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Top 50 Startup Investors in South Korea

A list of 50 angel investors and VC funds that invest in startups based in South korea. We rank investors based on the number of investments they made in companies from South korea. We update this investor list every month.

Top 50 Startup Investors in South Korea

Investor South Korea investments
Capstone Partners Co., Ltd. 69
Strong Ventures 66
Kakao Ventures 58
Stonebridge Capital 36
Primer Sazze Partners 27
Softbank Ventures Asia 25
Altos Ventures 22
KB Investment 21
Korea Development Bank 17
Korea Investment Partners 17
Smilegate Investment 15
Shinhan Capital 14
Naver 13
DSC Investment 13
Aviram Jenik 12
KDB Capital 12
LB Investment 12
Devsisters Ventures 11
KTB Network 11
Company K Partners 11
SparkLabs Global Ventures 10
L&S Venture Capital 9
kocca 9
Coolidge Corner Investment 9
Big Basin Capital 8
Premier Partners 8
POSCO Venture Capital 8
IMM Investment 8
Atinum Investment 8
Hashed 7
DS Asset Management 7
STIC Ventures 7
WONIK Investment Partners 6
Bass Investment 6
Samsung Ventures 6
Hana Financial Investment 6
Hyundai Motor Company 6
Daniel Shin 6
Industrial Bank of Korea 6
Bokwang Investment 6
KB Securities 6
Hanwha Investment Corp 6
Fast Track Asia 6
KT investment Inc. 6
Shinhan Financial Group 5
TheVentures 5
TS Investment 5
Seoul Business Agency(SBA) 5
Pearl Abyss Capital 5
Korea Technology Finance Corporation 5
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Capstone Partners Co., Ltd. VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 3 investments in the past 12 months
Capstone Partners is a venture capital firm specializing in early-stage companies operating in the Information technology, wireless technology, architecture, pharmaceutical, internet, online game, software, solid state disk, and IP television sectors. It primarily invests in China and South Korea, with a focus in Seoul and Gyeonggi province. Thefirm prefers to exit its investments through a trade sale. Capstone Partners was founded in 2008 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.Capstone Partners is a venture capital firm that invests in entrepreneurs seeking success with fresh ideas. Capstone Partners values the funds of union investors better than our own, working for the interests of investors and following the objective of the investments.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Mobile, Gaming
  • Series A, Seed, Series B
  • South Korea, United States, Finland
Portfolio highlights
  • Noutecompany — As the non-face-to-face academic environment becomes more common due to COVID-19, the demand for content for tablet writing apps is rapidly increasing around the world. Webudding is a digital stationery content C2C platform that targets this demand and has a vision to grow into the world's largest commerce and community platform in tabletcontent based on the various contents being sourced from Korea, Japan, the Philippines, and the United States, etc.Webudding is a web-based digital stationery service for content for tablet writing apps, with categories such as diaries, planners, notebooks, and sticker images used in tablet writing. Currently, Webudding has 1,300 sellers (1,000 domestic and 300 overseas) providing 12,000 content products and 100,000 MAUs., being the largest digital stationery in Asia. We try to go to the global market to target 1 billion tablet users worldwide.
  • ABLY Corporation — ABLY Corporation is a fashion platform and application.
  • RideFlux — RideFlux is a self-driving software company for safe and reliable autonomous transporation service. Since our foundation in 2018, we hope for a better world where everyone can be safer and more comfortable while moving with our self-driving cars and software. We believe in the potential that self-driving technology embraces, how driving canbecome an innovative experience not a mere stress, which inspires us to build up its future with every step on our way.Our headquarter is located in Jeju island, one of the best test-beds in the world for developing reliable AD software technologies. It has a variety of road environments and various weather conditions across the island (1850 square kilometers), and significantly high demands for mobility service (16 million visitors a year without bring own vehicles). We are strategically located for technology enhancement for reliable urban autonomy. For the Safety, Beyond the Safety.
Strong Ventures VC Fund · Los Angeles, California, United States · 9 investments in the past 12 months
Strong Ventures is a seed fund, based in California, that finances, supports, and mentors Korean/Asian/Global entrepreneurs, empowering them to build strong ventures and to break successfully into the global market.With proven experience as operators, executives, and entrepreneurs, they provide hands-on assistance and guidance. On topof their financial investment, they aim to provide tangible value to their entrepreneurs, through network reach, strategic thinking, and execution collaboration. And, as they engage together in their venture endeavors, they hope to make the entrepreneurial ecosystem, where they build companies and labor in, a better, stronger, and more fun place for all.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Media and Entertainment, Commerce/Shopping
  • Seed, Series A, Pre-Seed
  • South Korea, United States, Poland
Portfolio highlights
  • Jubilee Media — Media company for positive, purpose-driven millennials.
  • Interior Teacher — Interior Teacher is solidifying its position as a premium home styling service.
  • Noutecompany — As the non-face-to-face academic environment becomes more common due to COVID-19, the demand for content for tablet writing apps is rapidly increasing around the world. Webudding is a digital stationery content C2C platform that targets this demand and has a vision to grow into the world's largest commerce and community platform in tabletcontent based on the various contents being sourced from Korea, Japan, the Philippines, and the United States, etc.Webudding is a web-based digital stationery service for content for tablet writing apps, with categories such as diaries, planners, notebooks, and sticker images used in tablet writing. Currently, Webudding has 1,300 sellers (1,000 domestic and 300 overseas) providing 12,000 content products and 100,000 MAUs., being the largest digital stationery in Asia. We try to go to the global market to target 1 billion tablet users worldwide.
Kakao Ventures VC Fund · Seongnam, Kyonggi-do, South Korea · 11 investments in the past 12 months
We are an independent subsidiary of Kakao Corp. & the most active, startup-friendly early stage VC of Korea. (Limited Partnerships, not strategic.).
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Investment focus
  • Software, Hardware, Data and Analytics
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • South Korea, United States, Germany
Portfolio highlights
  • Datumo — Selectstar got your back!Obtaining the proper data has always been the top issue for many companies using AI. To solve this problem, Selectstar provides a platform that connects your company to the crowd-workers.It's MORE than just a connection! We passionately research crowd-workers and your project to develop cutting-edge technologiesfor the optimized mobile crowd-sourcing.Keep disrupting the world! Just for your project, we are here to maintain the quality, cost-efficiency, or any other burdens related to the data. SelectStar was founded in 2018 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Rebellions.ai — AI chip architects are often inattentive to advanced deep learning features and requirements because they believe software stacks between their silicon and algorithms can provide effective abstract layers. We disagree. We do not think such naively designed chips can efficiently utilize expensive custom silicon resources. The more native hardwaresupports are enabled, the higher performance is achieved.Rebellions Inc is building genuine AI accelerators by bi-directionally bridging the gap between underlying silicon architectures and deep learning algorithms. We push algorithm boundaries to better exploit silicon budgets, while re-architecting AI processors to incorporate sophisticated deep learning features through silicon-dedicated DL kernels.Our goal is to deliver a domain-specific AI processor along with its optimized software. This approach, together with our unique decentralized programming model, will enable customers to arm with the most powerful yet energy-efficient AI hardware as well as seamless integration.
  • 21market — 21market is a platform that purchases used electronics, inspects them, and upcycles the products. It repairs secondhand electronics and sells refurbished items. 21market is based in Seoul, South Korea.
Stonebridge Capital VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 2 investments in the past 12 months
Stonebridge capital, Stonebridge ventures, Specializing in Venture Capital, Private Equity Fund Management
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Investment focus
  • Software, Mobile, Internet
  • Series A, Series B, Funding Round
  • South Korea, United States, China
Portfolio highlights
  • onepredict — Established in 2016, OnePredict is a leader in industrial AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology and 9 time winner of the 'Global PHM Data Challenge' for the best industrial AI based Machine Digitalization & Intelligence solutions. OnePredict provides advanced AI solutions, the GuardiOne® Series, Cells, Edge, and Cloud solutions.GuardiOne® specializes in industrial AI solutions such as bearings, turbines, wind (wind farm), transformers, robots, and motors, and is expanding to various other industries.
