This notice is regarding a bid that will take place to designate the company to publish Korea Startup Index 2018.

This white paper aims to enhance and expand the scope of business operations by objectively ascertaining the factors that influence the global debut of ICT companies. Through investigation and analysis of startup environments, this white paper seeks to establish the basic foundation necessary for companies that own promising technologies to enter foreign markets.

 

1. Details

  A. Name of bid: Publication of Korea Startup Index 2018

B. Schedule

  • Final deadline for proposals: 18:00 on Friday, February 22, 2019

Where to submit: Born2Global Centre, Main Office (Startup Campus #3, 4F)

  • Date/time for proposal evaluation: 14:00 on Thursday, February 28, 2019 (*subject to change)

Evaluation venue: Born2Global Centre, Conference Room (Startup Campus #3, 4F)

2. Method for designating winning bid: open competitive bid (*contract to be based on negotiations)

Priority negotiation to be conducted with company scoring the highest in the proposal (evaluation) presentation

3. Project scale: KRW 60,000,000 (including VAT)

4. Documents for submission and miscellaneous information: Please refer to the Bid Precautions and Proposal Form

 

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Each year, we select over 100 companies to join our one-year membership accelerator program, by providing services such as consulting and business development to expand their businesses globally.

 

How we support

Consultation on legal, patent, accounting, PR and marketing issues for global market.

Foreign and domestic demo-days/roadshows for investment attraction and pitching opportunities.

Educational programs that help companies to prepare for future overseas expansion.

Incubation workspace with convenient facilities for stabilizing business base.

Product/market fit programs which allow startups to understand where and how to position themselves.

 

Who are you seeking for

- Technology innovative ICT companies who aim to expand their businesses globally.

* We welcome all ICT companies, but here are five target areas we are excited about :

“Healthcare, Mobility, Energy, Agritech, Safety/Security”

 

How it works

1st round(2/26~3/11) : Document screening process with internal experts.

2nd round(3/12~3/30) : Document evaluation with external experts.

Interview with internal and external experts.

 

Apply Here : https://formstack.io/9F603

 

 

031-5171-5637(5638)

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2018년 해외진출 지원사업 대상기업(멤버사) 선정 공고 안내문.pdf

 

Korea Startup Index 2018 Is Now Published

Download to view the full report 

 

The Born2Global Centre launches “Korea Startup Index 2018,” the fifth publication in the series. 

With the purpose of providing information of Korean startups and its ecosystem to the global market Born2Global continues. 

Korean Startup Index 2018 consists of sheer amount of information of Korea’s most game-changing and exciting IT based businesses:  its progress in 2018, current state of the Korean startup ecosystem, success stories and key factors involved in entering the global market. The content is compiled with careful analysis of ICT companies, investment trends, examination of the startup ecosystem and support policies in major countries around the world.

It is Born2Global’s greatest hope to provide readers with useful and meaningful information and for this index to serve as an important reference and contribution to the improvement of the environment for Korean innovative technology companies.

You can download PDF version of the entire 2018 report.

>> Korea Startup Index 2018_Kor.pdf

>> Korea Startup Index 2018_Eng.pdf

 

 

 


 

lululab, a spin-off company of C-Lab, Samsung Electronics' in-house venture program and a member company of Born2Global Centre, developed the AI skincare assistant LUMINI." data-reactid="24" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: rgb(38, 40, 42); font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 1.5;">lululab, a spin-off company of C-Lab, Samsung Electronics' in-house venture program and a member company of Born2Global Centre, developed the AI skincare assistant LUMINI.

lululab, a spin-off company of C-Lab, Samsung Electronics' in-house venture program and a member company of Born2Global Centre, developed the AI skincare assistant LUMINI." data-reactid="24" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: rgb(38, 40, 42); font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 1.5;">LUMINI, which will be shown at IECSC New York, scans and analyzes a person's facial skin in under 10 seconds and uses the results of its analysis to recommend the beauty products best suited for the condition of the user's skin.

lululab, a spin-off company of C-Lab, Samsung Electronics' in-house venture program and a member company of Born2Global Centre, developed the AI skincare assistant LUMINI." data-reactid="24" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: rgb(38, 40, 42); font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 1.5;">IECSC New York attendees and media can demo its customized spa and salon solution LUMINI, 3-step advanced skin care process: AI skin analysis and recommendation of appropriate treatments, curating skin care products for at-home aftercare, and share the skin data history and the next treatment schedule by mobile app.

