Newsletter | August 2022

31 August 2022





Gobi Partners Appoints Gui Ee Leen as Human Resources Partner

Ee Leen will focus on upscaling Gobi’s human resources strategy – from recruiting talent, to improving gender diversity and inclusivity as well as ensuring a safe, ethical and fair workplace. Welcome to Gobi!

Pakistan’s E-commerce Marketplace Raises US$7.9 Million in Seed Funding Round

The firm successfully became one of the country’s leading B2C eCommerce players after posting an impressive 500% YoY revenue growth.

MAVCAP Announces Key Appointments of COO and CIO

Collectively, MAVCAP’s new COO, Noor Amy Ismail and its new CIO, Paramjit Singh Gill bring some 37 years of experience across diverse industries such as regional corporate investment banking, structured finance and private equity.

Carsome Group Celebrates Seven Years of Achievement and Continuous Growth

The Malaysian tech unicorn has grown into the region’s largest used car e-commerce platform in Southeast Asia, selling over 18,000 cars per month totalling more than US$1.7 B annualised value.

UAE-based Reverse Logistics Platform Cartlow Acquires Melltoo

This acquisition will allow Cartlow to further dominate the global reverse logistics market, which is projected to reach US$958 B in 2028.

Airwallex Commits Additional HK$2.25 Million to Further Support Hong Kong SMEs and Startups

First rolled out in April, leading FinTech platform Airwallex saw more than 450 of its SME customers benefit from the initiative.


Eight Gobi Startups Featured in Forbes Asia 100 to Watch 2022

Six Hong Kong-based startups (Atom Semiconductor, Fano Labs, Gense Technologies, AQUMON, OneDegree and ViAct) and two Singapore-based startups (Etaily and Workmate) are addressing real-world challenges with fresh thinking and innovative products and services. 

Abhi Strives to Empower Salaried Individuals and Change the Landscape of How Company Payrolls are Managed

The Pakistan-based financial wellness platform strives to help businesses and consumers with real-time, Shariah-compliant financing and digitising manual payment processes.

Sandbox VR Arrives in London — Zombies and Aliens Included

Since its founding in Hong Kong in 2017, the VR gaming heavyweight has since expanded around the globe, opening more than a dozen locations in the United States and Canada and four across Asia (Hong Kong, Macau, Shanghai, and Singapore).


Our hearts and sorrow go out to the family and friends of Luqman Adris, co-founder and CEO of AVANA. Our condolences to all who he left behind, especially to his wife and AVANA co-founder, Yienyee Soh during this difficult time. He was a visionary and a shining light in the local startup scene.


And it’s a wrap for Alibaba Netpreneur Training 2022 Philippines! This year’s event is especially significant as it attracted the highest number of attendees, with over 300 exciting founders/entrepreneurs joining the training.

Thank you to the Alibaba Global Initiatives, Alibaba Cloud, JCI Manila and QBO Innovation Hub for the continuous support. And to our team on the ground, Gobi-Core Philippine Fund – well done!

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She Loves Tech (‘SLT’) is the world’s largest startup competition for women and technology, currently being held in over 70 countries across the globe.

Gobi is proud to organise She Loves Tech: Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia for the fourth year straight, seeking to accelerate the best entrepreneurs and technologies while closing the funding gap for women entrepreneurs in the region. 

Which startups from Thailand, Vietnam, or Cambodia will advance to the global stage? Please join us for the Pitch Finals to meet the top 10 startups with our distinguished judges from SCB10X, Openspace Ventures, Ascend Ventures Vietnam, and Seeva Capital!

When: September 13, 2022 from 4pm – 6pm GMT +7
Where: Zoom
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Wishing all Malaysians far and wide a wonderful 65th Merdeka Day. #KeluargaMalaysia, kita Teguh Bersama!
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