The Impact Ventures Accelerator Program (IVAP), which provides 8 to 24 months, of business consulting and financial support to social enterprises, has been launched in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
The program is being run by LGT Venture Philanthropy, an impact investor spanning five continents that supports organizations with outstanding social and environmental impact.
IVAP is run in partnership with local partners around the region.
The Mobile Marketing Association, a global non-profit trade organization for mobile marketing, has released an updated version of its guide on 13th February that introduces six standardized ad unit sizes that are most commonly used in the industry.
MMA members who comply with the new standards from the MMA Universal Mobile Ad Package (free download) report can receive compliance stamps which they can display on their websites and marketing materials. Read more
While the Internet is commonly being seen as distinct and separate from real life, that notion is increasingly being challenged. Augmented reality, as well as mobile commerce technologies like QR codes and NFC, are blurring the lines between the physical and virtual world, allowing consumers to transit seamlessly between both.
This trend is happening in the events space as well. Startups in Asia are at the frontier of this revolution, arming event organizers and participants with digital tools that enhance productivity and foster personal connections.
Here, we’ll look at just how these Singapore-based startups are shaping the way events are organized and merging them with the digital world.
This Friday, Singapore Polytechnic will hold their 55@SP again, this time with the theme: Making Money Startup Essentials and Funding. During the session, experts who discuss about entrepreneurship and funding. Topics to be discussed include: Available government grants for entrepreneurs and different types of them for startups for their business will be few among questions what being discussed.
When: Friday, 24th February 2012
Where: InnoVillage Event Space 1, Singapore Polytechnic
Any enquiries can be directed to email@example.com
Starting their Founder Drinks for 2012, E27 will bring Christoph Zrenner of Wildfire (see SGE’s articles on the company). Cristoph will talk about how he raised the first round of investment for Wildfire, how startups can better use word-of-mouth marketing and also understand social media in order to effectively grow their user base.
When: Thursday, 23rd February 2012
Where: Suffle Bistro Bar, Blk 3D River Valley Road #02-03, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179023 (Map)
YOOSE, a hyper-local mobile ad network, has been selected by adsmobi, a mobile media buying platform, to develop a location-based mobile coupon service called Prime Location, which will complement admobi’s existing product offerings.
Advertisers can use the self-service web app, to create and manage their location-based mobile coupon campaigns. They can select their desired target group, indicating the time, place, and device on which they want their ads to appear. Admobi has a huge inventory spanning 220 countries and hitting 30 billion ad requests. Read more
Helan Tan is not the stereotypical brash, zealous, and overconfident entrepreneur. Formerly employed by a bridal gown design company, she started her Singapore-based business after leaving her job as a means of attaining a more balanced lifestyle.
Her husband wanted to start a family with her. ”I didn’t want to be so hectic, working till 3am when I have kids. At the same time, I wanted to bring in some income, and carry on enjoying my interests in fashion and design,” she says.
Now, she runs Gioielli Bridal Accessories (pronounced ‘gio-eh-lei’) out of her showroom in Clarke Quay.
While she has no grand plans for world domination, this lady is no lightweight. Her accessories have been featured in prominent bridal magazines like Tatler Weddings and Her World Brides, local celebrities like Fann Wong and Zoe Tay have donned her pieces for charity shows, and she has done work for television commercials and print ads for large brands like Lux, Fujitsu, and HSBC. Read more
LinkedIn, the world’s largest social network for working professionals, has grown even larger. It surpassed the one million member mark in Indonesia recently, the company announced today.
The growth in Indonesia follows the launch of its Bahasa Indonesia site in December 2011. Since the debut of the localized site, the number of LinkedIn Groups in Bahasa Indonesia has doubled to over 700. Read more
LiveJournal has been a popular platform for Singaporean blogshop owners to sell their stuff, due to its strong community features. But it does not come with a full-fledged e-commerce solution. That is now a thing of the past.
It has launched LJ Checkout, a combined product catalogue, shopping cart, and online payment system.
The blogging platform is partnering with Malaysia-based MOLPay to provide the payment gateway. Read more
We’ll be having drinks tomorrow (Wednesday) evening with Vinnie Lauria, Jeff Paine and Paul Bragiel from newly launched Singapore-based, Silicon Valley-juiced fund, Golden Gate Ventures.
Join us at 830pm, Wednesday 22nd Feb, at Home Club (20 Upper Circular Road, #B1-01/06, The Riverwalk, Singapore 058416). Register here.
From this piece:
“Backed by i/o Ventures, a well-known Silicon Valley startup accelerator, Golden Gate’s partners, investors, and mentors originate from the Silicon Valley and all around Asia.
Vinnie co-founded Lefora, a forum hosting service that was later acquired. He’s also the organizer of the SuperHappyDevHouse in Singapore, a premier hackathon event that originated from Silicon Valley.
Jeffrey is the co-founder of Battle Ventures, a technology incubator in Singapore with a portfolio across Asia. He also started the Founder Institute in Asia, which has graduated over 40 companies so far.
Providing the support network from Silicon Valley is Paul Bragiel, co-founder of multiple successful companies, including i/o Ventures. He travels frequently to Asia.”