VENTURE CAPITAL

Investor pressure drives regional venture funds to sustainability deals

SOUTH-EAST Asia's venture capital (VC) firms are increasingly burnishing their sustainability credentials to meet heightened demand from their investors.

ComfortDelGro invests in ancillary services, mobility tech startups

TRANSPORT giant ComfortDelGro is eyeing opportunities beyond its core passenger transport business, and has made strategic investments into three startups involved in mobility tech and ancillary...

Third500 in talks with 35-40 US firms on pre-IPO financing leading to a listing

BOUTIQUE global investment bank Third500 is in "active dialogue" with some 35 to 40 venture-backed emerging US firms to provide them access to pre-IPO (Initial Public Offering) financing via...

Temasek’s Vertex raises US$230m for fourth South-east Asia fund

VERTEX Venture Holdings raised US$230 million in the first close of its fourth Southeast Asian fund to back technology startups across the region and India.

Impossible Burger creator raises US$300m in funding round co-led by Temasek

SINGAPORE - Impossible Foods has raised US$300 million in a Series E funding round led by existing investors Temasek Holdings and Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing's personal venture fund Horizons...

Why you should root for the Uber IPO to fail

UBER'S initial public offering (IPO) is yet another chance for Uber and its detractors to sell their competing ideas of what this company represents.

Beware vegan 'meat' peddled by venture capitalists

THE potential of plant-based meat alternatives to lead to more ethical, more environmental sources of protein for the world is something to cheer.

Regulators must prepare for systemic risk from startup ecosystem

THE startup model for building a business is increasingly dominant, and is here to stay. And it has become a new source of potential risk for the broader economy.

How Grab can outwit the incumbents

VERTEX Ventures' Chua Kee Lock may try to tell startups at a pitch that it is no big deal.

Mobike's backpedal, and a lesson on ambition

WHEN Qiming Ventures invested in Mobike, it saw a disruptive force tackling the issue of getting around dense cities in the world's most populous country, observed Helen Wong, the partner who was...

More VCs pour into Asean, but await elusive exits

VENTURE funds are pouring into the region at an unprecedented rate as big venture capital (VC) names from China and India jostle to tap on growth in South-east Asia.