The Seoul of a startup
December 13, 2012
Entrepreneurship is alive in South Korea. Their tradition of outstanding math and science education has fostered a strong developer culture as well as a thriving design community.
Over the past year, the Google for Entrepreneurs team has partnered with Global K-Startup, a competition aimed at finding and supporting the next generation of international-ready startups. The competition received 246 applications, and the 30 top teams were incubated and mentored. In October, venture capitalists from around the world gathered to hear pitches from the top teams and select six to go on a trip to Silicon Valley and London. The Google for Entrepreneurs team helped select the finalists, and was thrilled to host the winners at Google Headquarters in Mountain View, Calif. and at Campus London. Check out the winners:
BrainGarden – vocabulary learning mobile application with social game feature
Whatugot – social networking mobile application for collection and sharing favorites
WATCHA – movie recommendation application with personal collection gallery features
KnowRe – innovative adaptive learning solution focused on math education
Alarmmon – mobile gaming alarm application with various character branding
Classting – web/mobile application for classroom management and inter-class connection and collaboration
2012 Global K-startup winners visiting Google campus in November
Starting in 2013, we’re growing our support of South Korean startups with the help of the technology innovation hub AppCenter, the Kstartup accelerator program, and the Korean Communications Commission. Together, we’ll bring tech entrepreneurs more community events, workshops, and contests. We’re also improving the Android and Google TV device testing library. To kick things off, Kstartup is opening applications for its new class of startups. Apply today or find out more about upcoming events and opportunities with AppCenter and Google for Entrepreneurs.
Posted by Bridgette Sexton, Global Entrepreneurship Manager