  • Nota AI — Hardware-aware AI optimization and edge AI solutions
  • Upstage AI — Upstage AI is an artificial intelligence (AI) startup that helps companies focus on their core businesses.
Primer Sazze Partners VC Fund · San Jose, California, United States · 3 investments in the past 12 months
Primer Sazze Partners - We like to find founders who are making the impossible happen through sheer force of will and a refusal to accept hard truths.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Commerce/Shopping, Food/Beverage
  • Seed, Series A, Pre-Seed
  • South Korea, United States, Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Nitra — Nitra offers expense management software that integrates with the banks to provide innovative loan products.
  • Zikooin Company — Alternative meat - Unlimeat made out of grains including oats
  • Upstage AI — Upstage AI is an artificial intelligence (AI) startup that helps companies focus on their core businesses.
Softbank Ventures Asia VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 15 investments in the past 12 months
SoftBank Ventures Asia is the corporate venture capital arm of SoftBank Group. The firm prefers to invest in the information technology, smart robotics industry artificial intelligence, internet of things and information, communication, and technology sectors. It is based in Seoul, Korea, and was founded in 2000.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Data and Analytics, IT
  • Series B, Series A, Series C
  • South Korea, United States, China
Portfolio highlights
  • Amondz — Amondz is a jewellery ecommerce platform that provides buyers and sellers with quick access to a production list, price quotations for consumers, and customer support.
  • Pliops — Pliops' Extreme Data Processor (XDP) speeds up databases, applications, and analytics by 10x while reducing infrastructure costs up to 5x.
  • MarqVision — Effortlessly discover and remove counterfeits to protect your sales and reputation.
Altos Ventures VC Fund · Menlo Park, California, United States · 19 investments in the past 12 months
Altos Ventures was founded in 1996 to invest in early stage technology companies. After starting with $30 million in committed capital, we currently manage more than $8 billion in regulatory assets under management, supporting the full lifecycle of companies from inception to global growth and profitability. We have been the first and leadinstitutional investor in 100+ companies around the world. We invest in both consumer and enterprise tech companies, with particular interest in enterprise SaaS, FinTech, e-commerce, and consumer brands and services. We look to invest in high-growth, capital-efficient, founder-led companies. Initial investments can start as small as $500,000 while our follow-on investments can exceed $100 million in a single round, purchasing both primary and secondary shares.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Internet, Data and Analytics
  • Series B, Series A, Series C
  • United States, South Korea, Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • PATH — Join the water bottle revolution. Path is 100% responsibly and locally sourced purified water in a refillable aluminum water bottle that stays cold longer.
  • Carrot General Insurance — Carrot General Insurance is a digital insurance company.
  • Beauty Selection — Beauty Selection is a lifestyle commerce brand company.
KB Investment VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 19 investments in the past 12 months
Founded in 1990, KB Investment Co., Ltd. (KBIC) is one of Korea’s leading investment firms of venture capital and private equity funds with over USD 1.4 Billion of asset under management as of December 2013. KBIC is a subsidiary of KB Financial Group, Korea’s premier financial group with the largest domestic customer base as well as the widestnetwork of service branches in Korea.KBIC’s team is recognized for industry thought leadership, a broad network of powerful industry relationships, and a unique professional investment approach to investing. KBIC passionately support our portfolio companies with active guidance in all key aspects of team building, strategy, operations and governance
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Investment focus
  • Software, Science/Engineering, Financial
  • Series A, Series B, Seed
  • South Korea, United States, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • Rebellions.ai — AI chip architects are often inattentive to advanced deep learning features and requirements because they believe software stacks between their silicon and algorithms can provide effective abstract layers. We disagree. We do not think such naively designed chips can efficiently utilize expensive custom silicon resources. The more native hardwaresupports are enabled, the higher performance is achieved.Rebellions Inc is building genuine AI accelerators by bi-directionally bridging the gap between underlying silicon architectures and deep learning algorithms. We push algorithm boundaries to better exploit silicon budgets, while re-architecting AI processors to incorporate sophisticated deep learning features through silicon-dedicated DL kernels.Our goal is to deliver a domain-specific AI processor along with its optimized software. This approach, together with our unique decentralized programming model, will enable customers to arm with the most powerful yet energy-efficient AI hardware as well as seamless integration.
  • Blinkers Co — Blinkers’ wine investment exchange allows for trading high-value wines for investment purposes, and the ‘Bank of Wine’ is a platform that can certify ownership and experience of wine.
  • eloelo — Play Free Live Games, Live Video Stream, Play Tambola & Live Quiz Online
Korea Development Bank VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 10 investments in the past 12 months
The Korea Development Bank (KDB) provides long-term financing for projects designed to assist Koreaâ€:tm:s economic growth and development. It offers equipment capital loans and working capital loans to Korean private enterprises that undertake major industrial projects. The bank also extends guarantees to its clients to facilitate their otherborrowings and to finance major industrial projects. KDB guarantees Won-denominated corporate debentures, local currency loans, and other Won liabilities and foreign currency loans from domestic and overseas Korean financial institutions and from foreign institutions. The bankâ€:tm:s other activities include engagement in a range of industrial development activities, including conducting economic and industrial research; performing engineering surveys; providing business analyses and managerial assistance; and offering trust services. As of June 30, 2007, KDB had 40 local branches, 6 overseas branches, and 2 overseas offices. The bank was founded in 1954 and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Science/Engineering, Data and Analytics
  • Series A, Series B, Funding Round
  • South Korea, China, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Mycel — IMAGINATION TRANSITION REGENERATION
  • Contec — CONTEC is a spin-off company from KARI(Korea Aerospace Research Institute) which was established in 2015 on Jan.5th, and doing the business for design, development and integration of ground system in the space and defense application.
  • Rznomics — This is a biotechnology company founded by professor Lee Sung-wook's lab They are working on the development of gene therapy products for liver cancer through the development of gene therapy products. It was selected by the TIPS program and was recognized for excellence in technology.
Korea Investment Partners VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 27 investments in the past 12 months
Korea Investment Partners (KIP) is a leading venture capital & private equity firm that has over 30 years of experience in providing venture capital to bold and innovative entrepreneurs who want to change the world. Korea Investment Partners invests in leading pioneers like Kakao(KOSDAQ:035720), Naver(KRX:035420), YGEntertainment(KOSDAQ:122870), Bodyfriend, Osstem Implant(KOSDAQ:048260), Doubleu Games(KOSDAQ:192080) and Didi Chuxing. KIP manages over 20 venture and private equity funds with US$1.8 billion in total assets under management. The company operates globally from its Seoul headquarters office with other locations in Shanghai, Beijing, and Sunnyvale.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Health Care, Science/Engineering
  • Series A, Series B, Series C
  • South Korea, United States, China
Portfolio highlights
  • SK on — SK on develops and manufacturers high-energy density electric vehicle batteries.
  • Agilis Robotics — Agilis Robotics is a spin-off company from The University of Hong Kong that develops flexible robotic instruments for endoscopic surgery. We aim to provide clinicians with enhanced robotic dexterity and precision while leveraging current clinical workflows.
  • Aloha Factory — Aloha Factory develops hyper-casual games, that are easy and intuitive, so anyone can play them.
Smilegate Investment VC Fund · Seongnam, Kyonggi-do, South Korea · 13 investments in the past 12 months
Smilegate Investment, founded in 1999 originally as MVP Capital, is a venture capital and private equity firm that has been growing remarkably alongside our many invested companies. From our initial venture capital funding in 2000, we have since organized and managed more than 30 venture capital and private equity funds, and have invested in morethan 200 companies with promising growth potential.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Health Care, Science/Engineering
  • Series A, Series B, Seed
  • South Korea, United States, Vietnam
Portfolio highlights
  • Geekble — Geekble is a media startup that produces new media content on science and technology to bridge the gap between geeks and the world. With revenue from workshops and branded content, Geekble is building its own "maker space" for geeks to experiment. Teachers and professors are using Geekble's content for educational purposes, andGeekble videos have been used for public TV.
  • Shiftup — Shift up is a game design and development studio that engages in game production and promotional video and music production. Shiftup was established in 2013 by art director Kim Hyeong-tae.
  • Cardio Health — Cardio Health they are digital platform that combines IOT (Internet of Things) and blockchain technology to track physical activity and make it integrated with gaming.
Shinhan Capital VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 5 investments in the past 12 months
Shinhan Capital is a credit-specialized company offering corporate finance services for its clients. It provides financial services, lease, corporate loans, investment financing, housing loans, installment financing, etc. Shinhan Capital was established in 1991. The company is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Science/Engineering, IT
  • Series A, Series B, Series C
  • South Korea, United States, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Point2 Technology — We Develop Innovative, Ultra-Low Power Connectivity SoCs Point2 Technology cloud-optimized range of high-speed SoCs and reference design platforms accelerate deployment of next generation data centers and 5G infrastructure.
  • Xangle — Xangle collects, verifies, and integrates corporate disclosures from global projects and companies that have issued crypto assets. This information is made public along with on-chain blockchain data, all of which are displayed in a user-friendly format to help the public’s understanding of the crypto assets. One of the key issues concerningon-chain data is the difficulty associated with analyzing raw data. Xangle provides both off-chain corporate disclosures and easily accessible on-chain metrics and analytics to the public.
  • RECON Labs — RECON Labs software creates 3D models and AR content based on photos/videos.
Naver VC Fund · Seongnam, Kyonggi-do, South Korea · 5 investments in the past 12 months
Naver operates as a search engine and e-commerce platform providing fintech, digital content, and cloud services.The company introduces innovative search services such as ‘Comprehensive Search,’ ‘Knowledge iN,’ and ‘Real-time Rising Keyword.' It also offers UGC services such as Blog and Cafe; Junior Naver, a children’s portal; Happybean, anonline donation portal. NAVER launched its Webtoon service in June 2004 and has pioneered the distribution and consumption of webtoons, also known as digital comics. In addition, NAVER also offers services for the global market, including the mobile messenger LINE through LINE Corporation, NAVER’s subsidiary; the video messenger Snow; and the group communication service BAND.NAVER is also involved in software development and distribution; performances and exhibitions business; mobile content development and distribution; search advertising; internet commerce and customer service business; the operation and security services of IT infrastructure; operating online shopping services, and mobile applications marketing.Lee Hae-Jin and Lee Joon-ho headquartered the company in Seongnam, Kyonggi-do, South Korea in 1999.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Media and Entertainment, Mobile
  • Seed, Series A, Series C
  • South Korea, United States, Indonesia
Portfolio highlights
  • Brandi — Brandi is a vertical commerce company that creates B2C and B2B platforms for fashion and beauty shopping. The company specializes in the fields of apps, app marketing, and online shopping platform. Brandi was founded in 2014 and headquartered in Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea.
  • Interior Teacher — Interior Teacher is solidifying its position as a premium home styling service.
  • Pocket FM — Listen to Audio Books, Podcasts and read Novels on Pocket FM. We bring you over 10k+ popular audio shows in multi languages. Best audiobooks app
DSC Investment VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 5 investments in the past 12 months
DSC Investments invests in early stage and growth companies in the field of corporate identify and focus, IT, software, biotechnology, machinery, and future high-growth areas such as environment and resources.
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Investment focus
  • Other, Software, Apps
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • PineTree Therapeutics — PineTree Therapeutics Inc. is a preclinical stage Biotechnology company that is pioneering the development of disruptive therapies in Oncology and Infectious Diseases.
  • Versogen — Versogen develops electrolyzer technology for water and renewable energy to produce green hydrogen at scale. The company produces high-performing hydroxide exchange membranes for a variety of applications, such as lowering the production costs of fuel cells and reducing industrial carbon emissions, and laying the foundation for a sustainable energyfuture.
  • Genome Insight — Genome Insight is a whole genome sequence (WGS) analysis and interpretation company.
Aviram Jenik Angel · Cupertino, California, United States · 3 investments in the past 12 months
Founder x5, profitable bootstraps, 3 exits; investor x30+ in Israel, Silicon Valley and Korea; passion for: cyber security, building scalable B2B companies
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Investment focus
  • Software, IT, Data and Analytics
  • Angel, Seed, Series A
  • South Korea, United States, Israel
Portfolio highlights
  • FROGED — Discover afforable Customer Experience tools to scale your business. Reduce churn, improve onboarding & offer amazing customer support - all in one platform.
  • Vicarius — TOPIA - Unified cloud-based cybersecurity vulnerability management platform that remotely & automatically mitigates vulnerable threats.
  • Adversa AI — Adversa AI is on a mission to increase trust in AI systems by protecting them from cyber threats, privacy issues, and safety incidents.
KDB Capital VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea
KDB Capital finances offers investment, corporate loan, lease, auto financial, and commercial card services for companies in South Korea.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Science/Engineering, Data and Analytics
  • Series B, Series A, Seed
  • South Korea, United States, Mexico
Portfolio highlights
  • Good Choice Company — Good Choice Company is a hotel and travel booking platform that connects hotel guests and accommodations. It aims to solve the accommodation journey's inconvenience and build a reliable accommodation environment.
  • Orum Therapeutics — Orum Therapeutics is a private biotech company developing a new class of therapeutic antibodies targeting cytosolic proteins for unmet medical needs in cancer and rare diseases. Orum leverages its unique cell-penetrating antibody platform, called Oromab™ to inhibit drug targets, previously undruggable by small molecules or current antibodytherapeutics. In contrast to other approaches, Orum’s antibody platform can intracellularly deliver an active antibody therapeutic or payload, is easily adaptable to target different cell types and intracellular proteins, and does not require chemical modification.
  • QANDA(Mathpresso) — Providing the most effective education for all - We build QANDA, the world's leading personalized learning platform.
LB Investment VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 7 investments in the past 12 months
LB Investment is one of the top VCs in Korea. LB invests in diverse industries ranging from Technology and Contents to Bio and healthcare
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Investment focus
  • Software, Mobile, Commerce/Shopping
  • Series B, Series A, Series C
  • South Korea, China, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Aloha Factory — Aloha Factory develops hyper-casual games, that are easy and intuitive, so anyone can play them.
  • ProtoPie — Create interactive, realistic prototypes that work like the actual digital product. Ideal for designers prototyping for mobile, desktop, web, IoT, and beyond.
  • onepredict — Established in 2016, OnePredict is a leader in industrial AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology and 9 time winner of the 'Global PHM Data Challenge' for the best industrial AI based Machine Digitalization & Intelligence solutions. OnePredict provides advanced AI solutions, the GuardiOne® Series, Cells, Edge, and Cloud solutions.GuardiOne® specializes in industrial AI solutions such as bearings, turbines, wind (wind farm), transformers, robots, and motors, and is expanding to various other industries.
Devsisters Ventures VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea
Venture Capital firm in Korea. We are interested in early-stage investment in gaming, healthcare/biotech, IT services and high technology companies.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Gaming, Apps
  • Series A, Series B, Seed
  • South Korea, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • ProtoPie — Create interactive, realistic prototypes that work like the actual digital product. Ideal for designers prototyping for mobile, desktop, web, IoT, and beyond.
  • S-Alpha Therapeutics — S-Alpha Therapeutics develops digital therapeutics, a therapeutic intervention from the convergence of biology and information technology. Company has developed several digital therapeutic products in its R&D pipeline.
  • CoDo — Better engagement. Better Learning. Train your clients, partners, and employees with CoDo, the onboarding & training platform of your dreams: engaging, simple and timesaving.
KTB Network VC Fund · Seongnam, Kyonggi-do, South Korea · 4 investments in the past 12 months
Korea Technology Development Company, a government-funded investment vehicle specializing in technology-related investment opportunities, KTB Financial Group(“KTB”) has since grown into a comprehensive financial group offering a wide range of financial services, including securities, asset management, venture capital, and private equity.KTB alsohas expanded our global network by actively entering overseas markets includes the United States, China, and Thailand.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Science/Engineering, Health Care
  • Series B, Series A, Series C
  • South Korea, United States, China
Portfolio highlights
  • Soelect — Soelect provides engineering solutions and develops solid-state battery components for electric vehicles, power tools and electronics.
  • CoLearn — Percaya diri kerjain soal Matematika, Fisika, dan Kimia dengan Tanya dan ikut Kelas Live. Daftar sesi Kelas Live gratis dan ketemu Guru Juara.
  • VIRNECT — VIRNECT is an industrial AR solution company.
Company K Partners VC Fund · Ilsangu, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 5 investments in the past 12 months
Company K Partners Limited is a principal investment firm specializing in investments in culture content, electronic components, computer, machinery, broadcasting, arts, sports, and leisure industries. The firm primarily invests in South Korea with a focus in Seoul, Gyeongnam, and Gyeonggi. Company K Partners Limited was established in 2006 and isbased in Gyeonggi-do, South Korea.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Science/Engineering, Data and Analytics
  • Series A, Series B, Series C
  • South Korea, United States, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • Datumo — Selectstar got your back!Obtaining the proper data has always been the top issue for many companies using AI. To solve this problem, Selectstar provides a platform that connects your company to the crowd-workers.It's MORE than just a connection! We passionately research crowd-workers and your project to develop cutting-edge technologiesfor the optimized mobile crowd-sourcing.Keep disrupting the world! Just for your project, we are here to maintain the quality, cost-efficiency, or any other burdens related to the data. SelectStar was founded in 2018 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.
  • PlayV — PlayV is a crypto trading strategy market where you can manage your digital assets with top-performing experts. Start only with $50 and invest like a pro.
  • Innospace — Innoface is a space company that develops and provides launch services for small satellite launch vehicles with hybrid rocket technology.
SparkLabs Global Ventures VC Fund · Palo Alto, California, United States
SparkLabs Global Ventures is a venture capital firm that offers seed-stage investment services to firms in the SaaS, healthcare, education, IoT, fintech, mobile, commerce, HR, gaming, security, and VR industries. It was founded in Dec 2013 and is based in California.Exceptional entrepreneurs, that are building strong, category defining companiesat highly advantageous valuations – can be found anywhere. The company has a team that is highly experienced in finding such talent and helping our entrepreneurs to develop, grow, network, and scale into other markets throughout the world.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Internet, Hardware
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • United States, Singapore, South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • Tella — Service
  • Bitsensing — bitsensing designs and develops cutting-edge imaging radar technology solutions for the ultimate smart cities and connected experience
  • Stipop (YC S21) — 150,000 stickers for messages, videos, and profile icons ready to integrate into any app, created by talented artists from all over the world.
L&S Venture Capital VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea
L&S Venture Capital is a venture capital firm. L&S Venture Capital is specializing in incubation, seed, early, and expansion stage investments. L&S Venture Capital invests in electronic components, including smart phones, pads, televisions and grid; telecommunications equipments; green energy sector, such as solar, wind, fuel cell, LED,and EV; machineries; broadcasting; nanotechnology; intelligent robotics; telematics; medical equipments; media contents, which inlcude creation, distribution and new media. L&S Venture Capital primarily invests in South Korea with a focus in Seoul, Gyeonggi region, and Chungnam province. L&S Venture Capital was founded in 2006 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Science/Engineering, Data and Analytics
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • South Korea, Israel, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Innospace — Innoface is a space company that develops and provides launch services for small satellite launch vehicles with hybrid rocket technology.
  • Deepbrain AI — Deepbrain AI has proven its world-class conversational artificial intelligence technology to be highly utilizing in many areas, including broadcasting, education, and in service industry. State-of-the-art artificial intelligence technology, analogous to real people say, can be applied in a wide variety of areas. Also, it is expected that demandwill increase significantly with differentiated technology in the age of diversification.In recognition of its competitiveness and value, the company has received $2M investment from IDG Capital in 2019, and up to date, it has accumulated $9.5M. In addition, the company is currently growing in partnership with major companies such as Microsoft, Kakao Partner, and SK Telecom. It is expected to accelerate its external growth and profit expansion in the new market as it is set to make inroads into the global market based on its performance so far.
  • Alsemy — Alsemy is an electronic design automation company specializes in machine learning based modeling solution.
kocca VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea
Korea Creative Content Agency (kocca) was established on May 7, 2009 to efficiently support the growth of the cultural industry by combining Korea Broadcasting Institute, Korea Culture and Content Agency, Korea Game Industry Agency, Cultural Contents Center, and Digital Contents Business Group of Korea IT Industry Promotion Agency according toArticle 31 of the Framework Act on Cultural Industry Promotion.kocca is an agency dedicated to promoting all areas for content. We established a comprehensive support system to nurture the content industry, and aim to develop Korea as one of the world's top 5 contents powerhouses.kocca conducts various support businesses to help Korea's content industry grow into a global leader in the creative economy.
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Investment focus
  • Other, Video, Music and Audio
  • Seed
  • South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • Wantreez Music — Wantreezmusic is a Korean commercial radio broadcasting service for businesses. It develops Rhymeduck, a corporate and franchise partner for music products. Rhymeduck provides brand marketing services that specialize in cost reduction. Wantreezmusic was established in May 2011.
  • DNsolution — DN Solution is startup company focusing on NFC(Near field Communication) feature of Android smartphone. we make various embeded pruducts which makes NFC easier.
  • Wazzle Entertainment — Wazzle Entertainment is founded by IT experts and K-Pop stars' actual dance choreographers, and provides K-Pop dance lessons through smartphone devices.Wazzle Entertainment has been granted an exclusive use of official choreography copyrights from K-Pop choreographers for providing dance lessons to the world. We also have exclusivecontracts with champion street dance teams from around the globe to provide their lessons online. All lessons are being serviced through iOS, Android, Smart TV and Web streaming.Wazzle Entertainment has acquired access to the choreography rights of over 90% of K-Pop dances, and provide dance-related services on iOS, Android, Smart TV and Web streaming in more than 7 languages. We aim to be 'the Youtube of Dance' by providing video contents including K-pop dance, street dance lessons, star news, and dance studio segments.Wazzle Entertainment develops original content and lesson-video streaming solutions for dance-learning through apps, smart TV, web, including projects such as:-Original K-POP DanceRelease: iOS 1.0.1(July, 2013)http://youtube.com/OriginalKpopDanceLearn the hottest K-pop dances anytime and anywhere!Wherever you are, the place you're at instantly becomes a dance studio. With a smartphone, tablet or smart TV, you can easily learn K-pop dances on your own schedule – no searching for a studio and dance instructor, no need for expensive classes! 'Original K-POP Dance' provides one hour lessons with 15 clips, so users can repeat sections they want to practice. Anyone can dance and show off to their friends after learning even just some of the parts. Plus!- Mirror mode for easily keeping track of moves and directions- Suitable for learning group dances, with detailed instructions and breakdowns of each members' dance steps and movements
Coolidge Corner Investment VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea
Coolidge Corner Investment (CCVC) provides Seed and Seed+ funding to the most innovative tech startup companies in Korea. They proudly provide their portfolio companies a customized support in professional incubating, growth hacking, strategy, network and more.
