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13 startups in Asia that caught our eye

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Here’s our newest round-up of the featured startups on our site this week. If you have startup tips or story suggestions, feel free to email us or tell us about your startup on this form. Any juicy tech news tips go here. Enjoy this week’s list!

1. Khawna | Philippines

Launched this week, Khawna is an online learning platform which offers various courses to people who may need additional know-how in science, technology, engineering and entrepreneurship. The courses are presented in a tutorial video format and are taught by industry experts.


2. Flyfit | Taiwan

Flyfit is a wearable tracker developed by taiwan-based startup Qbit, that wraps around the lower leg. He and his team have targeted cyclists that are unhappy with the wristband trackers as potential customers. The company launched a Kickstarter campaign in February hoping to raise US$90,000.


3. Appography | Pakistan

Pakistan’s Appography is the developer of Vivid, which wants to get rid of waiting on the line and put customer service into an app. The startup is now being incubated by Plan 9 incubator in Lahore, and is one of the first startup in the current Plan9 batch to get seed funding.

In addition, the team is one of four Asian startups heading to Blackbox Connect in Silicon Valley for a two-week program later this month.


4. Scentee | Japan

Scentee is a new Japanese mobile app that emits smells. To do that, users need to download the app and purchase a special device that attaches to one’s mobile phone for it to work. Scentee’s SDK is also available on Github for developers who want to toy around with it.


5. Haystakt | Singapore

Launched in 2012, Singapore-based startup Haystakt puts a twist on the familiar crowdfunding concept by launching Projects, a crowdfunding site which allows crowd-pricing of products posted on its platform.

It is technically an e-commerce marketplace where users can influence the pricing of a product. Every item or “project” that’s posted on the marketplace has a posting duration and minimum order quantity which is dictated by the maker.


6. Altitude Games | Philippines

Founded by five friends who have backgrounds in the gaming development scene across Southeast Asia, Altitude Games is a gaming company which intends to create original mobile games “with casual gameplay that’s easy to pick up and play.

The startup is revealed to have received seed funding from mobile content provider Xurpas founder Nix Nolledo, gaming company Level Up! Games co-founder Philip Cahiwat, and several other investors.


7. Kiddy | Japan

First launched on the Apple App Store in April 2013, Kiddy is a photo diary social network which lets moms and pops snap and design their kids’ photos and put them into a flashy calendar diary.

The startup was invested in by Archetype, Digital Garage, and some undisclosed angel investors in February 2012.


8. SanSaab | Thailand

SanSaab is a navigation app, created by a group of senior students at Srinakharinwirot University, that guides you along Bangkok’s main river, the Chao Praya, via the many express boat routes. The new app can show your current location, the nearest boarding piers, boat fares, and even calculates the travel time.


9. Kamelio | Japan

Kamelio is a news curation app developed by Tokyo-based Shiroyagi Corporation, that picks up articles based on topics you are likely to be interested in using a bespoke algorithm to go beyond the keywords you’ve entered in your preferences.

Just recently, the startup announced that it has raised a funding round from Japanese investment firm Global Brain.


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