Daily Markup #278: Arcstone launches ~US$13.4M joint lab to boost digital manufacturing; Jala Tech only SEA startup selected for Unreasonable Impact Asia Pacific 2021; Bukalapak enables donations of rice to over 20,000 people and more

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Better together

  • 500-backed digital manufacturing startup Arcstone has partnered with the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) to open a joint laboratory.
  • A total of ~US$13.4 million will be invested over the next three years into the lab. The facility aims to develop smart manufacturing solutions that will pave the way for higher-quality, more user-friendly goods that get to consumers more quickly.
  • The two companies will also look into ways of making the environmental footprint of a product more transparent. CEO Willson Deng said that providing customers with data will allow consumers to make a more informed choice amid the growing global sustainability movement.
  • The collaboration is expected to halve the time needed for research and development and create about 30 engineering jobs over the next three years.
  • Read the full article on The New Straits Times here.
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Making a splash

  • 500-backed aquatech startup, Jala Tech, is the only Southeast Asian startup to have been selected for the 2021 Unreasonable Impact Asia Pacific program.
  • The program aims to scale high-growth ventures that address global challenges. Each venture was selected based on its potential to address key social and environmental issues.
  • The program helps startups by connecting entrepreneurs to its international network of experienced specialists and mentors.
  • Jala Tech was founded to help farmers make data-driven decisions with a system that provides water quality monitoring, planning, and reporting tools.
  • While the startup’s core market is currently shrimp farmers, their device is applicable for all types of water monitoring systems and treatment plants, including smart city water management.
  • Read the full article on e27 here.
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Good deeds

  • 500-backed e-commerce startup Bukalapak released an impact report for Baik Bareng Bukalapak, a series of programs that were run during Ramadan.
  • The aim of the initiatives were to facilitate good deeds safely with the help of technology, in the midst of a pandemic.
  • The impact achieved includes:
  1. Donations channeled to eight institutions
  2. Rice provided for 23,704 people
  3. 1,500 free meals served across 9 mosques
  4. The launch of an app to enable people to make donations to mosques digitally
  • Read the full report on Bukalapak here.

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