Analyzing the median time between rounds for Seed and Series A startups helps to surface some of the hottest emerging tech companies in Asia.

Asia-based tech companies continue to raise huge rounds of financing, specifically within the hottest industry in the world, eCommerce. This momentum in large financing rounds caused us to look at whether or not this momentum translated to a faster early-stage pace between rounds. The results were mixed.

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Asian tech startups are actually taking a longer time on a median basis to go from Seed to Series A, reaching a three-year high in 2014 at 427 days (~14 months). However, the median time between Series A and B rounds in 2014 fell YoY from 484 days in 2013 to 440 days in 2014. This could be due to the increase in later-stage investors like Tiger Global moving upstream in 2015. Regardless, Asian Tech startups are still raising at a faster rate than European Tech companies.Median ABSEEDA Asian Tech

We used CB Insights data to surface some of the hottest and fastest-raising Series A stage companies. These companies all went from Seed to Series A in less than 250 days and raised their last round of financing since 2014. The list includes the Postmates of India, Grofers, which raised a $10M Series A from Sequoia Capital and Tiger Global Management less than 4 months after raising a $500k seed round, as well as Yetang, a China-based apparel eCommerce site for independent designers, which raised $5M from Doll Capital Management in December 2014, less than 8 months after raising a Seed round from IDG Capital Partners.

The full list of companies below.

Series A Stage Asian Tech Companies by Fastest Seed to A
Company Industry Country Series A Raised ($M) Select Investors
Grofers Supply Chain & Logistics India 10 Sequoia Capital India; Tiger Global Management
myNoticePeriod HR & Workforce Management India 3 IDG Ventures India
SilverEdge Technologies Advertising, Sales & Marketing India 1.5 500 Startups, IDG Ventures,  Palaash Ventures, TA Venture
Yetang Apparel & Accessories China 5 IDG Capital Partners, Doll Capital Management
Translimit Gaming Japan 2.8 East Ventures, Genuine Startups, Line Ventures, Skyland Ventures
Zula Collaboration & Project Management Israel 3 Microsoft Ventures
Korbit Marketplace South Korea 3 Bitcoin Opportunity Corp., Softbank Ventures Korea, Strong Ventures
News in Shorts News & Discussion India 4 Rebright Partners, Tiger Global Management, Times Internet
YouChe.com Auto China 10 IDG Capital Partners, Zhenfund
Kaizen Platform Internet Software Testing Japan 5 Fidelity Growth Partners Japan; GREE Ventures
Xuebajun Education & Training China 5 Vertex Venture Holdings, Innovation Works

 

In addition to looking at fast-raising Series A stage companies, we also looked at the Series B stage companies which made the leap from A to B the quickest since 2014. This list of companies contains some of the hottest early to mid-stage tech companies in Asia. The highlighted companies include GoGoVan, a Hong Kong-based e-hailing company that raised $10M at a $100M valuation in November 2014, as well as Chuizi Technology, a China-based company that hopes to emulate Xiaomi, the world’s most valuable private venture-backed company, with its “Smartisan” Android OS and hardware. Chuizi Technology raised a $24M Series B in March 2014 at a $160M valuation less than 5 months after raising an $11.5M Series A from Buttonwood Capital which valued the company at $77.5M.

Series B Stage European Tech Companies by Fastest A to B
Company Industry Country Series B Raised ($M) Select Investors
GoGoVan Travel (mobile) Hong Kong 10 Renren Lianhe Holdings
Chuizi Technology Operating Systems & Utility China 24 Undisclosed Investors
Lagou HR & Workforce Management China 25 Bertelsmann Asia Investments, QiMing Venture Partners
iCarsClub Travel (mobile) Singapore 60 IDG Capital Partners, Mingshi Capital, Morningside Group, Qingliu Capital, Sequoia Capital China
Culture Machine Media Video India 18 Tiger Global Management, Times Internet; Zodius Capital
Tokyo Otaku Mode Social Japan 13.7 Cool Japan Fund
Line0 Food & Grocery China 30 Eastern Bell Venture Capital, Sequoia Capital China, Tencent
Locon Solutions Real Estate India 90 Digital Sky Technologies, Helion Venture Partners, Nexus Venture Partners, Qualcomm Ventures, Softbank Corp.
Lailaihui Travel (internet) China 16.3 CDH Investments, Fosun Venture Capital
TinyOwl Technology Food & Grocery India 16.2 Matrix Partners India, Nexus Venture Partners, Sequoia Capital India

 

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