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Investment focus
  • Mobile, Software, Internet
  • Seed
  • United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Kryptos Biotechnologies — Groundbreaking biotechnology that improves patient lives as well as the tools utilized by the clinicians and scientists who care for them.
  • Crowdworks — With over 25 patents in the human intelligence field, Crowdworks specializes in solving the toughest problem in the AI industry today: Delivering training data sets with next-level accuracy, quality assured.Having secured Series B funding through some of Asia’s premier VCs, Crowdworks is on the verge of taking its thriving Intelligent WorkPlatform and Distributed Work Community global. Investing heavily in QA, standardization, and tagging and delivery innovation, and distilling insight from over 600 pioneering AI data projects, Crowdworks has a solution for virtually any domain or application.But training data preparation is just the beginning. Crowdworks’ Intelligent Work Platform is the future of work itself.Led by serial entrepreneur Minu Park, and backed by a gritty, talented and high-energy team, Crowdworks is poised to make a huge splash in Asia and beyond.
  • BratVillage — Brat Village which was formed in December 2014, services total home care provider Doctor House.
Big Basin Capital VC Fund · Cupertino, California, United States
Big Basin Capital is a venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley, investing in early-stage startups in Korea and the United States.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Internet, Science/Engineering
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • South Korea, United States, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • Globaleur — Thousands of travelers from around the world rely on Globaleur for travel. Leverage Globaleur's software and APIs that include dynamic destination data and AI-powered developer tools to change the way we travel the world.
  • Harmonic Bionics — Harmonic Bionics is redefining neurorehabilitation with intelligent robotic technology designed to maximize patient recovery. With our flagship product, Harmony SHR, we intend to optimize upper extremity therapy by enabling early intervention, increasing intensity, and employing patient-specific in
  • GOPIZZA — GOPIZZA is a food and beverage company based in Mapo.
Premier Partners VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 5 investments in the past 12 months
Premier Partners (프리미어 파트너스) is a Korean domestic funds management company. It provides investment services for individuals and businesses. Premier Partners was established in September 2005 in Seoul, Korea.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Science/Engineering, Internet
  • Series A, Series B, Funding Round
  • South Korea, United States, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • Superb AI — Automate data preparation, label and manage images and videos, and find annotation services with one training data platform. Fast, precise, and easy to use.
  • Xangle — Xangle collects, verifies, and integrates corporate disclosures from global projects and companies that have issued crypto assets. This information is made public along with on-chain blockchain data, all of which are displayed in a user-friendly format to help the public’s understanding of the crypto assets. One of the key issues concerningon-chain data is the difficulty associated with analyzing raw data. Xangle provides both off-chain corporate disclosures and easily accessible on-chain metrics and analytics to the public.
  • KaliVir Immunotherapeutics — Kalivir designs safe and potent oncolytic product candidates across multiple tumor types. Kalivir’s cutting-edge, next generation oncolytic viral immunotherapy programs combine technologies developed in-house and licensed from University of Pittsburgh’s world-class oncolytic virus and immunotherapy research programs.
POSCO Venture Capital VC Fund · Pohang, Kyongsang-bukto, South Korea
POSTECH Venture Capital Corporation(POSTECH VC) was founded and financed by POSCO to participate in SME(small and medium enterprise) Revitalization Policy in 1997 for the National Economy Restoration.We seek investment opportunities in diverse markets including Information Technologies, Advanced Materials, Bio Technologies, Renewable Energy,and Life Sciences.And we are to accelerate the commercialization of the valuable technologies from POSTECH(Pohang University of Science and Technology), RIST(Research institute of Industrial Science and Technology), and other institutes in Korea. More than 200 professors in POSTECH help POSTECH VC evaluate the technologiesPOSTECH VC is comprised of a team consisted of experienced venture capitalists who has previous experiences in successful startups, consulting firms, and executive management.We are currently investing from our several funds and manage over 60 billion Won.Our recent primary investment focus is on high growth opportunities in renewable energy such as bio-diesel and photovoltaic technologies.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Internet, Other
  • Series A, Funding Round, Series B
  • South Korea, United States, China
Portfolio highlights
  • OKHOME — Lebih dari 30 ribu pengguna telah merasakan pelayanan kami. Siap melayani pembersihan umum, pindah rumah, disinfeksi virus, bakteri dan kuman sehingga anda lebih sehat.
  • Deepbrain AI — Deepbrain AI has proven its world-class conversational artificial intelligence technology to be highly utilizing in many areas, including broadcasting, education, and in service industry. State-of-the-art artificial intelligence technology, analogous to real people say, can be applied in a wide variety of areas. Also, it is expected that demandwill increase significantly with differentiated technology in the age of diversification.In recognition of its competitiveness and value, the company has received $2M investment from IDG Capital in 2019, and up to date, it has accumulated $9.5M. In addition, the company is currently growing in partnership with major companies such as Microsoft, Kakao Partner, and SK Telecom. It is expected to accelerate its external growth and profit expansion in the new market as it is set to make inroads into the global market based on its performance so far.
  • Hexlant — Hexlant - Blockchain Laboratory. Build Blockchain Security Environment in just few days. With Simple Installation, Expand your Business onto Blockchain.
IMM Investment VC Fund · Kangnam, Cholla-namdo, South Korea · 12 investments in the past 12 months
Korean alternative asset investment firm
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Investment focus
  • Software, Science/Engineering, Data and Analytics
  • Series B, Funding Round, Series C
  • South Korea, United States, Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Shiftup — Shift up is a game design and development studio that engages in game production and promotional video and music production. Shiftup was established in 2013 by art director Kim Hyeong-tae.
  • Pure Harvest Smart Farms — Pure Harvest Smart Farms is a regional innovator in sustainable agriculture focused on the production of premium fruits and vegetables in the challenging climates of the Arab Gulf region using world-leading controlled-environment agriculture technologies. Pure Harvest seeks to leverage innovative growing technologies and horticultural bestpractices in order to pioneer year-round production of affordable, premium quality fresh produce.
  • Rebellions.ai — AI chip architects are often inattentive to advanced deep learning features and requirements because they believe software stacks between their silicon and algorithms can provide effective abstract layers. We disagree. We do not think such naively designed chips can efficiently utilize expensive custom silicon resources. The more native hardwaresupports are enabled, the higher performance is achieved.Rebellions Inc is building genuine AI accelerators by bi-directionally bridging the gap between underlying silicon architectures and deep learning algorithms. We push algorithm boundaries to better exploit silicon budgets, while re-architecting AI processors to incorporate sophisticated deep learning features through silicon-dedicated DL kernels.Our goal is to deliver a domain-specific AI processor along with its optimized software. This approach, together with our unique decentralized programming model, will enable customers to arm with the most powerful yet energy-efficient AI hardware as well as seamless integration.
Atinum Investment VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 13 investments in the past 12 months
Atinum Investment Co., Ltd. is a principal investment firm specializing in investments in the information technology and communication, materials for Information technology, renewable energy, metal and non-metal, distribution, media and contents, materials and components, and biotechnology and life science industries
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Investment focus
  • Software, Science/Engineering, Data and Analytics
  • Series A, Series B, Series C
  • South Korea, United States, Japan
Portfolio highlights
  • Qli5 Therapeutics — Qli5 Therapeutics develops a new class of proteasome inhibitors with high selectivity and unique, non-covalent binding properties.
