47 startups in asia that caught our eye

50 startups in Asia that caught our eye

Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. As always, for startup tips and story suggestions, feel free to email us. Alternatively, you can submit tips here and/or tell us about your startup here. Enjoy this week’s list!

1. Anipopo | Thailand

Anipipo is an animation-focused crowdfunding site from Thailand and is created by a partnership between three co-founders – Hiroaki Taira (from Japan), Sam Tiyavutiroj, and Vincent Sethiwan; they’re the folks who run Launchpad, a famous co-working space in Bangkok.

2. Canva | Singapore

Sydney-based startup Canva is an online platform that allows you to create professional designs using its idiot-proof drag-and-drop design tool. It boasts a library of over one million photographs, graphics, and fonts as well as some useful team collaborative tools.

3. Hex | China

Hex is a smartphone-controlled, 3D-printed, fully customizable, and completely open-source personal nanocopter. It flew into a Kickstarter campaign this week and soared past its goal in just a few hours!

4. Tiki | Vietnam

Started out back in March 2010, Tiki, the Amazon of Vietnam, announced this week that it has secured a series B round of funding from Sumitomo Corporation.

5. Qraved | Indonesia

With its beta version launched officially this week, Indonesia’s Qraved is a brand new social food network which aims to be “a smart, social dining directory, helping users discover great places to dine at quickly and easily” from the web.

6. Muafast | Vietnam

Launched in December 2012, Muafast, literally meaning “buy fast”, is a Vietnamese B2B2C platform that specifically serves online fashion retailers.

7. 99designs | Australia

99designs, an Australia-based design crowdsourcing site has announced this week that it has acquired Brazilian design marketplace LogoChef as well as launching 99designs’ Portuguese version with local currency support.

8. Duniaku | Indonesia

Founded in July 2010, Duniaku is an Indonesian online gaming website with content targeted at Indonesian gamers and a platform for Indonesian game developers and publishers to promote their titles.

9. Foodshot | Vietnam

Similar to the likes of Instagram, Foodshot is an iOS food journal app from Vietnam that aims to “build a beautiful library of food images.”

10. Moglue | South Korea

Launched in late 2012, South Korea’s Moglue is a useful a drag-and-drop interface for users to create interactive e-book apps. The South Korean startup just released version 2.0 of its Android and iOS app, complete with a whole new suite of features and updates.

11. KiddieTAB | Philippines

KiddieTAB is an Android-powered tablet aimed at kids launched by startup Lifeware Technology. The company partnered with local and international app developers and pre-loaded the KiddieTABs with over 100 educational applications which can supplement the primary school curriculum.

12. Frrole | India

Bangalore-based social intelligence startup Frrole has launched enterprise software for the media and entertainment (M&E) sector. This new enterprise software offering will help customers to extract and curate precise content-related topics, locations, products, or campaigns, which can then be integrated with their applications.

13. Pubgame | Taiwan

Founded in December 2010, Pubgame is a gaming platform that licenses games and markets them to Taiwanese consumers. The startup raised a $5 million round a while back, and has more than 16 titles launched presently.

14. iPost-a-Card | Thailand

iPost-a-card is a postcard customization app that allows people to use their own photos as a postcard, insert personal text, print it, and send to a friend. The app is a result of a four-sided partnership – Thailand Post, a social media agency, a printing firm, and Codegear, a mobile application developer company.

15. Wongnai | Thailand

Wongnai is Thailand’s restaurant review startup, which received series A funding back in May this year. So we spoke with the team to find out how the money is being spent.

16. Pinguo | China

These are the guys who make Camera360, the popular photo app for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. This week the Chinese team got $18 million in fresh funding, which will go towards new product development and expanding the team.

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31 – 40: Here are the 10 startups who get seats at JFDI | Singapore

41 – 47 StartUp Cup rocks Lahore | Pakistan

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