The global startup culture is thriving this year – and we expect it to continue to grow in 2018. As 2017 ends, we’d like to review the top Asian startups that have made their impact on the global marketplace.
Located in Hong Kong, Snapask acts like uber for homework. Essentially, it acts as an instant-tutoring service that helps over 350,000 students in the Hong Kong region. A total of 20,000 tutors are currently signed up and verified through the company.
SumoStory is in Singapore. The company works as a cost-effective public relations firm that assists startups. Their low-cost packages can help to boost the startup culture in Asia, and they have a special algorithm to match their startups with reporters who can craft stories about these new businesses.
Nayuta is a Japanese startup that focuses on developing products and services that use the Internet of Money and the Internet of Things to shape a better society. Their primary project is Hawker, a video analysis program that gathers data about customer behavior and inventory changes.
#4: Suke-Dachi Kun
This app, created by Japanese developers, helps to hire construction workers and contractors in the Tokyo area. Suke-Dachi Kun is intended to increase the building industry and make it easier for project managers to connect with construction workers for short and long-term work.
Metamo focuses on providing cryptocurrency for job seekers. They provide ID cards that can be scanned to access a card holder’s work history, grades, and other critical hiring data a company may be interested in.
Bizdigital is a Laos-based startup that won a 2017 Laos Rice Bowl Startup Award this past October. They provide digital marketing and IT consultation to their clients, and assist with web design and development, mobile application development, and more.
Zoom is a Malaysia-based startup that won a 2017 Malaysia Rice Bowl Startup Award. They provide packaging and shipping services – as well as customer delivery services to increase customer loyalty for their client businesses.
Based in Thailand, QueQ focuses on reducing the time users must wait in line at their local grocery store or favorite shopping area. You can look up the current wait time, or number of people in line, and time your trip accordingly!
Based in Indonesia, Cicil helps users get access to financial education and information as students. They help you finance your education in ways that other loan companies might not – and they don’t take traditional minimum income or credit scores for their loans.
#10: Stash Away
Stash Away is a simple online or mobile application that helps users get started with investing. They simplify your investment strategy by designing a portfolio based on your goals and lifestyle, and help you stay in control and act on your plan from there!
#11: Agrome IQ
Agrome IQ, based in Brunei, provides agricultural business intelligence and analytics to growers. This is intended to help farmers make smarter decisions and use technology to customize solutions and monitor their results in real-time. In the constantly changing tech world, this could have a colossal, positive impact on the agricultural sphere in Asia – on a small and large scale.
Headquartered in Vietnam, Robot3T focuses on research and development of AI and robotics. Their team is still small as a startup, but they’ve already been making waves in the tech world. They are currently working on educational support devices, as well as intelligent control systems, and industrial robots (for welding, automatic feeders, etc.).
#13: Sokha Krom
Sokha Krom is a healthcare platform application that provides a central information center about healthcare and medical services in Cambodia. They are truly a one-stop-shop in an area that hasn’t had an application like this on the marketplace before.
In India, Druva helps global enterprises back up and secure their data using the cloud and servers. They recently received $80 million in funding during a fresh funding round – led by Riverwood Capital. The tech space is filled with startups like Druva, but not all of them are nearly as successful. We’re excited to see what Druva brings to the table in the future.
Also based in India, MilkBasket has cornered the grocery delivery market. They deliver groceries once a day to between 4 AM-7 AM, and the cost is relatively low. Their delivery people deliver to a cluster of households, creating a newspaper-route effect.
Based in Israel, Zebra was created with people’s physical health in mind. They’ve created an algorithm to identify early signs of breast cancer with the help of previous mammograms. The algorithm is constantly improving, meaning it will always be keeping up with the latest AI equipment.
This Beijing-startup focuses on education. Vipkid offers one-one-one video tutoring sessions for Chinese children from 5 years old-12 years old. The teachers who work with Vipkid are nearly all based in North America.
In our society today, startups are increasingly common. However, it takes a truly successful startup business model to take off and make an impact. These Asian startups have certainly done that – winning awards and successfully collecting the necessary seed funding to continue to grow.
Got an appetite for more? Take a look at our selection for the most promising startups for 2018.