Livspace secures US$70M from TPG Growth, Goldman Sachs, Jungle Ventures, others

Livspace is an online design automation firm, whose three-sided marketplace brings together homeowners and a curated community of designers and vendors 

Online wholesale marketplace raises funding from VCs in Singapore, India

Last year, global e-commerce giant Amazon started B2B marketplace in India with some innovative features 

Jungle Ventures-backed wholesale B2B marketplace Wydr in talks for Series B funding

In January this year, Wydr secured an undisclosed amount in Series A investment from Stellaris Venture Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners and Jungle Ventures 

UrbanClap secures US$21M to connect you with local services providers in India; IPO on the anvil

UrbanClap is a marketplace that enables users to find and hire verified service providers like plumbers, beauticians, yoga trainers and wedding photographers 

Lingokids provides virtual language tuition to kids in Southeast Asia; raises US$4M

The Lingokids platform features games, songs, videos and audiobooks along with live tutoring lessons 

Swiggy raises US$80M led by Naspers as India slowly recovers from a foodtech disaster

After a spike in investments in 2015, the foodtech space witnessed many crashes in 2016, with some like PepperTap shuttering and biggies like Foodpanda, Zomato, TinyOwl significantly scaling down 

Tencent leads US$54M in music app startup Smule to help it expand footprint in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia accounts for 40 percent of Smule's 52 million monthly active users, while only 30 per cent come from North America 

This fintech startup is disrupting Korea’s banking sector, rewriting regulation

Korean mobile banking app maker Viva Republica landed a $48 million Series C last week 

Viva Republica raises US$48M to boost p2p money transfers in Korea, eyes Southeast Asia expansion

It plans to use newly-raised capital to acquire users, launch products such as loan brokerage and FX, and also upgrade its current product line 

Singapore’s RB Investments joins TravelTriangle’s US$10M Series B round

TravelTriangle is a marketplace that connects customers to travel agents, fetches quotations, customises trips and makes bookings online