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Daily Markup #195: This week’s top stories on big money in underserved markets, tales in a pandemic, and a stepping stone for startups

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  • “You can actually make a lot of money by serving a population which doesn’t have that much money,” said Khailee Ng, managing partner at 500 Startups.
  • What does Khailee mean? Read more here, plus more on Food Market Hub’s grants and a Grab and Pomelo fashion collaboration.

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  • When the pandemic first hit, 500-backed e-grocery startup HappyFresh saw a 560% surge in daily active users and an 800% jump in new users.
  • How did the startup cope? Find out here, and more on what Prenetics is doing for football and a 500-backed hospitality startup named one of the fastest-growing companies in Singapore.

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  • Global VC firm 500 Startups has launched applications for batch 3 of accelerator programs in Singapore and San Francisco.
  • More details here. Read on the latest news on a 500-backed app for vernacular speakers in India and how mClinica is using tech to boost the Vietnamese pharmaceutical industry.

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