  • MarqVision — Effortlessly discover and remove counterfeits to protect your sales and reputation.
  • Brandi — Brandi is a vertical commerce company that creates B2C and B2B platforms for fashion and beauty shopping. The company specializes in the fields of apps, app marketing, and online shopping platform. Brandi was founded in 2014 and headquartered in Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea.
Hashed VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 53 investments in the past 12 months
Hashed is a global, early stage venture fund focused on backing founders who are pioneering the future of blockchain and cryptocurrency. Hashed is based in Seoul and San Francisco.
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Investment focus
  • Other, Software, Financial
  • Seed, Series A, Funding Round
  • United States, Singapore, South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • Suberra — Accept crypto payments anywhere, for anything. The fastest and easiest way for merchants to accept crypto payments globally for commerce, one-time payments or recurring subscriptions.
  • Satellite IM — Satellite IM utilizes leading decentralization and encryption technology to provide a platform to build extensible apps.
  • Lysto — Lysto builds APIs, tools, and infrastructure that enables the creation and distribution of Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs). With its NFT stack, the startup simplifies the adoption of NFT for organizations that want to enter the emerging market for the technology.
DS Asset Management VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 5 investments in the past 12 months
Investing in listed companies and venture firms
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Investment focus
  • Apps, Other, Software
  • Series B
  • South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • Fassker — Fassker is a fashion magazine and community for the digital native generation.
  • Doosan Mobility Innovation — Doosan offers drone solutions based on Fuel Cell powerpacks, which enable longer flights than existing battery-powered drones.
  • Boosters — Boosters is a brand aggregator that uncovers and acquires high-potential brands that have been hidden for a long time, or discovers commerce businesses that will be appreciated by the public at an early stage. They achieve scale-up by developing tactics that are specific to each brand's attributes. Scale-up is the maximum of sales forBoosters.
STIC Ventures VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 6 investments in the past 12 months
STIC Ventures invests in small and mid-sized venture companies with core technologies and new business models.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Apps, Transportation
  • Series A, Series B, Seed
  • South Korea, Vietnam, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • AUTOCRYPT — Comprehensive, end-to-end automotive cybersecurity and mobility solutions for V2X, in-vehicle systems, Plug&Charge, and fleet management.
  • Neosapience — Find the best online voice over for your scripts from over 100 text to speech AI voice actors.
  • PiLab Technology — PiLab Technology is a research-focused blockchain company that develops multipurpose software that enables the communication and management of data across different platforms. PILAB is backed by South Korean venture capital firm Korea Investment Partners.
WONIK Investment Partners VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 2 investments in the past 12 months
Wonik Investment Partners, formerly known as Hanmi Technology Investment Co., Ltd., is a private equity and venture capital firm specializing in investments in incubation, start-up, early and mid-stage companies, growth capital and corporate restructuring. The firm prefers to invest in gaming contents, electronic components, computer,telecommunications equipment, petroleum, energy, machinery and equipment industries. It seeks to exit through an IPO or merger and acquisition. Wonik Investment Partners was established in 1997 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.
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Investment focus
  • Science/Engineering, Software, Hardware
  • Series A, Series B, Funding Round
  • South Korea, United States, United Kingdom
Portfolio highlights
  • InnoQD — InnoQD is a developer of thin-film materials for quantum dots, which are ultra-fine semiconductor particles on the nanometer scale
  • Infinitesima Ltd — Infinitesima is the developer of Rapid Probe Microscopy (RPM). Rapid Probe Microscopy provides nano-scale images with information in less than a second. It is useful in numerous applications and all of the main market segments where nano-scale imaging and metrology is required.
  • Standigm — Standigm is a workflow AI-driven drug discovery company. Standigm has proprietary AI platforms encompassing novel target identification to lead generation to generate commercially valuable drug pipelines. Founded in 2015, the company has established an early-stage drug discovery workflow AI to generate First-in-Class lead compounds within sevenmonths. Pursuing full-stack, AI-driven industrializing drug discovery, Standigm has achieved the automation of molecular design workflow through DarkMolFactory™, and the automation effort has been expanding to the whole drug discovery process on the basis of Standigm AI platforms, including Standigm ASK™ for target discovery, Standigm BEST™ for lead design, and Standigm Insight™ for drug repurposing.
Bass Investment VC Fund · Seocho, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 4 investments in the past 12 months
Bass Investment is a venture capital firm based in South Korea.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Commerce/Shopping, Financial
  • Seed, Series A, Series B
  • South Korea, United States, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • MarqVision — Effortlessly discover and remove counterfeits to protect your sales and reputation.
  • Wholesum Brands — Our mission is to transform the ecommerce entrepreneur journey by discovering their brands and inspiring innovative teams who re-think brand expansion and scaling strategies to elevate independent local products into global brands.
  • Boosters — Boosters is a brand aggregator that uncovers and acquires high-potential brands that have been hidden for a long time, or discovers commerce businesses that will be appreciated by the public at an early stage. They achieve scale-up by developing tactics that are specific to each brand's attributes. Scale-up is the maximum of sales forBoosters.
Samsung Ventures VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 12 investments in the past 12 months
The primary responsibilities of the group are to source, qualify, and invest in technology related companies. Our major investment areas include semiconductors, materials, mobile service, internet, software, security, enterprise solutions, bio engineering & medical, while potential investment subjects range from early-stage startups to pre-IPOcompanies. Currently, the group has over $1.8B under management and invests $250M annually.Samsung Ventures was founded on October 8, 1999, and is based in Seoul, South Korea.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Hardware, Science/Engineering
  • Funding Round, Series A, Series B
  • United States, South Korea, Israel
Portfolio highlights
  • NeuReality — NeuReality is the first complete, system-level solution designed to address the challenges of optimizing, deploying, managing, and scaling AI workflows.
  • Flickstree — At Flickstree, we help brands Engage, Acquire and Retain users with AI-powered editorial videos that users love to watch in a cost-effective, scalable way. On our platform PlusYou Club, users not only enjoy branded videos, but they also engage with multiple rewarding tools like quizzes, crosswords, polls, etc. where we further drive brand messages. Flickstree's content reaches 60Mn+ users across websites and apps.
  • Lumotive, LLC — Lumotive is a Seattle-based startup company developing high performance, solid-state lidar for autonomous systems in the automotive, UAV, robotics and related industries. The company's revolutionary beam-steering technology leverages Liquid Crystal Metasurfaces (or LCMs) implemented in mature semiconductor manufacturing processes to deliversmall, inexpensive 3D perception systems with unprecedented performance and reliability. For more information, visit us at www.lumotive.com.
Hana Financial Investment VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 3 investments in the past 12 months
Hana Financial Investment Company Limited offers brokerage, securities dealing, underwriting, mutual funds, and online trading services
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Investment focus
  • Software, Financial, IT
  • Series A, Seed, Series B
  • South Korea, Singapore, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Quotabook — Quotabook is a company that specializes in equity management.
  • Interior Teacher — Interior Teacher is solidifying its position as a premium home styling service.
  • Beam — Improving urban mobility by offering more cost-effective, faster, and environmentally friendly last-mile transportation options.
Hyundai Motor Company VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 6 investments in the past 12 months
The Hyundai Motor Company is a South Korean multinational automotive manufacturer. It has various vehicle lineups, brand vision, and global campaigns like clean mobility, sustainability, art, and sports partnership.The company was founded in 1967 and, along with its 32.8% owned subsidiary, Kia Motors, together comprise the Hyundai Motor Group,which is the world's fifth-largest automaker based on annual vehicle sales in 2012. In 2008, Hyundai Motor (without Kia) was ranked as the eighth largest automaker. As of 2012, the company sold over 4.4 million vehicles worldwide in that year, and together with Kia total sales were 7.12 million.