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 collaboration with famous K-beauty brands, it will recommend K-beauty products that best meet the specific needs of users based on its analyzed skin data. With this solution and service, lululab will establish a foothold for expanding its solution in the global market." data-reactid="27" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: rgb(38, 40, 42); font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 1.5;">lululab will also introduce its AI-based K-beauty curation service. Through collaborationwith famous K-beauty brands, it will recommend K-beauty products that best meet the specific needs of users based on its analyzed skin data. With this solution and service, lululab will establish a foothold for expanding its solution in the global market.

LUMINI can now help people to get the personalized services based on objective data," said Yongjoon Choe, CEO of lululab. "By collecting big data on skin types related to ethnic origin and environment, we aim to transform LUMINI into an AI solution that recommends not only skin care products but customized lifestyles and foods for all kinds of users."" data-reactid="28" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: rgb(38, 40, 42); font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 1.5;">"If you had to rely on the personal capabilities and experience of skin care professionals in the past, LUMINI can now help people to get the personalized services based on objective data," said Yongjoon Choe, CEO of lululab. "By collecting big data on skin types related to ethnic origin and environment, we aim to transform LUMINI into an AI solution that recommends not only skin care products but customized lifestyles and foods for all kinds of users."

Yongjoon Choe will present about "How AI and Big Data Technologies Are Innovating the Beauty Industry" and the vision of lululab at the DIGITALDIGITAL INNOVATION TO CREATE THE FUTURE OF BEAUTY conference in COSMOPROF Bologna 2019." data-reactid="29" style="margin: 0px 0px 1em; color: rgb(38, 40, 42); font-family: "Helvetica Neue", Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 15px; font-variant-ligatures: normal; orphans: 2; widows: 2; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); line-height: 1.5;">In addition, CEO Yongjoon Choe will present about "How AI and Big Data Technologies Are Innovating the Beauty Industry" and the vision of lululab at the DIGITALDIGITAL INNOVATION TO CREATE THE FUTURE OF BEAUTY conference in COSMOPROF Bologna 2019.

 

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Eight hottest tech companies in Korea have been selected to pitch their business ideas in New Delhi. 

K-ICT Born2Global Centre (Born2Global) announced that "K-Global @ India 2018: Demo Day" event will be held at the Windsor Place (address: Windsor Place, New Delhi, New Delhi, 110001, India) on July 10, 2018, with the public program running from 14:30 pm to 18:00 pm. Panel discussion and seminar session for the entry into the Indian market will be held from 11:00 am to 14:30 pm.

The eight presenting Born2Global member companies are GSIL, Exosystems, ulalaLAB, Ovitz, Day2Life, LUXROBO, SketchOn, and Alleys Wonderlab. 

These companies will share their latest technology and products in various fields, such as AI, IoT, Smartfactory, health-tech, robotics, wearable and VR/AR. 

They will be given about 120 minutes in total to pitch their products and services in front of the panel of judges and in front of the audiences, including local startup leaders, general attendees, potential mentors and business partners. 

Judges will evaluate each individual carefully and the winner(s) will be announced. Certain fund will be presented to the 1st place winner. In addition, the Korean tech companies will have opportunities to engage with the local community through trade booths to broaden their network and showcase their products.

"K-Global @ India 2018: Demo Day" hosted by Born2Global is sponsored and supported by Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) of the Republic of Korea. Born2Global has held pitching events in various countries such as: Singapore, Japan, China, US (NY/SV/LA), Belgium, Netherlands, Russia, Luxembourg and France. 

"The event is great timing for Korean tech companies to meet the Indian community, mingle and learn from each other, Jongkap Kim, Chief Executive Director of Born2Global said. Kim added that, "Born2Global has prepared K-Global @ India 2018: Demo Day with the purpose of introducing selected Korean tech companies with high potential successfully expanding to the global market. After the event, we plan to continue in solidifying the network channels between the Korean tech companies and VCs and accelerators of the Indian market."

Notable advancements to be showcased at the "K-Global @ India 2018: Demo Day" event by eight Korean tech companies: 

 

 

GSIL (www.gsil.kr)

GSIL has established a system that preemptively detects risk factors in construction sites utilizing IoT/IcT technologies for integrated management for safety of workers. The establishment of the system for efficient management of workers on building and civil construction sites has led to the reduction of social costs, efficient work cycle and reduction of construction time utilizing big data analysis, prompt disaster response by identifying the location of workers. GSIL’s system is versatile, containing worker data, site environment data, and disaster management data that can be utilized for designing hazardous areas.

