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Daily Markup #600: Top stories in September on 500-backed companies on Forbes Asia 100 to Watch, US$46M+ raised for drone tech and F&B, and more

September was a successful one for 500-backed companies, filled with many reasons to celebrate! In our 600th issue, read about the 4 companies that raised over US$46M to improve drone technology, F&B, retail, supply chain & logistics, and the 6 companies featured on Forbes Asia 100 to Watch.

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  • Homage, Merkle Science, Una Brands, PeopleFund, Spaceship, and Workmate on Forbes Asia 100 to Watch
  • Malaysia’s Aerodyne raises US$30M to bring cutting-edge drone tech to Europe, Africa, Latin America, and South Asia
  • StoreHub raises US$13.5M to help restaurateurs and retailers succeed through automation and enhanced efficiency
  • Glife Technologies lands US$3M to build a better food future for Southeast Asians
  • Cargobase secures growth financing; ready to fight supply chain challenges with better tech and customer experience in new places
  • Nas Academy and YGG launch Web3 Metaversity to teach future skills and uncover new income opportunities
  • Bukalapak and Standard Chartered launch BukaTabungan, a fully paperless service for the underbanked in Indonesia
  • Lingokids launches new podcast to help kids learn 21st-century skills within and beyond the classroom
  • GXS Bank, Singapore’s first digital bank by Grab and Singtel, launches savings account with up to 1.58% annual interest rates
  • Cargobase builds the world’s first Autonomous Transport Management System to help businesses go digital affordably
  • abillion is distributing wealth to advocates of sustainability through social media
  • Khailee Ng on Southeast Asia’s healthtech trends in 2022
  • YAS MicroInsurance provides on-demand protection for modern lifestyles; aims to cover more activities & sports
  • RedDoorz banks on domestic tourism, expanding its hotel network by 2,000 inns in SE Asia
  • Peddlr empowers neighborhood stores to offer financial services to the unbanked in the Philippines
  • CrediLinq wants to improve lives through financial education and inclusion
  • Transcelestial builds shoebox-sized devices to shoot lasers in space for better connectivity

Other stories you may have missed this month:

  • ArtWallSt was featured on Tech Collective for the team’s work in bridging the gap between Web2 and Web3 through the minting of NFTs.
  • Haulio Co-founders Alvin Ea and Sebastian Shen shared their ambition of setting world-class standards in logistics tech in Southeast Asia.
  • Gilmour Space signed an agreement with Inmarsat to support space launches from Australia.
  • Prenetics announced its financial results for Q2 2022, posting a revenue of US$51.7M.
  • Neuron Mobility expanded Canberra’s riding area, enabling more riders to commute, travel, and explore.

Ching Yee Ho