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AppWorks Accelerator features 20 Southeast Asian startups in its first online showcase

Date: November 27, 2020

AppWorks, a startup accelerator, has launched its first online startup showcase featuring 20 early-stage startups from across the Greater Southeast Asia region.

The are over 10 nationalities represented in this batch, of which 30% have at least one female co-founder, the company said in a statement.

The Taiwan-based accelerator says it has a team of over 100 mentors and 1,000 alumni who help startups fine-tune their products and services. It also organizes a demo day to give startups the opportunity to explain their business models to potential investors and business partners.

Futuristic World

World’s Most Innovative Economies

Date: November 13, 2020

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has released its Global Innovation Index 2020, that presents the latest global innovation trends and the annual innovation ranking of 131 economies. 


“Over the years, China, Vietnam, India, and the Philippines are the economies with the most significant progress in their GII innovation ranking over time. All four are now in the top 50,” stated the WIPO.

2020 Fintech Vietnam Report and Startup Map: Fintech Startups Tripled since 2017

Date: November 24, 2020

According to the report, the number of fintech startups in Vietnam grew more than 179% between 2017 and 2020. Payment remains the biggest segment, representing 31% of all fintech startups.

As of October 2020, Vietnam was home to 39 licensed non-bank payment services providers, with the five biggest e-wallets being MoMo, Payoo, Moca, ZaloPay and ViettelPay

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Five Tech Innovations That Changed Mental Health In 2020

Date: November 25, 2020


In January 2020, mental health care already faced multiple crises. Digitally native kids lived more and more of their lives on their phones, giving rise to concerns about the toll social media and screens were taking on young people's mental health. Meanwhile, the opioid crisis continued to surge.

Psychology Session

Grab Ventures Ignite names five winners in first cohort

The program was implemented in partnership with the Vietnam National Innovation Center and in association with Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority, Gobi Partners, co-working space provider Toong, Vietnam law firm Ykvn, Microsoft, and Amazon Web Services.

Balancing Virtual and In-Person Health Care

As we transition to a new normal for healthcare delivery, how do we best continue virtual care alongside in-person care in the era of Covid-19? First, practices will need to develop criteria to triage and schedule patients for in-person or virtual visits;  


Future of Femtech and Technology: An Emerging Innovative Crossroads

Date: Nov 17, 2020

Healthcare IT News

In recent years the technological field has taken revolutionary steps to balance out gender disparities. This has led to the advent of a female-centric health technology market that utilizes tech as a proponent for women’s health and overall wellness.

How Apple Is Organized for Innovation

When Steve Jobs returned to Apple, in 1997, it had a conventional structure for a company of its size and scope. It was divided into business units, each with its own P&L responsibilities.

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Former WeWork China exec launches 

a startup Studio for real estate

The real estate industry has been slow to adopt technology compared to many other sectors. So when Dominic Penaloza left his job at WeWork  China as the head of innovation and technology this spring, he decided to focus on proptech in Asia.


How the pandemic has expedited innovation within the film industry

“One of the things that StageCraft brings to the table is the ability to shoot many locations on just one soundstage,” Bredow, SVP and chief creative officer of ILM, says


Bills and Coins

The competition for Main Street investors is heating up and wealth managers are looking for fresh talent

One of the biggest focuses for wealth management firms in the last few years is how to best bring in fresh financial advisor talent.

Innovation is an essential part of dealing with climate change

Date: Oct 31, 2020

The Economist

Governments are lining up to set new climate targets for the middle of the century. This week Japan said that it would eliminate all greenhouse gases


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This New App Thinks It Can Detoxify The News

Date: Oct 15, 2020

Fisher, 36, believes he may have a solution through his new mobile app, River, that launches today. Put most basically, River is a sleek-looking news portal, relying on a proprietary algorithm to identify the day’s biggest stories and pull in information on these topics

Merging Airbnb and the traditional hotel model

Date: Oct 14, 2020

The company, which initially was hit as hard by regional responses to the COVID-19 pandemic as other businesses in the hospitality industry, has recovered to reach nearly 90% of total capacity on the 200 units it manages around Mexico City.

Paying with a Credit Card

AI IN BANKING: How forward-looking banks are using maturing AI solutions to design both customers- and employee-facing innovations

AI in banking is maturing and entering the mainstream as financial institutions (FIs) roll out AI solutions across their businesses.

Vietnam-based beGroup's road map to building sustainable mobility solutions

Date: Oct 01, 2020

Vietnam-based startup beGroup has set aside super-app ambition in pursuit of profitable, sustainable growth

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The Economics of Strategies

Date: Oct 06, 2020

 Creating economic value requires the firm to establish a wedge between the customers’ willingness to pay (B) for the product and the unit cost (C) of “production.” Capturing economic value requires the firm to set a price (P) above unit cost (C) so that the firm earns a supra-normal profit.

A new report finds VC investment into climate tech growing five times faster than overall VC

Date: Sep 24, 2020

VC and corporate investment into climate tech grew at a faster rate than overall VC investment as a whole between 2013-2019, according to a major new report — to the tune of $60 billion of early-stage capital.

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Vietnam to drive high-tech startups with new incentives

Date: Sep 24, 2020

HANOI -- Vietnam will launch a program to accelerate the founding of startups in information technology and other high-tech businesses in a bid to boost the country's growth potential as COVID-19 weighs on the economy.

Embracing apps that can catch skin cancer early

Date: Sep 22, 2020

Incidence of skin cancer is rising fast as dermatologists struggle to keep up. New technology offers a helping hand, but whether telemedicine is the way forward is up for debate

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Wood Products

Will innovation finally add up for consumer-goods companies?

Date: Sep 22, 2020

In response to the damage and overnight transformations due to COVID-19, multiple consumer companies have recently announced cutbacks in their innovation pipeline. These announcements may signal a new era for the consumer packaged goods (CPG) sector, one in which the innovation agenda can escape the endless line extensions of the past several years.

Building a start-up innovation ecosystem

Date: Sep 09, 2020

Two executives share how a three-pronged approach to partnering with start-ups has spelled success for an almost 200-year-old Hong Kong multinational.

Embryonic Stem Cells

Delivering innovation: 2020 oncology market outlook

Date: Sep 09, 2020

At the dawn of a new decade, we take stock of advances and unmet needs in the oncology pharmaceutical market. What will it take to deliver innovation to patients over the next ten years?

Will quantum computing drive the automotive future?

Date: Sep 02, 2020

As quantum computing comes closer to reality, automotive players are exploring its potential.

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Harvesting Wheat

Needle in a haystack: Patents that inspire agricultural innovation

Date: Sep 01, 2020

An enhanced patent-review strategy could boost innovation capabilities for agricultural-input companies.

Technology and innovation: Building the superhuman agent

Date: Jun 22, 2020

Researchers, academics, and innovative organizations have produced a seemingly never-ending wave of tech-based breakthroughs that keep resetting the bar for customer care.

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Dentist Office

The next wave of healthcare innovation: The evolution of ecosystems

Date: June 23, 2020

Author’s Note: This paper was originally completed for publishing in early 2020 prior to the major outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. We believe that the COVID-19 pandemic, and economic downturn, has only accelerated the evolution of healthcare ecosystems. As we move forward, organizations can consider ways to use healthcare ecosystems to improve patient experience and health, while reducing total costs.

Reducing agriculture emissions through improved farming practices

Date: May 06, 2020

A marginal abatement cost curve offers a perspective on how 25 proven GHG-efficient farming technologies and practices could reduce emissions by about 20 percent by 2050.

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