Korea and U.S. jointly form $215 mn fund to help Korean startups go global

2022.09.23 11:45:21 | 2022.09.23 11:45:44

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South Korean government-invested venture fund and a group of U.S. venture capital will launch a joint funds of fund worth $215 million to back global competitiveness of Korean startups.

According to the Ministry of SMEs and Startups on Wednesday (local time), the Korea Fund of Funds (KFoF), a venture capital sponsored by state-invested Korea Venture Investment Corp. (KVIC), and three venture U.S. capital have agreed on the joint fund. KFoF will put up about 14 percent of the fund.

The three U.S. participants are RPS Ventures, Millennium Technology Value Partners, and Applied Ventures. RPS Ventures operates 480 billion won under its management, focusing on B2B startups in logistics, e-commerce, and fintech. Millennium Technology Value Partners, a spin-off from global asset fund Blackstone, holds 440 billion won under its management. Applied Ventures, with an asset of 490 billion won under its control, is the venture capital arm of Applied Materials, a global firm in materials engineering solutions for semiconductors.

The joint fund is expected to facilitate Korean startups network with global venture capitalists in bigger fund-raising. “We are discussing the design of the fund. We will create an ecosystem in New York’s Silicon Alley to build a gateway for Korean startups to go global,” said Lee Young, Minister of SMEs and Startups.

Lee hosted a forum for U.S. and Korean companies attended by Karan Bhatia, Vice President of Google, David Rosenberg, Senior Vice President of Oracle, Park Won-ki, CEO of Naver Cloud, and Kong Young-woon, President of Hyundai Motor.

Bhatia vowed to make success stories with Korean startups and asked for government support to enable blossoming of ideas and flexibility from startups.

Oracle will be running a startup nurturing program with the Korean government next year to share knowhow on management and technology. Oracle plans to support 20 Koran startups in the AI and cloud fields.

Lee said that the ministry would seek to enhance the cooperation between the government, large companies, and startups. The government will expand exchanges with other countries to help startups. Efforts are under progress with Arab nations.

By Yang Yeon-ho and Jenny Lee

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