Which Korean Startup Will Represent Korea at RISE?

RISE is Coming to Korea

RISE is coming to Korea for the FIRST time!  They are partnered with 500v2 to organize Runway to RISE Seoul a pitch competition to bring one Korean startup to compete against startups from Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Taipei, Singapore, and Bangkok at RISE Hong Kong.  Which Korean startup will win Runway to RISE Seoul and represent Korea at RISE?  We will find out June 14th at Google’s Campus Seoul.

Who Will Represent South Korea at RISE?

For those that don’t know about RISE, RISE is one of the biggest tech conferences in Asia.  RISE is produced by the team behind Web Summit which is regarded as the largest tech conference in the world.  In addition, over 15,000 attendees will be going to RISE.  That number could increase as RISE has expanded their RISE promotion all across Asia.  Runway to RISE, a pitch competition, will be held in many cities across Asia including Seoul.  Local Korean startups will battle it out on-stage at Google’s Campus Seoul for a chance to pitch at RISE’s BREAKTHROUGH stage.  Furthermore, the winner of the BREAKTHROUGH Stage will go to Web Summit in November.

Runway to RISE Seoul

Runway to RISE Seoul will NOT be just a pitch competition.  There will be panel discussions regarding the Greater Bay Area (Hong Kong, Macau, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Zhongshan, Dongguan, Huizhou, Jiangmen, and Zhaoqing) and the Korean Startup ecosystem.  In addition, there will also be drinking and a chance to network with not just the Korean startup community but the Greater Bay Area community that will be flying in just for this event.  Korean startups interested in the Hong Kong startup ecosystem should make the trip to RISE because they really do a great job of incorporating Hong Kong’s co-working spaces.  The organizers of RISE hold small events in many of Hong Kong’s 75 co-working spaces across the city to promote them to the world.  There are also many “bar crawls” that make RISE one of the most fun conferences for networking in the world.

Startups Need to Apply Before May 31st

Startups looking to pitch at the event can apply at www.r2riseseoul.com.  Even if you are not looking to pitch this event, it will be great for networking and meeting other entrepreneurs in the startup scene.  There are only 150 tickets available.  Therefore make sure to buy yours now.  If you have not secured your ticket, don’t worry you will be able to watch the event on Facebook Live.  There you can cheer for your favorite startup!

John Yoon

John Yoon is the Editor in Chief at Startup Radar, Organizer for Startup Festival 2017, Head of Operations Korea at EOS Asia and the Global Marketing Director for Foresting.io. Email = john@startupradar.asia if you are interested in guest contributing and helping the Korean startup ecosystem. Wechat, Kakao, and Line user ID is jswy315

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