#Asia 22 startups in Asia that caught our eye

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1. Twigly | India (Startup Profile)

Located in the business hub of Gurgaon, Twigly promises to deliver global gourmet meals at the doorstep. It has a central kitchen that delivers “authentically prepared” food at prices that are 20-30 percent lower than those of regular restaurants. It claims to have notched up 500 customers already.


2. Sekai Lab | Japan (Startup Profile)

Founded in December 2013, Sekai Lab taps vetted engineering teams in affordable markets such as Vietnam, China, and Bangladesh make up the top three – to produce websites, apps, games, and other online services. It also provides translation and localization services to ensure that language barriers don’t get in the way.


3. EnTouch | Japan (Startup Profile)

EnTouch hires these highly-skilled drug reps directly and allows them to work from home with a workstation that includes a computer, webcam, phone, and backdrops with EnTouch and client logos. The startup also encourages professional women who have left the workforce after having children to join up, as their schedules tend to work with the very early or very late hours required to call doctors.


4. Cityflo | India (Startup Profile)

Cityflo is like an Uber for buses, offering an easy way to travel to work by allowing users to book seats on buses through an Android app.


5. Appier | Taiwan (Startup Profile)

Taiwan-based artificial intelligence (AI) startup Appier uses AI to provide insights on users’ cross-screen behavior. That means tracking how people use different devices for different purposes, at different times.


6. Rappler | Philippines (Startup Profile)

Philippine online news site Rappler is an all-digital news organization that uses technology and crowdsourcing to disrupt traditional news sites. It has a patented mood meter, which tracks the emotions elicited by its stories, and a mapping tool called Reach that shows how stories move through the community.


7. QQ&Me | Japan

Q&Me ia a mobile app anyone can download to participate in surveys, with a gamification twist. Users are rewarded, they get US$0.10 per completed survey. They can redeem this money the form of phone top-up points. As an extra incentive, there are occasional prizes based on lucky draws.


8. Carro | Singapore (Startup Profile)

Carro is a used car marketplace in Singapore that connects used car sellers and buyers through its web and mobile platform, essentially cutting middlemen such as dealers and mechanics. Using a proprietary algorithm, the company determines the most favorable prices for sellers.


9. KoreaBuys | Malaysia (Startup Profile)

KoreaBuys aims to bring Korean beauty and fashion products to consumers throughout Asia, starting with Indonesia. The site also boasts fashion, accessories, K-pop albums, and even Korean teas.


10. A Better Florist | Singapore (Startup Profile)

A Better Florist, as its name suggests, aims to provide a better flower delivery service. You go on the site, pick a flower arrangement, choose a time and place for delivery, and add a quick note. The startup will deliver the bouquet and throw in a hand-written card for a personal touch. It will also confirm delivery with a personalized photo on the spot.


11. LunchClick | Singapore (Startup Profile)

LunchClick is a new up-and-coming dating app with an unconventional approach. Every profile is exhaustively verified by humans to keep out creeps, fakers, and scammers. Also, instead of stilted small talk, LunchClick devised a Q&A-style interaction where matches take turns asking questions chosen from a predefined list.


12. Call Levels | Singapore (Startup Profile)

Singapore-based fintech startup Call Levels helps traders keep track of prices for financial assets and notifies them when those change or reach a desired level. It keeps track of forex, futures, US equities, and even bitcoin.

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