The Big Picture
Insightful, in-depth analysis of the trends, developments and outlook affecting key industries and ecosystems
Would an overheated semiconductor startup scene and the ability to design cutting-edge chips be enough to help China achieve chip self-sufficiency?
Local institutions are stepping up to boost tech skills among students and jobseekers, as the government opens the way for more foreign talent joining startups
Cash advance or “earned wage access” programs, already popular employee benefits in the US and Europe, are attracting investors and diverse clients in Indonesia
Plant-based eggs may be the fastest growing segment in plant-based foods, but hacking the formula for a perfect egg substitute is proving a hurdle. Are alt-protein startups up for the challenge?
Here’s a shortlist of the foodtech startups to watch in the global vegan egg market
Unicorns Yuanfudao and Zuoyebang raised more than $6bn combined last year as demand for online learning continues to grow, but some smaller players are running out of cash
Portugal is tapping oceantech disruption to create new value out of its blue economy, with strong government push
With dedicated accelerators and investment programs, supported by the EU’s vote of confidence, Portugal appears on track to lead in oceantech
Investors expect Indonesian startups to regain their growth opportunities when the economy reopens with the Covid-19 vaccine rollout, even as some online living and working habits have stuck
Major food brands and foodtech startups are trying to build their following in a nascent market forecast to grow to nearly $12bn worth by 2023
Supercharging can slash EV charging times but has technological challenges. Hence battery swapping is on the rise in China, with state support
Indonesia’s B2B e-commerce players are winning over corporate clients with education and government support, growing a market forecast to be worth $13.4bn by 2023
It was not until 2018 that the first China-made lower limb exoskeleton got regulatory clearance at home, around the same time the first Chinese rehabilitation robot got US FDA approval
As the recent jump in online retail and home deliveries looks set to stay, startups are playing a key role in reshaping the Spanish last-mile logistics scene to meet new challenges
Startups could accept to join Alibaba, Tencent or other tech giants in their ecosystems and scale quickly. Or they could say no and keep their independence. But do they really have a choice?