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Top 10 Sustainability VC Funds in South Korea

A list of 10 VC funds that invest in Sustainability startups based in South korea. We rank investors based on the number of investments they made in Sustainability companies from South korea. We update this investor list every month.

Top 10 Sustainability VC Funds in South Korea

Investor Sustainability South Korea investments
Hyundai Motor Company 3
Naver 1
IMO Ventures 1
Daesung Private Equity 1
Strong Ventures 1
SK Telecom 1
OJC 1
Korea Development Bank 1
LG Technology Ventures 1
Falcon Partners VC 1
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Hyundai Motor Company VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 2 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, Seed
  • 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).
Naver VC Fund · Seongnam, Kyonggi-do, South Korea · 6 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
  • Wallapop — Wallapop is a hyper-local mobile marketplace for buying and selling secondhand goods, primarily accessible via a mobile app. It uses a geo-localized technology that connects a community of 15 million users by offering an easy and convenient way to buy and sell items that are no longer used. The platform, which has found a second home for more than180 million items, provides people with access to unique goods at great prices while extending the life of fully functional products. Since its inception, Wallapop has been committed to continuous innovation in the online classifieds industry and second-hand market and aspires to use technology to contribute to sustainability. The company is backed by investors Korelya Capital, NAVER, Accel, Insight Venture Partners, 14W, and Northzone. It was founded in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain by Agustin Gomez, Miguel Vicente, and Gerard Olive in 2013.
  • 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.
IMO Ventures VC Fund · San Mateo, California, United States · 7 investments in the past 12 months
IMO Ventures is a privately held venture capital and seed investing company across China and the US.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Science/Engineering, AI
  • Seed, Series A, Angel
  • China, United States, Singapore
Portfolio highlights
  • NFTEye — NFTEye is an all-in-one platform that provides both deep analytics and professional trading suites. With NFTEye Analytics, customers can identify potential opportunities through hot mints, trending collections, bluechip index, and other valuable metrics & signals. NFTEye Trading Suites also provide services like real-time Sniper, SmartBidding, Smart Minting, etc., to help traders capture the potential opportunities. Our vision is to make NFT trading more intelligent for both professional and retail investors.
  • META Pharmaceuticals — META Pharmaceuticals is a cutting-edge drug development company specializing in autoimmune diseases.
  • BeyondTrucks — Vertical SaaS
Daesung Private Equity VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea
Daesung Private Equity is a Korean venture capital firm offering investment, corporation restructuring, and incubation services.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Mobile, Apps
  • Series A, Series B, Funding Round
  • South Korea, India
Portfolio highlights
  • Zamface — Zackdang Company, operator of beauty video app Zamface.
  • True Balance — Personal loan for Gig-economy worker (Uber, Zomato, Ola, Swiggy...etc) and Salary. Truebalance
  • MakinaRocks — Founded in December 2017, MakinaRocks is a startup specializing in industrial machine intelligence solutions. The company develops industrial AI solutions and a machine learning platform. MakinaRocks’s solutions mitigate the challenges of industries sites—optimizing production quality and process efficiency of the automotive, energy, semiconductor,and battery sectors. Built for ML engineers, MakinaRocks’s end-to-end ML platform covers integral machine learning and model development processes, enhancing while simplifying the transition to AI.
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
  • Unastella — Unastella operates its own launch vehicles to provide human space travel platform services.
  • Jubilee Media — Media company for positive, purpose-driven millennials.
  • Interior Teacher — Interior Teacher is solidifying its position as a premium home styling service.
SK Telecom VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 4 investments in the past 12 months
SK telecom is dedicated to developing advanced telecommunications technologies for the mobile lifestyle.In the rapidly changing global telecommunications market, SK Telecom has established a global eco-system by forming strategic alliances with Asia's leading information communications operators. In addition, they actively participate in avariety of international cooperation activities with overseas telecommunication institutions, as well as international organizations including the ITU, PTC and CDG, and more. Through such efforts, they continue to reinforce their global competency, and reach out to the world.
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Investment focus
  • Hardware, Software, Science/Engineering
  • Funding Round, Series C, Series A
  • South Korea, United States, China
Portfolio highlights
  • HAEGIN — HAEGIN is a game development company.
