Foodie App Burpple Has Double Order of Good News, Including $500,000 Seed Funding


The Burpple crew at OpenWebAsia 2012 in Hainan, China, this week.

The social food app Burpple has been served a double order of good news today, the largest of which is $500,000 in seed funding, which is the startup’s first-ever funding round. It’s led by Neoteny Labs, with QuestVC also providing some backing.

Neoteny Labs has backed lots of early-stage startups in this region, as well as Path and video site Viki; while QuestVC, led by 55Tuan’s James Tan, will also be able to help out, says Burpple co-founder Dixon Chan today, with “growth strategy in China and Southeast Asia.” The funding will be used to build up its app and team even further, as well as “scale growth opportunities across a variety of markets and platforms on the mobile and on the web.” Hopefully that’ll also help speed up its in-the-works Android app.

Indeed, Burpple has already expanded into China, and now claims to have users in over 3,300 cities around the world.

The second bit of good news for the Singaporean startup is that it has been hailed as one of the ‘Top 10 Startups in Asia’ at the OpenWebAsia 2012 event which was held on Monday on the tropical island of Hainan in southern China. One other Burpple co-founder, Elisha Ong, said today:

Burpple’s iPhone app. Click to enlarge.

We’re humbled and grateful to receive this award. It’s been an exciting and favorable journey and we know that this is just the tip of the iceberg of greater things to come!

Also in contention in the top 10 at OpenWebAsia this year was the social app for couples, Between, which is made in Korea.

The Burpple app for iPhone is in the iTunes Store.

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