 

Exosystems (www.exosystems.io)

Exosystems is developing a wearable joint rehabilitation solution with the motto "Fun at Home! Data driven Rehab." For rehabilitation patients suffering from the limitations of existing rehabilitation systems. Exosystems' rehabilitation solutions analyze patient biomechanical signals through wearable sensors and induce interest and motivation to patients through targeted rehabilitation programs to induce optimal rehabilitation training. Exosystems' rehabilitation solutions are expected to provide more effective rehabilitation at a lower cost than traditional rehabilitation training. Exosystems will provide rehabilitation solutions for various joints starting from the knee joints, and aims to develop wearable robots to support daily life.

 

ulalaLAB (www.ulalalab.com)

Easy and Simple IoT Smart Factory Platform 'WimFactory' for Small and Medium Sized Manufacturers WimFactory application can be completed if WICON connected with function sensors is attached to the current facility without change. It consists of two parts, smart factory IoT device 'WICON' and smart factory total administration 'WIM-X'. WimFactory measures/collects the data regarding production from facilities via 'WICON'. WICON sends the data to the cloud server for big data analysis and industrial AI. Based on the analyzed data, ‘WIM-X’ provides the monitoring service of facilities in real-time and the notification service about malfunctions and errors via PCs, smartphones and tablet PCs. It can also predict the troubles of facility.

 

Ovitz (www.o-vitz.com

Ovitz's EyeProfiler is an accurate, compact, easy to use, portable and inexpensive vision diagnostic device. It embodies an advanced application of Wavefront sensor technology in a patented design to deliver high level of performance while keeping the device cost low. 

In addition, as the performance of our technology exceeds the initial expectation, we now can offer a customized contact lens solution which will strengthen our business case as well as market opportunities.

 

Day2Life (www.day2life.com)

TimeBlocks is a mobile planner app which have 1.2M downloads and 0.3M active users. Users can manage their events with 2 times less touches than normal calendar app. In addition, users can manage not only event having specific time, but also todo or memo in a single place. TimeBlocks analyze user's information related plans and recommend future plans which users would be interested in.

 

LUXROBO (www.luxrobo.com)

MODI is a modular device for DIY IoT, and robotic creations. Just connect and Build with MODI module. The MODI App connects the smartphone to the Newtork module via Bluetooth. It allows the APP to control with MODI device. When it turns the APP on, it searches for MODI Network modules and connects automatically. It can enable and disable the Bluetooth fuction of its Network module via MODI Studio. With MODI Studio, it is easy to control the motion of the modules.

 

SketchOn (www.sketchon.me)

"Prinker" allows users to apply a design to their skin safely in just a few seconds. Suggesting the easy, interesting and safe self-expression way by making a platform service combining of the "Prinker" which can print up the temporary tattoo directly on skin and 'online art gallery' is providing variety of images.

 

Alleys Wonderlab (www.alleys.co)

Alleys Map is the world's first crowdsourced video map platform in first-person view for travelers. It processes street view video in first-person view uploaded by tourists, mapper and extreme activists, converts them into geospatial information, and provides them as a map-based service for virtual exploration and travel. Currently, the data collected by crowdsourcing today are about 5600 km of walkways and alleys in 23 countries. The average monthly growth rate is 56%. Recently, we have been producing 'virtual alley tour' in seven areas including Seoul and Busan, and working on a project to create user participation video map of Nepal's Himalayan Trail Course, US PCT, and Shikoku Pilgrimage Route in Japan.


 

Media outlets are praising the state-of-the-art tech that was showcased at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The above photo shows a drone delivering the Olympic torch using some of Korea's newest 5G technology connection speeds in Seoul on Jan. 13. (Jeon Han/Korea.net)

Media outlets are praising the state-of-the-art tech that was showcased at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The above photo shows a drone delivering the Olympic torch using some of Korea's newest 5G technology connection speeds in Seoul on Jan. 13. (Jeon Han/Korea.net)




By Jung Joo-ri and Yoon Sojung

Foreign media outlets continue to speak highly of the information and communication technology (ICT) showcased in the 2018 Winter Olympics. 

Foreign media in particular praised the latest technology featured in the 2018 Winter Olympics such as 5G, robotics and virtual reality. 

