CNY Marketing Activities in Singapore: A Comparison between GrabPay & Google Pay

Singapore shares similar cultural contexts to China, with a majority of the Singaporean population being ethnic Chinese. Major festivals like the Spring Festival are hence celebrated on a large scale locally with similar traditions and themes. Therefore, during Chinese New Year, we observe that festival promotions in China are mirrored in Singapore as companies employ […]

SDG #9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

Did you know that 16% of the global population does not have access to mobile broadband networks? Infrastructure for communications is one area that still has improvements to be made. In the ninth infographic of our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) series, we explain the challenges behind SDG #9 – the goal to build resilient infrastructure, […]

E-Commerce Packaging: It Needs to Be Better

95% of all purchases are predicted to be transacted through e-commerce by 2040. Let that sink in. Although this is just a prediction by a Nasdaq study, the numbers are convincing enough to show the significant growth in e-commerce retail over the future, as global sales will jump from 4.28 trillion USD in 2020 to […]

Do NFTs live up to its hype?

Stratospheric prices Digital artist Beeple sold the NFT (non-fungible token) of a JPG file for a whopping $69 million. There are plenty of other digital pictures sold for millions of dollars such as CryptoPunk’s computer-generated pixel art of an alien and a picture of a rose by artist Kevin Abosch. The NFT art market is […]

SDG #8 – Decent Work and Economic Growth

Even prior to the COVID-19 outbreak, one in five countries were likely to see per capita incomes stagnate or decline in 2020. In the eighth infographic of our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) series, we explain the challenges behind SDG #8 – the goal to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for […]

Coming out: Why companies are choosing to go public with SPACs over traditional IPOs

COVID-19 has disrupted many aspects of the world we know, and how companies raise money has not been an exception. The pandemic has disrupted the IPO process that companies traditionally use to raise money publicly and has contributed to the rising popularity of Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs). In fact, the volume of SPAC deals […]

SDG #7 – Affordable and Clean Energy

13% of the global population still lacks access to modern electricity. Thus, the access to affordable and clean energy is still a problem worldwide. In the seventh infographic of our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) series, we explain the challenges behind SDG #7- the goal to ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for […]

Alipay: Emerging victorious in the Digital Hongbao Battle

The gifting of Hongbao, one of the most notable traditions in Chinese New Year (CNY), has been used in marketing for several years. In the digital age, digital Hongbao rather than physical Hongbao has increased in popularity especially amongst the younger generation, as advanced e-payment systems assure users of greater safety and security when transferring […]

SDG #6 – Ensure access to water and sanitation for all

Did you know that one in three people worldwide do not have access to safe drinking water? In developed countries like Singapore where even tap water is safe for drinking, we rarely consider how water scarcity is affecting the lives of people globally. In the sixth infographic of our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) series, we […]

SDG #5 – Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

Despite progress over the last decades, gender inequality is still a pressing problem in our world – discriminatory laws and social norms, underrepresentation of women in positions of power, and the pervasiveness of physical and sexual violence against women and girls. In the fifth infographic of our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) series, we explain the […]

How to pick the right tool to build a web-based MVP

Your beloved coffee chat has turned into a Zoom meeting. The store you frequent is now called Amazon. Covid-19 hits us like a storm and forces us to stay home. Our shopping habits and lifestyle have changed. Businesses are forced to go virtual. Over 90% of e-commerce businesses wind up within the first 120 days. […]

Future of food: What’s there to innovate next?

It has been over a year since the pandemic started and the early stages impacted food supply chains around the world. This disruption serves as a reminder that countries must become more self-reliant to ensure greater food security. Fortunately for Singapore, we have entrepreneurs innovating across every step of the food supply chain. In this […]

SDG #4 – Quality Education

Did you know that 617 million youth worldwide lack basic mathematics and literacy skills? In the fourth infographic of our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) series, we explain the challenges behind SDG #4 – the goal to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. Did you know that 617 million youth worldwide […]

Unearthing The Future of HealthTech

Here at StartupX, we’ve been fortunate enough to work closely with several different stakeholders of the SEA business community. This article is part of our series attempting to share some of the knowledge we’ve developed to help bring about more informed business decisions as we all look to emerge from COVID-19 better and healthier. Against […]

Jumping on the SPAC Bandwagon: Are SPACs truly worth investing in?

Institutional investors and members of the public alike have been flocking to put their money in SPACs ever since they have re-emerged as the hottest new investment vehicle in town. Chances are, you’ve probably already heard a family member, friend or a coworker proudly mention their new investment in a SPAC. But what does it […]