South Korea Unicorns

The 12 Unicorn Startups founded in South Korea

Over 10 unicorn startups are founded in South Korea and here is the complete list of these unicorn companies.

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Once a company crosses the USD 1 billion mark, it becomes part of a rare and exclusive club: The Unicorn Club.

This next list contains 12 companies in South Korea that have achieved a valuation of more than $1 billion dollars; or in other words, have reached a so-called “Unicorn” status.

The 12 Unicorn Startups in South Korea

Aprogen

Aprogen

Aprogen is a biotechnology company delivering innovative and cost-effective solutions to patients.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.04

    B (

    May 2019

    )

  • Country:

    South Korea

  • City:

    Seongnam

  • Started in:

    2000

  • Founders:

    No Data

  • Industries:

    Biotechnology

  • Number of employees:

    10-50

  • Funding Amount:

    ₩20,000,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    1

  • Number of investors:

    1

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GP Club

GP Club

GP Club, one of the leading cosmetics manufacturing and distribution companies, offers a wide range of products in the health and beauty industry.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.32

    B (

    October 2018

    )

  • Country:

    South Korea

  • City:

    Seoul

  • Started in:

    2003

  • Founders:

    Jung-Woong Kim

  • Industries:

    Beauty, Cosmetics, Lifestyle, Manufacturing

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $67,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    1

  • Number of investors:

    1

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Kakao Mobility

Kakao Mobility

Kakao Mobility provides online taxi-hailing and parking services through a user-friendly reservation system.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $3.09

    B (

    February 2021

    )

  • Country:

    South Korea

  • City:

    Seongnam

  • Started in:

    2017

  • Founders:

    No Data

  • Industries:

    Internet, Taxi Service

  • Number of employees:

    No Data

  • Funding Amount:

    $731,309,925

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    4

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Krafton

Krafton

Krafton is an independent game developer focused on creating legendary PC and mobiles games.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $5.00

    B (

    August 2018

    )

  • Country:

    South Korea

  • City:

    Seongnam

  • Started in:

    2007

  • Founders:

    Chang Byung-gyu

  • Industries:

    Android, Consumer Electronics, Gaming, iOS, Mobile, Mobile Apps, Video Games

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $574,280,722

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    4

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L&P Cosmetic

L&P Cosmetic

L&P Cosmetic is a dedicated team of cosmetic scientists and formulators dedicated to designing and creating the highest quality skin care products.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.19

    B (

    January 2016

    )

  • Country:

    South Korea

  • City:

    Seoul

  • Started in:

    2009

  • Founders:

    Kwon Oh-sub

  • Industries:

    Beauty, Cosmetics, Pharmaceutical

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    ₩40,000,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    2

  • Number of investors:

    2

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MUSINSA

MUSINSA

Musinsa is a fast-growing online fashion store and marketplace that offers stylish clothes, accessories, shoes, and bags from over 200 global fashion brands and designers.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.20

    B (

    November 2019

    )

  • Country:

    South Korea

  • City:

    Seoul

  • Started in:

    2001

  • Founders:

    Cho Man Ho

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Fashion, Retail

  • Number of employees:

    500-1,000

  • Funding Amount:

    No Data

  • Number of funding rounds:

    1

  • Number of investors:

    1

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Socar

Socar

Socar is the Kora Eco-friendly car sharing community. It allows travelers to share ecologically friendly vehicles with others who are going on the same trip as them.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    October 2020

    )

  • Country:

    South Korea

  • City:

    Busan

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Jimahn Kim

  • Industries:

    Car Sharing, Communities, Transportation

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    ₩294,000,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    7

  • Number of investors:

    13

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TMON

TMON

TMON (Ticket Monster) is an integrated e-commerce platform for selling tickets, digital contents and CPA deals.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.30

    B (

    April 2017

    )

  • Country:

    South Korea

  • City:

    Seoul

  • Started in:

    2010

  • Founders:

    Christopher Cynn, Daniel Shin, Kihyun Kwon, Tommy Donghyun Kim

  • Industries:

    E-Commerce, Information Technology, Mobile

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $801,931,601

  • Number of funding rounds:

    6

  • Number of investors:

    10

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Toss

Toss

Toss is a team of talented South Koreans who started to develop mobile applications at early age. Now, they bring their experience to create the most convenient and secure financial application.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.60

    B (

    December 2018

    )

  • Country:

    South Korea

  • City:

    Seoul

  • Started in:

    2011

  • Founders:

    Seunggun Lee

  • Industries:

    Financial Services, FinTech, Mobile Apps, Mobile Payments, Personal Finance

  • Number of employees:

    100-250

  • Funding Amount:

    $434,200,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    9

  • Number of investors:

    19

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WeMakePrice

WeMakePrice

Wemakeprice is an innovative money saving platform that allows consumers to obtain the best deals on products from online shops.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $2.34

    B (

    September 2015

    )

  • Country:

    South Korea

  • City:

    Seoul

  • Started in:

    2010

  • Founders:

    Huh Min

  • Industries:

    Advertising, Advertising Platforms, E-Commerce

  • Number of employees:

    250-500

  • Funding Amount:

    ₩476,000,000,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    2

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Yanolja

Yanolja

Klook has been acclaimed as the world’s top travel unicorn in the Asia Pacific region, with our user-friendly booking platform and award-winning customer support.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $1.00

    B (

    June 2019

    )

  • Country:

    South Korea

  • City:

    Seoul

  • Started in:

    2005

  • Founders:

    Lee Sujin

  • Industries:

    Hotel, Information Technology, Leisure, Travel, Travel Accommodations

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $248,500,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    3

  • Number of investors:

    4

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Yello Mobile

Yello Mobile

Yello Mobile aims to build a world-class, horizontally integrated business platform under its flagship Yello Digital Marketing.

Details of the startup:

  • Valuation:

    $4.00

    B (

    November 2014

    )

  • Country:

    South Korea

  • City:

    Seoul

  • Started in:

    2012

  • Founders:

    Sanghyuk Lee

  • Industries:

    Internet, Marketing, Mobile, Shopping, Travel

  • Number of employees:

    1,000-5,000

  • Funding Amount:

    $187,200,000

  • Number of funding rounds:

    4

  • Number of investors:

    3

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