Hi everyone. Taro here.
Despite the doom and gloom this year from tech layoffs, inflation, and asset bubbles, one bright spot for me personally has been the complete turnaround of the NZ Warriors’ fortunes this season in the National Rugby League. After finishing in 15th place last season, they have locked in a top four finish and are bound for the finals for the first time since 2018, and just the second time since 2011.
Founded in 1995, the team has made two grand final appearances to date and has had bursts of golden periods, but has been quite a terrible team to support for the most part. If there is anything consistent about this club, it’s really knowing how to disappoint and ruin momentum. But when you support a team that is so tumultuous, it makes you relish the moment when things go right and understand that not everything needs to be on the up in life. I hope to be writing more celebratory notes in a few weeks after a successful end to the season!
This week, we look at five interesting startups from Tenity’s latest cohort of its Singapore Incubation Program.
- Thatch is a platform dedicated to connecting remote workers with suitable workspaces in various cities.
- Supplyline Network is a platform that streamlines the procurement process by connecting buyers with suppliers.
- P33r Finance is a decentralized finance platform offering a range of financial services and products.
- Pinj is a platform that offers a unique way to save, invest, and grow money, emphasizing simplicity and transparency.
- Meta Care is a platform that provides personalized health and wellness solutions, integrating various health data sources for a holistic approach.
In another new section, we cover interesting news items related to climate and sustainability in Southeast Asia.
- Indonesia faces challenges in its ambitious plan to reduce coal dependency and shift towards renewable energy sources.
- Geopolitical tensions and vested interests are complicating Indonesia’s transition to clean energy. [via Straits Times]
- China leverages nuclear power as a strategic tool to significantly cut down its carbon emissions. [via Eco-Business]
- The term “climate anxiety” is an understatement—the more accurate description is “climate dread” given the magnitude of the crisis. [via New Republic]
- Linhe Climate Science & Technology addresses the supply-demand gap in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) to combat climate change.
Pick & Roll
Interesting Drops From the Week
- Concerns rise over the declining quality of audits from Australia’s big four firms, sparking fears of potential corporate collapses. [via ABC]
- SpaceX’s Starship launches raise environmental concerns due to potential damage to local ecosystems. [via Mashable]
- Scientists discover a method to enhance concrete strength by 30% using repurposed coffee grounds. [via Engadget]
- The never-ending development saga of “Star Citizen” continues as it hits the USD 600m funding mark and no release in sight. [via Techspot]
On the Road
Events to check out
KrASIA is thrilled to partner with All That Matters 2023, the Asia Pacific’s premiere business-to-business-to-fan event experience and the gateway to Asia’s music, sports, gaming, digital, marketing, Web3, and entertainmentt industries.
Conference by day and music festival by night, hear from world-class speakers from the likes of Google, Meta, TikTok, Intel, and more, and engage in discussions about the industry’s hottest topics across three days of non-stop networking.
KrASIA is excited to offer our community 15% off tickets, with the codes KRASIAVIP (VIP passes) and KRASIACONF (content passes). Get your tickets here.
Transfong Ventures is partnering Yangtze Delta Region Institute of Tsinghua University to organize the next SiTEC Dialogue, discussing the value of ecosystem collaboration in the innovation space.
The session will feature pitches by seven startups from the Lee Kwan Yew Global Business Plan Competition (LKYGBPC), as well as a keynote speech and panel discussion on startup-related topics.
It will be held at the Shaw Foundation Alumni House in Singapore on September 13, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (GMT+8).
KrASIA will be attending to support the event as the official media partner. Register now and join us.
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