Malaysia-based travel tech startup LokaLocal secures funding at a valuation of US$1.5M

This marks South Korean BonAngels Ventures Partners’ first investment in Malaysian company 

Cross-border payments firm InstaReM raises US$45M from Telkom's VC arm, Rocket Internet, others

This will accelerate growth in InstaReM’s existing markets and enable it to enter new markets in Japan and Indonesia; the company plans to launch an IPO in 2021 

Tokopedia reportedly raises fresh US$1 billion funding

The Indonesian unicorn is said to raise new US$1 billion worth of funding from SoftBank and other existing backers 

Sendhelper secures US$444k seed funding led by Captii Ventures

The funding will further improve the labor matching process the Singapore-based company is currently having 

Agritech startup CropIn raises US$8M from Chiratae Ventures, Bill & Melinda Foundation

Its SmartFarm app deployed across agribusinesses' own field agents allows for business-to-business-to-farmer plot-level farm management 

Real estate platform Lamudi raises funding from Ringier AG, Axel Springer

Lamudi claimed to be in a "comfortable" financial situation with a "clear path" towards break-even 

Singapore's neuroscience marketing startup NeuroTrend raises US$1.5M from TRIVE Ventures, angels

NeuroTrend analyses consumers insights based on the four parameters  -- attention, interest, memory retention and emotional involvement 

MyTaiwanTour raises US$1.5M from Sanpu Group to expand to Japan, China

MyTaiwanTour provides personalised and customised tour packages to foreign tourists mainly from the US and Europe 

Singapore's IMDA to invest US$10M to trial smart cities tech

The US$10 million initiative will be rolled out across three years 

Hong Kong-based blockchain startup AERGO raises US$30M from Sequoia, others

AERGO's architecture will allow enterprises to transfer data without having to trust an intermediary while also being flexibly governed and integrated into existing systems