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As Asia-Pacific moves into post-pandemic mode, the qualities of creativity, resilience and capacity for change shine through in the second Forbes Asia 100 to Watch list. We spotlight 100 small companies and startups across the region that are addressing real-world challenges with fresh thinking and innovative products and services. These include faster blood tests, more accessible elderly care services, and well-being apps to help those struggling with isolation or burnout. Others on our list are taking aim at climate change, through uber-long-lasting batteries, for example, and more-resilient crops. Some offer fintech solutions to digitalize—and connect—underserved markets. Fifteen countries and territories are represented across 11 categories that include biotechnology and healthcare, e-commerce and retail, and finance. Singapore’s vibrant startup community contributed 19 companies to the list, followed closely by Hong Kong with 16.
Edited by John Kang and Catherine Wang
Editing assistance and reporting by Yue Wang
Additional reporting by Jayde Cheung, Zinnia Lee, Yessar Rosendar, Simran Vaswani and Ardian Wibisono
METHODOLOGY: To select our 100 to Watch, Forbes Asia solicited online submissions, and invited accelerators, incubators, SME advocacy organizations, universities, venture capitalists and others to nominate companies as well. The final 100 was selected from over 650 submissions. To qualify for consideration, companies had to be headquartered in the Asia-Pacific region, privately owned, for profit, have no more than $50 million in its latest annual revenue and have no more than $100 million in total funding through Aug. 1. Our team evaluated each submission, looking at metrics such as a positive impact on the region or industry, a track record of strong revenue growth or ability to attract funding, promising business models or markets, and a persuasive story. The editors reserve the right to remove or replace any company or individual included in a list in light of any new information that would disqualify them from inclusion.
From left: AgroStar cofounders Shardul Sheth and Sitanshu Sheth.
AgroStar’s mission is to “help farmers win” by providing advisory services to improve crop yields and the chance to connect with exporters. It also launched a quality assurance lab in May to test seeds and fertilizers. The startup says its digital network spans over 6.5 million farmers across India, and it processes roughly 70 million data points a month to tailor recommendations. Through the AgroStar app, farmers can ask questions to experienced “AgroDoctors,” watch tutorials on topics such as soil quality, and network with other farmers. So far it has raised $96 million in funding.
AI For Pet operates an app that can detect eye and skin diseases in cats and dogs using software that analyzes photos users take with their phones. Over 1 million samples of imaging data, labeled by veterinary experts, were used to develop its AI models, the company says.
Alami aims to transform the Islamic finance industry, starting with its Sharia-compliant peer-to-peer lending platform for small and midsized businesses. The startup says its annual disbursement growth tripled over the past two years as it tapped into Indonesia’s growing fish farming and logistic sectors, to bring the total to over $200 million disbursed so far.
Ami, a “human-centric” mental wellness startup, pairs employees with mental-health professionals to help improve workplace well-being in Asia. The startup has raised $4 million to date and serves over 20 companies and startups in Singapore and Indonesia, with plans to expand into South Korea, Hong Kong, Thailand and Vietnam.
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Animall lets farmers in India trade cattle directly with each other via its app. The startup, which began in 2019, has now reached more than 8 million dairy farmers, it says. Animall has supported 850,000 cattle sales in the past three years. It also trades its own animals.
Apartmentary aims to digitalize South Korea’s large but fragmented home renovation market. The Seoul-based startup developed a website and app for end-to-end home renovation services. It claims almost 60% of its customers were very satisfied with its services, higher than the industry average.
A spinoff company from the University of Hong Kong, ArchiREEF is on a mission to restore coral reefs destroyed by climate change with 3D-printed terracotta tiles. The company works with the governments of Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi, and aims to replace 4,000 coral fragments across the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans by 2025.
Astro Technologies promises a 15-minute delivery of groceries to 50 locations in the greater Jakarta area. To ensure on-time delivery, it operates a network of dark stores—distribution centers for online shopping—and claims to have 1,500 dedicated drivers. The startup says it raised $91.6 million from three funding rounds.
Founded by George Yuan, a Hong Kong University of Science and Technology electrical engineering professor who earned a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, Atom Semiconductor Technologies is one of Hong Kong’s few semiconductor companies. It designs high-performance signal-chain chip solutions for the Internet of Things, with consumer, medical and industrial applications.
