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Asian startups thirsty for foreign investment

Hungry for big returns, institutional investors are showing interest

Indonesian startup iGrow helps local underemployed farmers produce organic food along with sustainable incomes.by matching them with interested investors.   © iGrow

TOKYO -- Asian startups are calling on their governments to open up to foreign investment as a means to accelerate expansion and generate further interest in their markets among potential investors.

Young companies in places ranging from Vietnam to Taiwan, South Korea to Indonesia, told the Nikkei Asian Review they needed foreign investors to provide the capital and access that would help them grow. Most of the two dozen interviewed expressed a desire for clearer and easier rules to attract outside investors.

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