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Venture Capitalists Flock to Early-stage Startups Despite Higher Risk Burden

Venture Capitalists Flock to Early-stage Startups Despite Higher Risk Burden

SEOUL, Nov. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Large companies and venture capitalists are aggressively investing in and exploring initial-stage startups that have relatively high risk of failure, as part of efforts to acquire stakes in such startups through ‘seed investment’ before their market value is pushed up. Local venture capital firm TBT Partners has invested about [...]

S. Korea to Improve Venture Capital Fund Governance to Boost Influx of Foreign Capital

S. Korea to Improve Venture Capital Fund Governance to Boost Influx of Foreign Capital

SEOUL, Oct. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea said Wednesday that it will improve the venture capital fund governance system towards allowing venture capital firms to establish subsidiaries specializing in fund operation and management. This move is part of efforts to boost the influx of foreign capital by introducing a Silicon Valley-type venture fund governance [...]

Singapore-based Swingvy Draws US$7 Million from Samsung-led Investors

Singapore-based Swingvy Draws US$7 Million from Samsung-led Investors

SEOUL, May 3 (Korea Bizwire) — Swingvy, a Singapore-based human resource platform company, said Friday it has raised US$7 million from a group of investors led by South Korean tech giant Samsung’s venture capital investment arm. Swingvy said it has raised the investment in a Series A round of funding led by Samsung Venture Investment [...]

Geltor Announces Series A Funding from Cultivian Sandbox Ventures

Geltor Announces Series A Funding from Cultivian Sandbox Ventures

SAN LEANDRO, Calif. , Oct. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Geltor, the bio-design company behind Designer Collagen, today announced $18.2 million in Series A financing, led by Cultivian Sandbox Ventures. The round includes investment from GELITA, the leading global supplier of collagen proteins, and ADM Ventures, the venture investing arm of global food and feed ingredient [...]

Red Tape Makes South Korea Unattractive to Startups, Industry Report Says

Red Tape Makes South Korea Unattractive to Startups, Industry Report Says

SEOUL, Jul. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — More than half of the successful international startups would have failed in South Korea due to the country’s onerous regulations that many industry experts have said hinder new business opportunities, a new report claims. During ‘Startup Korea!’, a policy conference held by the Asan Nanum Foundation and Google’s Campus [...]