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Betatron Launches New Accelerator in Hong Kong

March 7, 2017

  Last week, Betatron kicks off the first batch of its four-month startup accelerator program. Based in Hong Kong, Betatron is a non-vertical accelerator program, providing both funding and hands-on mentorship to help optimize and scale startups. According to the program directors, they received 147 applications, with 32 being shortlisted and 4 successfully made it

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Top Picks from Asia’s 1st AI startup accelerator – Zeroth.ai

February 28, 2017

AI and ML are acronyms that baffle some, but excite many others, particularly those interested in data. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is an area of computer science that emphasizes the creation of intelligent machines that work and react like humans. Machine Learning (ML), is a type of artificial intelligence that provides computers with the ability to learn

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Zeroth AI Investor Day #1 2017

February 24, 2017

Asia’s first AI accelerator Zeroth is hosting its Zeroth.ai #Z01 Investor Day in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong!   When launched in July 2016, Zeroth introduced its three-month program that includes US$20,000 in funding, mentorship from artificial intelligence and machine learning experts all over the world. Four months later in November 2016, the accelerator announced its

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7 Ecommerce Startups in Asia

February 23, 2017

As we mentioned in the article ”What’s in store in 2017 – Ecommerce”, Southeast Asia will still be the focus of ecommerce in 2017 with more investors’ focus shifting to the region. In this article, we would like to showcase some key and upcoming ecommerce startups in Asia. They may not be in the exactly

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What’s In Store in 2017 – Ecommerce

February 21, 2017

Ecommerce in Southeast Asia has become an increasingly hot topic.  2016 was not a quiet year for Southeast Asia’s ecommerce with Alibaba coming into the region through the US$1 billion Lazada acquisition, China’s JD.com’s new shop in Indonesia, SoftBank, Sequoia Capital and SB Pan-Asia Fund’s US$100 million investment in Tokopedia.  In 2017, we expect the

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9 EdTech Startups in Asia to look at in 2017

February 16, 2017

In our last post “WHAT’S IN STORE IN 2017 – EDUCATION & TECHNOLOGY”, our view on EdTech development in 2017 is positive as we see the ecosystem in Asia is becoming more mature. Facing varying level of smartphone ownership and Internet access rate, startups from different part of Asia should have different focus adapted to

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What’s In Store in 2017 – Education & Technology

February 15, 2017

“Technology In Education ” has been a hot topic in Asian startups over the past few years. However, the activities in this field were relatively slow when compared with others as education is traditionally a social product. Therefore, it usually takes longer to convince schools, especially those of government-funded to adopt a new technology. In

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What’s in store in 2017 – Virtual Reality

February 8, 2017

2017 could be the perfect year to tap in, both investors and developers. Virtual reality (VR) devices are headsets worn like glasses, but inside are screens that display a 3D image. The headset tracks users’ head movement and the 3D image moves accordingly, making it appear as if users are inside a 3D ‘virtual’ world.

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9 Blockchain Technology-related Startups in Asia

February 3, 2017

As we mentioned in earlier article “Blockchain – it will be everywhere in 2017, not just fintech but more industries”, we believe that Finance is still the key industry for Blockchain applications with inter-bank payment and cross-border transactions as focus area (development led by Singapore). Meanwhile, we also expect Blockchain applications in other industries to

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Blockchain – It will be everywhere in 2017, not just Fintech but more industries

January 26, 2017

Blockchain is applicable to nearly every industry which requires a secured database. Many people will think of Fintech whenever they talk about Blockchain as it is the technology behind Bitcoin, the most popular digital currency. However, Blockchain is actually an example of distributed ledger technology (DLT) which supports networks of databases that enable participants to

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