Using cell-culture technology, Avant Meats is growing fish filets and fish maw (air bladders), which are considered a delicacy in China. The startup has raised about $14 million in funding so far, and is planning to launch a pilot plant in Singapore next year.
AwanTunai provides Indonesia’s larger grocery stores as well as mom-and-pop shops with online financing and payment services, helping to digitalize an otherwise offline sector that mainly relies on cash transactions. Its app also connects stores with suppliers and provides inventory and order management services.
Backpackr operates an online marketplace for handmade goods called Idus, a Korean version of Etsy. Idus has garnered more than 5 million downloads on the Google Play store and about 30,000 artisans are on the platform. In 2015, Backpackr acquired crowdfunding site Tumblbug to develop a creator ecosystem.

From left: Baraja cofounders Federico Collarte and Cibby Pulikkaseril.
Based on lidar technology—which uses lasers to detect objects—Baraja developed a product called Spectrum-Scan that makes self-driving safer. The Sydney-based startup says Spectrum-Scan uses refractive optics to increase the resolution and range of object detection. Last year, Baraja raised A$40 million ($28 million) in series B funding led by Blackbird Ventures.
From left: Bifrost cofounders Aravind Kandiah and Charles Wong.
Bifrost is addressing the biggest hindrance to developing AI: collecting and annotating vast amounts of data. Instead of manually collecting data, the startup builds virtual worlds to create synthetic datasets that train AI models for applications in areas such as gaming, the metaverse, mobility, robotics, space and defense.
Bijak aims to digitalize India’s agricultural sector through its B2B commodity trading platform. To simplify the process of finding reliable trade partners, its app supports online payments, and includes a rating system for users to leave reviews. The startup says its 30,000 users are spread across 27 Indian states.
Bijnis cuts out the middleman and lets India’s manufacturers sell directly online, while also offering them credit, payment and logistics services. The startup says its app is used by more than 5,000 factories producing apparel and lifestyle products. Its separate “buyer app” serves more than 100,000 retailers.
Blue Wall Technologies’ cloud-based collaboration platform allows real estate companies to manage projects throughout the sales cycle, including tenders, construction, sales and leasing. Despite the Chinese property downturn, Blue Wall Technologies in March bagged $7.4 million in a round led by the venture capital arm of U.S. media giant Hearst Corp.
Bone’s Technology develops surgical robots and computer systems to make orthopedic surgery safer and bone health assessments more accurate. The startup says its technology, developed by chief technology officer Huan Qi, who earned a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from Oxford University, can raise the accuracy of bone quality testing from 60% to over 90%.
Cakap helps Indonesian workers learn other languages online. According to its website, the startup has connected over 2.5 million students studying English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese with over 1,500 teachers through text and video calls. Cakap has also begun to explore using virtual reality and a metaverse platform for its services.
Customer relationship management software Cooby helps streamline B2C sales on WhatsApp. Its platform for the messaging app allows businesses to analyze conversations with customers, aggregate contacts and share statistics about team performance. With a total of $2.9 million in funding, the startup claims its users span over 80 countries.
Using extended reality (XR) technology, DataMesh enables real-life inspection of construction projects before completion. It has been deployed to simulate the construction of the venue for the SAGA2024 Japan Games and National Sports Festival for People with Disabilities. DataMesh says it has about 200 clients.
Using Desty’s service, merchants in Indonesia with no coding skills are said to be able to easily create online stores and social media landing pages. The startup also offers features to manage inventories and provide customer metrics. Desty claims nearly 1 million merchants use its services.
DimOrder started out helping restaurants digitize their menus and then expanded to providing a one-stop platform that enables order and inventory management, payment processing, income analytics and marketing. In the past year, more than 1,000 restaurants started using its platform, it says, including Singapore billionaire Zhang Yong’s Haidilao hotpot chain.

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The telemedicine startup partners with hospitals and pharmacies to provide remote treatment and prescription-drug delivery services. Its app has reached more than a million downloads on the Google Play store, making it one of the top medical apps in South Korea. The startup said it raised $32 million in funding in June.
DP Technology seeks to reduce the high cost associated with drug discovery through AI. The company uses quantum mechanics to develop algorithms that simulate how disease-causing proteins may work. Its partnerships with biopharma companies include Wuxi Biortus Biosciences and Hong Kong-listed Hansoh Pharmaceutical.
