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917Ventures launches SEA venture incubation program

917Ventures has launched a regional venture incubation program. Image credit: Globe Telecom
Image credit: Globe Telecom

Is this the real-life Sand Box? Whether you’re #TeamDosan or #TeamJipyeong, the good news is that 917Ventures, the Philippines’ largest corporate incubator, has launched a regional venture incubation program called Velocity.

“We have structured Velocity in a way that really puts talents first. We’re here to support and help venture builders create successful businesses that would progress on to ultimately becoming a standalone entity with bright growth prospects. We aim to support venture builders in their journey to realizing their dreams and thus, encourage interested parties to build their first unicorn with us,” said 917Ventures Managing Director Vince Yamat in a press statement.

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ScaleUp Malaysia accelerator program launches Cohort 2

What every entrepreneur should know about roadmaps. ScaleUp Malaysia Managing Partner Andre Sequerah shared this insight during the Cohort 2 Product Management session. Image credit: ScaleUp Malaysia
What every entrepreneur should know about roadmaps. ScaleUp Malaysia Managing Partner Andre Sequerah shared this insight during the Cohort 2 Product Management session. Image credit: ScaleUp Malaysia

ScaleUp Malaysia has officially launched Cohort 2 of their famed ScaleUp Malaysia accelerator program, powered by Quest Ventures.

Through its Pegasus scaling model, ScaleUp Malaysia accelerates startups from their growth and post-product-market fit stage into the scaling up to become businesses with high revenue growth and profitability. ScaleUp Malaysia selected 20 companies for Cohort 2: Quadby, GenYouth, Hire.Seniors, ERTH, SMARTFUND, EzyOffice, Fefifo, Hatio, HAUZ, HOMA, Kiddocare, Load2Go, MMC, MyBump Media, POMEN, qijang, SUPERVISOR, tanalink, RECQA, and Virtual X. ​

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Kazakhstan startups show Central Asia is next frontier

Top Kazakhstan and Central Asia startups piqued the interest of investors across the globe at a showcase of their technologies on Nov. 3.

Top Kazakhstan and Central Asia startups piqued the interest of more than 150 investors and partners across the globe at a showcase of their technologies on Nov. 3.

The global demo day highlighted applications of artificial intelligence (AI), energy monitoring, and education in the fast-emerging markets of Central Asia. The demo day was organized by the Kazakhstan Digital Accelerator (KDA). KDA is an international collaboration between QazTech Ventures — the venture capital arm of Baiterek Holdings, Kazakhstan’s sovereign wealth fund — and Quest Ventures, a top-ranked venture capital firm based in Singapore and backed by investors including Pavilion Capital.

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Entertainment

‘Start-Up’ Episode 4: The birthday wish of Nam Do San

"Start-Up" Episode 4: Kim Seon Ho keeps stealing the show -- and hearts -- as Han Jip Yeong. Image credit: tvN
Image credit: tvN

Kim Seon Ho is not the lead actor in “Start-Up”, tvN’s K-drama about tech startups that is now streaming on Netflix. But he’s definitely stealing the show — and hearts — because of his charming portrayal of Han Jip Yeong. And just as in previous episodes, he’s the MVP of “Start-Up” Episode 4.

What makes this “Start-Up” Episode 4 even more heartwarming is that it celebrates the birthday of Nam Do San. Not the person whose real name is Nam Do San, played by Nam Joo Hyuk. But the “Nam Do San” who wrote the letters to a young Seo Dal Mi (Bae Suzy). The “Nam Do San” who became Dal Mi’s first love. “The Nam Do San in the old days”, as Dal Mi’s grandmother calls him. In other words, the “Good Boy”, Jip Yeong. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the episode.

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‘Start-Up’ Episode 2 review: Too good to be true?

Can "Start-Up" Episode 2 live up to expectations? Image credit: tvN
Image credit: tvN

“Start-Up”, the new tvN drama streaming on Netflix, set the bar high with its picture-perfect first episode. Can “Start-Up” Episode 2 live up to expectations?

I’m happy to say that “Start-Up” Episode 2 is just as charming and well-written as the first episode. Even if Seo Dal Mi, the main character played by Bae Suzy, does learn that some things are too good to be true. Spoilers ahead if you haven’t seen the episode.

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Impact Hackathon: Why the geeks shall inherit the earth

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The COVID-19 pandemic is the asteroid that will finally make the dinosaurs extinct. And by dinosaurs I mean individuals and companies who still refuse to embrace digital. I truly believe this. Which is why I’m happy that Impact Hub Manila (IHM) is bringing back Impact Hackathon to create genuine change in society. This year’s Impact Hackathon will be held virtually on Aug. 17-21. It aims to reboot the economy through inclusive digital innovations in five verticals. These include climate change, education, food and agriculture, health and wellness, and smart cities.

