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October 31, 2019

While tech companies in Silicon Valley are focusing on sophisticated technology like AI-powered robo-traders for the stock market or mobile apps to make wealth management easier, startups in Southeast Asia are focused on something far more fundamental.

Fintech in Southe...

October 31, 2019

Salesforce, the global leader in CRM, announced new research from IDC that finds Salesforce and its ecosystem of partners will create 8,500 new direct jobs and SG$7.6 billion (USD $5.6 billion) in new business revenues in Singapore from 2019 through 2024.

Globally, manu...

October 25, 2019

Singapore has such a dynamic ecosystem that sometimes the number of events offered can be overwhelming. Here at FirstCOUNSEL, we're going to help you out by putting together a curated list of upcoming events in Singapore for start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs:

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October 25, 2019

Singapore has long established itself as the leading fintech hub in South East Asia, of late it also increasingly becoming a hotbed for blockchain innovation.

The city-state is home a healthy blockchain ecosystem comprising numerous players tackling areas ranging from a...

October 23, 2019

Singapore-based medtech firm Curiox Biosystems has raised US$15 million in funding from Korean biotech investors.

The deal is backed by KB Investment, IMM Investment, Quad Investment, HB Investment, Dayli Investment, and SV Investment.

Curiox is a spinoff company fr...

October 22, 2019

Southeast Asia’s Internet economy is booming, driven by the ubiquity of mobile phones, rising Internet penetration and a growing middle class, according to a new report by Google, Temasek and Bain & Company.

In the e-Conomy SEA Report 2019, released earlier this month,...

October 21, 2019

Two recent studies have found Singapore to be the world’s most prepared city for the age of artificial intelligence (AI), and the global leader in terms of smart city effort.

The first research, conducted by the Oliver Wyman Forum, ranks 105 international cities in term...

October 11, 2019

To say that the Philippines is a big country is an understatement. With 145 cities and 1,489 municipalities spread across more than 7,000 islands, the archipelago is home to over 100 million people packed in a 300,000 sq km land area, making it the eighth most populate...

October 11, 2019

Mobile money has changed the face of finance since the concept was pioneered in Kenya nearly 20 years ago.

We can broadly define mobile money as any monetary value stored on a mobile device, be it a feature phone or a smartphone, that can be used to make payments.