Founded by former international students, the fintech startup helps process tuition payments from overseas students. EasyTransfer says it has serviced more than 250,000 students from over 30 countries since its founding. It has also developed an anti-money laundering platform, based on machine learning, that improves compliance reviews and fraud risk identification.
Digital wealth platform Endowus provides investment advisory services and allows users to manage their private cash savings as well as contributions to Singapore’s Central Provident Fund. The startup is looking to expand to Hong Kong this year.
Education startup EntryLevel’s mission is to reskill 1 billion people through online cohort-based programs. To join a six-week class, users pay a $99 bond, which is refunded when they graduate, or they can opt for premium perks like extra content. The startup says its course completion rate is up to 20 times that of competitors, such as Coursera or General Assembly.
Etaily aims to digitalize retail in Southeast Asia by helping stores embrace e-commerce. Its smart services for shops include tech support, operations, branding and data management. Led by former executives of online fashion retailer Zalora, Etaily claims its revenue growth increased eightfold in 2022.
Euler Motors’ flagship product is an electric three-wheeler called HiLoad, which touts a driving range of up to 151km and can be charged within 15 minutes. The startup also operates its own charging network and an app that lets users monitor their vehicles.
Cofounded by a vegetarian, a fine-dining chef and an organic mushroom farmer, Fable Food offers a plant-based meat alternative made from shiitake mushrooms. The startup provides ready-to-eat meal boxes, such as “beef” stroganoff and curry rice, and supplies food chains including Australia’s Grill’d Healthy Burgers.
Fano Labs founder Miles Wen.
An AI startup spun off from the University of Hong Kong, Fano Labs specializes in speech recognition and natural language processing technologies. Its products help companies with their customer service, compliance and sales. The startup says it counts over 40 finance and telecoms companies and government bodies as customers.
Through its micro-investment and wealth management platform, Finhay aims to offer a one-stop shop for investors in Vietnam. The startup says its 2.7 million app users can start investing with as little as $2.20, improving financial inclusion. Finhay’s institutional partners include Dragon Capital and Malaysian bank CIMB Group.
From left: FRND cofounders Hardik Bansal, Bhanu Pratap Singh Tanwar and Harshvardhan Chhangani.
Dating app FRND helps users connect while playing online games. To help break the ice, the company’s matchmakers kickstart audio-based conversations, which are designed to be fun—and safe—experiences. FRND says the app has been downloaded more than 5 million times, and has a rating of 4.2 out of 5 on Google Play.
G-hcare works with Chinese insurers including China Life, China Taiping and Ping An to develop and sell tailored life and healthcare insurance products. It also provides add-on services such as healthcare consulting and insurance for overseas treatment, which its enterprise customers can then market to their users.
Gense Technologies aims to make medical checkups possible at home. The startup developed a medical-imaging device and accompanying app to identify diseases in the lungs, kidneys and liver at an early stage. The technology can also monitor chronic diseases affecting vital organs.
GoKwik cofounders.
Launched during the pandemic, e-commerce startup GoKwik’s mission is to help direct-to-consumer brands and marketplaces increase their sales. Its AI and machine learning software assists online checkouts, automatically correcting addresses and confirming orders. The startup claims it has been used by over 250 brands, to help create more than $1 billion of gross merchandise value.
GramHeet, a blend of two Marathi words that translates into “prosperity of the village,” aims to help India’s farmers store and profit from their harvests. Through its app, farmers can access GramHeet’s storage services, which the startup claims can increase the shelf life of grains by up to 12 months, and directly sell to buyers.
From left: Grand Rise Technology cofounders Pauline Li and Tenny Lam.
Using proprietary nanotechnology, biotech startup Grand Rise Technology makes health and safety products derived from biodegradable materials, including crustacean shells and thyme. The startup’s InnoCoatex antimicrobial coating is applied to textiles like masks and wipes. It also makes an edible coating that can protect foods from germs and extend the shelf life of fruits. As sanitizing becomes the norm in the wake of the pandemic, Grand Rise Technology says its formulation is safer than that of commercial disinfectants.
Novel cell therapy company Grit Biotechnology seeks to treat cancer and tumors by enhancing lymphocytes, a type of immune system cell. The startup extracts and then cultivates a patient’s disease-fighting lymphocytes before re-injecting the modified cells. Grit Biotechnology says it entered clinical trials in China in April, having raised a total of $40 million.