Only those who are still in denial think that things will “go back to normal”. The COVID-19 pandemic is the end of the world as we know it. It is a turning point in human history that has accelerated digital transformation. So don’t listen to the dinosaurs. Don’t listen to the defenders of the status quo who want to go back to doing the same things. Instead of using this disruption as an opportunity to build a better post-pandemic world. Not just the new normal, but a better normal.

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A Life Less Analog, Technology

Edusuite platform keeps schools running amid pandemic

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As I’ve previously mentioned in this column, education is very dear to my heart. That’s why I was happy to learn that Philippine startup Edusuite aims to help improve the educational system here with its artificial intelligence (AI)-powered school management system for K-12 to college. This allows schools to focus less on administration and more on education.

Now, I’m a techno-optimist and a big believer in AI. I love Edusuite’s vision of having AI co-manage the school together with human administrators. Otherwise, as Edusuite Co-founder and President Niel Dagondon pointed out at the press briefing on July 29, you are using software but still just manually administering the school. But how challenging is it to get school officials to adopt this mindset and allow AI to co-manage?

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StartmeupHK Festival showcases innovation mindset

The HKFIA 2020 Forum at StartmeupHK Festival tackled how entrepreneurs should adapt to the changing world in the next decade.
The HKFIA 2020 Forum at StartmeupHK Festival tackled how entrepreneurs should adapt to the changing world in the next decade.

Hong Kong’s annual StartmeupHK Festival became a virtual event for the first time this year. Organized by Invest Hong Kong (InvestHK), StartmeupHK Festival is the startup showpiece of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR).

On the final day of the Festival, at the HKFIA 2020 Forum organized by Sina Finance, Paul Chan, Financial Secretary, the Hong Kong SAR Government, spoke about Hong Kong’s resilience while recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. He noted that despite its many challenges, Hong Kong is still faring very well and again led the world last year in funds raised through initial public offerings.

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Social robots: Will they make technology more human?

Imagine social robots that can see and perceive us as humans.

Imagine social robots that can see and perceive us as humans. That will not only detect our faces, but also understand what our facial expressions mean. That will remember us and instantly recognize us when they see us again.

Well, we don’t have to imagine, because social robots already exist. In fact, on June 16, I was in a webinar with a social robot. As you may know, I love robots. This robot was in my favorite city, Stockholm, which I’ve fortunately visited four times. To be fair, its human colleagues at the Swedish startup Furhat Robotics were the ones conducting the webinar. Namely, Furhat Robotics Co-founder and Senior R&D Engineer Jonas Beskow and Product Owner Nils Hagberg.

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Disrupt VC model, says Draper Startup House exec

We need to reexamine the current VC model, according to Giulianna Crivello, Head of Ventures, International, at Draper Startup House.
We need to reexamine the current VC model and mix things up, according to Giulianna Crivello, Head of Ventures, International, at Draper Startup House.

Why should geography limit venture capital? In the current VC model, where most platforms are local or regional, startups find it difficult to raise capital from an investor outside their borders.

This is precisely why Singapore-based Draper Startup House has launched its own funding platformDraper Startup House Ventures. And why it is committed to disrupting the current VC model in order to match startups and investors from all across the globe.

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Funding platform launched by Draper Startup House

Draper Startup House Founder, International Vikram Bharati wants their funding platform to bring together startups and investors from all over the world.
Draper Startup House Founder, International Vikram Bharati wants their funding platform to bring together startups and investors from all over the world.

“Why can’t a startup from Indonesia raise capital from an investor in Estonia?” Vikram Bharati, Founder, International of Singapore-based Draper Startup House, aims to change this situation with the launch of their funding platform, Draper Startup House Ventures.

“Most platforms are local or regional. In our globalized world, geographic boundaries are starting to get blurred. Companies and investors are starting to go beyond their borders, searching for opportunities anywhere in the world. There are not many platforms that can help startups and investors find opportunities globally. We see an opportunity to place ourselves as a platform that can extend beyond the reach of one’s geography,” Bharati told Digital Life Asia.

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Business survival: Accept new normal for at least a year

Business survival tips from Angkas Chief Transport Advocate George Royeca: adapt to the situation, stay relevant, and weather the storm.
Angkas Chief Transport Advocate George Royeca’s business survival tips? Adapt to the situation, stay relevant, and weather the storm.

One day, the enhanced community quarantine will end. It is wrong, however, to think consumer confidence will return immediately. In fact, business survival means asking yourself if your company can adapt to the present conditions for at least a year.

“A lot of people don’t realize that it’s really not a matter of whether the President lifts the lockdown,” said George Royeca, Chief Transport Advocate of Angkas. “It’s a matter of when we find a cure. The only way to beat this virus is when you find a vaccine or a cure. In the meantime, what do we do to co-exist with COVID?”

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