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Hello Nature, the Amazon Fresh of Korea wins $2.1m investment from GS Home Shopping and Mirae Assets
511일 전

Hello Nature, an online fresh produce platform connects producers directly with their consumers. On the 30th December, the company revealed that a ‘Series B’ investment amount of US$2.1m (KRW 2.5b) was confirmed from GS Home Shopping and Fast Track Asia. This is the second successful investment into Hello Nature following last year’s investment of US$1.6m (KRW 1.9b) by Softbank Ventures and Mirae Assets. The investment was made possible following the rapid growth…

Dining Code a Korean restaurant recommendation startup secures $1.7m investment
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Dining Code a Korean startup providing restaurant recommendation services has secured US$1.7m (KRW 2b) investment from Posco Technical Investment, ID Ventures, Seoul Investment Partners, HBIC and Magellan Technical Investment. The company had also received a seed investment amount of US$170k (KRW 200m) from K Cube Ventures in July 2014. Dining Code sources reliable restaurant data from tens of thousands of different blogs. The information used by the platform removes biases of personal…

Korean startup Buzzvil receives $11.2m Series B investment for mobile lock screen advertising platform
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23 December – Buzzvil a startup based in Seoul Korea and the creators of a mobile lockscreen advertising platform have received a series B investment of US$11.2m (KRW 13b). The investment comes from five (5) separate investors comprised of LB investment, KTB network, POSCO Ventures, Company K Partners, and ES Investment. This is the second investments for Buzzvil after their US$3.4m (KRW4b) investment from Softbank Investment two (2) years ago in December…

5 Fintech Startups to watch in Korea.
517일 전

Huge institutions, archaic systems and lots of money at stake. These are the conditions that have brought tech entrepreneurs to the wildly exciting and growing arena of financial tech.Both venture capitalists and Wall Street are rushing into the space, investing $10.5 billion in fintech startups during the first nine months of 2015, up from $3.9 billion in the same period last year. and For Korea, If the government were willing to lower barriers…

Daliworks Raises $2M from Strategic Investor

Daliworks, an unique IoT platform service provider in Korea, announced an investment of US$ 2 million from Strategic investor. Strategic investor has made this investment to Daliworks for its exponential growth in IoT cloud platform, ThingPlus(Thing+), and will expand its IoT market with differentiated product portfolio and competitiveness. Daliworks IoT platform will expand its business to global market by providing SaaS based IoT platform and ready to use and customer friendly service….

Goldman Sachs invests US$33m into Korean real estate app startup ZigBang
526일 전

Goldman Sachs, the global leader in investment banking is joining the list of foreign investors interested in Korean Startup. Goldman Sachs have invested a total of US$33m (KRW 38b) in ZigBang the leading real estate mobile application in Korea with a 70% market dominance. Following their launch in 2010, ZigBang secured a US$23m (KRW 27b) investment lead by Blue Run Ventures. This latest investment from Goldman Sachs will be used to towards…

Korean IoT Startup, Encored secures $10m investment for Energy monitoring IoT from Soros Fund
528일 전

Encored Technology has secured a US$10m (KRW 1.17b) investment from QSP which is run by Soros Fund Management. The company is a specialist in Internet of Things (IoT) and big data analysis with a particular focus on technology that assists in energy conservation. Encored Technology will utilize the investments towards developing their market presence in USA and Japan. A key factor for QSP in this investment was Encored Energy’s big data technology…

Korean accommodation O2O startup wins investment of $US11m for GoodChoice
533일 전

Withweb launched Withinnovation as a separate subsidiary in order to focus on the accommodation business. This strategic move seems to have worked given the company revealed on the 8th December that it had secured an investment of US$11m (KRW 13b) from Korea Investment Partners and Mirae Asset Venture investment. In April last year, Withinnovation began servicing the Korean motels with their O2O platform, GoodChoice (Korean ‘Yeo-Gi-O-Dae’ meaning ‘How is this place?’). In total,…

Nthing a Korean agriculture IoT startup receives investment from Korea Development Bank
537일 전

Nthing, a developer of Agriculture IoT (Internet of Things) that connects Plants to People has recently secured investment of US$1.7m (KRW 2b) from KDB Bank (Korea Development Bank). The aim for Nthing seems to be to connect all things ranging from ‘things to things’, ‘things to people’, and ‘people to people’. Their ‘plant to people’ connection solution is named Planty. Planty is a neat pot for plants that is just 170mm high…

K Cube Venture invests into Korean mobile game developer Affinity

2nd December 2015 – K Cube Ventures, investment specialists in mobile, internet and technology have invested US$690k (KRW 800m) into mobile game developer Affinity. Affinity is the developer of mobile game Historia. The Affinity team were specially brought together by Song In Su, the previous director of Joy City, who sought to bring individuals with success in creating popular games. The key team members have an impressive combined experience in creating popular…

