Daily Markup #245: The top stories in April on funding rounds by Atomionics, Friz, Glints, Bukalapak & more

Welcome to another Daily Markup monthly roundup. This issue covers major stories in the month of April, plus more.

Q1 of 2021 is starting off strong, with multiple announcements of funding rounds and acquisitions by 500-backed startups. We also look at strategic partnerships in space technology, healthcare, and more.

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Funding news

  • Atomionics, a Singapore-based startup that aims to make navigation possible in areas where GPS doesn’t work successfully closed a seed funding round. More details here.
  • Friz, a fintech startup focused on financial services for freelancers, raised an undisclosed amount in pre-seed funding. Read more.
  • Career platform Glints raised US$22.5 million in Series C funding. Co-founder and CEO Oswald Yeo said this is the largest funding round to date for a talent platform in Southeast Asia. Details here.
  • A report by Reuters revealed that Indonesian e-commerce startup Bukalapak raised US$234 million in capital in a funding round. This included strategic investments by the VC arms of two major banks in Indonesia, Bank Rakyat Indonesia (BRI) and Bank Mandiri. Find out more here.
  • Super app Grab announced plans to go public in the United States, facilitated by a partnership with Altimeter Growth, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). This is expected to be the largest-ever U.S. equity offering by a Southeast Asian company at US$40b. Read more.


  • Fintech startup Fave was acquired by Indian merchant platform Pine Labs in a US$45 million deal. Both companies noted that the acquisition will help them accelerate their growth in the Asia region. Read more.
  • Digital signage startup Enplug has been acquired by Spectrio, a marketing solutions provider based in Florida, US. More details here.

Strategic partnerships


  • Xfers’ tokenized Singapore dollar (XSGD), built on the Zilliqa blockchain, became the third-largest tokenized currency after the US dollar and the euro. Read on.
  • Edtech startup Lingokids revealed it tripled revenues in 2020, reaching US$30 million. It also added over one million users per month and now has a customer base of 25 million registered users. Get the details here.

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