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Japan govt invests US$10M in 500 Startups to help local startups expand globally

Government-backed Cool Japan Fund is now the largest LP in Silicon Valley-based 500 Startups 

Working together, corporations and startups have an edge in agility, resources, and building out-of-the-box solutions for each other

The lean and fast approach of solution- and decision-making could provide a jolt of fresh ideas to a large enterprise 

ftcash enables SMEs to accept e-payments using a feature phone; raises pre-Series A from IvyCap, 500 Startups

ftcash aggregates all payment methods including credit/debit cards, net banking and m-wallets to create an open platform for merchants to initiate digital payments in less than 5 minutes 

[Updated] Q&A app Infonesia raises seed funding from 500 Startups, wants users to make money from their questions

Infonesia users can invite other users to "eavesdrop" and take a look at their question, which had been answered by a public figure, for a price 

Malaysian car portal Carsome raises US$6M to roll out more inspection outlets

The round was led by Gobi Partners, and joined by Lumia Capital, Innoven, and existing investors 500 Startups and Spiral Ventures 

engageSPARK enables anyone to launch interactive SMS, voice messaging campaigns; gets funding from 500 Startups

This Philippines startup enables anyone, anywhere to build and launch SMS and voice call alerts, surveys, reminders, educational curriculums, and on-demand information campaigns to 200-plus countries 

The SpaceX of Singapore raises US$3.7M from 500 Startups with end goal of sending humans to space

Gilmour Space's rockets enables companies to deploy small satellites at a low cost 

Edtech startup Gnowbe raises US$1.7M seed funding to facilitate ‘anytime, anywhere learn’ culture among professionals

Gnowbe is a mobile-first app that leverages micro-learning, social learning, and gamification to encourage active engagement and to drive behaviour change 

Indonesian startup Ahlijasa raises funding from Indogen, Fenox VC, 500 Startups to expand its on-demand laundry services

Last August, Ahlijasa won the Startup World Cup Indonesia, the regional finale of Startup World Cup event organised by Fenox VC and Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy