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Singapore-based Durapower to advance global expansion plan after US$70 million investment from Banpu NEXT

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Singapore-based Durapower to advance global expansion plan after US million investment from Banpu NEXT

SINGAPORE, March 1, 2023 — Singaporean Lithium-ion battery manufacturer, Durapower Holdings Pte Ltd (“Durapower“) wishes to announce that Banpu NEXT Company Limited (“Banpu NEXT“), a subsidiary of Banpu Public Company Limited (“Banpu“) has increased its shareholding in Durapower, from 47.68 percent to 65.10 percent following a US$70 million investment.

Following this transaction, Durapower will become a subsidiary of Banpu NEXT and the transaction is part of Banpu NEXT’s strategy to scale up its Energy Storage business and enhance the presence of company as part of its growth plans.

The injection of funds will support Durapower’s expansion plans to better support increasing demand in markets across the globe where it operates in, including scaling Durapower’s China production, and accelerating the set-up of Durapower’s assembly plants in Thailand and Poland. This is part of the company’s strategy to establish a diversified manufacturing base and localized supply chain to achieve around 4Gwh by 2025.

Mr Kelvin Lim, Chief Executive Officer of Durapower Group commented: “We welcome Banpu NEXT’s commitment and confidence in Durapower, and this strategic transaction will allow Durapower to expand quickly to better support increasing demands of our customers in the global market while being able to leverage on Banpu NEXT’s network of companies and partners to synergistically benefit all partners involved. I look forward to the next phase in Durapower’s journey and am excited with all the opportunities it brings.”

Mr. Sinon Vongkusolkit, Chief Executive Officer of Banpu NEXT remarked: We are pleased to welcome Durapower into the Banpu group. This investment aligns with Banpu NEXT’s strategy to scale up our energy storage business value chain, and it reflects our commitment to growth and increases our competitiveness. We believe that Durapower’s strong product offering, large customer base worldwide, and spotless safety record will boost our foray into the lithium battery market. 

About Durapower Group (www.durapowergroup.com)

Headquartered in Singapore, Durapower offers closed-loop, end-to-end energy storage solutions for the electric mobility and renewable energy applications including on and off-road Electric, Hybrid and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles, electric marine vessel and stationary energy storage solutions. Since 2009, Durapower has been a leading innovator of Lithium-Ion cell technology, focusing on the research and development of battery materials, battery cell manufacturing and system integration. With a global presence spanning 23 countries and 48 cities, including European Countries, China, India and Southeast Asia. Durapower Group strives to make scalable, sustainable batteries that support the circular economy, empowering lives and transforming the future towards a carbon neutral economy.

About Banpu NEXT (www.banpunext.co.th)

Banpu NEXT Co., Ltd., a subsidiary of Banpu PCL., is a leading smart energy solutions provider in Asia-Pacific with a vision of “Innovating Infinite Energy Solutions to All”. The company aims to create business growth by responding to future energy trends and smart city development and living needs of modern-day consumers. With customers in mind, Banpu NEXT combine customer centric, data-driven approach with our expertise in clean energy, technology, and hardware to top up our solution development, resulting in “Smart Energy Solutions for Sustainability” to drive growth across our five business groups—Renewable Power, Energy Storage, Energy Trading, e-Mobility, and Smart City and Energy Management—as we provide end-to-end solutions with great value for money, reliability, and eco-friendliness to support sustainable development of all businesses.

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Fintech VC firm TTV Capital Closes Fund VI at $250 Million to Invest in Early-Stage Fintech Companies

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Fintech VC firm TTV Capital Closes Fund VI at 0 Million to Invest in Early-Stage Fintech Companies

Largest fund in the firm’s twenty-three year history will include core and exploratory investments in payments, banking, embedded finance, and more

TTV Capital, an early-stage fintech venture capital firm, today announced that it has closed its sixth fund at $250 million, the largest since the firm was founded over two decades ago. The fundraise, which originally targeted $150 million, saw overwhelming interest and was oversubscribed by $100 million. Fund VI includes both new and existing limited partners comprising institutional and strategic investors, as well as family offices.

“Fund VI represents an inflection point for all of us at TTV Capital,” said Gardiner Garrard, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at TTV Capital. “Twenty-three years ago, we took an early bet on how the technology behind financial services would evolve. Back then, we didn’t call it ‘fintech’ – we just started investing in applications that were being built on the internet. We saw the digital transformation that was happening and we knew we wanted to be part of it. And now, as we look ahead, we’re still committed to finding the next class of enduring businesses that will shape the future of finance.”

In 2022 alone, TTV Capital made 18 investments in early-stage fintech companies across payments, banking, investing, cybersecurity, Web3, and embedded finance, with an average initial check size of $2 million to $7 million. The firm also has an exploratory fund for investments starting at $250,000. To date, TTV Capital counts more than 100 financial technology companies in its portfolio, and seven of those have reached unicorn status.

