The Gyeonggi Center for Creative Economy and Innovation (CEO Kim Won-kyung, hereinafter referred to as “Gyeonggi CCEI”) held the ‘Startup 815 Joint IR’ and ‘CVC IR’ on Thursday, May 25 at Pangyo Startup Zone.
‘Startup 815 IR’ is an Investor Relations program held every Thursday at Pangyo Startup Zone in Sujeong-gu, Seongnam-si. It is hosted by the Gyeonggi CCEI, and the event operates the Pangyo Startup Zone, matching investors with startup companies that want to attract investment. The program is divided into two tracsks, investment stage and industry classification of the companies.
On Thursday of Week 4, the 12th Startup 815 Joint IR (hereinafter referred to as ‘Joint IR’) was held in the morning and the Startup 815 IR-CVC (hereinafter referred to as ‘CVC IR’) was held in the afternoon.
The joint IR is a program in which the Gyeonggi CCEI and related organizations jointly discover startups each in the developing stage (NEXT) and seed stage (SEED) and match the companies with investors. The event was co-hosted by the Gyeonggi CCEI and the Korea Early Stage Investor Association (hereinafter referred to as ‘KESIA’), and eight excellent startup companies and 10 investors selected from the D.N.A (Data, Network, AI) field participated.
The SEED track, run by the KESIA, featured four companies: ▲Vizwave (drone-mounted ultrasonic sensor for gas leak detection for long-distance pipelines), ▲Linkerverse (personalized health and nutrition management service based on AI nail analysis), ▲Kindsoft (blockchain-based PC security solution with multi-factor authentication), and ▲Qoderobotics (home AI entertainment social robot).
During the NEXT track operated by the Gyeonggi CCEI, ▲Watt (industrial AR smart glass solution), ▲Mobilio (AI-based autonomous driving robot service), ▲Golden Bridge (AI-enabled food material distribution and food service platform ‘Moadam’), and ▲Dabida (ICT convergence intelligent live video platform) held their IRs.
The CVC IR, held in the afternoon, was a private investment matching event between startups discovered by the Gyeonggi CCEI and large and medium-sized CVCs.
It was a program for startups to explore opportunities for rapid growth, financing, and market and PoC, and for major companies to invest from the SI and FI perspective and discover future new businesses. The first round of the program, held last month, received an enthusiastic response from the participating CVCs, and this time, excellent startups worthy of the investors’ attention were introduced to them.
Three participating companies, ▲ASLEEP (AI sleep coaching solution), ▲Gomi Corporation (all-in-one global commerce solution), and ▲Townz (neighborhood car-sharing platform ‘Towncar’) gave presentations and attracted the attention of investors.
Ten large and medium-sized CVCs (Danal Investment Partners, LF Investment, Shinhan Venture Investment, Prologue Ventures, Plan H Ventures, Woori Venture Partners, Hankook Tire, NH Investment & Securities, POSCO Technology Investment, and Kiwoom Investment) participated in this round.
Through these regular IR events, the Gyeonggi CCEI tries to activate the investment ecosystem and supports the establishment of customized investor networks by each sector and growth stage. Its goal is to promote the stable growth of startup companies and create a space for investment opportunities.
An official from the Gyeonggi CCEI said, “We look forward to strengthening the network between startups and CVCs, and creating opportunities for mutual win-win by setting the index of follow-up meetups, proof of concept (PoC), investments, and commercialization as one of KPIs.”
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