SoftBank's second Vision Fund starting life smaller than the first

SOFTBANK Group Corp has quietly completed an initial money-raising push for its second technology fund, at a fraction of its targeted US$108 billion.

Putting their heads together to think green

WHEN most 11-year-olds were out having fun on Fridays and their holidays, Jeanieve Lim from Mee Toh School was thinking of ways to help the environment.

Japan's Credit Saison launches new Asia-focused fund for early-stage startups

CREDIT Saison on Thursday announced the launch of a US$55 million venture fund focused on early-stage startups, the Japan-based credit card company's first dedicated corporate venture capital (CVC...

iSTOX raises undisclosed Series A funds from Thai bank KKP

DIGITAL securities platform iSTOX has raised an undisclosed amount of Series A funds from Kiatnakin Phatra Financial Group (KKP), a Thai investment bank, the startup announced on Wednesday.

Social Bella raises US$40m Series D funding led by Temasek, EV Growth

INDONESIAN beauty e-commerce startup Social Bella has raised US$40 million in Series D funding co-led by venture firm EV Growth and Temasek, the company announced on Monday.

Businesses should keep all avenues of funding open

THERE are generally three growth phases in a small and medium-sized enterprise's (SME) life cycle - start-up, growth and maturity. Challenges faced by a business in the 'growth' stage, such as...

CompareAsiaGroup raises US$20m in Series B1 investment

COMPAREASIAGROUP, parent company of financial comparison site SingSaver, has raised US$20 million in its first close of Series B1 investment led by information services firm Experian.

Healthcare firm Halodoc raises about US$100m in Series B, B+ rounds

INDONESIAN healthcare startup Halodoc has announced additional fund raise in a Series B+ round from strategic investors, including Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Allianz X and Prudential....

US-based Accel backs familiar faces at startup Travelstop in US$3m round

US venture firm Accel is putting money behind business travel management startup Travelstop, reuniting the investor with alumni from vacation rentals platform Travelmob.

Chinese tech company seeks US$500m to prepare for tough times

[HONG KONG] Tencent Holdings Ltd.-backed grocery delivery startup Missfresh is seeking up to US$500 million of new funding to help tide it over tougher times, according to people familiar with the...

Grab obtains investment, partnership from consumer credit giant Experian

CONSUMER credit giant Experian is investing in Grab's latest financing round, and partnering it to boost the Singapore startup's consumer financial services. The amount of investment was not...