G-Startup Worldwide Seoul 2016 Winners Announced!

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First place winner Outernets is awarded $50,000 and second place winner Saferway wins $30,000 at G-Startup Seoul 2016.

Seoul, South Korea – December 2, 2016 – G-Startup Worldwide Seoul, co-hosted by Gyeonggi Center for Creative Economy & Innovation, is held at the Creative Economy Expo to find the most innovative, early stage startups to invest in them. G-Startup Worldwide is honored to announce the winners for its 2016 Seoul competition. G-Startup Worldwide Seoul is where entrepreneurs from around the globe gathered to pitch world leading VC judges for the first prize of a $50,000 investment and other coveted prizes. The winner Outernets also receives a complimentary trip to Silicon Valley for the global finals to compete against international winners from Bangalore, Tel-Aviv, Beijing, Tokyo, Jakarta, Sao Paulo, and Silicon Valley to win an additional $250,000 investment.

About the G-Startup Worldwide Seoul Winners:

First Place: Outernets, Transforming windows into interactive digital displays. www.outernets.co


Second Place: Saferway, Personal safety app for real-time video sharing. www.saferway.io


Third Place: PopPay, Get checks on your smartphone and pay at your table.  www.thepoppay.com


15 high-quality startups selected by the Evaluation Committee of more than 20 active investors pitched global VC’s from prominent firms including Altos Ventures, Translink Capital, K Venture Group, K Cube Ventures, 500 Startups, Walden VC, BAM Ventures, Turn 8, GWC Innovator Fund, and Fashion Technology Accelerator. 

“G-Startup Worldwide searches the world for the most innovative, early stage startups. We are excited to come to South Korea to feature 15 innovative startups that are doing amazing work in computer vision, artificial intelligence, augmented reality, blockchain, IOT, VR and other fields at G-Startup Seoul. We will choose the best of these startups to invest in and enable them to change the world.” GMIC and G-Startup co-founder Barrett Parkman said in a statement.

G-Startup received over 200 applications from 44 countries. Seoul has developed such a strong startup ecosystem for innovation in Asia that some of the startups are from prominent accelerators including SparkLabs, Primer, D.CAMP, N15, & KOISRA Seed Partners. Many of them received investments from corporate ventures like Samsung Venture, LG, Naver Inc., and leading VC firms like Strong Ventures, Translink, Capstone, Telefonica, and Mash Up Ventures. 

Together G-Startup and Gyeonggi Center for Creative Economy & Innovation succeeded to organize an event offering opportunities for startups around the world to receive global publicity and to pitch world renowned VCs for their next round of fundraising. Special thanks to our global partners, Sequoia Capital, Google Launchpad, and Cheetah Mobile. Also we’d like to express our gratitude to our media partners, Forbes, Venture Square, Platum, BeFast TV, Mobidays, and Tech in Asia. 

About G-Startup Worldwide  

G-Startup Worldwide is a global startup competition held around the world to find the most innovative, early stage startups, invest over $1,000,000 in them, support them with a global network and enable them to change the world.G-Startup Worldwide will be hosted at each Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in 2016 including Tel-Aviv, Beijing, Tokyo, Jakarta, Bangalore, Taipei, Seoul and San Francisco. G-Startup Worldwide will invest over $1 million into over 20 companies around the world in 2016. The winner of G-Startup Worldwide will receive a $50,000 investment and the second place winner will receive a $30,000 investment. The winner will also receive a free trip to Silicon Valley to compete to become the 2016 G-Startup Worldwide Global Winner. The second place winner overall will receive an additional $120,000 and the Global Winner will receive an additional $250,000 investment! Our winners also gain access to the exclusive G-Network, our private network for global tech executive as well as support from our mentor network. Any eligible startup from around the world may apply.


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