a catalyst for companies in the region to accelerate their ESG initiatives. We also learn about the nuances in incorporating and implementing such criteria, which may include the need for a shift in corporate culture, as…

‘Robinhood of Vietnam’ Infina raises $2M in oversubscribed Seed round

The startup seeks to tap into a growing opportunity in the retail investing space in Vietnam. The country of 97 million population has more than 75 percent internet users transacting money digitally, but only roughly 3.14 million--or 3.2 percent of the population-- investing in securities.

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Curlec gets funding to help businesses get paid on time

Malaysian startup wants to cut down on biz paperwork.