Gusto Collective is taking marketing to the next level, helping brands engage customers through metaverse technology, including virtual and augmented reality. In February, the startup partnered with auction house Phillips to launch an NFT. Gusto Collective says it has about 90 clients, including Sino Group and The Peninsula Hotels.
Halter developed solar-powered, GPS-enabled electronic collars for cows. The collars use noise and vibration to direct cows without the need for farmhands, dogs or fences, allowing farmers to manage and monitor their herds remotely through Halter’s accompanying app. The startup says the app can save up to 20 hours of work a week.
Using ultrasound imaging and AI, HiCura Medical developed a device to help anesthetists administer an epidural more accurately to women in labor. The startup claims its technology improves the success rate for initial needle insertion.
Self-driving startup HoloMatic develops autonomous parking and autopiloting systems. Its HoloParking software can be enabled remotely from a user’s smartphone and guide cars into preferred parking spots. A strategic investor of the startup, China’s Guangzhou Automobile Group will use HoloMatic autonomous driving software in car models slated for market debut later this year.
Homage founder and CEO Gillian Tee.
Inspired by the founder’s experiences of struggling to find caregivers for her ill mother, Homage aims to help customers quickly obtain personalized medical support for their loved ones. The startup’s healthcare services platform caters to adults and the elderly, connecting households with licensed caregivers, nurses, therapists and physicians. It claims its network of over 10,000 care professionals has rendered over 1 million hours of services, including doctor consultations, in-home living assistance, rehabilitation and specialized treatment for conditions like Parkinson’s disease and dementia. Already available in Malaysia and Australia, Homage plans to expand in the region with its $30 million funding round in September.
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I2Cool, a spin-off company from City University of Hong Kong, invented an exterior paint to cool down hot buildings. The startup’s iPaint reflects sunlight and dissipates thermal radiation to lower indoor temperatures without consuming energy.
IoT startup i-Kingtec develops industrial drones and related analytics software. The startup claims its Orca and Tiger Den drones are fully autonomous, with batteries that charge on return to a portable control platform. The drones’ uses include building inspections and emergency rescues.
Igloocompany’s vision to “create a world without keys” underlies its smart access management products. Besides its smart locks for homes, the company helps businesses monitor, control and manage access to properties and facilities like data centers. The startup says it remotely serves over 400 enterprise customers and has issued 5 million digital credentials, as the pandemic spurred demand for contactless access.
Intellect provides a wide range of mental health services to workforces across Asia through its app. Employees can speak with behavioral health coaches and subscribe to self-guided programs. The startup, which has raised $23 million in funding, says it has connected 3 million people to mental health professionals across 20 countries.
Inteluck CEO Kevin Zhang.
The tech-driven logistics startup initially helped logistics companies track their vehicle fleets. Today, it facilitates first and mid mile delivery on its data-driven trucking platform. Clients include Coca-Cola, Nestle and billionaire Lucio Tan’s Asia Brewery. The company aims to expand into Vietnam and Indonesia next year.
From a single coffee shop in 2018, Jiwa Group now manages three food and beverage chains, comprising over 1,000 outlets in more than 100 Indonesian cities. The company attributes its growth to collaborations with other brands, including those for cosmetics and apparel.
The Indonesia-based “Uber for trucks” startup Kargo Technologies is trying to bring down logistics costs by removing middlemen and reducing empty trips. The startup says it has 75,000 trucks and 30,000 shippers on its platform, serving small and midsized businesses and bigger clients like Coca-Cola, Danone and Ula.
Kmong is the largest online freelance marketplace in South Korea as measured by users, with over 1 million downloads on the Google Play store. In 2019, it launched an enterprise version of its platform that connects skilled freelancers with employers. The Seoul-based startup raised $28 million in series C funding in May last year.
Leapstack helps insurers in China control risks, using AI and big data-driven algorithms to calculate payments and detect potential abnormalities, such as excessive fees and fraudulent claims. Building on its total of $50 million in funding, the startup plans to expand outside mainland China—it’s already established offices in Vietnam and Hong Kong.
Lifelab operates Cleaning Lab, one of the most popular house-cleaning apps in South Korea. The app, which connects cleaners with residents, has more than 1 million downloads in the Google Play store. The Seongnam-based startup is led by Hyunjoo Yeon, the former head of Kakao’s O2O home services business.
