Korean Startup Summit NYC Brings Together Top Entrepreneurs and Investors

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Leading Korean organizations in NYC come together to host Korean Startup Summit NYC on October 16, 2015, featuring prominent startups and investors.

...it’s no surprise that both domestic and international investors are eyeing South Korea as one of the next biggest startup hub.

Commemorating the fourth summit between President Barack Obama of the US and President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea, the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency, along with Korean Startups & Entrepreneurs (KSE), World-OKTA, and GORI plan to host the Korean Startup Summit NYC on Friday, October 16, 2015 at The New Yorker A Wyndham Hotel in New York City.

In light of President Park’s “Creative Economy Initiatives”, South Korea has become one of the most vibrant hubs for tech startups. At this event, 15 startups will be traveling from Korea to showcase their products and services in hopes of capturing U.S. investors and industry leaders’ attention. With more than 2 weeks left until the conference, dozens of top venture capitalists, angel investors, and successful entrepreneurs have confirmed their attendance at the event. The organizing committee expects over 600 attendees from New York, Washington D.C. and even all the way from Silicon Valley.

The lineup for keynotes and panelists is noteworthy. Keynotes include Miguel Mckelvey, one of Co-Founders of WeWork, the most innovative startup of 2015 by Fast Company Magazine beating Uber; Charlie Kim, CEO & Founder of Next Jump, described as “the most successful company you’ve never heard of” by Inc. Magazine in 2014; and Sarah Paiji who previously exited her fashion-tech company Snapette and now the CMO of LAUNCH. Other notable panelists and guests include Murat Aktihanoglu (Managing Director of Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator), Hyungsoo Kim (Founder/CEO of Eone Timepieces), Esther Choi (Founder/Chef of Mokbar), and Gianluca Galletto (Director of International Relations at NYCEDC), among others.

“The startup hub is rapidly growing in South Korea at the moment. The country was ranked #1 in Bloomberg’s Global Innovation Index for two straight years. Combining this with the government’s push and support for entrepreneurs, it’s no surprise that both domestic and international investors are eyeing South Korea as one of the next biggest startup hub”, stated Mr. Jong-choon Kim, President of KOTRA North America Head office.

“NYC is one of the top cities in the U.S. to launch a startup business, and we at KSE are excited to be a part of helping foster the Korean American startup ecosystem. Given the success of the first Korean Startup event back in April 2015, there is definitely a growing interest coming from the Korean American community”, shared Sang H. Lee, Founder & President of Korean Startups & Entrepreneurs.

The event is open to the public and tickets are being sold at https://koreanstartupsummitnyc.splashthat.com/.

KOTRA is Korea’s national trade promotion organization and serves as a bridge between Korean companies and potential partners in the United States. Visit them at http://kotranyipdesk.com/.

Korean Startups & Entrepreneurs (KSE) is a non-profit that’s focused on fostering the Korean-American startup community in the East Coast. You can visit them at http://koreanse.org/.

GORI Social Club serves passionate and motivated young Korean professionals by connecting people, dreams, generations, cultures, and causes. Visit them at http://www.gorisocial.com/#intro.

World-OKTA contributes and supports overseas Korean traders across the globe. Visit them at http://www.okta.net/homepage/contents/main/index.asp.

Grace Kim
KSE (Korean Entrepreneurs & Startups)


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