Singapore’s Neuron Mobility raises $18.5M to bring its electric scooters to more international markets

Singapore-based startup, has closed an $18.5 million financing round as it looks to scale its e-scooter startup in international markets — a month after the nation introduced difficult regulatory changes. The new financing round, dubbed Series A, was funded by GSR Ventures, a venture capital firm that was the first institutional investor in Chinese ride-hailing giant DiDi Chuxing, and Square…

Singapore dental startup Zenyum secures $13.6m to fuel expansion plans

Singapore-based dental startup Zenyum has raised US$13.6 million in series A funding from RTP Global, Sequoia India, TNB Aura, and Enterprise Singapore’s Seeds Capital, among other investors. Zenyum plans to use the fresh funds to fuel its expansion plans to markets like Vietnam, Indonesia, and Taiwan. It currently operates in Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Thailand. Founded in 2018, Zenyum…

Singapore online gift card startup bags $845k in seed funding

The startup, founded in 2014, operates an online gift card platform that serves both business-to-consumer and business-to-business markets. It offers gift vouchers from more than 100 food and beverage, lifestyle, and beauty brands, according to a statement. It also provides users with an array of gifting options from various merchants in Singapore, such as yoga sessions at Freedom Yoga, a…

Singapore’s Startups Weather Turmoil With $10 Billion in Funding

Venture capital investors are flocking to Singapore despite uncertainty around U.S.-China trade relations, even as businesses hold back spending, according to Peter Ong, chairman of Enterprise Singapore. Protracted trade tensions have not affected investor willingness to pump billions of dollars into young companies because their investment horizon goes beyond the current environment, Ong said in an interview on the sidelines…

Singapore overtakes the US to become world’s most competitive country

Singapore has overtaken the U.S. to become the most competitive nation in the world, according to the World Economic Forum (WEF). In its 2019 Global Competitiveness Report, the WEF measured the strength of 103 key indicators, such as inflation, digital skills and trade tariffs, across 141 countries. The key indicators in the report were organized into 12 pillars, which included…

65% of all startup funding in SEA goes to Singapore: 2019 Google report

South-east Asia’s (SEA) internet economy is now worth US$100 billion, and will triple to US$300 billion by 2025, an annual report on the region’s digital economy has found. Of this, US$12 billion was from Singapore – slightly over 10 per cent of the regional total. Jointly published by Google, Temasek, and Bain & Company, the report – released on Thursday…

Udaan soars higher, raises $585 million in fresh funds

Udaan, the fastest Indian startup to achieve unicorn status, has raised $585 million in its latest round of funding, valuing the online business-to-business marketplace at $2.5-3 billion. The Series D round saw investments from Tencent, Altimeter Capital, Footpath Ventures, Hillhouse, GGV Capital and Citi Ventures, the firm said on Wednesday. Existing investors Lightspeed Venture Partners and DST Global also invested…

Ex-Lazada exec’s co-living startup Cove banks $2m in seed funding

Singapore-based co-living startup Cove has raised over US$2 million in a seed round led by Venturra, Yuj Ventures, Investigate, and Picus Capital. Local venture capital firms Aetius Capital and Found Ventures also participated in the round alongside some strategic angel investors. Cove was founded by Guillaume Castagne, formerly vice president of marketing for Lazada, along with Sophie Jokelson and Luca…

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