SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA (PRWEB) April 21, 2016
SparkLabs, the leading startup accelerator in Asia, today announced the appointment of Eugene Kim as a General Partner for SparkLabs in Seoul, Korea. Eugene will be responsible for SparkLabs investments into the early stage startups in Korea and running all aspects of the accelerator operations which now includes two locations and three programs. Eugene joins the existing six founding partners as a general partner of SparkLabs.
“Much of SparkLabs’ success in Korea since our founding three years ago is due to Eugene’s dedication and hard work. With a proven track record of successfully discovering, investing, and accelerating the growth of early stage startups, Eugene is uniquely qualified to lead SparkLabs as we continue in our mission to help entrepreneurs to succeed not just in Korea but globally,” said HanJoo Lee, co-founding partner of SparkLabs.
“SparkLabs has grown from its first location in Seoul to include the second location in Songdo. In 2016, the staff will be increased from 5 to 10. Since our first class which graduated in March of 2013, we have invested in over 48 companies and created over $660 million in equity value. We intend to double that in two years. We can’t think of anyone better suited to shepherd our team than Eugene, whose reputation is solid within the startup ecosystem in Korea and throughout Asia,” said Bernard Moon, co-founding partner of SparkLabs.
Eugene brings more than 16 years of experience of working with startups and technology companies. Most recently, Eugene was Principal of SparkLabs in charge of the day to day operation of the accelerator program. He was the first employee to join SparkLabs and has been instrumental in growing SparkLabs' presence in Korea. Prior to joining SparkLabs, Eugene served as Director of Global Business Development at Tencent Korea. Prior to Tencent, he was Director of Business Development and Marketing at Podotree, which was acquired by Kakao. His experience of working with startups started with Naver and Vertigo Games. His career in technology started with Korea’s SK group, where he was a part of the team that first launched Korea’s first IPTV service.
Eugene earned his Bachelor’s Degrees in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Michigan.