38 Bright Asian SaaS Stars14 min read

South Asia Map

When we announced a few weeks ago that we would be bringing our leading SaaS conference to Asia, and running it in Hong Kong, many locals thanked us for choosing the city. As we mentioned in our launch post, we couldn’t not do it there, with its international spirit, openness to everyone, relaxed atmosphere, and proximity to many other SaaS hubs around, all attracting us to Hong Kong.

Part of it is that we are in awe of the companies expanding from Hong Kong, knowing that they have no choice but to be global from Day 1. We are familiar with the feeling of being the underdog. There is no lack of bullishness or hustle there. But there are challenges, some of which we hope we can address by bringing the community together.

We believe that the community we should be working to bring together expands far wider than Hong Kong itself. We looked to see where we could find trailblazers in the region and what they were doing to be successful. We decided on focusing in on ten neighboring countries, all within a 3-4 hour flight range. Here is our selection of 38 amazing SaaS companies from Hong Kong, Singapore, Southern China, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Indonesia that shine brightly in the Asian SaaS sky. Their solutions span a wide range of verticals: from E-commerce, HR and Health to collaboration, infrastructure and AI.

We can’t wait to meet them as we head to Hong Kong, May 14-16. See our agenda and book tickets before March 8th when prices increase.

Hong Kong

Notey Labs

Notey Labs create digital solutions to help companies handle international online space. They have three main products. Ultrasite is a global website builder, Chinafy is a tool for making websites China-compatible, and Connect is their collaborative content management platform for brands. HSBC’s PayMe is among its customers.  

Founders: Catherine Tan, Kevin Lepsoe
Founded: 2013
Based in: Hong Kong
Funding to Date: $1.6M from a seed round

Tienpay

Tienpay offers digital banking software that handles wallet, digital exchange, and digital assets. It is based on blockchain and allows businesses to take care of their finances on a number of platforms and in multiple currencies. Tienpay enables merchant payments, person-to-person transfers, and vouchers, among other functionalities.  

Founders: William Tien
Founded: 2011
Based in: Hong Kong
Funding to Date: $545,200 from seed rounds

Easyship

Easyship provides e-commerce businesses with a single solution for shipping worldwide. The platform integrates with 100+ shipping services and ensures discounts for many of them. Easyship also ensures assessment of taxes and duties on shipments, so that sellers know all costs in advance. Users can sync their processes from customer checkout to delivery via Easyship.

Founders: Augustin Ceyrac, Paul Lugagne Delpon, Tommaso Tamburnotti
Founded: 2015
Based in: Hong Kong
Funding to Date: $4М from 500 Durians, Kima Ventures, and others

Talkpush

Talkpush is a conversational recruiting CRM that allows employers and job seekers to connect in new ways across the globe. The platform enables the two sides to better communicate via social media and messaging. It also gives recruiters a faster process through its chatbot and application management tool.

Founders: Max Armbruster
Founded: 2014
Based in: Hong Kong
Funding to Date: $1.7M from a seed round

Neoma.ai

Neoma.ai was created by a team with 25+ years of experience in location-based tech, spanning various services and real-time asset tracking systems. It is a cloud-based platform that offers the services of Asia’s top AI assistant for hotel staff – Gaia. Neoma.ai aims to provide staff with the necessary tools to make the stay of every customer truly special.

Founders: François Chabaudie
Founded: 2014
Based in: Hong Kong
Funding to Date: N/A

Singapore

ViSenze

ViSenze was created by a research center of the National University of Singapore and Tsinghua University of China. It provides visual search and image recognition solutions based on AI. Its goal is to help e-commerce, m-commerce and online advertising through its advanced computer vision technology. ViSenze recommends items to customers on websites and social media.

Founders: Chua Tat-Seng, Li Guangda, Oliver Tan, Roger Yuen
Founded: 2012
Based in: Singapore
Funding to Date: $14M from Rakuten, Enspire Capital, and others

TradeGecko

TradeGecko was created with the modern wholesale merchant in mind. It is a platform for inventory and order management that helps owners and distributors. TradeGecko integrates sales channels, transportation providers and accounting into one so that businesses can stay on top of their game.

Founders: Bradley Priest, Cameron Priest, Carl Thompson
Founded: 2012
Based in: Singapore
Funding to Date: $17.7M from Aura Venture Fund, TNB Aura Fund, and others

Horangi

Horangi provides cyber security solutions based on SaaS. They provide incident response and threat protection for businesses of all sizes. Horangi has seven offices worldwide and has detected more than 100,000 issues to date, as well as 90,000+ hours of uptime.

