Southeast Asia the new hotbed for investments

Digital News Asia: What makes Southeast Asia a hotbed for investments? All the six nations that make up the region have a relatively young population, a growing middle class, high smartphone penetration and good disposable income.

These factors combined are some of the key attractions for private equity and venture capitalists who are flocking to the region as mature markets in the West get exhausted and are running out of ideas.

This was among the findings in a panel discussion organised by Malaysian Venture Capital Association (MVCA) during their Southeast Asia Venture Capital and Private Equity Conference 2018. The six-person panel was moderated by Global Entrepreneurship Movement (GEM) executive director Low Ngai Yuen.

Monk’s Hill Venture partner Ridzwan Nordin makes the case that countries like Singapore have become a destination for funding and fundraising.

This is due to the fact that the funding system is robust with a spectrum of investors across stages and verticals. It also helps that most funds and financial services sectors have a headquarters in Singapore.

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