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Top 58 Startups in Seoul in 2024

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1) Woowa Bros

Woowa Bros

WOOWA BROS is a Korean company that creates smartphone apps and advertising networks.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Bong Jin Kim
  • Industries: Advertising, Advertising Platforms, Mobile Apps, Software
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $482,788,028
  • Funding rounds: 11
  • Number of investors: 11 (Goldman Sachs, Sequoia Capital, Naver, GIC, Greenspring Associates)

You can find their website here.

2) Terra

Terra

Terra is a price-stable cryptocurrency aimed for a wide audience.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Daniel Shin, Do Kwon
  • Industries: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Financial Services
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $58,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 15
  • Number of investors: 26 (Polychain, Galaxy Digital, Pantera Capital, HOF Capital, Hashed)

You can find their website here.

3) Riiid

Riiid

Riiid is an AI Tutor solution provider that uses cutting-edge AI technology to provide creative disruption to the education market.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Jaewe Heo, Young-Jun Jang
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, EdTech, Machine Learning, Tutoring
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $248,097,459
  • Funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 14 (SoftBank Vision Fund, Premier Partners, IMM Investment, Korea Development Bank, DSC Investment)

You can find their website here.

4) Toss

Toss

Toss is a mobile finance platform founded in Korea.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Seunggun Lee
  • Industries: Financial Services, FinTech, Mobile Apps, Mobile Payments, Personal Finance
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $434,200,000
  • Funding rounds: 9
  • Number of investors: 19 (Ribbit Capital, FJ Labs, Sequoia Capital China, GIC, Lerer Hippeau)

You can find their website here.

5) MX Player

MX Player

MX Player is working on a video player that will feature sophisticated hardware acceleration and subtitles.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2011
  • Industries: Apps, Digital Media, Video, Video Streaming
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $110,800,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 2 (Tencent, Times Internet)

You can find their website here.

6) Dot Inc.

Dot Inc.

Dot is a leader in smart technology for the blind and deafblind, allowing people to live more independently.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Eric Kim, Eric Kim, Ki Seong, Ki Seong, Mason Joo
  • Industries: Assistive Technology, Communications Infrastructure, Consumer Electronics, Hardware, Health Care, Information Technology, Smart Cities, Wearables
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $12,973,192
  • Funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 11 (Techstars, Hana Financial Investment, Techstars Dubai, Korea Development Bank, WeWork Creator Fund)

You can find their website here.

7) Tridge

Tridge

Global buyers and suppliers are connected through a digital platform that blends technology and human networks.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Hoshik Shin, Minjong Chung
  • Industries: Agriculture, Big Data, Trading Platform
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $16,500,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 3 (Softbank Ventures Asia, Activant Capital, Forest Partners)

You can find their website here.

8) Bithumb

Bithumb

Bithumb is a cryptocurrency exchange platform established in South Korea.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Javier Sim
  • Industries: Cryptocurrency, Finance, Financial Services
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $200,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1 (ST Blockchain Fund)

You can find their website here.

9) Market Kurly

Market Kurly

Market Kurly is a food delivery and logistics company that allows users to place online orders for food.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Sophie Kim
  • Industries: Food and Beverage, Online Portals
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $282,040,407
  • Funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 10 (DST Global, Sequoia Capital, Sequoia Capital China, G Squared, Hillhouse Capital Group)

You can find their website here.

10) CLO Virtual Fashion

CLO Virtual Fashion

CLO Virtual Fashion creates lifelike 3D garment simulation technology for the fashion, film, and gaming sectors.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2009
  • Founders: Jaden Oh, JH Boo
  • Industries: 3D Technology, Augmented Reality, E-Commerce, Enterprise Software, Fashion, Film Production, Retail Technology, Software, Virtual Reality
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: ₩6,000,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 4 (Mirae Asset Venture Investment, Atinum Investment, Stonebridge Capital, KDB Capital)

You can find their website here.

11) Rezi

Rezi

Resume Builder with Artificial Intelligence

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Jacob Jacquet, William Meger
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Employment, Software
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding: ₩193,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 4 (K-Startup Grand Challenge, Lotte Accelerator, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Seoul Global Startup Center)

You can find their website here.

12) Lunit

Lunit

Using AI-powered imaging biomarkers to defeat cancer

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Anthony Paek, Donggeun Yoo, Jungin Lee, Kyunghyun Paeng, Minhong Jang, Sunggyun Park
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Health Diagnostics, Image Recognition, Machine Learning, Medical Device, Software
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $46,478,911
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 10 (Legend Capital, Softbank Ventures Asia, Mirae Asset Venture Investment, Formation 8, Kakao Ventures)

You can find their website here.

