By hyunjin Choi
The largest gathering of innovative startups, the ComeUp 2019, takes place from Nov.27 to 29 at the Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul, Korea. Korean startup industry and the Ministry of SMEs and Startups have organized the event together with the purpose of making it a global startup festival as Slush, a world-renowned tech startup event in Finland.
“This is the first time in Korea to organize a startup event to bring together all the domestic and international startups through the collaborative efforts between a private and public sector. It is going to be a big moment to show that South Korea is a thriving startup hub in the world full of innovative entrepreneurs and leading investors. With the amiable support system from Korean and global ventures, nine Korean startups have joined the “Unicorn”, which is a significant number for the size of the Korean economy. The barrier between capitals and countries is crashed. Through this startup event, we expect to have chances to collaborate with global startups and nurture more unicorns,” said one of the co-chief organizers of the ComeUp 2019, Bongjin Kim , CEO of a unicorn, Woowa brothers.
“ComeUp 2019 will be globalized with governmental support aiming to attract international startups into the Korean market and vice versa. The government is planning to fully support for the event, but is not going to interfere in the set of process, keeping the festival to have autonomy,” stated Junghoon Cha, the official of the Ministry of SMEs and Startups.
ComeUp 2019 is held for two days under the theme of “Meet the Future through Startups.”
The main event is composed of eight sessions: △Food Tech △Edu Tech&Life Style △Bio&Health △Beauty&Fashion △FrontierTech △Mobility △Entertainment △FinTech. In each session, about sixty speakers are to make speeches on the startup ecosystem of each field. The main speakers are invited from domestic unicorns such as Yanolja, Viva Republica, and Woowa Brothers, as well as prestigious companies and institutions including AMOREPACIFIC, BMW, Kakao, KAIST, Stanford University, Mirae Asset, Altos Ventures and so forth.
On top of that, a series of programs including private-public-linked events featuring speeches, panel talks, IR, networking, exhibitions, entrepreneurial ecosystem tours are set up to discover outstanding entrepreneurs with global potential. Besides, side events are also running by 20 countries including America, France, Finland, Sweden, Singapore etc. and 11 Korean institutions such as KISED(Korea Institute of Startup & Entrepreneurship Development), KOTRA(Korea Trade-investment Promotion Agency), KIBO(Korea Technology Finance Corporation).