Asia’s tech news #095: Tech & the Quad, HSBC JumpStarter, AI in India, BNPL in Vietnam…

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Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund/HSBC JumpStarter 2022 Competition applications close November

Ten finalists will compete for investments of up to US$4M and access business opportunities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.

India: Microsoft launches startup-focused AI Innovate and AI Playbook to provide resources, partnerships…

To assist and ensure they have access to the right AI resources, partnerships, and guidance to deploy AI at scale, Microsoft has launched a new startup programme called AI Innovate.

Sri Lanka: Uber partners Ministry of Youth and Sports for Uber Entrepreneurship Challenge

Uber Sri Lanka, in partnership with the Ministry of Youth and Sports, today announced the launch of the Uber Entrepreneurship Challenge 2021, an…

India: Stripe payments giant makes first India acqusition with Recko payments reconciliation

Stripe, the outsized fintech out of San Francisco that is valued at $95 billion, is making another acquisition to expand the services it offers alongside its core payments product. The company is acquiring Recko…

A look at tech opportunities for Japan, India and Australia as members of the recently-announced Quad

With them bound together by a shared interest in ensuring that next-generation technologies such as artificial intelligence, biotechnology and semiconductors are developed and used in line with democratic values and universal human rights…

Wild Digital Southeast Asia Conference: November 9–12, 2021

Vietnam: South Korea’s LOTTE Card launches buy-now-pay-later
LOTTE Finance Vietnam, a subsidiary of LOTTE Card, one of the leading credit card companies in South Korea, has launched a Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) service to enhance the online shopping experience of Vietnamese consumers.

Philippines: F(DEV), backed by Filinvest Group, marks first anniversary of transforming bricks-and-mortar…

F(DEV), the premier corporate-led venture builder in the Philippines, marks its first anniversary by launching its new venture portfolio targeting big gaps in the market with technology-driven business…

Taiwan: A dive into Asia Silicon Valley Development Plan, aimed at boosting Taiwan’s IoT and 5G

In terms of the construction of the innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystem, ASVDP’s venture angel investment program has invested NT$2.24 billion in 154 startups as of September this year, driving the…

India: Meesho social commerce firm reportedly in discussions with Google around $50M

Google has held discussions to invest over $50 million in Indian social commerce startup Meesho, which recently secured $570 million in a financing round, according to a source familiar with the…

ICYMI: Facebook to announce rebrand and reposition in similar parent-child move to Google and
Facebook plans to change its company name to focus on the metaverse. CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to discuss it at Facebook Connect on October 28th.

Startup Disruptor Arena at Wild Digital Southeast Asia Conference: November 9–12

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