Southeast Asia as the next growth area for tech startups

The Southeast Asian (SEA) area is and has always been an interesting area of growth with its wide diverse range of countries and markets.

As startups, we are always looking for our next exit. One interesting quantifiable area of exits is startup acquisitions in Southeast Asia. Today, we look at how the acquisition markets has been.

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Southeast Asia comprises a market population of 618 million, larger than that of the EU. With an average internet penetration of 30%, strong tech centres such as Singapore and Malaysia hold penetration rates of 114% and 67% respectively.

With 190.4 million internet users, the growth for the SEA tech market remain strong. More importantly, the mobile potential is there. Like most developing markets, the mobile penetration rate in almost all SEA countries greatly exceed 100%.

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What we did: visualisation of Monk Hill’s data on startup acquisitions in Southeast Asia

The Monk Hill Ventures research focuses largely at USD$2.6b worth of publicly available data of mergers & acquisitions in the SEA tech market.

This figure accounts for 40% of all startup acquisitions in Southeast Asia.

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We have taken this data and turned it on itself to reveal certain interesting data trends in the way startups have been acquired in the Asia tech market.

What we want to answer for you today is this: How is the merger & acquisition market in Southeast asia and what would my exit look like?

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