Founders: Lee Sult, Paul Hadjy
Founded: 2016
Based in: Singapore
Funding to Date: $3.1M from Monk’s Hill Ventures, and others

Near

Near is a platform that provides real-time data on places, people and products. It is an ambient intelligence tool for understanding consumer behavior. Near works with global brands across 44 countries to deliver processed data that feeds into business decision making. Some of its customers include Coca Cola, Audi, and Nike.

Founders: Anil Mathews
Founded: 2012
Based in: Singapore
Funding to Date: $25.5M from Sequoia Capital, JP Morgan Partners, and others

Anchanto

Anchanto is one of the top SaaS businesses that are boosting e-commerce growth in Southeast Asia. It is a logistics and multi-selling platform which innovates how e-commerce can grow in the region. Anchanto helps businesses handle inventory, distribution, and delivery through systematizing and optimizing all the processes involved.

Founders: Abhimanyu Kashikar, Shafique Muhammad, Vaibhav Dabhade
Founded: 2011
Based in: Singapore
Funding to Date: $11.1M from MDI Ventures, Innosight Ventures, and others

Southern China

Fadada

Fadada is a SaaS-based provider of electronic signature services. The online platform has a range of functionalities, including e-signature, e-contract, and digital evidence presentation, among others. It also provides legal consultancy and online arbitration for a range of industries.

Founders: Zhen Mei
Founded: 2014
Based in: Shenzhen, China
Funding to Date: $8.9M from Peeli Ventures, Vision Plus Capital, and others

SurePromise

SurePromise has positioned itself as a B2B2C e-commerce supply chain platform service provider. Its solution builds on its previous B2C online retail infrastructure. SurePromise is a full-stack e-commerce supply chain that enables the efficient movement of goods from production to the client — with the goal of connecting products and people.

Founders: Angus Chan
Founded: 2004
Based in: Guangzhou, China
Funding to Date: $2M from corporate round

Gizwits

Launched in 2005 in New York and Guangzhou, Gizwits has become the largest IoT development platform in China, as well as its first PaaS and SaaS platform. It provides smart hardware self-development and cloud service.

Founders: Jack Huang
Founded: 2005
Based in: Guangzhou, China
Funding to Date: N/A

YoPoint

Based in Shenzhen, YoPoint manufactures innovative vending machines and is a provider of equipment for retail terminals. The company also offers a SaaS platform for internet businesses called VOS. It relies on visual data to give better and more intuitive insights to retailers.

Founders: Kane Yau
Founded: 2017
Based in: Shenzhen, China
Funding to Date: $7.4M from Cheetah Mobile, and others

Japan

SmartHR

SmartHR helps Japan change the way it does HR, bringing it online. Most companies are accustomed to doing it in spreadsheets and paperwork. The service is currently targeted at new employee enrollment, which traditionally requires a hefty stack of paperwork carted back and forth between government offices. Considered the darling SaaS application in Japan, SmartHR currently employs 50 people. 

Founders: Shoji Miyata
Founded: 2013
Based in: Tokyo, Japan
Funding to Date: $18.2M from 500 Startups, World Innovation Lab, and others

Mobingi

Mobingi integrates server deployment, scaling and application lifecycle automation through its cloud solution. Used by companies of all sizes, the software handles applications across servers, eliminating downtime. With Mobingi, users can easily configure and launch the server infrastructure necessary for hosting applications.

Founders: Wayland Zhang, Yasuhiro Horiuchi
Founded: 2015
Based in: Tokyo, Japan
Funding to Date: $2.6M from Archetype Ventures, Draper Nexus Ventures, and others

Crowd Cast

Crowd Cast is a FinTech provider enabling small and medium companies to operate cashlessly, reducing bank and operational costs. It simplifies the financial processes between employers and employees with its products Staple and Staple Card.

Founders: Takashi Hoshikawa
Founded: 2011
Based in: Tokyo, Japan
Funding to Date: $1.1M from Saison Ventures, and others

Malaysia

Dropee

Dropee provides a B2B e-procurement marketplace for companies that want to buy and sell in bulk. With the help of powerful tech, it aims to optimize the purchasing and product sourcing processes for retailers and small and medium-size businesses. Dropee is useful for a range of industries, including food and beverage, automotive, household, and many more.

