- 500-backed startup Boxgreen, known for healthy snacks, launched a beverage brand called Imperfect Drinks, made from upcycled food waste.
- Offerings range from pressed juices, fruit teas, coffee, and milk teas. To make its juices, the startup uses ‘ugly’ fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be discarded.
- Boxgreen is exploring turning used coffee grains, tea leaves, and dried fruit pulp into fertilizer.
- The startup also offers training and job opportunities to ex-offenders via its factory located in a prison complex. “To date, we’re proud to say that we’ve been part of the rehabilitation journey of over more than 60 ex-offenders,” said co-founder Andrew Lim.
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A joy ride
- 500-backed startup Neuron Mobility announced it will begin a 12-month trial of its e-scooters in early 2022 in Perth, Western Australia. The startup also plans to invest in the city, creating 30 local jobs.
- Across 2021, Neuron Mobility claims to have launched in 16 new cities across five countries. In Australia, its e-scooters have clocked in over 3.8 million rides.
- According to the startup, those rides have removed over 480 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
- It also introduced Australia’s only third-party insurance for shared e-scooters and has created over 100 local jobs in Queensland so far.
Full speed ahead
- Same-day delivery is available in Singapore thanks to 500-backed Grab teaming up with global e-commerce firm Lazada.
- Ngiam Xin Wei, Managing Director for Deliveries, Grab Singapore said, “As consumers become increasingly accustomed to speed and convenience when online-shopping, businesses have had to also look at new ways of meeting these new purchase habits.”
- “We are excited to expand the impact of GrabExpress through this partnership with Lazada which will provide a wide range of businesses with access to on-demand delivery and more earning opportunities for our delivery-partners,” she added.
- Currently, there are over 50 Lazada merchants offering on-demand delivery services viaGrabExpress and there are plans to bring more sellers on board.
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