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South East Asia and Malaysia (Deep Dive) Startup Ecosystem 2016 - An Overview

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- How was 2016 like for South East Asia (SEA) startups? Who were the active players in the scene?
- A deeper dive into the Malaysian startup scene.
So what? and what's next?

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South East Asia and Malaysia (Deep Dive) Startup Ecosystem 2016 - An Overview

  1. 1. Southeast Asia and Malaysia Startup Ecosystem An Overview Dec 2016 1 By Eric Tan
  2. 2. Agenda 2 I) KEY POINTS II) FUNDING LANDSCAPE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA III) MALAYSIA ECOSYSTEM DEEP DIVE IV) KEY NEXT THOUGHTS CONTACT INFO For more information, please contact Eric Tan <rictan0@gmail.com>
  3. 3. Key Points 3 Number of Deals in SEA dropped significantly but the ecosystem held up with a few mega rounds from the likes of Grab and GO-JEK. In SEA, most active investors are non-SEA based. Singapore houses 6 out of 8 most well-funded startups in SEA. 80% of the funding in 2016 went to only 8 startups. Malaysia grew alongside SEA startup ecosystem in number of deals, but there is a lack of late stage funding, i.e. 83% of 2016 deals are seed stage, and very few active investors. Since 2013: 154 investments (12.8% of SEA) in Malaysian startup ecosystem totaling $124m (2.7% of SEA). Median deal size has been stable over years. Malaysia has been lagging in funding, but strong past M&A performance since 2013, 2 Malaysian companies out of top 5 M&As in SEA by value Malaysian Entrepreneurship Ecosystem – Long term strategic planning between Public and Private Sector is the key to success For more information, please contact Eric Tan <rictan0@gmail.com>
  4. 4. 4 FUNDING LANDSCAPE IN SOUTHEAST ASIA
  5. 5. Number of Deals in SEA dropped significantly but the ecosystem held up with a few mega rounds from the likes of Grab and GO-JEK. 5 $555.1m $848.5m $1,085.6m $2,175.2m 223 325 393 266 2013 2014 2015 2016 Funding in SEA Startup Ecosystem (2013-2016) Deal Size ($m) Deal Count $0.50m $0.47m $0.59m $1.00m 2013 2014 2015 2016 Median Deal Size (2013-2016) Median Deal Size Only startups that are backed by angels, seed fund, incubator/accelerators and venture capital are included Source: Pitchbook; Figures are updated as at 7 Dec 2016 • With global economy slow down, funding activity in SEA shows sign of slowing down since its peak in 2015 • Investors are taking a step back and placing safer bets – number of deals fell after its peak at 2015 but total funding size increased staggeringly with CAGR of 41% SEA For more information, please contact Eric Tan <rictan0@gmail.com>
  6. 6. 129 63 21 54 43 17 24 23 45 19 15 14 14 10 8 8 SEA Investors with 8+ deals in 2016 Number of Deals in the last 5 years Number of Deals in 2016 Most investors in 2016 are mostly non-SEA based fund 500 Startups was the most active investors in SEA with 45 seed and early Series A deals 6 USA Indonesia China USA Singapore UK Singapore Malaysia Seed, Series A Seed, Series A Seed, Series A Seed, Series A Seed, Series A, Series B Seed Seed, Series A Seed, Series A HQ Preferred Verticals Preferred Stage Recent Investments E-Commerce, EdTech, Fintech, Mobile, SaaS E-Commerce, Mobile, Fintech AdTech, Big Data, E- Commerce, Fintech, SaaS, Mobile Mobile, SaaS FinTech, Mobile IoT, Big Data, E- Commerce, Fintech IoT, Infrastructure, E- Commerce, Fintech, Mobile, Big Data E-Commerce, IoT Source: Pitchbook; Only disclosed deals are included, Figures are updated as at 7 Dec 2016 SEA For more information, please contact Eric Tan <rictan0@gmail.com>
  7. 7. $1,440m $550m $172m $248m $55m $77m $43m $42m $750m $550m $170m $147m $43m $40m $35m $35m Most well-funded SEA-based startups with $30m+ funding in 2016 Total Funding Raised To-date Funding Raised in 2016 Singapore houses 6 out of 8 SEA most well-funded startup. 80% of the 2016 SEA funding went to 8 startups 7 Singapore Indonesia Singapore Indonesia Singapore Singapore Singapore Singapore 2012 / 1,800+ 2010 / 1,205+ 2009 / 837+ 2009 / 632+ 2013 / 70+ 2010 / 180+ 2013 / 20+ 2012 / 90+ Transportation / Mobile Transportation / Mobile Gaming / SaaS Marketplace / E- Commerce Social / Mobile Enterprise Solution / SaaS Aerospace / Satellites Marketplace / E- Commerce Sep 2016 Aug 2016 Mar 2016 Apr 2016 Oct 2016 Jun 2016 Mar 2016 Aug 2016 HQ Founded / # Employees Industry / Vertical Latest Round Date Recent Investors undisclosed SEA Source: Pitchbook; Only disclosed deals are included, Figures are updated as at 7 Dec 2016 For more information, please contact Eric Tan <rictan0@gmail.com>
