South Korea is the first country to commercially launch 5G networks. This allows South Korean start-ups upper hand in 5G-based ventures. Mobile technologies, AI and Blockchain are main areas that could benefit from this head start
Having a strong technologic background and a tech-savvy consumer base South Korean start-up investments topped $3 billion in 2018.
South Korea has a versatile Venture Capital market with POSCO Venture Capital, Korea Investment Markets, Altos Venture and Stonebridge Ventures among others. South Korean government also created a venture fund of $3 billion in 2015 and pledged a further $9 billion in 2017. SK Telecom is also another major investor in tech start-ups
Seoul is the major hub both for venture capital funds, angel investors and naturally for entrepreneurs. It is home for 6 unicorns namely Coupang, Bluehole, Yello Mobile, Woowa Brothers, L&P Cosmetics and Viva Republica with a total market value of $23.5 billion.
Primary investor industry investment focus. But that doesn’t mean that the investor won’t invest in any other segments. Though usually it is better to choose funds that invest in your project segment.
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Aju IB Investment
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