Funding

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.  
Week in Review: Or the year ahead, actually
2015 was marked by challenges, but saw major developments on the startup front 2016 might be a year of consolidation, aggregation and rationalisation for startups IT’S January 1, and while some of us are suffering from hangovers, most of us will be setting out New Year’s resolutions and looking ahead.
‘On-demand’ beauty services startup Vanitee raises another US$2mil+
Vanitee, which describes itself as the ‘Airbnb of beauty and wellness services,’ said it has successfully raised S$3 million (US$2.13 million) from serial entrepreneur Ivan Lee and Japanese beauty portal @cosme.
Singapore food discovery startup Burpple lands US$6mil funding
Burpple, a digital guide to eating places in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, said it will receive up to US$6 million in funding (approximately S$8.4 million) from Tembusu Partners, SPH Media Fund and Triumph Capital.
Page Advisor aims to be ‘Amazon of services’ in SEA
Launched in May, Singapore-based Page Advisor has now also expanded to Malaysia, targeting what it describes as the home and lifestyle services segment.
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