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Orami, Grab and Kaidee join forces to promote gender equality as part of UN Women solidarity campaign

Together, they will spearhead the Together for Women's Day, a Thailand-based gender equality fair that will be held on 11 March 2017 

Female urination device PeeBuddy raises US$450K funding from IAN

PeeBuddy allows women to stand and pee even in dirty public toilets, so no more wiping of seats/making chairs, and also lessens the risk of contracting infections 

Comparing counterfeits to drunk-driving, Jack Ma calls on Chinese lawmakers to strengthen laws

Jack Ma pointed to antiquated laws that make counterfeiting a "low risk" crime in China 

Indonesian P2P lending platform Amartha raises Series A, aims to disburse US$30M by end of year

Led by Mandiri Capital Indonesia, Amartha's latest round also sees participation by Lynx Asia Partners, Beenext, and Midplaza Holding 

Singapore govt to bolster digital economy, plans to help low-income households get online

Data science programmes and other digital business initiatives were some of the other plans discussed in parliament 

AI-focused early-stage VC firm pi Ventures makes the first close of maiden fund at US$13M

pi Ventures looks to invest 18-12 startups in the healthcare, logistics, retail, fintech and enterprise sectors using AI, Machine Learning and IoT 

Mobile remittance pilot project gets approval from the Philippine central bank

Australian fintech startup Peppermint teams up with MyWeps International in a programme that aims to foster greater financial inclusion through mobile remittance 

Indian agritech startup AgroStar raises US$10M led by Accel Partners

Farmers can use the AgroStar to procure agri inputs needed for their farms by giving a missed call on its platform or via its mobile app 

Rejecting global protectionism, Singapore government lowers barrier to entry for foreign startups

In rebranding to Startup SG, the Singapore government also announced a new deep-tech scheme