This article showcases our top picks for the best South Korea based Venture Capital companies. These startups and companies are taking a variety of approaches to innovating the Venture Capital industry, but are all exceptional startups and companies well worth a follow.
We tried to pick companies across the size spectrum from cutting edge startups to established brands.
We selected these startups for exceptional performance in one of these categories:
- Innovative ideas
- Innovative route to market
- Innovative product
- Exceptional growth
- Exceptional growth strategy
- Societal impact
Top South Korea Venture Capital Companies
Primer (프라이머) is a startup accelerator that the partners are all entrepreneurs based in Korea. The company started Jan 2010.
The company forms groups called “PrimerClub Members” by selecting potential entrepreneurs, invest seed fund and provides them with mentoring and other support services to help ensure successful outcomes in their new ventures.. .
TESSA is an alternative investment platform for the purchase, sale and trade of fractionalized ownership interests in investment-grade blue-chip artwork (such as Warhol, Picasso, Kusama, Basquiat, etc.) with the accessibility and liquidity of public markets. The platform enables white-listed “micro-collectors” to co-own fractional ownership interests in curated blue-chip artwork represented in digital form on a public blockchain.
TESSA manages all maintenance and administrative services relating to the artwork which is publicly promoted and displayed to enhance its value and broaden its exposure to the art-viewing public.. .
NEOPLY, a Seoul-based startup accelerator, is focused on investing in South Korean startups. NEOPLY provides mentoring, angel-funding and workspace for startups .
NEOPLY has incubated more than 40 startups since 2008. NEOPLY’s first exit was with SundayToz, set to be listed on the KOSDAQ in 2013..
TBT is an Adventure Capital. We are more than your average VC investor; we are always up for an adventure.
Investment means more than just transfer of capital for us. We want to be a discussion partner that discovers possibilities beyond risk and aligns growth with progress.
We want to share decades of industry knowledge and experience in internet and mobile services to build services and products that can make the world a better place.. .
SBI Investment Korea
SBI Investment Co., Ltd. has established itself as a true partner of the Republic of Korea venture business development in the past 28 years as a venture capital concept introduced first in Korea in 1986 was even unfamiliar concept of ‘venture’.
SBI Investment Co., Ltd. is a direct excavation domestic / other promising ventures investment as well as domestic / external funding attracted through cooperation with institutional investors and technology, marketing, public offering (IPO), the law, adhere to the role which has been providing comprehensive services such as Value-up tax..
AirPlug, a privately held venture company backed by Silicon Valley venture capitals, focuses on addressing key pain points in today’s mobile networks, offering not only the best streaming experience for the end user but potential monetization opportunities for MNO and OTT as well. AirPlug’s Multiple Access Optimization (MAO) technology tightly integrates Wi-Fi and Cellular to improve dynamic network utilization, efficiency and quality.
Another feature, Blended Boosting, allows simultaneous blending of both Wi-Fi /Cellular Heterogeneous networks based on provider’s policy, resulting in the highest quality streaming media experience anywhere.. .
YellowDog invest in innovative ideas that will eventually impact life. They focus on early-stage startups that have great potential to create social values.
They build bridge between capital market and impact maker. They invest in business where the impact model and the business model are linked together..
SAMYANG CHEMICAL GROUP
Samyang Chemical Group Where based in Seoul, Korea. Since the establishment in 1975, Samyang Chemical has been succeeding in variety of Industries including Chemical, Distribution, Steel, IT and etc.
Through the constant success, Samyang Chemical has become the Global Leading Company with numbers of Affiliates. As a CVC, we also could provide our network around the world, China and America especially.
you may check our 10 branch and client network on our website (www.samyangchem.co.kr/eng) – we have a global business partners like BASF, Hyundai, LG Electronics etc. We are looking for startups which have potential in our new business category, Even we are chemical based company though, quite open to any industries..
M-Venture Investment Inc. is a venture capital firm specializing in investments in small and medium companies in startup stage.
The firm seeks investments in information and technology, high-tech materials, energy and ship-building, cultural contents focusing on the performing arts, video and audio materials and games, manufacturing, electronic components, telecommunications equipment, electricity, machinery, food and beverage, distribution, metal and non-metal, entertainment, and information communication sectors. It considers investments in South Korea with a focus in Gwang-ju, Taiwan, and China.
The firm also provides financial accounting, operation and management, technical support, initial public offering, strategy assessment, and overall consulting services. M-Venture Investment Inc.
was founded in 1999 and is based in Seoul, South Korea.. .
Kaist Venture Investment Holdings
Kaist Venture Investment Holdings is a startup company that invests in startups that solve social problems through innovative technologies. They invest in businesses that maximize synergy by pursuing both social and financial values at the same time.
It focuses on five sectors including health, environment, education, elimination of inequality, and social infrastructure. Kaist Venture Investment Holdings was founded on October 31, 2014, and is headquartered in Seoul, South Korea..
Ilshin Investment is a venture capital firm producing cotton yarn for small and medium enterprise establishments act. The firm has invested in numerous companies within IT manufacturing, IT service, electronic components, and biotechnology, enduring through various venture capital cycles.
It also invested in the consumer retail sector and achieved strong returns by utilizing advanced management techniques. Additionally, through many innovative investments in film, music, television, performing arts and other entertainment sectors, Ilshin has contributed significantly to the growth of the cultural industry in Korea.
The firm has provided its portfolio companies with hands-on added value to be able to contribute to the long-term sustainability of their businesses. Ilshin Investment was founded in 1990 and is based in Seoul, South Korea..
Specialised in blockchain based assets and projects. Cryptocurrency business consulting & advising.
Our services cover OTC, Alt – Block trade, Liquidity provision, Marketing & PR and Listing on exchanges. Providing turnkey solution for ICO companies and other institutions..
KoreaVC provides services in venture consulting, investment and funding, financial advisory, internet business consulting, tax and accounting, and KOSDAQ IPO. KoreaVC helps their clients to understand the regulations and procedures to get a certificate for ‘Venture Corporation’.
They also help their clients to understand the regulations and procedures to get a certificate for Certified Research Center. KoreaVC was established in 1995 for the purpose of helping those companies in trouble and is always willing to cooperate with all the business success..
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