“Founders often tell us that our relationships, connections, and deep industry knowledge are most helpful to them as they grow their businesses,” said Sean Banks, Partner at TTV Capital. “It’s a privilege to do what we do, and we’re especially proud of the reputation that we’ve built as a founder-friendly firm. We believe our fintech expertise and years of experience in venture capital are the reasons why we’ve been able to drive strong returns for our limited partners amid different economic cycles.”

TTV Capital is one of the first and only early-stage fintech funds focused exclusively investing in companies in the financial services ecosystem. The firm has led early investments in multiple category-creators, including Bill.com, Shopkeep, Green Dot, SmartAsset, and others. TTV Capital is also one of the largest – and longest-running – venture firms in Atlanta, and has backed multiple successful Atlanta-based companies, including Greenlight, Cardlytics, Greenwood, Carputty, Featurespace, and Instant.

About TTV Capital

Founded in 2000, TTV Capital is one of the longest-running venture capital firms investing exclusively in early-stage fintech companies. We create enduring value for our investors, founders, and team by supporting our portfolio companies at every stage of growth. Our distinct approach combines deep industry knowledge with connections, resources, and founder-friendly relationships. TTV’s portfolio includes more than 100 market leaders and emerging pioneers across payments, banking, investing, crypto, and embedded finance. The firm has been named to Inc.’s Founder-Friendly Investors list, the top ten of the Founder’s Choice VC list, and Institutional Investor’s Fintech Finance 40.

TTV Capital is headquartered in Atlanta and has a presence in the Bay Area. For more information, visit www.ttvcapital.com.

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ZA Tech invests in Carro to improve and transform the auto insurance experience across Southeast Asian markets

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ZA Tech invests in Carro to improve and transform the auto insurance experience across Southeast Asian markets
  • Cutting edge generative AI-powered, personalised and immediate: this investment enables Carro to leverage ZA Tech’s suite of InsureTech solutions to distribute highly personalised insurance products and process real-time claims backed by AI capabilities
  • Several leading insurers, including MSIG and Income, are available for this experience across Singapore and Malaysia, with plans to expand to other insurers and markets within the next 6 months

SINGAPORE, Feb. 28, 2023 — ZA Tech Global Limited (“ZA Tech”), a leading InsureTech player headquartered in Singapore, has signed an investment and Joint Venture Agreement with Carro, Southeast Asia’s largest used car marketplace. This will transform and streamline the online insurance distribution and claims process for customers and insurers alike, allowing Carro to fill in the gaps in the automotive sector through innovative tech powered by generative AI tools such as ChatGPT.

Auto insurance is mandatory in most Southeast Asian regions, including Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. Yet the process of buying insurance and making claims remain frustrating for many. By leveraging ZA Tech’s core platform, Fusion, Carro will be able to tap into a rich set of APIs and tools to manage administrative tasks, such as quote generation, policy renewals and e-policy notifications. Fusion will also enable Carro to easily embed and control insurance journeys for customers.

This journey is now available for Carro in Singapore and Malaysia. Insurers include Income, MSIG and DirectAsia for Singapore as well as Takaful Malaysia, MSIG, Allianz, and Zurich for Malaysia.

Being a regional online-first platform, Carro is well-suited to help transform auto insurance across Southeast Asia. The group will also co-develop cutting-edge generative AI technologies to better educate customers on the various policies available, thereby helping them make faster, but more informed online insurance purchase decisions.

With an initial focus on auto insurance, there is a roadmap to extend the product portfolio offerings to include property, life and health insurance in the future.

Young Yang, General Manager of ZA Tech Southeast Asia says “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work closely with a market leader to support their strategic ambitions and enable them to offer a wider set of insurance solutions to their customers and partners. Opportunities like this allow ZA Tech to keep pushing the boundaries of our technology, support our partner’s strategic ambition, while improving the overall quality of insurance products in the market.”

Carro’s CEO and co-founder Aaron Tan says, “This investment with ZA Tech allows us to adopt the best practices as well as technologies from ZA Tech and bring it across Southeast Asia. We truly want to power and transform the way consumers learn and buy insurance online.”

About ZA Tech

Headquartered in Singapore, ZA Tech Global Limited (“ZA Tech”) is a technology venture founded by ZA International and backed by Softbank’s Vision Fund 1. ZA Tech aims to redefine insurance through innovation with operations in multiple regions across the globe (i.e. Europe, Japan, Southeast Asia and Greater China) and a diverse 800+ employee force. ZA Tech enables leading insurers and platforms to unlock the value of digital in insurance, grow ecosystem partnerships and accelerate the delivery of next-gen innovative insurance propositions. ZA Tech’s leading insurance solutions hold a proven track record through the issuance of hundreds of millions of insurance policies on its platform.

