At Technode we’ve witnessed a wealth of South Korean startups entering the Chinese ecosystem, which is why we are very excited to announce our first China-Korea startup event of the year!

The DreamPlus TechNode Korean Startup Demo Day will be held at Shanghai’s 1933 Laochangfang on June 30th, focusing on South Korea’s booming startup ecosystem. The demo day follows our TechCrunch Shanghai Event, held between June 25th and 29th.

The demo day event will include a panel discussion on investment trends in China and South Korea, with venture capitalists from Modern Capital and NP Ventures. Chinese startups, including Strikingly (上线了), Moneylocker (惠锁屏) and TataUFO will also share insights on China’s startup ecosystem and the young entrepreneurs powering it.

The Korean startup pitch competition will feature companies in AR, VR, hardware, gaming, lifestyle and education, and will be judged by industry experts from ZhenFund, SBCVC, Modern Capital, Cherubic Ventures, Yunqi Partners, NICE Group and NP Ventures. The winning startup will be given a free booth at our TechCrunch Beijing Event in November.

*The event will have both Chinese and Korean translators.

Online registration are here. See you there!

Event Details

Date: Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Time: 12:30 PM to 6:00 PM

(Registration opens at 12:30 PM)

Venue: 1933 Laochangfang / 2nd Floor, Building #4 No.611 Liyang Road, Shanghai, 200080 China

1933 老场坊 /上海市溧阳路6114号楼2层 200080


12:30 – 13:00 Registration

13:00 – 13:15 Opening remarks delivered by DreamPlus General Manager Moonhwi Lee and Senior Manager Richard Cai

13:15 – 13:25 Opening remarks delivered by TechNode CEO Gang Lu and reporter Eva Yoo

13:25 – 13:50 Panel discussion “Investment Trends in China and Korea” delivered by DreamPlus Senior Manager Richard Cai, Modern Capital Partner Jason Xu, and NP Ventures Managing Director Hyuktae Kwon

13:50 – 14:15 Panel discussion “China’s Startup Ecosystem: Innovation From Young Entrepreneurs” delivered by Moneylocker CEO Minkoo Kang, Strikingly CEO David Chen, and TataUFO CEO Brian Cheong

14:15 – 14:25 10 minute break

14:25 – 15:40 Five startups pitch (each pitch is 10 minutes + 5 minutes of Q&A)

15:40 – 16:00 20 minute break

16:00 – 17:15 Five startups pitch (each pitch is 10 minutes + 5 minutes of Q&A)

17:15 – 17:25 10 minute break & judging

17:25 – 18:00 Winner announced & networking

Korean startups pitching at the event include 

TheBoud / Provider of lifestyle action camera PIC

CreativeBomb / Provides educational game content for kids

Adring / Provides mobile advertising platform Adring

7pmBand / Provider of mobile-based AR and VR content

SSAM / Cross-border e-commerce for Korean products

Lee&Company / Advertising-based free WiFi AP solution

ARmode / 3D animation maker

Villy / P2P lending service

DSP Global / O2O traveling platform

TheAlphaLabs / Creates AR head mounted displays and AR glass

DreamPlus is the accelerator arm of Hanwha Group. They help startups to expand to Asian markets by collaborating with accelerators in ten Asian countries, including China, Japan, and Vietnam. Founded in 1952, Hanwha Group was listed as one of Fortune’s Global 500 companies.

R.S.V.P. by June 30th, 2016 (Link)

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at

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