Asia’s tech news #145: Asia-Pac alt-meat VC, 3D printed space-tech, play-to-earn growth…

In this issue: 3D printing in China’s space-tech industry, Wild3 metaverse-focused conference in April, Yield Guild Games Southeast Asia builds on play-to-earn footprint, Asia-Pacific fund for alternative-meat launches….

AirAsia Group launches in Indonesia food delivery market, going up against GoFood, GrabFood…coconuts.co
Indonesia will have another big player in its saturated food delivery service market, coming from none other than Malaysia’s Capital A — formerly known as AirAsia Group.

Australia: Truescope gains $6.2M with cloud-SaaS platform, harnessing social media for insights in…www.businessnewsaustralia.com

Sydney-based startup Truescope is one step closer in its mission to becoming a global intelligence analytics player after securing $6.2 million in seed funding from venture capital firms Investible…

China: SpaceTai, 3D printing engines and rockets for the commercial space industryasia.nikkei.com

SpaceTai is developing a rocket engine called “xiaoyi,” or small ant, which uses liquid oxygen and kerosene fuel as propellant. The company claims that its engine performance is superior to the gas…

Singapore: Beam raises huge $93M Series B with shared micro-mobility platform offering…techcrunch.com

Beam operates e-scooters and e-bikes in 35 cities across Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, Australia and New Zealand; aims to spread into markets like Japan, Indonesia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Turkey…

Yield Guild Games Southeast Asia launches in Vietnam, adds to play-to-earn presence in Malaysia and…www.techinasia.com

The guild further said that more than 166,000 badgeholders — those who hold a non-transferable NFT that gives them access to the YGG website and its exclusive features — have joined its community…

Catalyst 5G Challenge for Social Entrepreneurs / Applications now open

Wild3 Conference: April 12–13 looking at blockchain, NFTs, the metaverse, Web3 and beyondwww.wilddigital.com

Join us as we forecast a new era of the internet, hear opinions from key figures, and learn what the regulators are doing to enable it.

Sri Lanka: Venture Engine 2022 awards Mintpay BNPL platform as overall winnerisland.lk

One-to-one online tutoring platform Tutopiya was adjudged the First Runner-up, while Non Fungible Token marketplace Hyperglade (Web 3.0) was recognized as the Second Runner-up.

Better Bite Ventures VC launches $15M fund for early-stage Asia Pacific alt-protein startupswww.greenqueen.com.hk

‘…the global alt protein market could reach more than $290 billion by 2035, approximately 11 percent of the total protein market, of which two-thirds is predicted to be consumed in the APAC region.’

Google for Startups on how Asian startups are shaping global trendsblog.google

Common challenges faced by startups in the region include keeping up with regulations (which differ at country, state and provincial levels), getting access to infrastructure or technologies, and increasing the current low rate of women’s entrepreneurship.

The future of the internet: “A battle for authoritarian control of the internet is underway at the…”www.lowyinstitute.org

This is where the election of the next ITU secretary-general becomes critical, and why it matters for the future of the internet…candidates for the September election are from Russia and the United States.

Ocean Impact Organisation Accelerator / Applications now open

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