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SMEs lured to risky pre-IPO financing

The financing method is innovative, but poses high risk to SMEs and unprotected investors, warns HO WAH FOON.

A public market for startups

SILICON Valley venture capitalists are looking to create a publicly traded fund with a single focus: investing in mature startups to provide them with a way to reach a wider group of investors while skipping some steps involved with an initial public offering (IPO).

Enthusiasm for unicorns cool

The best stock-picker in the US turns cautious on the so-called unicorns — startups given valuation of US$1bil or more before they even list.

Listing board to energise SMEs

The proposal to set up an SME equity market for startups and smaller companies that don’t qualify for ACE market will provide a cost-effective way to raise funds, reports HO WAH FOON.

Rocket’s holding course

Berlin-based e-commerce investor Rocket Internet, which has Lazada among others in its stable, says profitability takes time as it’s in the business of building companies, and not M&As.

Global banks muscling into Indian startup scene

Late to the party, global investment banks are determined to get a slice of the action from the booming startup scene.

Interim protection sought for ashram

THE National Heritage Commission has applied for an interim protection order under Section 33 of the National Heritage Act 2005 to protect the century-old Vivekananda Ashram from any immediate threat while the department processes its application to gazette the iconic structure in Brickfields as a heritage building.

‘Tap into bullish market’

“Not only can the current economy support SMEs, but the ministry will also help open external market opportunities.

Funding conditions for US startups at record high

THERE'S rarely been a better time for American technology startups.