CNN of the U.S. said in its article titled “5G is helping make Pyeongchang the most high-tech Olympics ever” on Feb. 19 that “At the helm of it all is 5G, the wireless network technology that mobile carriers around the world have been racing to adopt.” The CNN article said that Pyeongchang “has emerged as a vital testing ground.”

Another U.S. TV network, CBS, also said on Feb. 15 in its article “Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are the highest-tech games yet” that, “While the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang are likely to be remembered for the diplomatic overtures between North and South Korea, the games should also go down as the most technologically advanced yet.” 

The Le Figaro of France took a closer eye on robotics. In the article titled "2018 Olympic Games, technological showcase for South Korea" dated on Feb 12, the Le Figaro said, "The Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang is a golden opportunity for South Korea to strengthen the image of the country as a leader in innovation with the rest of the world."

The article also said that "During the Games, robots are ubiquitous. they welcome, guide and inform visitors, clean, deliveries, and service at the table." 

Many other media outlets also continue to report the state-of-the-art technology of the 2018 Winter Olympics. One of such is the Radio France Internationale which focused on the 5G technology used to identify and fight against wild boars. The Clarin, an Argentinean daily, also dubbed the PyeongChang Olympics as "the most technological Games in history." 





 

K-ICT Born2Global Centre (B2G) receives applications from Korean innovative technology companies that wishes to enter or expand their business in the global market.

 

“B2G Membership Program” is the one stop platform that provides opportunities for business development and investment attraction through services such as consulting, demo day, road show and etc. Carefully selected promising innovative technology companies will receive listed services being a member of the program.

 

This year B2G will select up to 100+ innovative technology companies. The application deadline is March 11, 2018. All completed applications must be submitted to

https://www.born2global.com/usereventview.do?event_no=103&event_type=D&image_yn=Y

 

Through B2G’s internal experts, newly accepted members can receive professional consulting in various areas: legal, patent, accounting and marketing. Above mentioned are some of the main issues that companies face when starting or expanding its business in the global market. This first round of consulting is followed by a second round led by experts who are channel partners with B2G.

 

This year, PMF (Product-Market-Fit) program is prepared for the ICT companies. The program consists of strategies focused on managing local market which in effect, can increase the chance for businesses to be successful in the global market. Also, there will be opportunities for the members to be connected with prospective customers in the target market, provide aid in the area of local insight development, which includes market validation.

 

Based on the B2G’s global channel partner, B2G strengthens the capacity of member companies through hands-on training, seminars, meet-ups and conferences with experts invited from foreign countries in effect inducing the exchange of market information. Through demand-linked partnership programs (investor matching, customized business meetings, etc.) with global companies, investors, accelerators and other important local channels, B2G supports member companies in their efforts to establish references and increase revenue.

 

From September 2013 to December 2017, 8073 consulting services have been provided for the companies through “B2G Membership Program”.

 

B2G has significantly contributed in building a strong foundation for successful investment opportunities for companies. B2G has linked investment of over USD 237 million.

 

For more detailed information on the B2G Membership Program 2018,

please contact 031-5171-5638.


The torch for the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games flies onboard a drone powered by Korea's newest 5G technology, in Seoul on Jan. 13. (Jeon Han)


By Xu Aiying and Sohn JiAe 

Information and communications technologies have grown and evolved on par with the Olympic Games over the past many years.

Korea, host country of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games this month, is showing off its high-tech prowess at the world’s biggest sporting competition, turning the Games into a true “IT Olympics,” with leading cutting-edge technologies that will help expand the popularity of winter sports around the world. 

A future that the world has so far only envisioned or imagined is unfolding in real time at the PyeongChang Games.

Ever faster with 5G networks

The 5G mobile networks available at the PyeongChang Games, a first in Olympic history, will allow people to enjoy faster data transmission, with connection speeds fast enough to download a 1 GB movie in less than 10 seconds.

Some of the 5G technologies on offer include the “Sync View” service, mainly used in ski jumping and bobsledding, which will broadcast the events as seen through the eyes of the athletes. 

This realistic broadcasting service uses ultra-small wireless cameras attached to the athletes' uniforms. Viewers will be able to feel the titillating thrill of the race, as if they were really flying from the launch pad or racing through the tunnels of snow and ice. 

The 5G-powered “Point View” broadcasting technology, used in competitions with larger groups of athletes like cross-country skiing, will give viewers the chance to watch their favorite athlete by selecting a certain point of view from along the course. 