Collaboration tool ‘collabee’ receives investment from Mega Investment and Venture Square

Collaboration tool startup ‘collabee’ announces that it has received pre-Series A investment led by Mega Investment and joined by Venture Square.  The undisclosed investment was finalised in November, 2015.  This is their second investment after their initial seed investment from Mashup Angels in May. Collabee aims to disrupt the current market that’s come to be so largely populated by messenger (eg., Slack) and task (eg., Asana) based collaboration tools. Collabee utilises the…

Social Network, specialists in Korean trend contents secures investment to back its China strategy

Social Network, a specialist platform servicing Korean trends (wave) has secured an investment of US$4.3m (KRW 5b) from Korea Investment Partners, Mirae Asset Investment, POSCO technical investment and Intellectual Ventures. In 2012, Social Network secured their early stage investment of the same amount from Travel Doctor, Shinhan Bank and Hong Kong’s Evo Revo. The total amount for investment is now close to US$9m (KRW 10b). Productions from Social Network includes; Sketchup, the top…

Mr Pic secure further investment for used car O2O platform ChutCha

Mr Pic the operator of used car O2O (online to offline) service ‘ChutCha’ has secured an investment of US$1.3 (KRW 1.5b) from KDB Industry Bank. This investment follows MrPic’s success in July after securing US$1.3m (KRW 1.5b) three way investment from East Gate Partners, DSC Investment and Song Hyun Investment. This brings the yearly investment total to US$2.6m (KRW 3b). Mr Pic, debuted ‘ChutCha’ in January 2015 and has amassed more than 300…

Wearable health device, Zikto receives investment from IBK Capital and SBA

Zitko, a Korean health care wearable device startup has received US$1m (KRW1.2b) investment from IBK Capital and SBA (Seoul Business Agency). This investment follows a recent investment from ‘The Creation Investment’ to bring total for recent investments to US$1.7m (KRW 2b). Zikto is a healthcare product that monitors walking steps and corrects body posture. After releasing their ‘Zikto Walk’ on the 5th of October, the company has received praise for the product’s design…

Korean beauty service provider B2Link wins investment from China’s DT Capital
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Chinese Venture Capital (德同资本)company, DT Capital have followed other VCs in the recent trend for Korean beauty products, with an investments into B2Link. This is the fourth investment into the company following investments from DSC Investment in September last year and January this year and an investment from another Chinese company, KTM Network in September. DT Capital have an impressive investment portfolio in over 200 global companies. Since being recognized by Forbes as…

Baemin Fresh acquires Korea’s leading traditional side dish delivery service
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Baemin Fresh, a service dedicated to delivering the freshest food products has acquired ‘The Food’, Korea’s leading traditional side dish delivery service. Following the acquisition, the company announced that it will commence services in household convenience goods as of 23rd November. The Food commenced started in 2005 and since launching the traditional Korean side dish shopping mall has become the leader in this service. To date the company has fulfilled over 700…

Vanity Trove of Singpore acquires Padang, mobile Korean beauty information app

On the 23rd November, the acquisition of Padang, a service providing mobile beauty information in Korea (operated by Gentle Family) acquired by Vanity Trove of Singapore, a startup specializing in beauty related information and operation of contents community. Padang was founded by four members with the aim of providing information of beauty shops in Seoul including any promotions, appointments, location, additional information, and customer reviews. Since starting in April 2015, the company had…

SK and Brookside Capital invest $56m into Socar, Korea’s leading car sharing service
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Korea’s top car-sharing app maker ‘Socar’ has successfully secured a series B investment from SK and Brookside Capital part of Bain Capital for an amount of US$56m (KRW 65b). In October 2014, Socar secured a Series A investment of US$15.5m (KRW 18b) which was used to secured the required vehicle and parking infrastructure which in turn paved the way for growth and offering of new services. As a result of this earlier investment, Socar…

NICE group acquires Birdview the operator of Hwahae, the largest cosmetic app in Korea
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On the 20th November, Birdview, the company behind ‘Hwahae’ Korea’s most popular mobile cosmetics app, revealed that it had been successfully acquired by the NICE group. Hwahae (Cosmetic Analyst) allows its users to easily recognize chemical and active constituents contained within each cosmetic product. The review of each cosmetic product is sorted by the skin type relevant to the user. Since its debut in July 2013, Hwahae has amassed more than 1.5…

Additional US$4.3m investment for tailored men’s fashion O2O startup ‘Stripes’

Stripes, an O2O startup offering tailored men’s fashion has secured additional investment US$4.3m. On the 2nd November, the company, determined to become a comprehensive brand for men’s fashion launched its first oversea branch in Singapore. Lee Seung Jun from the company commented, “After studying the Asian market, we determined a high consumer preference towards Korean products”. The company plans on further oversea launches following the acquisition of ‘Dream Factory’ a manufacturer of luxury…