Newsletter | October 2021

29 October 2021

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Newsletter | October 2021
Female Founders to the Fore!
Save your seats to the inaugural Asia Gender-Smart Investing Forum, co-organized by Gobi and UN Women on Nov 2-3. The webinar will discuss investing in women for a more inclusive, sustainable world and feature heavyweights such as Sarah Tong, Peggy Choi, Norma Chu, Vanessa Hendriadi Li, and Lucy Liu. Gobi also welcomes Kimberly Yao to our cohort of female founders, while Recommend — led by Jes Min Lua — raises US$4 million. 
Philippines Heats Up!
Kumu bags Philippines’ first Series C, Cloudeats joins the portfolio, partner Carlo Delantar and investees appear in TechNode Global‘s piece on the country’s ecosystem.
Fatima Gobi Ventures (FGV) Onboards Rider
Fresh off a busy September, FGV added another startup in October: tech-led last-mile delivery provider Rider.
Animoca Brands raises US$65 M at US$2.2 B valuation
Animoca Brands raised US$65 million from Liberty City Ventures, Ubisoft, Sequoia China, Dragonfly Capital, Com2uS, Kingsway, and others.
Pickupp Bags US$20 M Series A, A+ Funding
HK’s Pickupp sealed additional funds from Reefknot, a joint venture by Temasek and Kuehne+Nagel, bringing its series A and A+ funding total to US$20 million.
EasyParcel buys CJ Logistics Express Malaysia assets
EasyParcel‘s unit PGeon Express buys commercial vehicles from CJ Logistics Express Malaysia, on track to achieve 100,000 parcels/day by mid-2022.
Eureka AI partners with OneMoney to serve India’s finance industry
Eureka AI allows data scientists to deliver data science at scale by applying the Eureka solutions to OneMoney’s partners’ data.
Airwallex, GOGOX collaborate
Two of Gobi’s HK unicorns, Airwallex and GOGOX, collaborated for a cash rebate programme to support HK SMEs emerging from the pandemic.
20 Years, 20 Questions: Getting Candid with Chibo Tang
October’s 20 Questions features Chibo Tang, Managing Partner of Gobi Partners Greater Bay Area, who has been with Gobi since 2009.
Gobi welcomes Paul Ark as Partner, ESG Head
Ark will implement and strengthen ESG practices within Gobi and its portfolio companies. He will also spearhead quality deal flow for future funds.
Amber and WeLab make CBInsights’ The Fintech 250: The Top Fintech Companies Of 2021
Two of Gobi’s unicorns made the list, out of 7,000 companies worldwide. WeLab recently launched Apple products subscription targeting young millennials.
11 Gobi Founders Named in 2021 Gen.T List
Founders of Prenetics, Dash Living, Great Bay Bio, Big Bang Academy, LYNK, Rice Robotics, Carsome, PolicyStreet, KUMU, Tier One and GetLinks made Tatler’s definitive list of young leaders shaping Asia’s future.
October 2021 Onwards
10×1000 “Flex” Fintech Program 

Available from October through grants to over 1,000 learners, the Fintech Foundation Program Flex is a fully online certificate program providing practitioners with the mindset, knowledge and skills to become drivers of digital economic growth. Register (HERE)
5 November 2021
Hong Kong Artificial Intelligence Lab (HKAI Lab)

HKAI Lab is accepting applications for Cohort 6 of its 12-month Accelerator Program. Apply before Nov 5 to take your startup to the next level, focusing on commercializing AI inventions and technologies developed at the lab. Apply (HERE)
8-10 November 2021
Deep Tech Summit (SGInnovate)

The Deep Tech Summit, held in conjunction with the Singapore Week of Innovation and Technology, will convene the global Deep Tech community with interest in agrifood, health and biomedical sciences, advanced manufacturing and sustainability.
Register (HERE)
28 November 2021
AEF JUMPSTARTER 2022 Global Pitch Competition

JUMPSTARTER 2022 is set to be one of the biggest and most exciting yet – reaching beyond Hong Kong and encouraging high levels of interaction between aspiring and seasoned entrepreneurs. The competition is now open for applications until November 28, 2021. Register (HERE)
AQUMON, Big Bang Academy, OneDegree, SleekFlow and WeLab are hiring! Follow Gobi Partners on LinkedIn for monthly updates of job vacancies across our portfolio companies.
And that’s all for now, folks! Check out further news and updates from us via LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook or stop by our Website for more information.
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