For this week’s “Early Stage,” we begin by looking at a startup that might just be one of a kind. If you’re within its coverage, you’ll never have to worry about running out of gas.
In the Philippines, Gasmee went live. It’s an on-demand fuel delivery service that operates in Rizal and Cebu, perfect for companies that have a fleet of vehicles, homes or businesses that use a generator to power their premises, individuals who need emergency assistance, or anyone who just doesn’t want to drive to the nearest gas station. For now, Gasmee’s app is only available for Android devices, but its iOS counterpart is being developed. Gasmee has plans to bring its fuel delivery to other regions in the Philippines later this year.
Co-founded by former Foodpanda executives, proptech startup GuestReady bagged USD 6 million in a Series A financing round led by Russian investment firm Impulse VC and Dubai’s VentureSouq. GuestReady manages residential properties and lists them on short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and Booking.com. The company plans to build its operations team in Kuala Lumpur and cement its presence in Southeast Asia. At present, GuestReady conducts business in Malaysia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, the United Arab Emirates, France, and Portugal.
In Southeast Asia’s most populous country, Indonesian SaaS-based marketing platform Feedloop bagged an undisclosed amount of seed investment from the hyperactive East Ventures and several angel investors. Feedloop builds interactive content for clients to draw eyeballs—and hopefully drive business, particularly by appealing to millennial and gen-Z consumers.
Over in Singapore, Accelerating Asia, a development program supported by Enterprise Singapore that targets seed stage startups, has announced the roster of its first cohort. The ten startups that will receive mentorship and investments under the program hail from seven countries across Southeast and South Asia, and cover human resources, fintech, big data, adtech, and other sectors. The accelerator’s program lasts for four months, with portions taking place in Silicon Valley.
“Early Stage” is a series where the writers of KrASIA highlight startups that caught our eye for the week, whether they achieved an important milestone, rolled out a truly innovative product, or became embroiled in controversy.