13) Between

Between

Between offers emotional communication tools to improve both online and offline interactions.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Brad Kim, JungHaeng Lee, KJ Woo, Lako Cho
  • Industries: Mobile, SNS, Software
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $10,494,514
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 6 (500 Startups, Softbank Ventures Asia, DeNA, KTB Network, Stonebridge Capital)

You can find their website here.

14) Bespin Global

Bespin Global

Bespin Global offers hybrid cloud consultation, migration, managed services, and solutions.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Hanjoo Lee, John Hanjoo Lee, Lee Han-ju
  • Industries: Big Data, Cloud Data Services, Cloud Management, Enterprise Software, Information Technology
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $193,483,185
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 8 (Altos Ventures, Legend Capital, SK Telecom, Abu Dhabi Investment Office (ADIO), Premier Partners)

You can find their website here.

15) TMON

TMON

TMON (Ticket Monster) is one of Korea's most well-known e-commerce enterprises.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Christopher Cynn, Daniel Shin, Kihyun Kwon, Tommy Donghyun Kim
  • Industries: E-Commerce, Information Technology, Mobile
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding: $801,931,601
  • Funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 10 (Insight Partners, Greenspring Associates, Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts, Pavilion Capital)

You can find their website here.

16) Yanolja

Yanolja

The No. 1 OTA in South Korea and Asia's fastest-growing travel startup

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2005
  • Founders: Lee Sujin
  • Industries: Hotel, Information Technology, Leisure, Travel, Travel Accommodations
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding: $248,500,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 4 (GIC, Booking Holdings, Partners Investment, Sky Lake Investment)

You can find their website here.

17) ZigBang

ZigBang

An apartment-hunting app called ZigBang.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: sung woo ahn
  • Industries: Property Management, Real Estate, Search Engine
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $199,631,022
  • Funding rounds: 7
  • Number of investors: 9 (Goldman Sachs, Global Brain Corporation, Altos Ventures, DSC Investment, Stonebridge Capital)

You can find their website here.

18) Hyperconnect

Hyperconnect

Hyperconnect is a video and AI-powered social platform firm with a global presence.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Eddie Yong, Kenneth Jung, Samuel Ahn
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Social, Social Network, Video
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $10,600,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 2 (SoftBank, Altos Ventures)

You can find their website here.

19) Korbit

Korbit

Korbit is a bitcoin exchange, wallet, and merchant processor that operates online.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Kangmo Kim, Louis Jinhwa Kim, Tony Lyu
  • Industries: Bitcoin, Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Finance, Financial Exchanges, FinTech
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $6,515,767
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 15 (Digital Currency Group, Pantera Capital, Draper Associates, Softbank Ventures Asia, Tim Draper)

You can find their website here.

20) Mathpresso

Mathpresso

QANDA, the world's leading personalized learning platform, is created by Mathpresso.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Jongheun Lee
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, EdTech, Education, Information Technology, Machine Learning, Q&A
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $54,730,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 6 (Legend Capital, Samsung Ventures, Softbank Ventures Asia, Mirae Asset Venture Investment, Smilegate Investment)

You can find their website here.

21) O-House

O-House

O-House is a one-stop home furnishing and interior design platform that makes it simple for users to find and buy items for their homes.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Seungjae Lee
  • Industries: E-Commerce, Home Improvement, Home Services, Interior Design, Lifestyle, Marketplace, Mobile Apps
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: ₩88,000,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 6 (Naver, Bond, Mirae Asset Venture Investment, Mirae Asset Capital, Bon Angels Venture Partners)

You can find their website here.

22) LG Group

LG Group

The LG Group is a multinational business that manufactures electronics, chemicals, and telecommunications equipment.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 1947
  • Industries: Chemical, Electronics, Information Technology, Telecommunications
  • Number of employees: 10001+
  • Funding: $1,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1 (P. Addo-Nyarko)

You can find their website here.

23) WeMakePrice

WeMakePrice

Wemakeprice is a Korean social commerce platform that specializes on e-commerce and online advertising.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Huh Min
  • Industries: Advertising, Advertising Platforms, E-Commerce
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: ₩476,000,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 2 (Nexon, IMM Investment)

You can find their website here.

