#Asia Thailand’s 500 Tuk Tuks hits the gas, expands investment fund to US$15 million


Over a year old, the company has invested in 20 companies — including Echelon Alumni GizTix

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500 Tuk Tuks, the Thailand-based fund for the global VC firm 500 startups, announced today it will be expanding its fund size to US$15 million, a US$3 million infusion from its current number of US$12 million.

Announced on his Facebook page, Fund Manager Krating Poonpol said the firm plans to close the fund for the next 60 days. The goal is to invest in nearly 60 companies over the next two years.

Poonpol took a moment to give specific thanks to was 500 Startups Founder Dave McClure and Malaysia Managing Partner Khalie Ng for believing in Thailand as an opportunity to build the startup community through early-stage investing.

“[Thanks to] startups and other brothers and sisters [for] all the help and encouragement. We are pushing the [startup scene in] Thailand to grow rapidly and strong and [hope it] can stand proudly on the world stage in the near future, :),” he wrote in on the Facebook page, translated by e27 into english.

Also Read: [Updated] Numbers speak: Thailand experiences 29 times growth of tech investments in past 4 years

500 Tuk Tuks is just over a year old (July 7 is was the one-year anniversary) and one of the companies it invested in was the 2016 Echelon Thailand Top 100 representative GizTix.

In May, the investment fund announced it had invested in a batch of ten startups which would bring the total amount of companies invested in to 20.

In Asia, 500 Startups has regional funds like 500 Tuk Tuks in Malaysia (500 Durians), South Korea (500 Kimchi), Japan (500 Startups JP), Vietnam (500 Startups Vietnam), and India (500 Kulfi). Additionally, it has focussed funds for Turkey, the MENA region and the Nordics.

Also Read: Thailand to welcome national e-payment system, starting in October

Non-regional focussed funds include fintech and mobile-focussed operations.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay.


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