Bain uses cookies to improve functionality and performance of this site. More information can be found in our Privacy Policy. By continuing to browse this site, you consent to the use of cookies.

We have limited Spanish content available. View Spanish content.

Disponemos de contenido en español limitado. Ver el contenido en español.

Snap Chart

Southeast Asia Churns Out Billion-dollar Start-ups

Venture capital and private equity investment has soared to record levels.

  • diciembre 20, 2018

Snap Chart

Southeast Asia Churns Out Billion-dollar Start-ups

A sharp rise in venture capital and private equity investment in Southeast Asia has helped produce the region’s first set of unicorns—new companies that rapidly achieve market valuations of $1 billion or more. Since 2012, 10 unicorns, including Grab, Go-Jek and Traveloka, have created a combined market value of $34 billion, ranking Southeast Asia No. 3 in the Asia-Pacific region, behind only China and India.

Suvir Varma is a senior advisor with Bain & Company’s Global Private Equity practice, based in Singapore. Alex Boulton is a principal in the firm’s Singapore office.

Related Brief

Investing in Southeast Asia: What’s Behind the Boom

Growth is here to stay, but so is competition.


Want to continue the conversation

We help global leaders with their organization's most critical issues and opportunities. Together, we create enduring change and results