24) Karrot Market

Karrot Market

Karrot is a secondhand marketplace app for hyperlocal communities.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Changhun Jeong, Jae-hyun Kim, Yong-hyun Kim
  • Industries: Communities, Local Advertising, Marketplace, Social Network
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $40,430,952
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 6 (Goodwater Capital, Altos Ventures, Softbank Ventures Asia, Kakao Ventures, Strong Ventures)

You can find their website here.

25) Soomgo

Soomgo

Soomgo is a local service marketplace that connects service providers with new customers, such as movers, piano teachers, and event planners.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Hwan Kim, Jiho Kang, Robin Kim
  • Industries: Marketplace, Professional Services, Service Industry
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $17,449,194
  • Funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 18 (FJ Labs, Y Combinator, Vy Capital, Primer, 122WEST VENTURES)

You can find their website here.

26) Watcha

Watcha

WATCHA (content suggestion service) and WATCHA PLAY are two tech startups based in Seoul (subscription VOD service).

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Jihyun Won, Taehoon Park
  • Industries: Big Data, Content Discovery, Personalization, Video Streaming
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $19,618,874
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 11 (Quantum Ventures Korea, Kakao Ventures, Capstone Partners Co., Ltd., Neoplux, Aju IB Investment)

You can find their website here.

27) Moneybrain

Moneybrain

Conversational AI powered by deep learning

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: seyoung Jang
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Professional Services
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $8,813,572
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 4 (IDG Capital, KB Investment, L&S Venture Capital, POSCO Venture Capital)

You can find their website here.

28) Laundrygo

Laundrygo

Laundrygo is a laundry-on-demand service.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2019
  • Founders: Sung-woo Cho
  • Industries: Laundry and Dry-cleaning
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding: ₩23,500,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 8 (Altos Ventures, Softbank Ventures Asia, Samsung Venture Investment, Korea Investment Partners, Aju IB Investment)

You can find their website here.

29) OP.GG

OP.GG

By analyzing game data from the games that gamers play, OP.GG generates profiles for them.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Cheonwoo Park, Sangrak Choi
  • Industries: Developer Platform, Gaming, Information Services, Information Technology
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $20,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 5 (500 Startups, Softbank Ventures Asia, 4:33 Creative Lab, Access Ventures, DS Asset Management)

You can find their website here.

30) RIDI

RIDI

RIDI Corporation, headquartered in Seoul, is South Korea's top e-reading services provider.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2008
  • Founders: Kisik Bae
  • Industries: Apps, Digital Entertainment, E-Commerce, EBooks
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $32,500,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 7 (Mirae Asset Venture Investment, Atinum Investment, Premier Partners, Company K Partners, Neoplux)

You can find their website here.

31) MyRealTrip

MyRealTrip

In South Korea, MyRealTrip is a prominent tours and activities startup.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Donggun Lee, Minseo Baek
  • Industries: Collaborative Consumption, Marketplace, Tourism, Travel
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $62,045,628
  • Funding rounds: 8
  • Number of investors: 12 (Altos Ventures, Tekton Ventures, Primer, Partech, Mirae Asset Venture Investment)

You can find their website here.

32) N.THING

N.THING

N.THING is a Seoul-based agri-tech firm that uses IoT technology and data to drive innovation in the farm-to-table food value chain.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: J Jeong, Kenny Chung, Leo Kim, Seth Nam, SS Han, Tony Baik
  • Industries: Agriculture, AgTech, Big Data, Farming, Hardware, Hydroponics, Internet of Things, Software
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $15,076,000
  • Funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 8 (Woowa Bros, Samsung Venture Investment, Spring Camp, SparkLabs Accelerator, Empower Investment)

You can find their website here.

33) Standigm

Standigm

Standigm employs artificial intelligence (AI) for drug research and development.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Jinhan Kim, Sang Ok Song, So Jeong Yun
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Biotechnology, Health Care, Machine Learning, Pharmaceutical
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $68,290,000
  • Funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 13 (Mirae Asset Venture Investment, SK Holdings, Kakao Ventures, Atinum Investment, DSC Investment)

You can find their website here.

34) Dunamu

Dunamu

Dunamu offers a variety of cutting-edge services, with a particular focus on fintech and blockchain.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Chi-Hyung Song, Hyoung-nyon Kim, Hyung-nyon Kim
  • Industries: Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, Finance, Financial Services, FinTech, Stock Exchanges
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $70,617,345
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 9 (Global Brain Corporation, Qualcomm Ventures, Qualcomm, Kakao Corp, Kakao Ventures)

You can find their website here.