Mobility startup Luup offers a sharing service for electric bikes and scooters. The startup says its 5,000 vehicles are available in the Japanese cities of Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Sendai and Yokohama. Going forward, Luup plans to introduce rental options with three and four wheels, which will be more accessible to the elderly and people with disabilities.
MagAssist founder and CEO Polin Hsu.
Medtech startup MagAssist’s ventricular assist device functions as a heart outside the human body, to provide life support to patients with critical heart failure. Called MoyoAssist, it uses magnetic levitation technology and computational models to ensure blood flow and prevent blood clots. In June, a hospital in China’s Shanxi Province used the device to successfully treat a patient in cardiac shock. A hospital in Wuhan in 2021 used it to provide life support to a patient waiting for heart surgery.
The startup’s AI-powered app, called Aqumon, provides automated financial services to retail and institutional investors. Magnum Research says its software leverages 100 terabytes of data from over 100,000 financial instruments. In October 2020, the fintech startup raised $30 million in a funding round.
Manatal’s AI-powered software helps HR professionals sift through the online profiles of job seekers and identify candidates who best fit the role. The cloud-based recruitment software developer also helps companies distribute job openings on platforms such as Careerjet, JobStreet and LinkedIn. The startup claims it has $5.1 million in funding.
Combining medical services and insurance, Medici Vietnam aims to make high-quality healthcare “accessible, available and affordable for every Vietnamese.” The startup says its digital ecosystem encompasses doctors, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies in almost 40 provinces and cities. So far, its platform has added over 10,000 e-health profiles.
With its patented thermal imaging technologies, Meridian Innovation developed a line of low-cost thermal sensors. Its products are used in healthcare, transportation and smart home markets.
Merkle Science develops compliance and risk monitoring software for the crypto industry. Its products can analyze transactions, flag risks and detect potential fraud.
Mobidoo is a one-stop live shopping platform. It operates an app called SauceLive, which allows companies to sell their products via shopping livestreams. Mobidoo also provides software that analyzes customer behavior, including viewing time and purchase conversion, and livestream-support services, such as content planning and casting.
Acting as a “mission control” for restaurateurs, Momos’ software helps restaurants digitalize their businesses. Launched in 2020, during the peak of the pandemic, the software-as-a-service startup now has 60 employees in four countries and says thousands of restaurants use its time-management tools and customer-response features, among others.
N.Code CEO Jun Jung.
N.Code is trying to solve one of the luxury fashion industry’s biggest problems: unsold inventory. Its platform, called D.Code, allows users to pre-order luxury items so that brands can better forecast demand, thereby reducing unwanted items.
NewBanker taps into China’s growing demand for wealth management products. It develops online marketing and consulting software for financial institutions such as banks, public funds and securities companies. According to its website, the startup works with dozens of top funds in China including China Merchants Fund Management, Harvest Fund Management and Yinhua Fund Management.
Novelship operates an online marketplace for limited-edition sneakers, streetwear and other collectibles such as electronics and figurines. The startup claims to have a user base of half a million across the Asia-Pacific, including Singapore, Australia, Indonesia and Malaysia.
The insurtech startup’s first product was Pawfect Care, offering pet owners insurance for their cats or dogs. Since then, OneDegree, which is one of four virtual insurers in Hong Kong, has expanded into home and fire insurance, as well as digital asset insurance. The startup raised $28 million in an August 2021 funding round.
Founded by Langston Suen, a Ph.D. graduate of Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Opharmic Technology is replacing needle injections for treatment of retinal disease with ultrasound technology. The company invented drug delivery technology that uses ultrasound to speed up the absorption of drugs administered to the sclera (or white part) of the eye.
Park+ started as a platform that helped users find nearby parking spaces. It has since expanded into multiple auto-related services such as car washing, insurance and toll payment. It also provides corporate clients with real-time parking data, allowing them to manage parking spaces.
Partly helps businesses throughout the auto parts supply chain to organize their data online. Its software solutions include PartsPal, an inventory management tool that can manage compatibility data and connect to e-commerce platforms. With a total of $3.8 million in funding, the startup says its services reach 20 markets worldwide.
Payhere CEO Jungi Park.
Payhere operates cloud-based software and an app that uses a customer’s smartphone camera to transact payments without expensive point-of-sale terminals. More than 20,000 brick-and-mortar stores in South Korea use Payhere, according to the startup’s website. In March, it raised about $9 million in series A funding.