A 5G-equipped bus will run across the Olympic city of Pyeongchang in Gangwon-do Province and across other areas during the Olympic season. The driverless bus, converted from a regular 45-passenger bus, is equipped with a semitransparent display on the windows that allows travelers to see their current whereabouts, speed and certain Olympic events through live-image holograms. 

Ever clearer with UHD broadcasts

Major Olympic events will be live-streamed in 4K UHD, a format with greater resolution than full HD, giving audiences a clearer and more realistic viewing experience. 

The official Opening and Closing ceremonies, along with the speed skating and ice hockey, will be broadcast in 4K UHD. Viewers will be able to watch every fine detail, such as the athlete’s tense muscles, beads of sweat or scattering flakes of snow. 

You can also check out this technology at the PyeongChang ICT Pavilion and on a 15-meter ultra wide vision (UWV) screen installed at Incheon International Airport when you arrive in Korea.

Ever easier with IoT connectivity

Mobile apps based on the Internet of Things (IoT) will guide Olympians and first-time visitors from around the world to safely find their way from the airport to their destination. 

Such navigation tech can be useful at Olympic venues, too, when users type in their seat number on the app. They need to follow the blue arrow displayed on their screen and then they can find their seat. 

A smart mobile wristband not only provides basic information about event times and a daily weather report, but also allows wearers to easily pay at certain accommodations or food trucks, and to use the card reader on the bus. 

IoT and big data will also be used to improve the athletes’ performance by tracking their pulse and brainwaves and offering customized health care, all while monitoring their training regimens. 



The humanoid robot Hubo carries the Olympic torch in Daejeon on Dec. 11, showing off to the world Korea’s leading robotics. (PyeongChang Organizing Committee)




Ever smarter with AI

Non-Korean Olympic tourists will be greeted by new AI-powered interpreter and translator software.

The official mobile translation app GenieTalk will offer translation and interpretation services in nine languages -- Korean, English, Mandarin or Simplified Chinese, Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Russian and Arabic -- alongside voice recognition features. 

An “AI Hotline” will be in operation, too. A robot will pick up your call and give you information in either Korean or English concerning game schedules, venue locations, transportation and shuttle buses.

A total of 85 robots, of 11 different types, will move throughout the venues, press centers, athlete’s villages and airports to meet non-Koreans’ needs. A robot modeled after Soohorang, the mascot for the PyeongChang Olympic Games, will autonomously step forward to interpret and, more surprisingly, even dance to music and put on a smile for its viewers. 



Visitors experience the thrill of virtual snowboarding at the PyeongChang ICT Pavilion, opened at the PyeongChang Olympic Plaza in Pyeongchang-gun County, Gangwon-do Province, on Nov. 29. (Yonhap News)



Ever more enjoyable with VR 

For those who aren't able to visit Korea for the Olympics this time, the organizing committee has scheduled live VR broadcasts of some of the major events. 

For example, more than 100 cameras will be installed at the figure skating venue to give viewers around the world the chance to see the competitions in VR from all angles. Audiences will be able to enjoy a realistic and immersive experience viewing the skaters’ breathtaking jumps and their every facial expression, all on their own mobile devices.



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Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Paik Ungyu (eighth from right) poses for a group photo with staff at Korean Air’s cargo terminal at Incheon International Airport on Jan. 1. (Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy)

Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Paik Ungyu (eighth from right) poses for a group photo with staff at Korean Air’s cargo terminal at Incheon International Airport on Jan. 1.

(Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy)

 

 

 

 

 

By Kim Tae Won and Kim Young Shin

Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy Paik Ungyu visited the air cargo terminal at Incheon International Airport on Jan. 1 to give encouragement to the workers there. During his visit, he said that this year’s goal is to attain 4 percent growth in exports. 

“There are risk factors, such as a strong Korean won, high interest rates, an increased oil price and geopolitical uncertainties,” said the minister, "but we will put all our efforts into the first half of the year to take preemptive action against those risks and to maintain rising exports.” 

According to a report released by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy on the same day, Korea’s exports in 2017 jumped 15.9 percent to USD 574.1 billion, an all-time high. This is also the first time in three years that Korea saw overall trade figures higher than USD 1 trillion. Also, the WTO report released in November 2017 said that Korea’s total exports added up to 3.6 percent of the world's total number of exports, and that Korea ranked sixth in terms of exporters around the world. 

“Amid such difficult situations, as North’s nuclear weapons threats, Korea could only achieve such economic success thanks to our citizen’s power. The diversification of our export items and the expansion of our export markets both helped increase our exports.” 

twkim0717@korea.kr

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