Founders: Aizat Rahim, Lennise Ng
Founded: 2017
Based in: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Funding to Date: $1.1M from Vynn Capital, and others

PayrollPanda

PayrollPanda is the leading HR solution in Malaysia. It is a cloud-based platform targeted at SMEs, allowing them to save resources needed for their HR management. PayrollPanda provides functionalities such as payroll, leave management and time sheets, among others.

Founders: Asim Qureshi, Fawad Akram, Toine Vaessen
Founded: 2015
Based in: Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
Funding to Date: $700,000 from a seed round

Piktochart

Piktochart is an infographics app that allows companies and individuals to create powerful graphics to engage their online audiences — without having to use advanced design skills. Users can also craft presentations, flyers, and posters on the basis of ready-made templates so that they can better tell their stories in visual ways.

Founders: Ai Ching Goh, Andrea Zaggia
Founded: 2011
Based in: Penang, Malaysia
Funding to Date: $150,000 from SOSV and Chinaccelerator

Taiwan

Ubiix

Ubiix introduces AI in cloud communication to help businesses in Asia connect better. It is a SaaS and enterprise communication that provides companies with capabilities such as a global number, cloud BPX, contact center, and customer service. Ubiix has offices in Taiwan, China, and the U.S.

Founders: Jim Chuang, Yanming Chen
Founded: 2015
Based in: Taipei, Taiwan
Funding to Date: $700,000 from a seed round

Faria Education Group

Faria Education Group has developed two innovative systems to assist international schools in using cloud-based services instead of paper. Its products are ManageBack for learning management and OpenApply for admissions. Faria Education Group works with more than 2,200 schools around the world. Its operations are spread across Taipei, Hong Kong, Chicago and London.

Founders: Theodore King
Founded: 2016
Based in: Taipei, Taiwan
Funding to Date: N/A

Chelpis

Chelpis creates quantum-proof tech for cryptocurrency and blockchain. With its next-generation NIST submitted algorithm, it ensures security for its customers. Chelpis offers a crypto product with a cold wallet, a blockchain solution, and software service.

Founders: MingYang Chih
Founded: 2017
Based in: Taipei, Taiwan
Funding to Date: N/A

South Korea

Urbanbase

Urbanbase innovates architecture and interior design with its VR and AR tools. The platform boasts a patent for creating 3D, AR, and VR floor plans, which is its B2B solution helping real estate, home designers and retailers. It also provides end customers with VR home furnishing capabilities. Some of its current clients include LG, iLoom and more.

Founders: DJ KIM, Jinu Ha
Founded: 2014
Based in: Seoul, South Korea
Funding to Date: $4.3M from CKD Venture Capital Corporation, and others

Collabee

Collabee provides a SaaS-based workplace collaboration platform. Its goal is to build upon email and enable businesses to work more efficiently. Collabee unites the workflows from different platforms into one. Siemens and VentureSquare are just some of its customers.

Founders: Yongsang Jo, Youhan Lee
Founded: 2015
Based in: Seoul, South Korea
Funding to Date: $544,360 from VentureSquare, and others

Albam

Albam is a human capital management and payroll service for small and medium-sized businesses. The HR solution is targeted at both managers and employees, saving them time and finances otherwise spent on payroll management, time sheets, and attendance handling. Albam is used by Manpower, Garuda Indonesia, and other international companies.

Founders: Jinyong Kim, Young Cho
Founded: 2015
Based in: Seoul, South Korea
Funding to Date: $4.5M from Bon Angels Venture Partners, Capstone Partners, and others

Philippines

Lifetrack Medical Systems

Lifetrack Medical Systems is the creator of a pioneering distributed enterprise radiology platform – the LifeSys™ RIS/PACS, which has a secured U.S. FDA approval. It allows scaling and integration of radiology operations, increasing productivity and reducing costs for radiologists. Lifetrack also connects patients and radiologists across the globe.

Founders: Eric Schulze
Founded: 2012
Based in: Fort Bonifacio, Quezon City, Philippines
Funding to Date: $500,000 from Kickstart Ventures

Housal

Housal is a tech platform that aims to connect the dots in real estate in the Philippines. The online solution provides property matching, listings and analytics, which are useful for brokers and agencies, as well as for their customers. Housal simplifies real estate processes such as purchasing, renting and selling.

