Southeast Asia is witnessing a boom in startups- being one of the fastest-growing regions in the world, it is on the path of development. With changing startup trends in Southeast Asia, the region has seen significant development in the startup ecosystem.
Southeast Asia’s economy has potential for growth due to its geographical location and diverse markets that give an easy access to the world’s biggest economies. With many multinational companies entering the market and setting up regional offices here, countries in Southeast Asia are becoming more open to foreign investors. Besides that, the technological growth and increasing internet penetration have created opportunities for entrepreneurs to start their own businesses. The new startup trends are helping the startup ecosystem of Southeast Asia to grow further.
One of the most popular modes of funding is angel investors. Angel investors help startups raise funding from early-stage investors. These investors provide seed funding at an early stage along with high-value-added services like support from experienced financial service providers such as insurance companies or banks and mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs.
However, for emerging markets like the Southeast Asian countries crowdfunding is gaining popularity due to developments in technologies such as blockchain.
Crowdfunding allows potential investors to raise funds without having any prior knowledge or experience about fundraising. However, there are certain obligations that the individual has to fulfill towards its backers to ensure no fraud.
Another source of fundraising is debt financing i.e. raising funds by borrowing from a financial institution or banks. However, this option is available for startups that are performing well and are looking for funds to expand further and that is the reason it is considered as a last resort option.
Singapore, Hong Kong, and Jakarta are the leading startup ecosystems in Southeast Asia due to the presence of strong venture capital investors, availability of funding, and great talent pool.
Technological growth has helped in improving the lives in the region by creating new job opportunities and by helping entrepreneurs start their businesses. It has also led to an increase in the number of startups being launched by young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas which they believe will help to solve specific issues that are existent in their communities.
The future of startups in Southeast Asia
To create a framework for startups’ success in the region, the Southeast Asian countries not only need to be proactive towards startup development by promoting innovation but should also provide support services like access to fundraising through traditional methods or via angel investors or crowdfunding.
The Southeast Asian countries must put a framework in place that supports startups to thrive without any issues related to finance or legal. Besides that, the government’s also have an important role to play in the growth of startups in the region. The governments across regions should set up policies that encourage young talent into entrepreneurship and by building awareness about entrepreneurship within the society to encourage people from all educational backgrounds to start their own businesses.