Asia’s tech news #136: Thailand fitness-tech, India’s startup awards, blockchain in Australian construction…

In this issue: India’s National Startup Award Winners, fitness-and-fun mobile app from Thailand, blockchain in construction quality in Australia, China’s state-backed blockchain infrastructure moves, NFTs in fashion…

India: National Startup Awards unveils 46 firms selected across 6 parameters including social impactinc42.com

This is the second edition of the National Startup Awards. Applications were invited across 15 sectors and 49 sub-sectors. The sectors ranged from agriculture to animal husbandry and from enterprise technology to fintech.

China: Blockchain Services Network to launch infra for NFT deployment — but not linked to cryptowww.scmp.com
China’s state-backed Blockchain Services Network plans to roll out infrastructure to support the deployment of non-fungible tokens that are not linked to cryptocurrencies.

Thailand: Runnex Technology, 1 of 10 finalists from Singapore-Thailand Demo Daykr-asia.com
Thai gaming startup Runnex Technology mixes fitness with fun. Its Fitforce app lets users exercise along with video game scenarios.

Australia: KPMG co-launches Building Trustworthy Index, blockchain platform in constructionwww.consultancy.com.au

KPMG has co-launched the innovative ‘Building Trustworthy Index’, a blockchain based platform that allows stakeholders such as property buyers, banks…

Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2022 / Startup applications now open
Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2022 / Startup applications now open

Australia: Zibra, digital wallet consolidating all your existing cardswww.startupdaily.net

People have wallet overload. Most of us have multiple cards and accounts; business, personal, joint account, investments, home loans, credit cards, debit cards, loyalty and rewards just to name a few…

Taiwan: PopChill e-commerce marketplace gains $2.2M Pre-A with 2nd-hand fashion focustechnode.global

PopChill announced Monday the completion of a $2.2 million Pre-Series A round of financing. The round was led by AppWorks, with participation from CTBC Venture Capital, B Current Impact Investment…

Australia: NAB innovation arm backs Geora, agri-tech firm tracing crop data using non-fungible tokenswww.itnews.com.au

“Blockchain solutions have been largely too technical and too expensive for those who really stand to benefit from them — potential users like the 570 million farmers globally who are…”

Metaverse and retail: “ASRV released 60 NFTs of luxury jacket…sold out in less than 30 minutes.”www.businessinsider.com.au

“NFTs allow your fans or customers to basically share the success of a company,” Barton told Insider. “Their purchases of products and enthusiasm now have a legitimate financial upside that can be tracked…”

National Australia Bank acquiring LanternPay digital health claims firm, targeting $120BN sectorwww.pymnts.com
National Australia Bank is acquiring digital health claims startup LanternPay to reduce administration work for doctors and medical practices.

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