Investment in Vietnamese startups booming

By Dat Nguyen   May 25, 2018 | 03:21 pm GMT+7
Investment in Vietnamese startups booming
A total of $291 million has been invested in Vietnamese startups last year, a growth of 42 percent.

The three most invested startup categories in Vietnam last year were e-commerce, food technology, and financial technology. 

A total of 92 Vietnamese startups raised $291 million in funding last year, said Mai Duy Quang of the Vietnam Software and IT Services Association at the opening of K-Startup Grand Challenge on Thursday. 

That’s a 45 percent increase in number of startups from 2016 and a 42 percent hike in total investment, according to a report by Topica Founder Institute (TFI), an annual program which trains and connects startups with potential investors. 

The biggest deal last year was Foody, a food social network startup, which was acquired for $64 million by Singapore-based SEA Group, one of the most valuable startups in Southeast Asia.

Another major winner was popular e-commerce site Tiki.vn which received a $54 million investment from JD.com, China's second biggest online retailer, despite reports of losses in recent years.

The three most invested startup categories in Vietnam last year were e-commerce at $83 million, food technology at $65 million and financial technology at $57 million, TFI’s report said. 

 
 
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