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Funders That Are Available For You In 2017
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One of the most important bits of homework an entrepreneur can do while fundraising is reading up on VCs, so that they can approach only the people most relevant to their business. With that in mind, here’s a list of the highlights among Asia’s new funds in 2016.
Southeast Asia

With all the barriers to business in this fragmented region, startup valuations are low. Now is still a prime time for startups to enter without being too late, creating an environment that’s desirable to investors from around the world.
500 Durians

500 Startups’ Southeast Asia war chest has been open since 2014 – and this year it got larger with an extra US$50 million, its second fund, for the US’ VCs usual focus on startups making consumer apps.

500 Durians II will sign checks worth US$50,000 to $150,000 for about 200 seed-stage companies in the region. Plus, it might invest an additional US$500,000 in those showing exceptional progress, says ebullient boss, Khailee Ng.

The shiny, new US$20 million fund will hunt for promising startups among startup accelerators in the region. Four investment firms – Jungle Ventures, Infocomm Investments, Accel Partners, and RNT Associates – have come together to launch this in Singapore.

Another established name, Fenox topped up with US$20 million this month.

The newest fund, courtesy of cash from Taiwanese contract manufacturer Wistron, is aiming at robotics, artificial intelligence, big data, so-called Internet-of-Things (IoT), healthtech, and fintech among Asian and American startups.
Cocoon Capital

This is a new name from two renowned angel investors, William Klippgen and Michael Blakey.

With US$7 million in the bank in Singapore, it’ll fund US$250,000 to $700,000 a pop in Southeast Asia and India with a preference for software-as-a-service, ecommerce, and fintech startups.
Jungle Ventures

Jungle’s second fund, weighing in at US$100 million, has already invested in a few startups across Southeast Asia, such as Pomelo and Tradegecko.

The investment firm will lead in larger series A and B rounds, targeting primarily Southeast Asia, but also India and Australia. Deals range from US$3 to $5 million per company.
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Rakuten Ventures

The Japanese ecommerce titan’s VC arm got US$100 million more in muscle in April, doubling its Global Investment Fund to US$200 million.

Based in Singapore and Tokyo, Rakuten Ventures goes after consumer tech startups (as evidenced by its backing Carousell) as well as services that are popular with app-making startups (like push notifications system OneSignal).
Vickers Ventures

With a target size of US$250 million for its fifth fund, it’s one of the largest in Singapore – or the entire region. Vickers invests mainly in consumer tech, media, telecommunications, financial services, and life sciences including healthcare and medicine.

The firm’s investments usually range from US$1 million to $12 million per shot, with more money flowing in with subsequent rounds.

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