As urbanization in Southeast Asia accelerates, startups are emerging to help cities prepare for hyper-fast population growth. We map out the Southeast Asian startups developing the technology that will help support rapidly transforming urban areas.
Southeast Asia’s cities are the heart of its burgeoning economy.
Estimates suggest that while cities house one-third of the region’s population, they account for more than two-thirds of the region’s GDP.
As a result, Southeast Asian (SEA) nations are prioritizing urban development, dedicating substantial resources to help tackle issues such as housing, infrastructure, and consumer services.
In April 2018, SEA leaders established a collaborative platform called the Smart Cities Network to facilitate inter-region cooperation to promote smart city technology and sustainable urban development.
The region is also relying on more developed nations. Japan, for example, is planning to help Vietnam build out a traffic control system in Hanoi. Myanmar is also turning to Japan for help with cashless payments for mass transit.
In tandem with government efforts, a growing number of startups are developing the technology to support a connected urban ecosystem, which involves building out a complex network of interconnected sensors across points of infrastructure, buildings, and vehicles.
Smart City startups
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We used CB Insights data to map out 30+ SEA startups developing solutions and services for smart cities, from urban planning to garbage collection.
Our classification of Southeast Asia includes Brunei, Cambodia, Christmas Island, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
This market map includes private, active companies only and is not meant to be exhaustive of companies in the space. Categories are not mutually exclusive and companies are categorized according to primary use case.
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