NextRise 2019 Seoul a Global Startup Conference

The Korean government is taking an active role in trying to grow the Korean startup ecosystem.  The NextRise 2019 Seoul is a global startup conference and exhibition to connect Korean startups with the global startup ecosystem.  Participants include VCs, accelerators, incubators, media, and startups from all around the world.  Furthermore, there will be speeches, panel talks, seminars, and lectures to provide a great opportunity to gain insights into the global startup ecosystem.  The conference will take place at CoEx on July 23rd and 24th.  Exhibitions will take place on the 1st floor Grand Ballroom and 1 to 1 meeting will take place on the second floor Asem Ballroom.  Furthermore, Keynote speeches will take place on the 3rd-floor auditorium.

NextRise 2019 Seoul

NextRise Korean CorporationsThere will be a chance to have 1 to 1 meeting with Korean and Global multinational corporations, Fortune 500 companies, Unicorns, and Venture Capitals.  Therefore, those that are looking to work with some of the biggest companies in Korea can have their opportunity to have a sit down with key members from each company.

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NextRise wants to provide participants with the best networking experience possible.  The two-day event offers a 1 to 1 matchmaking service.  All participants have to do is fill about the application on the home page.  Participants can connect with attendees that match their needs and schedule a 1 to 1 meeting with them.  NextRise brings C-Level executives representing the top companies in the world.  TNW X will also have startups pitching on stage with a networking party afterward on the 5th of September.

On the main stage, there will be Keynote speeches from influential speakers that are key players in the Global Startup Ecosystem.  Some of the speakers to keep an eye out for include:

Christine Tsai – CEO/Co-Founder at 500 Startups

500 Startups CEOChristine Tsai is the Partner & Chief Pug Herder at 500 Startups.  Prior to joining 500 Startups, she was in product marketing at Google and YouTube.  She worked on Developer Platforms and was the lead for Google I/O, Google’s annual developer conference.  She also worked on Google AdSense and early-stage video monetization offerings as well as Google Analytics and YouTube syndication.  Before life in consumer internet, Christine worked in International Sales at OSIsoft and Refining Central Technologies at ChevronTexaco.

Michael Lints – Partner at Golden Gate Ventures

Michael Lints Golden Gate VenturesMichael Lints is Partner at Golden Gate Ventures. Golden Gate Ventures is an early-stage VC firm in Southeast Asia with over 17 investments to date. With offices in Singapore and San Francisco, the firm helps bridge Silicon Valley and Asia through investment, experience, and network. In addition, the firm invests in internet & mobile startups regardless of sector e-commerce to payments, mobile applications to SaaS platforms.

Shengbo Mao – Partner at Panda Capital

Mao Shengbo Panda CapitalMao Shengbo is an investor with interests in many fields.  His focus is on technology, online entertainment, and social contact. Establishing Panda Capital in 2015, Shengbo’s investment projects include Mobike, Face++, atzuche, Qiniu Cloud and Insta360. Previously, he also made investments in Xiaoyi Technology, Unisound, Intelligent, Tongdun Technology, and other projects.  In addition, he was EFG’s “Top 30 Best Chinese Angel Investor for 2017”.  Furthermore, he was named one of the Top 30 Best Chinese Early-stage Investors.

Han Kim – Managing Director at Altos Ventures

Han Kim Altos VenturesHan Kim is the Managing Director and Co-Founder at Altos Ventures, focusing on investments in the areas of software and business services. He also concentrates on companies with significant business in Asia.  He does this by leveraging the firm’s substantial contacts in the region, particularly in Korea. Han currently serves on the board of Blogcocktail, Bluehole, Lohika, OutSpark,, Provade, Nable Communications, SeeControl, Spicus, and TVU Networks, and works closely with DemandTec and Vesta Corporation. He also led prior investments in Instill (acquired by iTradeNetwork), Digital Market (acquired by Agile Software), Evant (acquired by Manhattan Associates), and iOwn (acquired by Citigroup).

There will be many more speakers as they continue to add to the list.

NextRise Seoul 2019The organizers of the event include:

Korea Development Bank(KDB)

The largest Investment Bank in Korea, KDB was established in 1954.  It has since been financing the development of Korea’s pillar industries through traditional banking services, such as loans and investment. Therefore, in the new era of Industry 4.0, KDB is now a leading incubator & financial supporter for innovations.

Korea International Trade Association(KITA)

KITA was established in 1946 with a view to advancing the Korean economy through trade expansion. It has since grown to become the largest business organization with over 70,000 member firms. We raise funds by operating COEX, the largest MICE platform in Seoul, and disburse the funds to fulfill our missions to accelerate business growth

Korean Venture Capital Association(KVCA)

KVCA was established in 1989 with the objectives of representing Korean venture capital industry and is a member-based organization composed of over 110 venture capital companies in Korea. Its mission is not only to promote a more favorable system and vibrant investment environment for the development of the venture capital industry but also to enhance awareness and understanding of the importance of venture capital to the Korean economy.

Korean Venture Business Association(KOVA)

KOVA was established in 1995 to revitalize the startup industry by sharing knowledge and management information through exchanges among startups. KOVA also aims to spearhead the protection of rights and interests of startups in different sectors by compiling difficulties that they face.

National Research Council of Science & Technology(NST)

NST was established in 1999 to promote government-funded science and technology research institutes. Major goals of NST are to secure research capabilities to lead the country, to foster of government-funded research institutes trusted by citizens, and to establish a researcher-friendly supportive system.