PeopleFund CEO Joey Kim.
The fintech startup operates a peer-to-peer lending platform focused on South Korean subprime borrowers, whose household debt ranks among the world’s highest. PeopleFund says it has a low delinquency rate, thanks to its AI-powered credit-scoring system. The startup has raised about $80 million in funding, including a $63 million series C round in December.
Plask’s AI-powered tool enables even novices to create animations for games and video content using just a webcam. The startup’s software turns a person’s movement captured through a webcam into motion data and automates most of the animation work.
Audio streaming startup Pocket FM aims to build an entirely personalized, seamless platform for audiobook and podcast content. The startup claims its app features more than 100,000 hours of content in eight Indian languages, drawing over 15 million monthly active users who tune in an average of 100 minutes a day.
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Point Fit Technology developed a skin patch that aims to replace invasive blood tests. The patch analyzes chemicals in sweat to monitor health, such as lactic acid for athletes and glucose levels for elderly people. The startup’s technology in July won the top prize at a business proposal contest sponsored by Japanese sporting goods company Asics.
Qapita automates equity ownership management for companies through its capitalization table and employee stock ownership plans (ESOP) management software. The startup says more than 700 customers and 22,000 stakeholders across Singapore, India and Indonesia use its software. Qapita has raised more than $32 million in funding.
The cybersecurity company’s software products can detect security threats, such as internal leakage, and analyze abnormal network behavior. Quad Miners chief technology officer Felix Kim was previously a security consultant at Cisco and a security engineer at Symantec (now known as NortonLifeLock). The startup raised about $6.5 million in series A funding in June.
Remo Tech’s cameras use AI-powered chips to track movement in front of the lens, from gesture controls to dance moves. The company claims it has secured over 100 patents. Best known for its Obsbot line of smart webcams and phone mounts, the company sells the cameras primarily in Europe, Japan and the U.S.
Cybersecurity startup Secure Code Warrior provides training, consulting and assessment services to developers so that they can write secure code. The company says it has worked with more than 400 organizations worldwide. Its clients include Atlassian, DBS and Zoom.
From left: Sehat Kahani cofounders Iffat Zafar Aga and Sara Saeed Khurram.
Founded by two medical doctors, Sehat Kahani’s platform provides telemedicine services by connecting patients in remote regions with doctors. According to the startup, more than half of Pakistan’s 220 million population lack access to quality healthcare. Sehat Kahani says its platform has facilitated 1.2 million medical consultations to date with 800 medical experts.
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Aiming to become the Microsoft of lidar, Seoul Robotics is expanding the use of the laser-based technology beyond autonomous driving. Its software, called Sensr, uses AI to analyze lidar data to detect, classify and track objects and people for industrial operations, smart city infrastructure, security and retail, among other applications. Seoul Robotics says Sensr is currently used to monitor pedestrian safety and detect obstacles on roads. Its clients include German carmakers BMW—which is using the software to automate fleet logistics at a manufacturing plant—and Mercedes-Benz. The startup also partnered with Nasdaq-listed Velodyne Lidar, backed by Amazon, to develop office monitoring tech for Qualcomm.
Led by former Intel computer vision scientist Michael Li, DeepSight taps into the growing need for faster and automated quality inspection at Chinese factories. The startup’s AI software identifies potentially defective items, alerting manufacturers to problems such as scratches and dirt spots on metals, tires and small electronic parts.
Cofounded by a graduate of University College London’s education school, Shikho is a tutoring platform that prepares students for Bangladesh’s high school exams through live lectures, online mock tests, notes and animations. The startup estimates it has 500,000 daily users.
From left: Spaceship cofounders Wun Chi Lam and Stanley Wong.
Spaceship’s logistics and supply-chain management system covers first-mile logistics, cross-border shipping, fulfillment services and last-mile delivery. The startup, which expanded into Taiwan in March, says it has processed more than 2.5 million item shipments to date. Spaceship has raised more than $6 million in funding so far, including a funding round in May.
Armed with an electrical and computer engineering degree from Carnegie Mellon University, Jaisimha Rao is using AI and robotic technologies to make farmers’ lives easier. His agtech startup says it has developed a precision-spraying system that can reduce water and chemical usage by up to 70%. Another AI-powered product is claimed to help farmers remove weeds without using chemicals.
