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South Korea is a leading player in the global tech industry with Korean brands leaving their mark in various sectors. Thing is, you don’t usually hear all that much about the country’s startup ecosystem.
If BeLaunch, which calls itself “South Korea’s first and biggest global startup-tech conference”, has its way all that could soon change. The conference aims to connect the emerging startup ecosystem in Korea with global players through a two-day event taking place over 13 and 14 June.
The conference has just announced the final group of startups that will pitch at the event, selected from a pool of 142 entries.
“We are thrilled with the response to BeLaunch from startups both in Korea and abroad. BeLaunch is a platform to showcase the innovation that we are witnessing in South Korea. Through the event we hope to help startups to take their ideas to the next level” said James Jung, founder of conference organiser, BeSuccess.
The 19 startups (one startup from startup booths will be selected as the 20th presenting startup based on voting by attendees) presenting at Belaunch as part of the startup battle are:
Green Monster: A life-log service which can save and import daily experiences in various formats via mobile anytime and anywhere.
Oh My Doctor: A medical information service which can be used to share information about diseases, medical procedures, epilogue and costs.
Weenu: A cultural-art platform that users can use to share information about their work & creations and can merchandise them.
MagazineLOOK: Recommend and share fashion related information among your friends in a magazine format.
Linkyt: A service that constructs files of Word, PPT etc. on web browsers which is not easy otherwise.
KIDSNOTE: A childcare service which substitutes the present paper-based announcements of nurseries with a mobile application.
BeyondApp: A tool that makes mobile game application development easy.
Social Networking Services
Bdrive: A social cloud service which combines a personal cloud feature with social networking features. Users can share files with their friends and can access and utilize their files in distant PCs or mobile devices.
NES: Diary based Social Network Service. Write and share diary along with features like social gaming.
Yeati: A global social platform based of one’s specialty and talent which helps in branding and sharing one’s talent. Users can use this to get recruited and employers can find appropriate people easily.
Ulabla: A social network service that provides recording and sharing of meetings between users. By ultrasonic wave communication, users can certify their meetings easily and can leave a photo related to the meeting.
Phewtick: A regional SNS, matching new people through social games. Users can also avail monetary rewards.
KnowRe: A customised education platform for Maths; provides easy, enjoyable and effective digital education services.
EduCloud: Cloud based e-learning service, allows users to make and share educative and professional contents online interactively.
Esesglobal: A platform that matches English native speakers all around the world with students who want to learn English. Through the mobile or web interface, users can video chat with their matched native speaker and can also get local information.
UNIQON: Web-based remote control device; with a smart-phone the user can handle the house’s lighting and boiler. The device can also be used for crime prevention.
V-touch: A new technology solution that enables manipulation of screen, button etc by human eyes and fingers from a long distance.
StubbyPlanner: Mobile navigation application which specialises in travel. Exchange tips with other travellers and plan your travel.
BabyWaa: Through mobile devices, users can save their babies’ photos periodically, and can share those photos with family and friends.
BeLaunch features sessions and panel discussions aimed at helping taking startups to go global. It will be attended by some of the most well-known names in the Korean startup community, successful entrepreneurs, investors, tech conglomerates and global media. BeLaunch partners include Samsung, Amazon Web Services, Sky SQL, Qualcomm Q Prize, Google, and Daum Communications among others.