Daily Markup #502: Finku bags US$2.8M for responsible lending; HappyFresh donates warm meals; Christine Tsai & Hooi Ling Tan are Tech Changemakers

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Making personal finance easy

  • Let’s start the week off with some funding news: 500-backed Finku, an Indonesia-based personal finance app, raised US$2.8M in a seed round led by B Capital Group, Global Founders Capital, and Trihill Capital.
  • Launched just last year by Co-founders Reinaldo Tendean, Shyam Kalairajah, and Shylla Estee, the startup has much bigger goals than just being an expense tracker — it aims to be the first responsible lender in Indonesia. How? It will combine low-interest rates, transparent fees, and a suite of personal finance tools to help users manage their finances and access credit responsibly.
  • The company said, “To build a more financially resilient and inclusive society, people must have the access, capabilities, and independence to manage their finances regardless of their income backgrounds.”
  • “With the latest funding, we will deepen our presence in Indonesia by scaling our offerings and expanding our teams to empower more Indonesians,” Finku revealed.
  • Congratulations to the Finku team!
  • Read more in Tech in Asia.

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A season for giving

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  • As the festivities of Eid carry on, we want to remember those who are less fortunate. In the season’s spirit of giving back, 500-backed e-grocery company HappyFresh collaborated with celebrity chef Sherson Lian and charity group Cahaya Ampang.
  • Together, close to US$7,000 worth of warm meals and necessities such as food supplies and toiletries were distributed to low-income communities affected by the recent floods.
  • Want to contribute? Search for “Charity Box” on the HappyFresh app and select “Bakul Berkat” before checkout.
  • Learn more here.

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Changemaking beyond Silicon Valley

  • Who’s influential, innovative, and trailblazing? According to Rest of the World’s inaugural RoW100: Global Tech’s Changemakers, CEO & Founding Partner of 500 Global, Christine Tsai and Hooi Ling Tan, Co-founder of 500-backed Grab!
  • Self-described as an introverted leader and “mama bear” for the startups she mentors, Christine believes that early-stage startups need more than just a check. So, 500 Global created a robust ecosystem of mentors and operators from more than 20 countries.
  • Today, the venture capital firm invests in more than 2,600 ventures around the world, including Indonesia’s Bukalapak, Malaysia’s Carsome, and of course, Singapore’s Grab.
  • “There used to be this perception in 2020 that deal flow outside of Silicon Valley is second tier,” Christine said earlier this year. “And now I don’t think anyone would say that.”
  • As for Hooi Ling, she has come a long way since Harvard and McKinsey, and we are excited to see what’s next for her.
  • Congratulations Christine and Hooi Ling!
  • Get the full list here.

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