Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Singtel and Microsoft Azure together will launch a multi-access edge compute (MEC) for enterprises in Asia that integrates the speed, hyper-connectivity, and high bandwidth of Singtel’s 5G network with Microsoft Azure services, The MEC will enable developers to deploy and manage mission-critical applications that require high rates of production and...
The digital bank aspirant sets sights on becoming fintech champion for businesses and consumers in Southeast Asia through regional expansion plan   Following an exceptional year of growth in revenues and product innovation, Boost, the fintech arm of Axiata, is now setting its sights expanding its suite of services and deepening...
Merchant commerce platform, Pine Labs, has announced a new investment of US$20 million from India’s largest commercial bank, the State Bank of India (SBI). In 2021, Pine Labs had raised a total round size of US$600 million from a marquee set of new investors and followed it up with a...
  By Swajit Rath Global interest in the environment, social, and governance (ESG) investments has grown rapidly over the last few years. According to Bernstein analysts, sustainable investment in key markets, including the US, Australasia, and Europe, reached US$35.7 trillion in 2020. It comprises more than one-third of all assets under...
The importance of mental health in the workplace cannot be overstated. Productivity is boosted when work is being done in the right mental state. Yet, mental health has been neglected by companies for a long time. This week, SME & ENTREPRENEURSHIP MAGAZINE speaks to Theodoric Chew, co-founder and CEO of Intellect,...
India are accelerating talks with Taiwan on establishing an agreement that could bring chip manufacturing to the South Asia country along with trade deal that could reduce tariff on component for producing semiconductor by the end of this year. The chip plant is estimated to be worth US$7.5 billion and...
Economic activity next year in Malaysia and India, two of the countries most affected by Covid-19 outbreaks in recent months, is expected to recover faster than earlier forecast, latest surveys show. Malaysia’s growth outlook was upgraded by the most in the region -- 85 basis points to an expansion of...

A Comeback to Remember

In January 2021, Singaporeans bid farewell to household name. Robinsons, the iconic 162-year-old department store, had shut it's doors to its flagship store in the city-state for the last time. The department store had announced on 30 October 2020 the closure of its last two outlets, saying the decision...
Audience Analytics, a publisher and awards organiser, is looking to raise S$5.5 million in an initial public offering (IPO) on the Catalist board as it seeks to expand its business in overseas markets and grow its product team. Audience Analytics organises awards such as the SME100 Awards and the HR...
Jungle Ventures raised $225 million in the first close of its fourth fund as the venture capital firm seeks to replicate its successes in startups across Southeast Asia and India. Many of its existing investors in previous funds backed the latest one, founding partner Amit Anand said in an interview....
WeWork, a global space provider, has launched WeWork Growth Campus, a new initiative aimed at boosting Southeast Asia’s entrepreneurial startup ecosystem. While Southeast Asia has seen some scale-ups rise to new heights during the pandemic, COVID-19 has presented a huge challenge for startups and the community that supports them. With...
A report by the Wall Street Journal on Monday (Aug 2) claims that the highly contagious Delta variant is stalling Asia's economic recovery after an early rebound. The report said that adding to rising COVID-19 cases, slow progress on vaccinations has begun to paralyze the region that had, until recently,...

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