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Biotech Startups in Asia

A study by Grand View Research Inc in 2015 has estimated that the global biotechnology market would be worth more than USD$600 billion by 2020. The Asia Pacific region is expected to experience the most significant growth at 14.8 percent annually till 2020 due to the untapped opportunities available in Asia’s emerging markets, including China […]

Government Grants for Startups in Singapore

The following is a list of grants and schemes provided by the Singapore government for eligible startups based in Singapore. ACE Startups Grant The Action Community for Entrepreneurship (ACE) Startups Grant is a financial assistance grant that is administered by SPRING Singapore, a government agency tasked to help Singapore enterprises grow and build trust in […]

ShopBack versus Ebates

Cashback is a form of incentive for buyers where a small cash amount is reimbursed back to the buyer after making a purchase. While the cashback concept is popular in the United States and the European countries, it is still a relatively new means of incentivising online shopping in Asia. Two cashback rewards platform that […]

Tech talent in Asia

One of the major challenges of tech companies worldwide is to find, hire and retain skilled talent. The increasing labour costs has also spurred many major tech companies and startups to search for skilled and competitively-priced tech talent in Asia. Here’s a look at some of the advantages and disadvantages of sourcing tech talent in […]

500 Startups Investments in Japan & South Korea

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 briefly exited the Japanese market in 2014 after the departure of the firm’s Japan operations head, […]

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 […]

Malaysia – Uncertain politics shroud vibrant tech eco-system

Summary Venture capitalists and other tech investors have been bypassing Malaysia in favour of Singapore and Indonesia, but the country remains Southeast Asia’s third largest market for start-ups as measured by deal numbers and value. (source: Google, Temasek) The concerns about Malaysia are understandable, given the ongoing 1MDB scandal where Prime Minister Najib Razak and […]

123RF Stock Photo Company from Asia

123RF is a royalty-free digital media library that offers a wide variety of budget-friendly commercial and editorial images, video footage, audio clips and illustrations. From its humble beginnings in 2005, 123RF now ranks as the leading global provider of content. Part of the Inmagine Group with the following core businesses:(www.123rf.com, www.stockunlimited.com, www.designs.net, www.inamagine.com) They sell stock […]

Engineering Salaries in Asia

The following is a list of estimated salary range for engineering job positions that are available in Asia in 2015-2016.   China Position Qualification Experience Annual Salary Range (RMB$) Sales Engineer Diploma / Degree 5 – 8 years 130,000 – 220,000 Project Engineer Degree 3 – 10 years 100,000 – 300,000 Product Engineer Degree 3 […]