35) Quantec

Quantec

On a daily basis, Quantec delivers an asset management platform for everyone.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Founders: Sang Geun LEE
  • Industries: Finance, Financial Services, FinTech, Mobile Apps, Personal Finance
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $9,643,046
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 5 (Shinhan Capital, Industrial Bank of Korea, WONIK Investment Partners, ORBITECH, Cognitive Investment)

You can find their website here.

36) Buzzvil

Buzzvil

Buzzvil links partners and advertisers through its lock screen ad platform.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Bongchul Kim, John Lee, Jueun Seo, Seungho Lee, Young Lee
  • Industries: Advertising, Advertising Platforms, Information Technology, Mobile
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $33,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 9 (Softbank Ventures Asia, Shinhan Bank, KTB Network, Korea Development Bank, LB Investment)

You can find their website here.

37) Althea

Althea

Althea is Korea's leading beauty e-commerce site, offering consumers in Southeast Asia the most up-to-date beauty products, trends, and lifestyle.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Christopher Cynn, Frank Kang, Jae Yoon Kim
  • Industries: Cosmetics, E-Commerce, Lifestyle
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $10,676,529
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 11 (500 Startups, InnoVen Capital, Tekton Ventures, Cherubic Ventures, Mirae Asset Venture Investment)

You can find their website here.

38) Bagelcode

Bagelcode

A group of dedicated industry experts with extensive expertise developing games for all major gaming platforms.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Junyoung Kim, Kay Yoon
  • Industries: Gaming
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: ₩52,002,025,208
  • Funding rounds: 3

You can find their website here.

39) PeopleFund

PeopleFund

PeopleFund is Korea's leading consumer finance-focused digital lender.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Joey Kim
  • Industries: Finance, Financial Services, FinTech
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $53,474,100
  • Funding rounds: 8
  • Number of investors: 8 (500 Startups, Kakao Pay, DAYLI Financial Group, Access Ventures, D3 Jubilee)

You can find their website here.

40) ZIGZAG

ZIGZAG

ZIGZAG is a women's shopping meta-service app.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Johnny Seo, Jung Hun Kim, Sangmin Yoon
  • Industries: E-Commerce, Fashion, Mobile Apps
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $8,762,297
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 2 (Altos Ventures, Stonebridge Capital)

You can find their website here.

41) Npixel

Npixel

Npixel is a firm that creates computer games.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Bongun Bae
  • Industries: Computer, Gaming, PC Games
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: ₩60,000,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 3 (Altos Ventures, Aspex Management, Saehan Startup Investment)

You can find their website here.

42) MakinaRocks

MakinaRocks

MakinaRocks is an AI-powered industrial/manufacturing company.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Andre Yoon, Jaehyuk Lee, Sangwoo Shim, Yongsub Lim
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Computer, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Renewable Energy, Software
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $11,522,132
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 9 (Naver, Applied Ventures, SK Telecom, Hyundai Motor Company, LG Technology Ventures)

You can find their website here.

43) MyMusicTaste

MyMusicTaste

A live event production service started by fans.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Ethan JaeSeok Lee, JinWook Baek, Sure Bak, Woosup Shin
  • Industries: Concerts, Mobile, Music
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $28,292,998
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 13 (Samsung Ventures, Softbank Ventures Asia, Golden Gate, DT Capital Partners, Formation 8)

You can find their website here.

44) Contents First

Contents First

The creators of Tappytoon, the world's leading digital-first comics site and daily destination for more than 4 million people. English/French/German

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Ernest Woo, Sun Bang
  • Industries: Apps, Comics, Content Creators, Digital Entertainment, Media and Entertainment, Mobile Apps
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: ₩39,500,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 9 (SOSV, Chinaccelerator, MOX, KB Investment, Bon Angels Venture Partners)

You can find their website here.

45) MegazoneCloud

MegazoneCloud

We Are Digital Architects - With cloud-optimized technology, people, and processes, we empower customers.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Joo-Wan Lee
  • Industries: Cloud Computing, Consulting, Information Technology, Internet, SaaS, Software, Web Hosting
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $45,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 5 (KB Financial Group, Korea Development Bank, National Pension Service, Nau IB Capital, Korea Investment Holdings)

You can find their website here.

