#Asia 26 startups in Asia that caught our eye

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1. Active AI | Singapore (Startup Profile)

Singapore-based Active AI has created an AI-powered banking chatbot that you can talk to in Facebook Messenger for common tasks like paying bills or checking your balance. If your bank makes use of Active AI’s bot, you’ll be able to jump into the messaging app to do things like view your recent transactions, transfer money to buddies, and even get a temporary raise in your credit card limit.


2. IsItUp.com | Malaysia (Startup Profile)

IsItUp.com provides a software-as-a-service that allows companies to manage their fixed asset inventory in the cloud. The startup provides its clients with QR code or RFID asset tags, which employees can simply scan to retrieve information related to an asset.


3. SoCash | Singapore (Startup Profile)

Singaporean fintech startup SoCash turns any business into an ATM, allowing users to withdraw cash from a merchant’s till just like they would from their banks’ automated tellers. The startup uses your bank’s mobile app to let you transfer an amount to the merchant’s bank account. Then you can pick up the amount in cash at that outlet.


4. Zefo | India (Startup Profile)

Based in Bangalore, Zefo is an online marketplace for used or returned goods and factory seconds. It also tapping into the rise in returned goods by tying up with ecommerce sites. The startup claims it is currently growing at 40 percent month-on-month, and selling 400-500 products a day.


5. Helpster | Thailand (Startup Profile)

Bangkok-based Helpster finds temporary and permanent blue-collar employees for businesses. It sorts through applicants who fill in data through the app. It then matches them to companies looking for help. Employers receive a list of suitable workers from Helpster before assigning them tasks to complete. Workers then get assigned tasks and report to their employers via the Helpster app.


6. Stasis Labs | India (Startup Profile)

Stasis Labs’s cloud-connected vitals monitoring system sits at the bedside of the patient and monitors six different vital signs – heart rate, blood oxygen, 3-lead ECG, respiratory rate, blood pressure, and body temperature. Everything is driven by software, removing as much as possible from the hardware and it makes it more cost-effective and easier to update.


7. Apvera | Singapore (Startup Profile)

Apvera is a Singapore-based intelligence startup. Its software analyzes the behavior of companies’ employees, contractors, and vendors. The platform uses machine learning and predictive analytics to spot any suspicious activity within a company’s network.


8. Zoomcar | India (Startup Profile)

Zoomcar is India’s biggest app-based car rental, along the lines of Hertz or Avis, but working entirely online. The startup now services 12 cities and plans to be in 25 cities in the next four to five months. Fleet size is expected to go up from 2,000 cars to 10,000 cars by the end of 2017, and 25,000 cars by the time 2018 ends.


9. FlexM | Singapore (Startup Profile)

Singapore-based FlexM offers its customers an ewallet that can be used for payroll, money remittance, and e-shopping. Its service includes a virtual prepaid MasterCard and up to four physical copies. It claims to offer more affordable remittance rates than established services like Western Union.


10. Perx | Singapore (Startup Profile)

Perx is a Singapore-based customer loyalty startup that started out as a consumer-facing mobile app for gathering loyalty points from participating businesses. In 2015, the startup added a business-to-business component, helping corporate clients with customer engagement and loyalty.


11. Miso | South Korea (Startup Profile)

Korea’s Miso provide the service which connects Koreans with cleaners. The startup is now active in the cities of Seoul, Incheon, and the capital’s suburbs across Gyeonggi province. It claims they have served over 30,000 customers to date.


12. Pegaxis | Singapore (Startup Profile)

Launched in early 2016, Pegaxis offers two types of services to its customers, an online marketplace that connects property managers to various service providers and an online suite of tools for managers to keep track of their procurement needs and activity.


13. OnOnPay | Vietnam (Startup Profile)

Addresses the needs of unbanked people in a market where credit cards are not widely used, Vietnamese startup OnOnPay offers both a web-based platform and a mobile app that allows users to top up their prepaid phones and win rewards like extra credit and coupons.


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