Founders: Yash Mathur
Founded: 2016
Based in: Fort Bonifacio, Quezon City, Philippines
Funding to Date: $1M from a seed round

CloudSwyft

CloudSwyft is an IT-Labs-as-a-Service solution. It offers businesses a simple and cost-effective way to handle IT training and assessments. CloudSwyft is cloud-based and provides customers with virtual environments where they can hold their training, recruitment tests, and other development-related events.

Founders: Dann Angelo De Guzman
Founded: 2015
Based in: Makati, Philippines
Funding to Date: $200,000 from Future Now Ventures

Thailand

GIZTIX

GIZTIX is a logistics services online marketplace for Thailand that aims to digitize logistics in the region. Companies can easily compare transportation rates and make bookings. GIZTIX’s management system provides service providers and shippers with an easy way to handle and track shipments.

Founders: Sittisak Wongsomnuk
Founded: 2015
Based in: Bangkok, Thailand
Funding to Date: $1.9M from 500 Tuk Tuks, AddVentures by CSG, and others

PEAK

PEAK is one of the top online accounting solutions in Thailand, serving both SMEs and accountants. It handles around 100,000 transactions per month, providing companies with a full set of accounting services. PEAK has won prizes like Ease of Doing Business Solution, Design Innovation, and True Incube Batch 2.

Founders: Peem Petchged
Founded: 2014
Based in: Bangkok, Thailand
Funding to Date: $500,000 from Expara Thailand and True Incube

ZipEvent

ZipEvent is an innovative event platform for Thailand and the region. It allows users to discover events and information about them, such as booths, promotions and more. ZipEvent helps event organizers with promotion and real-time analytics of attendance.

Founders: Jay Parote Denskoon, Kitpokin Angsuthornnithivikul, Natapong Thongkamkoon, Sitthinunt Pholvisutthisak, Taweekiat Kittiyanpanya
Founded: 2014
Based in: Sathon, Thailand
Funding to Date: N/A

Vietnam

mHealth Technologies

mHealth Technologies operates the Vietnamese telemedicine platform Wellcare.vn. It provides also a healthcare chatbot. Patients can book online appointments with specialists from a wide range of medical fields. In addition, they can consult a rich resource on symptoms and diseases.

Founders: Phong Nguyen
Founded: 2015
Based in: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Funding to Date: $100,000 from an angel round

TechElite

TechElite provides SaaS-based interactive and collaborative platforms that serve enterprises and educational institutions. It aims to improve the working environment of such organizations.

Founders: Hung Pham
Founded: 2013
Based in: Hanoi, Vietnam
Funding to Date: $20,000 from a seed round

Landofcoder

Landofcoder is a marketplace for extensions, apps, and plugins for CMSs such as Magento, Prestashop, and OpenCart. The platform was created by Ha Cong Tien, who is also the CEO of BrainOs Solutions, specializing in web development, applications and e-business solutions.

Founders: Ha Cong Tien
Founded: 2009
Based in: Hanoi, Vietnam
Funding to Date: N/A

Indonesia

8Villages

8Villages is a social marketing solution that enables businesses and organizations to connect with the rural population. It is a social network designed for developing countries with large rural regions. Through text and voice messaging and web solutions provided by 8Villages, companies can reach farmers and agricultural communities more effectively.

Founders: Mathieu Bras, Sanny Gaddafi
Founded: 2013
Based in: Bekasi Kota, Indonesia
Funding to Date: $150,000 from Spiral Ventures

Sleekr

Sleekr is one of the top HR and accounting solutions in the Indonesian market. It offers payroll, HR and attendance software for startups, retail, and professional service providers. Sleekr has acquired three companies: Kiper, a cloud accounting platform, Talenta, an HR solution, and Jurnal.id, cloud-based accounting provider.

Founders: Dirman Suharno, Suwandi Soh
Founded: 2015
Based in: Jakarta, Indonesia
Funding to Date: N/A

Happy5

Happy5 is a performance management platform that helps employees get from underperforming to success. It provides goal and task management with collaborative features, progress and alignment capabilities, and continuous feedback to team members. Happy5 defines itself as an enterprise communication solution that uses humanized technology to help employees.

Founders: Doni Priliandi
Founded: 2014
Based in: Jakarta, Indonesia
Funding to Date: N/A

Have we missed any company from the region worth mentioning on this list? Let me know by sending me an email [email protected] In the meantime, make sure you grab your early bird ticket for Hong Kong before March 8th.

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