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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 [...]

Crowdfunding in S. Korea Soars 29 pct This Year

Crowdfunding in S. Korea Soars 29 pct This Year

SEOUL, Aug. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — The amount of crowdfunding in South Korea shot up nearly 29 percent this year, data showed Friday, showing the platform growing as an effective financing option for startups. According to the data by the Korea Securities Depository, 106 companies raised a combined 14.2 billion won (US$12.6 million) from 5,826 [...]

Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix Create 200 Million Won Fund for Semiconductor Industry

Samsung Electronics, SK Hynix Create 200 Million Won Fund for Semiconductor Industry

SEOUL, Aug. 22 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korea Semiconductor Industry Association (KSIA) announced today that an investment forum specially devoted to the nurturing of startups and venture capital firms in the semiconductor industry will be launched in the near future. The purpose of the forum is to offer a variety of services such as management [...]