Indonesian and Malaysian startups dominated the VC investments scene in Southeast Asia this week amidst an unfavourable financial local weather and funding winter.
Check out the highest headlines of the week.
Saison Capital rolls out new token fund
Saison Capital, a Singapore-based VC agency, announced the launch of a brand new token fund Saison Crypto. The typical ticket measurement is between US$200,000 and US$500,000 with follow-on help. Saison Crypto’s first token-only funding is within the pipeline. This builds on prime of its 30 current investments that are primarily a mixture of fairness and tokens.
Tender Area closes US$31.5M Sequence B1 spherical
Tender Area, a Malaysian fintech-as-a-service agency, has closed a US$31.5M Sequence B1 spherical. The traders are Southern Capital Group, transcosmos, strategic investor JCB, and Hibiscus Fund. The funds will assist develop its international footprint and widen its buyer base by accelerating the innovation of its full-stack funds platform whereas increasing into next-generation technological options.
Qmed secures US$1.2M funding
Malaysian healthtech startup Qmed Asia has secured US$1.2M in a pre-Sequence A funding spherical by means of an fairness crowdfunding (ECF) marketing campaign on Leet Capital. As many as 110 traders participated within the marketing campaign, together with angels, the Malaysia Co-Funding Fund (MyCIF), and 1337 Ventures. The funds shall be used to develop its operations into Saudi Arabia and Indonesia.
Hybrid work changing into the established order in SEA
Hybrid work is changing into the established order in Southeast Asia, with 45 per cent of corporations offering it and solely 12 per cent providing distant work choices to workers, finds a joint research carried out by Glints and Monk’s Hill Ventures. Whereas in Singapore, about 63 per cent of startups provide hybrid work and 43 per cent full-time workplace work. In Indonesia, it’s 59 per cent (hybrid) and 33 per cent (full-time workplace work). Vietnam has bucked the pattern, with 83 per cent of corporations providing full-time workplace work, whereas solely 11 per cent favour the flexibleness of hybrid work.
Sinar Mas subsidiary invests in 01Fintech
01Fintech, a growth-stage fintech personal fairness (PE) agency based by ex-Ant Group government Kenny Man, has received an undisclosed sum in funding from Sinar Mas Monetary Companies, a subsidiary of Indonesian conglomerate Sinar Mas Group. The PE agency will leverage its market insights, funding expertise, and technical and operational experience to remodel and operationalise Sinar Mas Monetary’s fintech imaginative and prescient and ambition. On the identical time, Sinar Mas Monetary will leverage the 01Fintech workforce’s specialisation to drive synergies amongst the enterprise items and varied fintech investments throughout your entire Sinar Mas Group ecosystem.
ChopValue scores US$7.7M funding
ChopValue, a Canadian and Singaporean startup designing and manufacturing merchandise utilizing an revolutionary, high-performance materials engineered from recycled chopsticks, has closed a US$7.7 million funding spherical. Two unnamed high-profile expertise entrepreneurs with growth pursuits in Asia Pacific and Europe led the spherical. A number of company VC funds and current traders (VC funds within the climate-tech area and institutional traders similar to EDC and BDC) additionally participated. The funds shall be used to develop ChopValue’s operations, primarily to serve B2B partnerships higher. The main target shall be on growing manufacturing capability and creating new product traces.
Contemporary Manufacturing unit nets US$4.15M
Indonesia’s built-in chilly chain fulfilment and enabler startup Contemporary Manufacturing unit has raised US$4.15 million in pre-Sequence A funding led by SBI Ven Capital by means of its joint fund with Kyobo Securities and NTUitive. Present backers East Ventures and Trihill Capital and new investor PT Faucet Utilized Agri Companies additionally participated. Contemporary Manufacturing unit will utilise the funds to scale to over 100 fulfilment centres throughout 50 Indonesian cities by the tip of 2023. The record contains Sumatra, Sulawesi, Kalimantan, and Java.
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