46) Gen.G Esports

Gen.G Esports

Gen.G is the premier esports organization that connects the United States and Asia.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Kent Wakeford, Kevin Chou, Mike Li, Phillip Hyun
  • Industries: Collaboration, Computer, eSports, Media and Entertainment, Skill Assessment, Sports
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $46,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 14 (Battery Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Canaan Partners, Stanford University, SVB Capital)

You can find their website here.

47) SMARTSTUDY

SMARTSTUDY

SmartStudy is a multinational entertainment firm. Pinkfong and Monster Super League are two examples of our high-quality animation and gaming entertainment.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2010
  • Founders: Ryan Seungkyu Lee
  • Industries: Apps, Broadcasting, Gaming, iOS, Media and Entertainment, News, Social Media, Software, Sports, Video
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $12,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 3 (DT Capital Partners, KDB Capital, IBK Capital)

You can find their website here.

48) L&P Cosmetic

L&P Cosmetic

L&P Cosmetic is primarily focused on cosmeceutical product development.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2009
  • Founders: Kwon Oh-sub
  • Industries: Beauty, Cosmetics, Pharmaceutical
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: ₩40,000,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 2 (Credit Suisse, CDIB Capital)

You can find their website here.

49) 4:33 Creative Lab

4:33 Creative Lab

4:33 Creative Lab, a leading Korean mobile game development firm

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2009
  • Founders: Joonmo Kwon
  • Industries: Animation, Digital Entertainment, Gaming, Mobile, Product Design
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding: $100,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 2 (Tencent, Line)

You can find their website here.

50) 3billion

3billion

3billion is a global leader in the field of rare disease genetic testing.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2016
  • Industries: Bioinformatics, Genetics, Health Care, Pharmaceutical
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $25,658,985
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 10 (AVentures Capital, Shinhan Capital, Korea Development Bank, Magna Investment, Kakao Investment)

You can find their website here.

51) Skelter Labs

Skelter Labs

Skelter Labs is an artificial intelligence technology firm that creates cutting-edge machine intelligence.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Ted Cho
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Information Technology, Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Software, Virtual Assistant
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $24,978,421
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 9 (Golden Gate, Kakao Ventures, Stonebridge Ventures, KDB Capital, Kakao Brain)

You can find their website here.

52) Vuno

Vuno

Doctors and Patients with Artificial Intelligence

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Dannis Kim, Kyu-Hwan Jung, Yeha Lee
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Health Care, Medical
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $15,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 6 (SBI Investment, Smilegate Investment, Bon Angels Venture Partners, FuturePlay, HB Investment)

You can find their website here.

53) Miso

Miso

Booking services (cleaning, moving, renovation) is as simple as purchasing things on Amazon.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Seun Oh, Victor Ching
  • Industries: Consumer, Mobile
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $10,700,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 12 (FundersClub, Y Combinator, Social Capital, Primer, Knockout Capital)

You can find their website here.

54) ProtoPie

ProtoPie

Designers can create highly interactive prototypes using the simplest interaction design tool for any digital products.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: John Song, Scotty Kim, Tony Kim
  • Industries: Android, Enterprise Software, Human Computer Interaction, iOS, Mobile, Mobile Apps, Product Design, Software, UX Design, Web Design
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $9,800,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 9 (Korea Investment Partners, Vela Partners, Shinhan Capital, Devsisters Ventures, HB Investment)

You can find their website here.

55) Seoul Robotics

Seoul Robotics

Building powerful Lidar perception software for self-driving automobiles and robots - Making robots intelligent

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Han Bin Lee
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Autonomous Vehicles, Drones, Machine Learning, Robotics, Sensor, Software
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $6,100,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 7 (Artesian VC, MassChallenge, Zeroth.AI, KB Investment, FuturePlay)

You can find their website here.

56) CryptoQuant

CryptoQuant

CryptoQuant uses machine learning to give institutional investors with complete on-chain data and analytics.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2020
  • Industries: Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Market Research, Professional Services
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding: $256,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 1 (POSTECH Holdings)

You can find their website here.

57) RE:harvest

RE:harvest

Korea-based food upcycling company

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2019
  • Industries: Food and Beverage
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding: ₩200,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 2 (SparkLabs Accelerator, sopoong)

You can find their website here.

58) GREENLABS

GREENLABS

Through its agri-tech platform as a service, GREENLABS assists every farming step from production to sales.

Details of the startup:

  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Sang Hoon Shin
  • Industries: Agriculture, AgTech, Farming, Information Technology
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $26,845,998
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 3 (Hashed, Magna Investment, CKD Venture Capital Corporation)

You can find their website here.

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