  8. 8. 8 MALAYSIA ECOSYSTEM DEEP DIVE
  9. 9. Since 2013: 154 investments (12.8% of SEA) in Malaysian startup ecosystem totaling $124m (2.7% of SEA). Median deal size has been stable over years. 9 $0.15m $0.11m $0.08m $0.13m 2013 2014 2015 2016 Median Deal Size (2013-2016) Median Deal Size • With global economy slow down, funding activity in Malaysia shows sign of slowing down since its peak in 2015 • From 2015 to 2016, number of deals and total deal size fell by 43% and 37% respectively, however median deal size increased by 56% $9.5m $33.2m $47.9m $33.1m 19 32 63 40 2013 2014 2015 2016 Funding in Malaysia Startup Ecosystem (2013- 2016) Deal Size ($m) Deal Count Only startups that are backed by angels, seed fund, incubator/accelerators and venture capital are included Source: Pitchbook; Figures are updated as at 7 Dec 2016 Malaysia For more information, please contact Eric Tan <rictan0@gmail.com>
  10. 10. Malaysia grew alongside SEA startup ecosystem in number of deals, but there is a lack of late stage funding, i.e. 83% of 2016 deals are seed stage 10 9% 10% 16% 14% 1.7% 2.6% 4.4% 1.7% 2013 2014 2015 2016 % of Deal Count and Deal Size in Malaysia compared to the whole of SEA (2013-2016) % of Deal Count % Deal Size $0.50m $0.47m $0.59m $1.00m $0.15m $0.11m $0.08m $0.13m 2013 2014 2015 2016 Malaysia against SEA: Median Deal Size (2013- 2016 Median Deal Size ($m) - SEA Median Deal Size ($m) - Malaysia • Malaysia are still only more active in the smaller deals – only significant deal size are of the likes of KFit, which is the only Malaysia-based startup that raised more than $10m. • From 2013 to 2016, the gap of median deal size grew from $0.35m to $0.87m – few Malaysian startups managed to scale at later stage • Malaysia startup ecosystem is growing overall along with SEA, however the total funding in the ecosystem in Malaysia-based startups dropped in 2016 compared to the rest of SEA • Mega rounds out of Indonesia and Singapore, such as Grab, GO-JEK and Tokopedia, dwarfed the rest of SEA startups in 2016 $0.87m $0.35m Source: Pitchbook; Only disclosed deals are included, Figures are updated as at 7 Dec 2016 Malaysia For more information, please contact Eric Tan <rictan0@gmail.com>
  11. 11. 34 11 17 10 9 7 Most Active Investors in Malaysia in 2016 Number of Deals in the Past 5 Years Number of Total Investments In 2016, Two of most active investors in Malaysia are not SEA-based 3 of the most active investors co-invested in many deals 11 Malaysia USA China Malaysia Seed, Series A Seed, Series A Seed, Series A HQ Preferred Verticals Preferred Stage E-Commerce, EdTech, Fintech, Mobile, SaaS AdTech, Big Data, E- Commerce, Fintech, SaaS, Mobile IoT, Big Data, E- Commerce, Fintech Source: Pitchbook; Only disclosed deals are included, Figures are updated as at 7 Dec 2016 Each involved in 2 deals For more information, please contact Eric Tan <rictan0@gmail.com>
  12. 12. $15.25m $4.50m $3.45m $2.27m $2.0m $2.35m $12.0m $3.0m $2.70m $2.0m $2.0m $2.0m Most well-funded Malaysian startups with $2m+ funding in 2016 Total Funding To-Date Funding Raised in 2016 Mar 2016 May 2016 Mar 2016 Jul 2016 Jan 2016 Mar 2016 2015 / 130+ 2012 / 30+ 2015 / 65+ 2013 / 6 2015 / 7 2015 / 25+ Lifestyle / Marketplace Finance / FinTech Solution Services / Marketplace E-commerce / Marketplace Healthcare / Marketplace E-commerce / Marketplace Latest Round Founded / # Employees Industry / Vertical Investors 5 Marketplace startups tops the funding charts in Malaysia Majority of them are funded by foreign investors 12 Malaysia Source: Pitchbook; Only disclosed deals are included, Figures are updated as at 7 Dec 2016 Prince Abdul Qawi Tuas Capital Partners Steve Melhuish Foreign Investor For more information, please contact Eric Tan <rictan0@gmail.com>
  13. 13. Lagging in funding, but strong past M&A performance in Malaysia 2 Malaysian companies out of top 5 M&As in SEA by value 13 Malaysia Source: “Cheatsheet of startup Acquisitions in Southeast Asia”. Lee, T. December 24, 2015. Available on the Tech in Asia Website, “https://www.techinasia.com/cheatsheet-of-technology-startup-acquisitions-in-southeast-asia” Company Amount ($m) Vertical HQ Acquisition Date Acquired By / Merged With 586 Professional Services Malaysia 21 Nov 2014 534 Classifieds Malaysia 2 Nov 2015 200 Entertainment Singapore 2 Sep 2013 100 Gaming Singapore 12 Aug 2014 66 Media Singapore 15 Apr 2013 For more information, please contact Eric Tan <rictan0@gmail.com>
