Here’s a quick list of startups putting Asia on the startup map.
The startup paradigm is not only changing our economies and influencing work culture, it is also increasingly transforming our daily lives. While global Entrepreneurship is at an all-time high, the interactions between regional ecosystems is still limited.
If you asked the average French startup founder to name a Chinese unicorn they probably couldn’t (although to be fair the name Didi Chuxing did filter through to US/Europe since Uber’s defeat in China) and definitely couldn’t, if you asked them the same question about Singapore. Conversely, the average Singaporean entrepreneur wouldn’t be able to name a French Unicorn (The country and the city both have 2, despite France having 12 times the population of Singapore).
While being an expert on unicorns isn’t much help to most entrepreneurs, it illustrates the underlying problem: startup ecosystems are thriving all around the globe with little or no communication between them.
We decided to take action, and are excited to announce that e27 and Startup Tracker are joining forces! From now on, e27 data can be found on Startup Tracker alongside Crunchbase, Product Hunt, and many others.
To celebrate, we put together a list of 57 startups from the 19 largest countries of the South and East of Asia you should keep an eye on (North Korea was skipped due to lack of available data).
The companies are grouped by least populated to most populated country/city.
Mature | Population ~5M
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Grab Southeast Asia’s leading ride-hailing platform. Also offers motorcycle-hailing and parcel delivery. Carousell Consumer-to-consumer marketplace with a social twist: transactions are chat-based. Paktor The most successful dating app in Southeast Asia.
Early stage | Population ~6M
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Sunlabob A cleantech startup focusing on renewable energy and clean water solutions for developing countries. Book Delivery Delivers book within Ventiane on the same day. Also used as platform for local writers to sell their books. Foxpress An online delivery platform to send documents, small packages, food, and flowers.
Early stage | Population ~15M
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Sabay Osja An award-winning Cambodian game development startup. Krupet An online platform for information on local medical institutions including services, facilities, doctor information, and fees. CamboTicket Disrupting the transportation industry in and around Cambodia by computerising bus, ferry, and taxi reservation systems.
Emerging | Population ~20M
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Nic Nac Rent a PA by the hour to get anything (legal!) done for you from jumpstarting your car to fetching your laundry. TrackMe Track goods, pets, and even people (including fall detection!) using GPS. LiveRoom Visualise furniture in the actual room it will be put in before buying.
Mature | Population ~23M
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17 Mobile app similar to Periscope and Instagram designed by Jeffrey Huang – a Taiwanese pop singer. Gogoro Futuristic electrical scooters powered by a network of swappable batteries a.k.a. the Tesla of scooters. Pinkoi Asia’s largest online marketplace for unique and original designs a la Etsy.
Early stage | Population ~28M
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Ghar Hadi An emerging purchase and rental platform for property and vehicles. Open for funding. PicoVico A video storytelling platform that automatically transforms photos and video clips into movies. Open for funding. Firebird An Android-based internet browser boasting simplistic designs and faster speed even in slow internet connection – a reality in emerging Asia markets. Open for funding.
Emerging | Population ~31M
More Info: sg.news.yahoo.com