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Investment focus
  • Transportation, Software, Hardware
  • Series A, Corporate Round, Series B
  • United States, Israel, South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • H2 MOBILITY — H2 MOBILITY is a hydrogen filling station operator that offers consulting, planning, and construction services for hydrogen stations.
  • MORAI — MORAI offers an accurate, true-to-life autonomous vehicle driving simulator.
  • SES — Introducing the most mature, practical, and independently validated Li-Metal battery for electric vehicles (EVs).
Daniel Shin Angel
Daniel Shin is a renowned entrepreneur and investor, with extensive expertise and deep relationships in e-commerce. Most recently, Daniel co-founded HOF’s fintech portfolio company Terraform Labs (creators of the Terra stablecoin).Previously, Daniel founded and was CEO of TicketMonster, Korea's leading e-commerce platform with $3.5Bin GMV.He is also a Co-Founder and board member of Fast Track Asia, a company-builder that established and sold multiple businesses including Fast Five (office sharing platform) and FoodFly (food delivery, acquired by Yogiyo).Daniel holds a B.Sc. in Economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Other, IT
  • Seed, Angel, Series A
  • South Korea, United States, Malaysia
Portfolio highlights
  • Bering Lab — Bering Lab provides AI-powered machine translation services for the legal, IP, financial, technology, enterprise markets
  • Korea Credit Data — • Korea Credit Data (KCD) provides business management solution to small and medium-sized businesses in Korea. KCD established a dominant position (M/S 70%+) through ‘Cashnote' and ‘Bizbot’ services used by more than 1.1 million businesses. KCD aims to resolve issues a business owner faces from the beginning to end of his business life.To this end, KCD will expand its business areas to include B2B commerce to B2C payment area.
  • Kek.tv — Kek eSports app. The free app, which is in public beta, is an eSports video aggregation platform that integrates multi­-source livestreams and game video replays, as well as news, statistics and tournament feeds into one socially-curated experience for the growing audience of Asian eSports fans.
Industrial Bank of Korea VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 2 investments in the past 12 months
Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK) is committed to honoring its charter of financing small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The Bank has extended the scope of its expertise to provide a comprehensive range of financial services to individual customers in a quest to emerge as a leading financial services group. In pursuit of that goal, IBK is makingevery effort to enhance its competitiveness, achieve balanced growth and strengthen its global presence.The Bank employs around 10,000 staff and operates a distribution network of 612 branches including 12 overseas branches. Providing complementary services, the Bank also operates several subsidiaries: IBK Capital Corporation, IBK-SG Asset Management, IBK System Co., Ltd., and IBK Credit Information Corporation. In 2008, IBK Investment & Securities was launched, focused on meeting the needs of SME customers for services such as IPOs and M&As. Moreover, strategic alliance with Korea Investment Holdings enhances product competitiveness and affiliation with the National Post Office promoting easy customer access to IBK banking services.
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Investment focus
  • Science/Engineering, Software, Data and Analytics
  • Series A, Series B, Series E
  • South Korea, China, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Mycel — IMAGINATION TRANSITION REGENERATION
  • AIMMO — AIMMO is the developer of a data annotation platform with custom workflow designs, labeler analytics, and real-time communication functions. The company was founded in 2016 by SeungTaek Oh and is headquartered in Seongnam-si, Gyeonggi-do, Republic of Korea.
  • Athena's Lab — Athena’s Lab is a lifestyle and education technology company that improves student daily life to be an effortless experience as a useful friend in their journey throughout K12. One of the company’s main services, ‘TodaySchool’, a student lifestyle platform, enables its users to easily get access to essential information regarding their school andeducation. By simply entering only their school and class, users get access to their timetable, cafeteria menu, extracurricular academies, in-app community, and many more. Around one million users have joined in. The company’s other services are ‘Prompie’ and ‘Prompie Academy’, which connects tutors and extracurricular academies with consumers. ‘Prompie’ currently has 110K tutors and ‘Prompie Academy’ has the most amount of academy reviews and ratings in Korea. The company has raised $3 million from seven investors including Korea Investment Partners (KIP), Stonebridge Ventures, Schmidt, Industrial Bank of Korea, Banks Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs (D-Camp), Korea Credit Guarantee Fund (KODIT).
Bokwang Investment VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea
Bokwang Investment is a Korean investment management firm that supports funds and management for small- and medium-sized companies.
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Investment focus
  • Mobile, Other, Events
  • Series A, Series C
  • South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • MOIN, Inc. — MOIN is a FinTech startup to solve problems of the current global remittance market. MOIN has developed a money transfer solution based on Blockchain technology. Without going through SWIFT network or intermediary banks, MOIN directly connects senders and receivers to make the wire process simpler, safer, faster, and more convenient with mostaffordable rates. The company was founded on March 21, 2016, and it is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea.
  • MyMusicTaste — MyMusicTaste is a one-stop K-Pop platform, where K-pop fans worldwide can watch their favorites' online concerts. Not only that, you can also interact with the artists during online fansigns, support them by getting their latest album and keep up to date with their latest news!
  • WayWearable — WayWearable, a ‘beauty-appliance’ company based in Seoul, Korea, has created the first total personal skincare companion that fits in your purse. The WAY device is the size of a compact powder case, but includes an array of advanced biometric and environmental sensors that it uses to make personalized skincare recommendations through its companionapp. Developed in close consultation with a dermatologist, WAY helps people make smarter skincare decisions that last a lifetime.They recently joined Sparklabs, one of Asia’s top business accelerators, to bring their unique technology product to market and have kicked off an Indiegogo campaign to fund production.Their Vision - WayWearble is dedicated to improving the lives of women, by helping them more effectively manage their skin care routine, and ultimately improve health and well-being. While WAY is a first step, the company has ambitions to continue developing innovative new products that harness advances in technology, with a particular focus on the women’s health and beauty industry.In the future WayWearable will continue to develop their solutions for making more targeted and accurate suggestions of specific products that address the unique skin concerns of women, while providing deeper, personal insights into maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
KB Securities VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 2 investments in the past 12 months
KB Securities is a Financial Services company.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Data and Analytics, Health Care
  • Series A, Seed, Series B
  • South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • onepredict — Established in 2016, OnePredict is a leader in industrial AI (Artificial Intelligence) technology and 9 time winner of the 'Global PHM Data Challenge' for the best industrial AI based Machine Digitalization & Intelligence solutions. OnePredict provides advanced AI solutions, the GuardiOne® Series, Cells, Edge, and Cloud solutions.GuardiOne® specializes in industrial AI solutions such as bearings, turbines, wind (wind farm), transformers, robots, and motors, and is expanding to various other industries.
  • Korea Credit Data — • Korea Credit Data (KCD) provides business management solution to small and medium-sized businesses in Korea. KCD established a dominant position (M/S 70%+) through ‘Cashnote' and ‘Bizbot’ services used by more than 1.1 million businesses. KCD aims to resolve issues a business owner faces from the beginning to end of his business life.To this end, KCD will expand its business areas to include B2B commerce to B2C payment area.
  • PharmCADD — Uses AI-based protein structure prediction algorithms, MD simulation, and Quantum calculation to enable faster drug design.
Hanwha Investment Corp VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea
Hanwha Investment Trust Management is an asset manager applying advanced Hanwha Venture Capital was established in 2000 to nurture startup small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with promising business models and advanced technology but lack capital and management capabilities. The comprehensive support packages include capital, managementexpertise and technology that cover from establishment through initial public offering. In addition, the firm plays a leading role in the Korean venture capital industry. The company utilizes various domestic and overseas networks to secure advanced investment methods and gather information on cutting-edge technologies that will drive the future. Hanwha Venture Capital invests for future value and serves as a trustworthy partner for invested companies, creating venture investment funds that provide stable financing sources and making investment decisions after careful study. The firm also acts as a trusted asset manager for limited partners of the investment funds and helps to strengthen the competitive edge of domestic SMEs.
