500 Startups Investments in Southeast Asia

Founded in 2010 by Christine Tsai and Dave McClure, 500 Startups is one of the largest venture capital seed fund and seed accelerator firm in the world, with investments made in more than 1,300 tech startups worldwide.

500 Startups has a few funds that focuses on tech companies found in countries within Southeast Asia, including 500 Durians (US$22 million fund), 500 Tuktuks (Thailand-focused US$10 million micro-fund) and 500 Startups Vietnam (US$10 million micro-fund). Below is a list of notable tech startups in Southeast Asia that has attracted investments from 500 Startups.

(Note: List is not exhaustive.)


One of Indonesia’s largest online consumer-to-consumer (C2C) marketplace
Website: https://www.bukalapak.com/

Online and mobile grocery platform that promises to deliver within an hour. Services are currently available in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Taiwan and Thailand
Website: https://www.happyfresh.com

Touchten Games
One of Indonesia’s most successful mobile game developers
Website: https://www.touchten.com

E-commerce company specialising in physical point-of-sale kiosks to cater to Indonesians who are not able to engage in online shopping
Website: http://www.kudo.co.id

Food listing, restaurant reservations and user-generated food review app
Website: https://www.qraved.com/

On-demand virtual personal assistant
Website: https://yesbossnow.com/en

Organic farm-builder marketplace connecting investors, farmers, landowners and crop merchants to form a complete farming supply chain
Website: https://www.igrow.asia

Online marketplace selling unique artwork merchandises, including t-shirts, posters and tote bags
Website: https://tees.co.id

E-commerce website offering high quality, local designer furniture products
Website: http://fabelio.com


Regional online service marketplace with operations in Malaysia, Philippines and Singapore
Website: https://www.kaodim.com

Aggregate products available from online shopping websites onto one single platform. Currently operating in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam
Website: http://ipricegroup.com

Automotive website providing car selling and buying services. Local versions available in Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore
Website: https://www.carsome.my

Integrated health and wellness online marketplace. Local versions available in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore
Website: https://www.purelyb.com

Booking of beauty-related services within location, including massage, spa and hair services
Website: http://bfab.my

Instant restaurant reservations of more than 500 restaurants in Malaysia and Thailand to choose from.
Website: https://www.tableapp.com

Cloud-based iPad point-of-sale (POS) system for businesses
Website: https://www.storehub.com

Next Academy
Coding school that provides training for junior developers and resources for graduates to find employment or build their own startup company
Website: https://www.nextacademy.com


Touted as the first online pawnshop in Southeast Asia, it allows users to not only pawn their jewellery but also other personal items, including mobile phones, electronic gadgets and vehicles
Website: https://pawnhero.ph

Online real estate marketplace that aids users in their home hunting process from start to finish
Website: http://www.zipmatch.com

Payroll, attendance and scheduling system that allows onsite and offsite employees to clock in or out using facial recognition. Currently has operations in Cambodia, Canada, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States
Website: http://payrollhero.com

Mobile application that connects drug companies with pharmacies, physicians and patients in Asia’s emerging markets. Currently operating in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam
Website: http://www.mclinica.com

Providing digital financial services for individuals in the emerging markets who do not have access to bank services
Website: http://www.ayannah.com/

Access Philippines nightlife with listings to the best parties and events in the city
Website: http://partyphile.com


Grab (formerly GrabTaxi)
Largest transportation and ride-hailing platform in Southeast Asia. Regarded as one of the few startup unicorns in the region, the company is currently valued at US$1.6 billion
Website: http://www.grab.com/

Global TV site that streams an international range of TV shows, movies and music videos. Video content are translated into more than 160 languages by Viki’s strong community of avid fans. In 2013, Viki was bought over by Japan’s e-commerce giant Rakuten for US$ 200 million
Website: https://www.viki.com/

An online and mobile consumer-to-consumer (C2C) marketplace platform that allows users to buy and sell their preowned goods. Service is available in more than 15 countries worldwide, including Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand
Website: https://sg.carousell.com

Short notice eco-friendly car rental service that allows users to effortlessly book a nearby vehicle via its mobile app
Website: https://www.smove.sg

An online inventory, sales and order management platform for small and medium enterprise (SME) wholesalers and retailers
Website: https://www.tradegecko.com

Payment gateway that automates online banking transactions in Asia
Website: https://www.xfers.io

An online portal that helps users to discover properties for rental or sale in Singapore
Website: https://www.99.co

Food delivery service that provides healthier, wholesome food choices
Website: https://grain.com.sg

World’s first 3D pen with cool ink. Selection of cool inks available include elastic ink, magnetic ink, body paint ink and glow-in-the-dark ink
Website: http://www.creopop.com/

Dropsuite (formerly Dropmysite)
Cloud-based software platform that protects small and medium enterprises (SMEs) by allowing them to backup and recover their digital assets
Website: https://dropsuite.com

Online corporate serviced apartment rental platform for business travellers
Website: https://metroresidences.sg


Thailand’s leading online payment gateway that provides businesses with a seamless online payment processing experience
Website: https://www.omise.co

Claim Di
Auto insurance mobile app that facilitates drivers’ insurance claims with their insurance companies
Website: http://claimdi.com

Pomelo Fashion
Online fast fashion e-commerce website that focuses on introducing Korean fashion to the Southeast Asian market. Local versions available in Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand
Website: https://www.pomelofashion.com/

Cloud-based platform that allows businesses to engage and reward their audiences through gamification services
Website: https://www.playbasis.com

Job recruitment app specialising in startups and tech job openings
Website: https://www.getlinks.co

Online and mobile e-learning platform that engages children between three and seven years old in fun learning activities. Its mobile app is currently available in Singapore and Thailand.
Website: http://taamkru.com

A mobile app for motorcycle messenger services targeted towards businesses
Website: http://www.skootar.com

An online platform that connects yoga practitioners with yoga studios and instructors worldwide
Website: http://www.yogatrail.com

Developer of e-wallet mobile app, DeepPocket. Allows users to pay for goods and services, anytime and anywhere
Website: https://www.atdeeppocket.com/en


Hyperlocal social networking app that creates virtual online communities from any location, allowing users to discover relevant content and interesting individuals. In 2015, Tappy was acquired by San Franciso-based web-hosting service company Weebly for an undisclosed amount.
Website: http://www.weeby.co

Mobile consumer-to-consumer (C2C) marketplace app for second-hand items
Website: http://traodoidi.vn

Online ticketing platform that manages the distribution and sale of tickets for businesses
Website: https://ticketbox.vn

Healthcare app that monitors the health of women who are pregnant or the development of their babies through in-app support tools
Website: http://www.babyme.vn

A media and event company that specialises on nightlife in Vietnam
Website: http://pose.com.vn

Personal coach mobile app that helps English learners speak correctly and confidently
Website: http://www.elsanow.io