  • Neubility — Neubility innovates delivery industry with self-driving delivery robots and redefines how things are delivered within cities. Starting from one of the most densely populated cities in Asia, Neubility provides reliable and affordable robot delivery service with vision-based localization and self-driving technology. Founded in 2017, the company isbased on Seoul, where thousands of deliveries are completed every second.
  • Morph Interactive — Morph Interactive provides augmented reality, virtual reality and motion graphics services.
OJC VC Fund
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Investment focus
  • Manufacturing, Consumer Goods, Sustainability
  • Seed
  • South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • Green Whale Global — Green Whale Global is company based in Korea and Vietnam specializing in manufacturing bioplastic polymers. We offer an environmentally friendly alternative to petrolium based plastics to help reduce pollution.
Korea Development Bank VC Fund · Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea · 13 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
  • LBox Co., Ltd. — Information Technology & Services
  • Epikar — Innovative Digital Transformation.
  • Databank — Databank is an AI-based EdTech Startup that provides online test preparation services with instant scoring through TestGlider.
LG Technology Ventures VC Fund · Santa Clara, California, United States · 4 investments in the past 12 months
LG Technology Ventures is the venture capital investment arm of the LG Group. LG Technology Ventures was established in 2018, and its team consists of experienced investors, entrepreneurs, technologists, and industry domain experts. Currently, LG Technology Ventures is managing over $400 million of fund assets and invests in early-stage start-ups in artificial intelligence, mobility, advanced materials, life-sciences, next generation display, mobile, and 5G.
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Investment focus
  • Software, Hardware, Science/Engineering
  • Series A, Series B, Funding Round
  • United States, Israel, Canada
Portfolio highlights
  • Element Energy — Element Energy, a startup with technology that significantly improves the performance, lifetime, reliability and cost of large battery packs used in a wide range of applications including stationary and renewable energy storage and hybrid and electric vehicles.
  • AmazeVR — AmazeVR is a virtual concert platform for the highest quality VR content creation and mass distribution. We're providing an end-to-end solution for a radical new way to experience immersive music content with our proprietary technologies—from ultra-high-resolution custom cameras to cloud-based creation tools, to intuitive social interactionswith friends as avatars.As we vertically integrate distribution channels, artists will reach a broad audience with AmazeVR through offline distribution (Amaze Tour) complying the COVID-19 safety measures and online distribution (Amaze Music app and other media including YouTube, TikTok, and Twitch).AmazeVR was founded in 2015 by the founders and former executives of Kakao, a $27B market cap mobile platform company.
  • Jadu — Jadu is a mobile app that allows fans to perform alongside holograms of their favorite musicians and performers.
Falcon Partners VC VC Fund · Central, Hong Kong Island, Hong Kong
Falcon Partners is a leading private equity and venture capital investment firm licensed by the Securities and Futures Commission (SFC) headquartered in Hong Kong with offices in Shenzhen and Shanghai. Founded by former investors at institutions such as Warburg Pincus, Apax Partners, Capital Group, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan, Falcon partners withexceptional management teams to build enduring, category-defining businesses over the long-term by providing value-added capital and strategic support at all stages of the company’s development – from pre-seed to pre-IPO. Returns from our investments have reflected the success of this approach, with portfolio companies backed by Falcon at the pre-seed stage raising over US$500 million in follow on investments at unicorn valuations, and later-stage companies achieving rapid growth across Asia and attaining valuations well north of US$1 billion. Falcon primarily focuses on high impact innovation areas such as AI/machine learning, consumer, e-commerce, education, and pharma life-sciences in the China Greater Bay Area. See less
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Investment focus
  • Other, Sports, Transportation
  • Seed
  • South Korea
Portfolio highlights
  • GetLinks — GetLinks is a platform and ecosystem connecting tech talents to opportunities across Asia.
  • Gbike — Gbike is a mobility sharing startup in Korea, innovating green urban mobility in Korea where currently car-centric environment. Our service includes bike and scooter sharing with IT services specialized for Korean market with 50MM population.
  • KLOOK — Klook is a developer of travel activities and services booking platform designed to connect travelers with experiences. With Klook’s innovative technologies, travelers can book on-the-go and redeem the services by using QR code-enabled e-vouchers. Each day, Klook empowers countless travelers to indulge in their wanderlust and spontaneity throughover 100,000 offerings in more than 400 destinations.The company was founded in 2014 and is headquartered in Hong Kong.
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