Welcome to another Daily Markup monthly roundup. This issue covers major stories in the month of May, plus news you may have missed.
Six 500-backed startups across Indonesia, Singapore, Pakistan, and Malaysia successfully raised funding this month, including one new addition to the #500Strong family, Una Brands. Meanwhile, two 500-backed Indonesian startups have come together to launch a new feature. Read on to find out more.
- Robo-advisor Bibit raises US$65m in funding
- BukuKas closes US$50M in one step closer to serving 20 million SMEs
- Una Brands raises US$40M to buy and grow businesses
- Retailo closes US$6.7M, served 30,000 retailers so far
- ESPL raises seven-digit funding, pledges to grow grassroots gaming
- iPrice Group raises US$1.5M to continue serving SEA consumers
- Japanese partnerships to boost Aerodyne’s work in agriculture
- Bukalapak & Kredivo launch 0% interest ‘buy now, pay later’ feature
- Prenetics provides at-home COVID-19 testing for Virgin Atlantic travelers
- Braintree Technologies to receive US$200K from accelerator program
- Horangi one of first APAC cybersecurity firms on Amazon Web Services
Other stories you may have missed:
- Pomelo has opened its first physical store in Malaysia.
- Grab unveils new ride options for pets & people.
- CEO and co-founder of on-demand job marketplace GoGet, Francesca Chia, has been appointed to the National Employment Council (NEC) in Malaysia.
- Financial settlement network EMQ partnered with organizations in India to support relief work in supplying oxygen as well as distributing food, medical and hygiene supplies.
- Three 500-backed companies Ayannah, Jala Tech, and MYCL has been featured in e27 Luminaries for their work in making life easier through tech in emerging markets.
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