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AI and robotics startup Telexistence developed TX Scara, a robotic arm that automatically replenishes empty store shelves. The device can be controlled remotely by staff equipped with VR helmets. Japanese convenience store chain FamilyMart uses TX Scara devices to restock canned beverages, according to the startup.
The Parentinc founder and CEO Roshni Mahtani Cheung.
The Parentinc is best known for its community platform, theAsianparent, that provides content related to parenting and pregnancy in 11 languages across 12 countries, it says. The company also sells halal nursing and baby-care products, such as massage oil and stretch mark cream under the Mama’s Choice brand.
Thriday, formerly known as Thrive, is an accounting app that manages finances for small businesses. It automates bookkeeping by scanning receipts and estimating taxes, among other functions. CEO Michael Nuciforo was previously the head of mobile at Lloyds Banking Group and senior mobile banking manager at ANZ.
Toss Lab cofounders.
Aiming to become the Slack of Asia, Toss Lab’s workplace-collaboration tool, Jandi, is available in Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese, as well as English. The startup says its customers include Lotte Department Store, Korean furniture maker Hanssem and LG CNS, LG Group’s IT services unit. Toss Lab raised $13 million in series B funding in 2020.
Ubie cofounders Kota Kubo and Yoshinori Abe.
Ubie’s AI-powered app helps users identify their medical conditions, from diabetes to congestive heart failure, based on symptoms filled out in a questionnaire. The startup says it’s attracted 5 million monthly users in Japan. It seeks fresh growth in the U.S., where it officially launched its services in April.
The e-commerce aggregator acquires local brands with the aim of growing them into regional players using its growth capital and retail expertise. To date, it has bought more than 20 companies, including Singaporean ergonomic furniture brands ErgoTune and EverDesk+. In March, Una Brands announced a partnership with KlickBrands to expand its presence in South Korea.
Upmesh cofounders.
Upmesh aims to reinvent shopping by merging retail and entertainment. Its platform helps merchants sell products through livestreams on Facebook and Instagram Live, managing orders in real-time. Online sellers can send checkout links to viewers who comment during livestreams and view analytics about bestselling items or user behavior.
Verification platform Verihubs uses AI-based authentication technology to prevent financial fraud. Counting clients such as one of Indonesia’s largest banks, Bank Central Asia, and e-commerce firm Bukalapak, the startup says it authenticated over 36 million users in the past year, with its revenue growing by 50 times over that period.
Vesta makes bed linen with eco-friendly materials such as silk, bamboo fiber and recycled PET plastic. These materials allow the company to design blankets and pillows that it claims help regulate body temperature by improving airflow and directing heat away from the body. The startup says it makes most of its money through sales outside of China, with customers in Australia, Canada, Singapore and the U.S.
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As the world turns to renewable energy, VFlowTech aims to develop the cheapest and most scalable vanadium redox flow (V-flow) batteries. The startup says its energy-storage system has an expected lifespan of 25 years with low cost of ownership, thereby avoiding the potential pitfalls of large-scale applications of lithium-ion batteries.
ViAct’s AI-powered software helps identify dangerous behavior and environmental risks at construction sites through video cameras. Using light and sound to alert construction workers, ViAct says its software can reduce up to 95% of on-site accidents. It can also track construction progress and carbon emissions.
The foodtech startup produces lab-grown meat from animal cells, including traditional meats like chicken and beef and more exotic fare like lions and tigers. Vow built its first cultivated meat factory in Sydney in July and is preparing to launch a quail product in Singapore later this year. Vow has raised about $14 million in funding.
WAD operates a real-time restaurant reservation platform called CatchTable. According to the startup, the platform hosts about 3,000 restaurants throughout South Korea. Users can also write and read restaurant reviews. In April, WAD raised 30 billion won (about $25 million) in series C funding.
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Formerly known as Helpster, Workmate connects gig workers with companies in sectors ranging from hospitality to logistics. The startup has offices in Bangkok, Jakarta and Singapore.
Update: August 30, 2022
The company descriptions of Etaily, Gense Technologies, Inteluck, Medici Vietnam, Shikho and Ubie have been updated. The key backers for Ami, Atom Semiconductor Technologies, DimOrder, Endowus, Finhay, Igloocompany, Intellect, Inteluck, Magnum Research, Merkle Science, Meridian Innovation, NewBanker and ViAct have been updated. The chart of the startup backers and investors with the most companies on the list has been updated.
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