Southeast Asia also enjoys strong government backing for entrepreneurship, backed by a rising, affluent, middle class, said Scott Russell, president for Asia Pacific Japan at German software provider SAP, whose SAP.iO Foundry fund based in Singapore is in the process of accelerating seven early-stage startups. “We see innovative and ambitious startups developing across the region,” said Russell. “This is driving deal flow and overall interest from venture capitalists to invest.”

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