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Investment focus
  • Hardware, Software, Data and Analytics
  • Series A, Funding Round, Series B
  • South Korea, United States, Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • WELT — From Wristworn to Waistworn: WELT, the Smart Belt for Fashion & HealthcareWELT is a 'Smart Fashion Belt' that manages users’ wellness.We encourage users to embrace healthy habits while keeping in style. We promise to help the wearer better track food intake, keep tabs on the activity level, and manage weight.To dothis, WELT keeps check on the overall health by measuring(1)Waist size, (2)Steps, (3)Sitting time, and (4)Overeating habits.To help users avoid metabolic risks factors, custom messages tomanage these risks are given through the app via BLE.Also, its elegant design makes it look just like a regular, leather belt.Battery is rechargeable, and can stand up to more than 7 days.
  • StradVision — Vision AI for all
  • Element AI — Fundamental and applied research transformed into AI products for your enterprise needs.
Fast Track Asia VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea
They're Company Builder, Company Building Company.Fast Track Asia (http://www.fast-track.asia) is Company Builder, start-up holding company. They're backed by Daniel Shin (Founder & CEO of Ticketmonster, acquired by Groupon for $300M), Chester Roh (Founder & CSO of 5rocks, acquired by Tapjoy for $40M, Angel Investor ofTicketmonster, Serial Entrepreneur, ex-Googler), Stonebridge Capital (Korea-based Venture Capital, Investor of Ticketmonster), Insight Venture Partners (US-based Venture Capital & Private Equity Firm, Investor of Ticketmonster), Hur Min (Founder of Wemakeprice, ex-Founder of Neople, acquired by Nexon for $400M) and a lot of local serial entrepreneurs
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Investment focus
  • Software, Apps, Mobile
  • Seed, Funding Round, Pre-Seed
  • South Korea, Japan, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • Neosapience — Find the best online voice over for your scripts from over 100 text to speech AI voice actors.
  • H2O Hospitality — H2O Hospitality is the largest vacation rental management company in Japan and Korea. H2O manages accommodation facilities without any on-site human resources by automating all the operational flows through the property management system (“PMS”) H2O developed that links and manages calendars between the guests, rooms, and housekeepers. This allowssignificant decrease in fixed cost of the operational expenses, increasing the yield of the facility.
  • WaHome — WaHome is a home cleaning service matching platform. It connects cleaners to clients across Seoul. Moreover, WaHome provides safe and trustworthy helpers who have completed cleaning training. The company was founded in 2015.
KT investment Inc. VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 7 investments in the past 12 months
kt investment is a new technology business finance company established in 2015. It is an investment company that represents KT Group .kt investment seeks to contribute to social contribution and maximize investment return through win-win cooperation with promising SMEs and venture companies .kt investment seeks to achieve long-term returns bylooking at the market from a global perspective and looking for value investment opportunities in the long term.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Data and Analytics, Science/Engineering
  • Series B, Series A, Seed
  • South Korea, United States, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • Superb AI — Automate data preparation, label and manage images and videos, and find annotation services with one training data platform. Fast, precise, and easy to use.
  • Rebellions.ai — AI chip architects are often inattentive to advanced deep learning features and requirements because they believe software stacks between their silicon and algorithms can provide effective abstract layers. We disagree. We do not think such naively designed chips can efficiently utilize expensive custom silicon resources. The more native hardwaresupports are enabled, the higher performance is achieved.Rebellions Inc is building genuine AI accelerators by bi-directionally bridging the gap between underlying silicon architectures and deep learning algorithms. We push algorithm boundaries to better exploit silicon budgets, while re-architecting AI processors to incorporate sophisticated deep learning features through silicon-dedicated DL kernels.Our goal is to deliver a domain-specific AI processor along with its optimized software. This approach, together with our unique decentralized programming model, will enable customers to arm with the most powerful yet energy-efficient AI hardware as well as seamless integration.
  • Adriel — Adriel provides the necessary tools to handle complex campaigns and reach your advertising goals. Drive results at maximum efficiency with a centralized dashboard.
Shinhan Financial Group VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 3 investments in the past 12 months
Shinhan Bank, is a bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Commerce/Shopping, Science/Engineering
  • Series A, Series C, Series F
  • South Korea, Indonesia, Singapore
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  • BlockOdyssey — BlockOdyssey is a tech start-up that provides 'blockchain-based B2B solutions'.Currently, the main solution is supplying 'blockchain-based anti-counterfeiting solution', and logistics & distribution history management is in progress with blockchain. It has received investment from Asia's largest cosmetic company, andis conducting business with French pharmaceutical companies.
  • ABLY Corporation — ABLY Corporation is a fashion platform and application.
  • Carro — Carro is an online used car marketplace that offers a wide range of services for buying a car.
TheVentures VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea
TheVentures provides their portfolio companies access to on staff world class experts in recruiting, PR, marketing, early stage customer acquisition, raising money, and strategy. They even provide engineering and design support, co-building products with the founding team, while assiting in hiring those difficult to recruit early engineers.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Internet, Financial
  • Seed, Series A, Pre-Seed
  • South Korea, Vietnam, United States
Portfolio highlights
  • TravClan — TravClan empowers travel agents and new age travel entrepreneurs to generate more business online by enabling businesses to build and grow their digital presence and earn more profit by booking flights, hotels, holidays with suppliers across the world at best B2B prices on its platform. TravClan’s vision is to empower SMBs in travel across theworld to grow their business. It aims to bring on board over 10 million SMBs and enable a GMV of over $10 billion by 2025 on its platform.
  • Wholesum Brands — Our mission is to transform the ecommerce entrepreneur journey by discovering their brands and inspiring innovative teams who re-think brand expansion and scaling strategies to elevate independent local products into global brands.
  • Onnow — Backed by Impact Collective, Onnow is a a tech-enabled and impact-driven internet restaurant platform that utilizes mobile and web platforms to help existing SME restaurants drive additional revenues and improve bottom-line.
TS Investment VC Fund · Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates · 2 investments in the past 12 months
TS Investment is an Investment firm specializing in engineering, real estate, and food and beverage through various group companies. They identifying, analyzing, and developing real opportunities across multiple disciplines. The firm aims to become a top tier diversified holding company offering its subsidiaries the necessary financial,operational, and managerial support to ensure each transcends its customer’s expectations, meets its employees' contentment, and exceeds its responsibilities to its stakeholders.
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Investment focus
  • Other, Payments, Software
  • Series A
  • South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • OpenPlan — OpenPlan develops an online platform that offers mini insurance packages. It offers insurance premiums for various types of daily activity. OpenPlan was founded in 2019 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.
  • Deargen — DEARGEN advances the treatment of rare and intractable diseases through the integration of AI and collective intelligence.
  • Amyloid Solution — Amyloid Solution is a developer of therapy intended to overcome Alzheimer by developing modifying treatments. The company focuses on pathophysiological events related to disease progression and its underlying mechanism to find novel therapeutics, enabling clients with the best solution for Alzheimer disease.
Seoul Business Agency(SBA)
Seoul Business Agency (서울산업통상진흥원) is a Koran startup providing support services for small businesses to increase their efficiency and foster a stable business. The company provides support in the areas of technology, management, human resources, and more.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Data and Analytics, Financial
  • Seed, Pre-Seed, Series A
Pearl Abyss Capital
Korea-based investment firm, Investment arm of Pearl Abyss
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Investment focus
  • Software, IT, Hardware
  • Series A, Seed, Series B
Korea Technology Finance Corporation
Korea Technology Finance Corporation is a South Korea-based fund for small and medium enterprises.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Health Care, Other
  • Series A, Pre-Seed
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