Newsletter | December 2021

31 December 2021

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Newsletter | December 2021
Capping a Great 2021 for Gobi’s Women Founders
As part of the global Beyond the Billion consortium of investors pledging $1 billion into women founders from 2018 to 2020, Gobi has met its own $50 million commitment and continues to invest in and ensure diversity in voices and inclusive management teams in the startup ecosystem. Separately, Gobi and UN Women’s highly successful Asia Gender-Smart Investing Forum drew 557 registrants and 34 speakers across 48 countries.
WeLab to Launch Digital Bank in Indonesia
WeLab CEO Simon Loong tells Bloomberg of its recent purchase of a bank in Indonesia, what gives WeLab an edge in the country and plans for a possible IPO.
Pickupp Secures US$37 M Series B Round
The on-demand delivery startup raised US$37 Million in a Series B round led by Innovate Jardines, the innovation fund of Jardine Matheson.
Agritech Tazah Joins Gobi’s Pakistan Portfolio
The B2B fresh produce marketplace closed a US$6.5 Million pre-seed round co-led by Fatima Gobi Ventures and Vibe Capital.
Drone tech firm Aerodyne Explores Dual-Listing
Aerodyne’s IPO could take place in the US or Japan in 2023 or 2024, founder and CEO Kamarul Muhamed tells TechNode Global.
AVANA Helps 100 L’Oréal Salons Brave COVID
Social commerce startup AVANA partnered with L’Oréal Malaysia to onboard 100 member salons, with plans to expand this to 250 salons in 2022.
Prenetics Eyes M&A Targets, SEA Expansion
The biotech is eyeing M&A targets internationally as well as local partners in Southeast Asia, Prenetics CEO Danny Yeung tells TechNode Global.
20 Years, 20 Questions: Getting Candid with Soo Wei
December’s 20 Questions features Soo Wei Shaw, Partner and ESG Chairperson, who has been with Gobi since 2012.
Gobi’s Chibo Tang Among Asia’s Most Influential
Chibo Tang, Managing Partner of Gobi Hong Kong was named to Tatler’s 2021 Asia’s Most Influential list, being one of the city-state’s most successful investors.
19 Gobi Founders Named to Asia’s Most Influential List
Founders of Lynk, OneDegree, Prenetics, Sandbox VR, GOGOX, Pickupp, Amber, Airwallex (2), DayDayCook, Animoca, WeLab, Carsome, Aerodyne, EasyParcel, Jirnexu, Edukasyon, Tier One and Kumu made Tatler’s 2021 Asia’s Most Influential List.
Gobi Partners Greater Bay Area is Hiring
Interested in joining the world of VC? Join our team! Gobi Partners GBA is now seeking an Investor Relations Associate. Please send your CV and cover letter by email to Cindy Zhang at [email protected]
And that’s all for the year! Gobi Partners wishes you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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