45 startups in Asia that caught our eye

by Tech in Asia

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Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us. Enjoy this week’s list!

1. Oddle | Singapore (Techlist Profile)

Launched in March 2014, Oddle is a subscription service that allows customers to order the restaurant’s food using a highly customizable branded page. The startup also has an order management system for restaurant operators.


2. Frilp | India (Techlist Profile)

India’s Frilp – a combo of friends and help – uses advanced algorithms to suggest the shops or services you need, based on recommendations from friends and family members on your social networks and phone contacts list.


3. Peatix | Japan (Techlist Profile)

Japan-based online ticketing platform Peatix focuses on independent, community event organisers and wants to create a user-friendly, mobile-focused experience for its users. The startup announced that it has raised series B funding, led by DG Incubation, and participated in by Singapore’s SPH Media Fund, Japanese PR firm Sunny Side Up, Fidelity Growth Partners Japan, and Draper Nexus.


4. Haizixue | China (Techlist Profile)

Haizixue is an O2O mobile app for Android and iOS that aims to connect parents, students, and teachers to help foster the extracurricular education of China’s children. The app allows parents to do things like search for extra teachers and classes, and pay any associated signup fees online. Teachers, similarly, can use it to set up classes and recruit students. The company was acquired by Chinese online ratings and deals service Dianping.


5. Go-Jek | Indonesia (Techlist Profile)

Go-Jek is like Indonesia’s Uber for motorcycles with plans to expand its services in the parcel delivery space.Currently, the company is in talks with the Indonesian government to address the city’s increasingly problematic traffic problem.


6. Retty | Japan (Techlist Profile)

Retty helps people navigate Japan’s restaurants. Like Yelp, users rate restaurants and can see which spots are popular with their friends. The startup just announced it has scored series C funding led by Fidelity Growth Partners Japan alongside previous investors Gree Ventures and Mizuho Capital.


7. Tingchebao | China

Shanghai-based Tingchebao, is a location-based app that locates nearby parking spaces. It shows the prices and lets users reserve spots in advance. Monthly subscribers pay a flat fee for unlimited parking.

The startup recently secured series A funding and will be using the funds to roll out its newest service: on-demand valet parking. It works using an Uber-like on-demand model, where the customer pings the nearest valet as he or she nears the destination.


8. Temploy | Singapore (Techlist Profile)

Singapore-based manpower matchmaking service Temploy provides workers a tool to articulate their availability and pay preferences. It was also recently invested by Indonesia’s Walden Global Services (WGS), one of Southeast Asia’s large enterprise tech companies.


9. Pawoon | Indonesia

Pawoon is an Indonesian startup targeting small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Indonesia with their point of sale system. With Pawoon, orders or sales can be logged from a smartphone or tablet, and the information is stored online. The startup is currently one of the startups in Jakarta-based Ideabox incubator, launched its beta in February.


10. MoolahSense | Singapore (Techlist Profile)

MoolahSense Singapore-based startup targets the SME market to help them to crowdsource funds. But instead of offering equity to backers, it’s debt-based. Firms who raise money on the platform will need to return the money eventually with interest.


11. wWhere | India (Techlist Profile)

wWhere is a map-based app that aims to solve a range of location-related problems people face everyday. Finding an address or alternative routes to a destination are obvious uses. It also enables locations to be stored for quick access when the time arrives to go to a meeting.


12. TheAsianparent | Singapore (Techlist Profile)

Founded in 2009, TheAsianparent, an online publication targeting parents and soon-to-be-parents in Asia, announced it has raised a round of funding from Vertex Venture, the venture capital subsidiary of Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek.


13. Vizury | India (Techlist Profile)

Adtech startup Vizury gives enables e-commerce and online travel companies to maximize the value of their digital data. First, it collects and collates data on consumers who visit client websites. Then it uses machine learning based on over 30 parameters to determine who is a warm lead and how to convert her to a hot lead and finally a repeat customer. Thirdly, it targets ads or other media at specific visitors.


14. GandengTangan | Indonesia (Techlist Profile)

GandengTangan is a “crowdlending” site from Indonesia, intended for good-cause businesses owners in need of capital. Unlike traditional crowdfunding, users are reimbursed as the business grows. In this way, donors can see exactly how their funds are being spent, how the company is performing, and even overcome the initial hesitance to give money, as financial payback is guaranteed. The added benefit for lenders is that, in theory, they can continuously enable good causes to thrive without actually risking a financial loss.


15. Tripoto | India (Techlist Profile)

Delhi-based Tripoto crowd-sources travel experiences, itineraries, stories, pictures, maps, and reviews from avid travelers. Each itinerary is linked to the profile of the traveler who wrote it so that a reader can see if he or she could be like-minded. The startup just received a pre-series A round led by IDG Ventures, an early investor in Baidu, Ctrip, and Tencent.


16. GoArchipelago | Indonesia (Techlist Profile)

GoArchipelago is a platform where travelers can book off-the-beaten-track adventures and contribute to social causes at the same time. Both hosts and travellers commit to donate a percentage of the booking fee to one of GoArchipelago’s partner organisations, on top of a fee that goes to the platform.


17. Forrun | Pakistan

Forrun, a startup that promises to deliver anything “instantly”, aims to emulate the model of Postmates and capitalize on the time value proposition by doing users’ errands such as paying bills, picking up groceries, and getting your laundry. The company has already achieved a significant milestone by signing Foodpanda as one of its clients.


18. Pricebook | Indonesia (Techlist Profile)

Indonesia’s price comparison site Pricebook aggregates product specs, reviews, and prices from online and offline shops for consumer electronics items such as mobile phones, cameras, and computers. It recently added mobile phone plans and powerbanks to its product catalog.


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We’re now gearing up for our 9th edition, Tech in Asia Singapore 2015, to be held this coming 6 and 7 May. For the first time ever at the conference, we will be featuring about 250 startups at the Bootstrap Alley on both days, and startup founders are able to exhibit for free!

Furthermore, we will be having a 10-city search in Asia this coming March, for the best startups to showcase at Tech in Asia Singapore. Winners of each city’s pitch will stand a chance to get free flights and accommodation, startup passes, booths to Startup Asia Singapore, and priority consideration to be one of the 10 finalists at the Arena finale during the conference itself!

Already heading to the conference, here are 10 insider tips on how to prepare for Tech in Asia Singapore 2015!


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