Funding

Philippines fintech startup PawnHero secures pre-Series A
PawnHero said it has landed undisclosed pre-Series A funding in a round led by the SoftBank-affiliated, Philippines-focused Kaikaku Fund, with participation from 500 Startups and IMJ Investment Partners.
Six more partners, Cradle co-investment funds reach nearly US$38mil
Cradle Fund has signed on six new partners, raising another RM52mil for its co-investment funds, which now total RM159.2mil (US$37.7mil).
1337 Ventures and partners launch Alpha Startups bootcamp in Indonesia
KL-based accelerator and early-stage investor 1337 Ventures has announced a partnership with Convergence Ventures, Baidu Indonesia and Gobi Partners to bring its Alpha Startups bootcamp to Indonesia.
Thai fashion marketplace WearYouWant secures Series B
Thai online fashion marketplace WearYouWant said it has secured a final round of Series B funding, an undisclosed sum from Singapore-based Sebrina Holdings.
Fintech startup Call Levels gets funding from Lippo
Singaporean fintech startup Call Levels has raised an undisclosed pre-Series A from Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group, following a US$500K round it landed last November.
NEXT Academy coding school raises US$300K from 500 Startups
NEXT Academy has raised US$300K in a pre-seed round that would accelerate its goal of teaching a million people in South-East Asia coding and growth hacking skills over the next five years.
Belazee raises undisclosed pre-Series A
Belazee has raised its pre-Series A funding and aims to strengthen its tech platform and deepen its presence in the five countries it is currently in.
500 Startups lands first investment in Myanmar
500 Startups has made its first ever investment in Myanmar, pumping in an undisclosed amount into Yangon-based startup Bindez, which operates an information search engine and ‘discovery platform.’  
Indonesia moves to open up e-commerce sector to foreign investors
The Indonesian Government is in the process of drafting a roadmap to address six key areas, with one of them looking at opening up the e-commerce sector to foreign investors.
2015 a watershed year, with caveats
2015 was a year of progress for the Malaysian tech ecosystem, especially when it came to startups, but whether the good news outweighed the bad is debatable, according to the panellists at the first Digital News Asia (DNA) Disrupt monthly networking event of 2016.  
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