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Carpool App Poolus to Share 10 pct of Profits with Users

Carpool App Poolus to Share 10 pct of Profits with Users

SEOUL, Nov. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Poolus, a new carpool startup, has announced a plan to share its profits with its customers. According to the plan, Poolus will distribute “pool points” to users of its service, which can either be cashed in or exchanged for shares in the company. In addition, AI technology will be [...]

Samsung to Lend Hand in Fostering 500 Startups

Samsung to Lend Hand in Fostering 500 Startups

SEOUL, Oct. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Wednesday it will support 500 startups over the next five years in response to the government’s call to bolster the national economy and create more jobs. The project comes as a follow-up of Samsung Electronics’ announcement made in August, when it vowed to invest a [...]

Hyundai Motor Invests in U.S. Neuroscience Startup

Hyundai Motor Invests in U.S. Neuroscience Startup

SEOUL, Oct. 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Hyundai Motor Co., South Korea’s largest carmaker by sales, said Wednesday it has invested in a U.S. neuroscience startup in a move to develop automated vehicles. The strategic investment in Perceptive Automata aims to allow Hyundai Motor to secure artificial intelligence-related technologies which could be utilized in the fields [...]

S. Korean Startup Launches Beta Version of Ride-hailing Service

S. Korean Startup Launches Beta Version of Ride-hailing Service

SEOUL, Oct. 8 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean mobility startup VCNC said Monday it has launched a new ride-hailing service in Seoul and an adjacent city with 11-seat vans in a move to get around a local transportation law. VCNC said hundreds of its passenger vans offer a service called Tada in Seoul and Incheon, [...]

SparkLabs Engages with Argon Group to Launch the First Startup Accelerator Security Token Offering

SparkLabs Engages with Argon Group to Launch the First Startup Accelerator Security Token Offering

PALO ALTO, Calif., May 11 (Korea Bizwire) — SparkLabs Group, which has the largest accelerator network in Asia and operates global venture capital funds, has engaged with Argon Group, a leading digital finance advisory firm, to launch the first startup accelerator security token offering through their Smart City & Smart Planet Fund (sparklabs.tokenhub.com). The SparkLabs [...]

Crowdfunding in S. Korea in 2017 Jumps About 60 pct

Crowdfunding in S. Korea in 2017 Jumps About 60 pct

SEOUL, Jan. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — The amount of crowdfunding in South Korea soared about 60 percent last year, data showed Wednesday, signaling the platform grew as an effective financing option for startups. According to the data by the Financial Services Commission (FSC), 183 companies raised a combined 27.8 billion won (US$25.9 million) last year, [...]

Gov’t to Launch 2.6 tln-won Investment Fund for Startups This Year

Gov’t to Launch 2.6 tln-won Investment Fund for Startups This Year

SEJONG, Jan. 17 (Korea Bizwire) — The government will launch a 2.6 trillion-won (US$2.45 billion) investment fund for startups this year, the first portion of a proposed 10 trillion-won investment fund that is to be created by 2020, the finance ministry said Wednesday. Earlier, the government said it will allocate 30 trillion won over the [...]

Exports by Startups to Hit Record US$20 Billion This Year: KITA

Exports by Startups to Hit Record US$20 Billion This Year: KITA

SEOUL, Oct. 27 (Korea Bizwire) — Exports by South Korea’s venture startups will likely hit a record US$20 billion this year helped by surging shipments of instrumentation and control devices and semiconductor production equipment to China and Vietnam, industry data showed Friday. The amount reached $14.7 billion for the first nine months this year, up [...]

Bank Investment in Tech Startups Soars in H1

Bank Investment in Tech Startups Soars in H1

SEOUL, Sept. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean banks sharply scaled up their investment in tech startups in the first half of the year with their lending to the sector climbing solidly, the financial regulator said Thursday. Domestic lenders’ investment in low-credit startups with a high level of technology stood at some 1.2 trillion won [...]