For more information, please visit www.zatech.com

About Carro

Founded in 2015, Carro is Southeast Asia’s largest used car marketplace. By offering a trustworthy and transparent experience, Carro transforms the traditional way of buying and selling cars through proprietary pricing algorithms, AI-enabled capabilities, and innovative technological solutions.

Carro holds a strong presence in key markets across Southeast Asia including Malaysia, Indonesia, and Thailand, and has recently expanded its reach to Japan and Taiwan. Headquartered in Singapore, the unicorn startup is supported by more than 5,000 employees across Asia-Pacific, and has raised over S$700M from Softbank Vision Fund and several sovereign funds. For more information, please visit: http://carro.co. For media enquiries, please reach out to marketing@carro.co.

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How to Invest in Startups: A Beginner’s Guide

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How to Invest in Startups: A Beginner’s Guide

If you are looking to start investing in startups, whether you are a seasoned investor or about to support a company for the first time, there are about a million questions buzzing around your head.

No matter how seasoned you may be, if you are entering the startup world, there are some general things to be aware of. Here is how to start investing in startups.

How Can You Invest in a Startup?

Investing in a company is now easier than ever. The more traditional route to take is buying the brand’s shares in an initial public offering, also known as an IPO.

An IPO is when a private company allows members of the public to buy their shares for the first time in exchange for a share of future profits. They can be extremely lucrative, as early investors get the biggest piece of the cake when a brand makes it big. Some of the people who’ve invested in Amazon, Uber, or Facebook are millionaires today.

Crowdfunding is also a popular and highly accessible way to invest a small amount of money in a business you believe will go far. There are numerous crowdfunding websites (other than the all-popular Kickstarter) where you can find a young business to back.

The beauty of it is that you can invest as much or as little as you want to (and can afford). You don’t have to amass a fortune first and start investing later.

Note that not all startups will reach their funding goals, so there is some risk involved. However, if the business idea is popular enough, you can see a significant return on your investment over the years.

When Should You Invest in a Startup?

The main challenge is knowing when to invest in a startup. In order to maximize profits, you will need to invest in the business as early on as possible. However, at these early stages, you can’t always tell that the venture will be a success, and you certainly don’t want to end up losing all of your money.

If you are investing your savings or a disposable income, you may find it’s often too big of a risk. However, if you wait too long, you may discover that you have missed the boat for those large payouts you’ve been hoping for.

Unfortunately, there is no straightforward answer to the question. It will all come down to your individual appetite for risk and the amount of money you are ready to invest. If you have a small budget, you should be more careful and perhaps settle for a smaller but safer payout. If you have a larger budget, you may want to risk it once, as long as you ensure the shirt on your back and the roof over your head are in no danger.

Basic Startup Investing Tips: What (Not) to Do

Before you decide to back someone’s brilliant business idea, make sure you do your research and source as much information as possible. While it may sound great on paper, you may discover the founders have no idea how to make their idea a reality.

  • Take a look at the funding the business has already received. Have they made any repayments yet? Who has invested in them? Is there a big financial name behind them that can guarantee success?
  • Look at the market as well. Who will this startup be competing against? Will they be able to differentiate themselves and capture the attention of their audience?
  • Learn as much as you can about the team. Are you looking at a serial entrepreneur, someone who has already built several successful businesses? Do the founders seem serious about taking their brand all the way? Are they experts in their fields?
  • Calculate the potential return. You can use a calculator for dividends, explore the payments the business has already made, or look at similar businesses and what they’ve been able to pay out to their investors.
  • Don’t rush into the investment. Take your time and think it over carefully. You may fall in love with an idea, but that does not mean you should back it with your money.
  • Don’t believe everything you hear. Don’t trust the founders blindly. Ask around — about them, about the brand, about their other investors. Start making friends in the investment world and trust the judgment of neutral, experienced parties.
  • Always have more than one option. Don’t fall for the first startup you like. Explore what else is out there and write down objective notes about the pros and cons of each business.
  • Don’t expect to get your money back. It may take several years before you see a return on your investment, or the startup may fail altogether. Be ready to lose the money.

How to Choose a Startup to Invest in

Before you choose a startup, consider all of these “M” factors. Write down everything you can for each, instead of keeping all the facts in your head. It will help you make a logical choice.

  • Management: What are the founders and the team like, and are they able to execute their strategy?
  • Model: Take a look at the business model of the company. How do they plan to make money? Does their plan make sense?
  • Market: How big is the market? What is the startup’s growth potential?
  • Money: How much does the business need to succeed? Are they likely to be able to source that much?
  • Momentum: What has the company achieved? Are they on track or lagging behind?

All of these factors are equally important, so consider them carefully before investing a dime.

Wrapping Up

Investing in a startup can be quite exciting, and you can easily start to feel like Elon Musk. However, remember to keep your cool, gather all the information you can, and do your bit to help the brand succeed. Just a bit of word-of-mouth marketing can go a very long way and make your new venture a complete success.

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