  14. 14. 14 NEXT THOUGHTS
  15. 15. 15 Malaysian Entrepreneurship Ecosystem – Long term strategic planning between Public and Private Sector is the key to success Public Sector Market (Problem, Addressable Market, Solution, Customer Route to Market) Startups FunderAgencies Regulators • Innovation will be faster than regulations, regulators need to facilitate the process (BNM Fintech Sandbox was a great first step)  Licensing, open data collection, startup-friendly legislation (10- year tax free!)  In-border open policy: UK opened up data for startup to disrupt the public transportation market.  Cross-border partnership: MAS of SG partnered with India and South Korea to help SG Blockchain startup to tap into the market • Great effort thus farfrom MDEC, MTDC, MaGIC, Cradle etc  Domestic growth – A lot of great initiatives now!  International Market Expansion – eg International Enterprise Singapore helps SG startups to tap into foreign market with networking opportunities • Academia Partnerships and Mindset Shifts: Universities and Research Institutes collaborate to educate students to be more entrepreneurial, more focus on solving problem with technology, (MDEC & Coursera partnerships is a great step!) Scaling and Exits Opportunity • Now relies a lot on foreign VC – is it strategic in the long run? • What is the long term strategy to build a sustainable funding ecosystem? How to foster local VC and build an ecosystems of LPs looking into VC? • Acquihire/Firesale mindset shift to encourage more entrepreneurship? – failing is not the end of the world • How to nurture next generation of Malaysian VC? • More venture builders now in the market, how to leverage on this while we grow towards more VC funding ecosystem? The Future of Malaysia • Use of technology and creative thinking to solve real inherent Malaysian problems and add value – not trying to be cool • Support system - Open platform for knowledge sharing • Community - connecting successful to budding entrepreneurs, founders lesson sharing etc • Play to strengths - Understanding the market and leverage on competitive advantage Private Sector For more information, please contact Eric Tan <rictan0@gmail.com> Malaysia
  16. 16. Next thoughts 16 “Things may finally be changing in Asean, though — in part because the giant tech companies of China are increasingly expanding beyond their own borders into the region … … big Chinese internet groups are investing in start-ups in Southeast Asia out of the belief that their experience is far more relevant to other emerging markets than the expertise of their US rivals” – Financial Times, Oct 2016 [Source] For more information, please contact Eric Tan <rictan0@gmail.com> “…Today, who really owns Malaysia's new economy? Or the ASEAN new economy for that matter? Malaysia? Hardly. Malaysian corporations and agencies need to either get serious about the VC game, or sit at home, watching others take trophies on their home court, year after year to come...” – Khailee Ng, Oct 2016 [Source] i) Are Malaysian startups ready to scale? When will we see later stage growth funding for Malaysia homegrown startups from local funds? ii) SEA is a huge market and evidently attracted many foreign VC, but plagued with language and cultural barriers, how can we help Malaysian Startup to scale within SEA? If not, what will be the next go-to market expansion? iii) How do we leverage on foreign VC but not ended up losing all of our startups to them? • Many founders took foreign VC money at early stage without realising VC money comes with a lot of pressure as well – so founders need to consider founder-VC fit, what values does the VC bring to the table other than capital? Malaysia
  17. 17. Contact – Eric Tan 17 @rictan0@rictan0 /rictan0 /rictan0 Background: Current Interest: Technology, Entrepreneurship, Venture Capital - Building great product, team culture and relationships - Continue to educate myself in technology ecosystem For more information, please contact Eric Tan <rictan0@gmail.com>

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