Vietnam: CMC Corporation, one of the major technology companies based in Vietnam, on February 26 launched a VND50 billion ($2.2 million) startup fund – the CMC Innovation Fund (CIF).
China: PwC China has launched its Shanghai Innovation Centre located in Xintiandi Shanghai, marking the official start of the Alliance of Shanghai Science and Technology Innovation (ASSTI), initiated by the firm.
Thailand: National Innovation Agency (NIA) of Thailand and Israel’s AGW Group (AGW) today announced the launch of SPARK — a global acceleration programme aimed at Thai startups.
India: HDFC Bank, the country’s second-largest private one, will be using robots at its branches, to assist customers.
Singapore: Thomson Reuters today announced the official opening of Thomson Reuters Labs – Singapore. The Lab will collaborate with the government, customers, tech startups and universities to build partnerships and create innovative products.
Singapore: Australian insurance giant IAG has announced it will launch an InsurTech innovation hub in Singapore, in a move that will connect the insurer to Singapore’s global innovation network and vibrant entrepreneurial community.
Singapore: LumenLab, MetLife’s Singapore-based innovation center, today announced that it has selected 8 finalists for its inaugural tech matchmaking program, collab, an open innovation platform matching startups with the right opportunities within MetLife.
Singapore: PayPal has announced that it will partner with Singapore Management University (SMU) to roll out a fintech scholarship in Singapore worth S$180,000 (US$126,900).
Singapore: KPMG International and Microsoft Corp. have announced the launch of joint Blockchain Nodes, which are designed to create and demonstrate use cases that apply blockchain technology to business propositions and processes.
India: The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) today set up iHub aiming to provide space for agricultural entrepreneurs, scientists and technology experts for innovative work in the field of agriculture.
Thailand: The Mekong Innovative Startup Tourism (MIST) Initiative has announced two new accelerators designed to make it easier and faster for innovative tourism businesses to get established in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam.