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Daily Markup #333: Gnowbe to boost employability in Singapore with new platform; Hydroleap recognized for environmentally-friendly & economical water tech; Vishal Harnal on investing in Indonesian entrepreneurs

Ching Yee Ho



Credit: Gnowbe

Big benefits with micro-learning

  • Learning just leveled up. 500-backed Gnowbe has launched GnowbeLearn™, one of Singapore’s first subscription-based micro-learning libraries.
  • This launch is a part of a two-year pilot initiative under the startup’s recent partnership with SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG). SSG is a statutory board under the Ministry of Education (MOE).
  • Starting September 2021, Singaporeans will be able to use their SkillsFuture credits for unlimited access to over 300 courses on the platform. Upon completion, learners obtain official accreditation, which can boost employability.
  • According to the joint statement, GnowbeLearn™ combines multiple modes of learning through videos, audio, polls, and quizzes to promote active learning. The platform also facilitates community-based learning with other users.
  • Read the full statement here.

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Making a splash

  • 500-backed water purification startup Hydroleap has been recognized as an emerging technology company in Singapore by RealTechX Singapore. The startup is one of 12 predicted to drive innovation in Asia’s real estate sector.
  • The program seeks to connect the real estate industry with innovative solutions aligned with environment, social, and governance (ESG) concerns.
  • Hydroleap was selected for its chemical-free, cost-effective, and easy-to-operate technology.
  • The startup claims a 30-40% reduction in carbon emissions and a 50%-60% reduction in operating costs compared to conventional chemical methods.
  • Get more details here.

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Good tidings

  • As the Southeast Asian startup ecosystem matures and changes, so has 500 Durians. Now known as 500 Southeast Asia, Managing Partner Vishal Harnal said that the rebranding also signals the firm’s continued commitment to invest and support entrepreneurs in the region.
  • In addition to newly-crowned unicorns and startups going public in the United States, DailySocial named startups valued at over US$100 million in the firm’s portfolio that are growing rapidly.
  • Among them are Bibit, Gilmour Space Technologies, RedDoorz, BukuKas, Aerodyne, HappyFresh, mClinica, Vokal, and eFishery.
  • “We have a significant amount of investment in Indonesia and will continue to invest in and support Indonesia’s founders. One of our initial investments, Bukalapak, recently went public with an IPO on the Indonesia Stock Exchange. We believe that this is just the beginning for entrepreneurs in Indonesia,” Vishal added.
  • Read the original article in Bahasa Indonesia here.

Ching Yee Ho