Blockchain startup Band Protocol lands US$3m seed funding led by Sequoia India

WHILE still in the thick of building its blockchain solution and business model, startup Band Protocol is now the first blockchain bet of venture firm Sequoia Capital India in Southeast Asia.

Tech talent programmes, R&D tax perks top startups' wishlist

AS THE local startup scene matures, industry players hope that this year's Budget will provide more support for talent, innovation and growing the pool of venture capitalists and angel investors.

Singapore-based AI start-up 6Estates completes Series B funding

SINGAPORE - Singapore-based artificial intelligence (AI) start-up 6Estates has completed a Series B funding round, led by Indonesia-focused GDP Venture and participated in by Central Capital...

Fashion platform Zilingo raises US$226m in series D round led by Sequoia

FASHION and lifestyle products platform Zilingo has raised US$226 million in a series D funding round led by Sequoia Capital.

MAS delays banks' implementation of e-payment user protection guidelines to June 30

THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on Thursday said that it will give banks and credit card issuers more time to adopt the e-payments user protection guidelines, which were first issued last...

StanChart makes its first S'pore trade finance deal on blockchain

STANDARD Chartered's Singapore unit has pulled off its first cross-border trade finance transaction on a blockchain-based platform, after previous initiatives by other arms of the global lender...

New Sequoia accelerator to give startups US$1.5 m right out of the gate

SEQUOIA India, a branch of the technology-focused American venture capital (VC) firm, has launched a new accelerator for early-stage, pre-series A startups in India and South-east Asia.

Singapore-based GBCI Ventures opens US$100m smart city fund

SINGAPORE-BASED smart city investor GBCI Ventures has launched a US$100 million development fund for technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality.

S$72m fund set up to boost skills in Singapore construction sector

A S$72 million training fund has been set up to help the building industry move away from labour-intensive methods to more "smart" processes.

Start-up gets seed funding from JobsCentral, Zopim founders

SINGAPORE - Singapore automotive platform has secured an undisclosed sum in seed funding from JobsCentral's co-founders Lim Der Shing and Huang Shao-Ning, as well as Zopim's co-founder...