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Brewing a new coffee experience

COFFEE drinking has long been a part of everyday life for many Malaysians. The number of cafés and specialty coffee outlets has been growing in the country and What’s on Tap is looking to tap into this trend.

Something different: Chung hopes to deliver a different experience for local coffee drinkers.

Startups target banks’ SME customers

REVOLUT and TransferWise are signing up thousands of small businesses a month for foreign exchange payments, touting slicker service and lower fees as they try to take on banks in a sector with flows of US$7 trillion (RM29 trillion) a year.

Small opportunities: Fintechs have an opportunity to drive growth in the foreign exchange payments 	segment, but only where volumes are small. — Reuters

The old tailor shop goes digital with a personalised store

AT a traditional tailor shop, the kind that’s been around for centuries as an atelier for bespoke suiting, the personal touch has always been vital. Shoppers have relationships with their tailors, who know their style and exactly what they’d want to wear.

Robots take the wheel

ROBOTs are taking over farms faster than anyone saw coming.

Putting technology to work: Joe Allnutt, lead roboticist at British startup Small Robot Company, inspecting  a farming robot. More startups are developing lightweight autonomous machines that can work on cropland with precision.  — AP

China to lead the way in property technology

THE fast-emerging technology and Internet industry has been shaping real estate business and industry experts said China will lead the way in property technology (proptech).

Pet care market sees robust growth

OWNING a pet can be a joyful and rewarding experience, but it also involves worry and responsibility. And nothing upsets pet owners more than seeing their beloved companions suffering from sickness.

More pet clinics: A vet (left) at a facility in Shenzhen giving a dog an injection. People are more willing to spend on their pets nowadays, boosting the pet clinic market. — China Daily

Thailand pulls out all stops to nurture startups

THE startup scene in Thailand is far from thriving, but industry watchers believe the next five to 10 years will bring pivotal changes to the South-East Asian nation.

New driving force for bike industry profits

THE bicycle industry in China has found a driving force for new profits in producing electric bicycles, exploring niche markets, and improving intelligent and network connecting levels.

CapitalBay to launch P2P financing platform

CAPITALBAY, a multi-bank supply chain finance platform, has received the approval from the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC) to operate a peer-to-peer (P2P) financing platform.

New platform: Ang (second from right) and his team are seen with Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng (third from left) and SC chairman Datuk Syed Zaid Albar (fourth from left). CapitalBay will join the ranks of local P2P financing platforms.

Poland sees Malaysia as premium export destination

POLAND has been actively promoting Malaysia as a premium destination for its entrepreneurs keen to expand their markets abroad.