Seoul, Maekyung to jointly host Asia’s biggest startup fair “Try Everything 2021” in Sept

2021.06.09 14:09:46 | 2021.06.09 14:10:10

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Maekyung Media Group and Seoul Metropolitan Government will co-host Asia’s biggest global startup convention “Try Everything 2021” in September, the second of its kind following the inaugural event last year.

Try Everything is a global startup premier which offers physical and online opportunities for up-and-coming tech startups to pitch their potentials to investors from home and aboard and get funding tips and mentoring from startup gurus from all around the world.

The inaugural event held last year proved to be a successful cross-border matchmaker between Korean startups and global capital. A total 237 global startup gurus and 45 investors from more than 10 countries including the U.S., Canada and France took part in the fair. Featured speakers included global business tycoons like John Hennessy, chairman of Google parent company Alphabet, Tim Draper, the legendary investor behind early stage investments in Tesla and Baidu, and Marc Randolph, co-founder and first CEO of global video streaming giant Netflix.

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[Photo by Han Joo-hyung]

This year’s convention would be held on Sept. 15-17 at Shilla Hotel in central Seoul at a much bigger scale. The forum will feature over 80 startup programs focused on global outreach and some 40 community-based cooperative programs will be held throughout Seoul before the forum kicks off starting Aug 1. Global leading companies, venture capital firms and unicorn startups will join the convention to share their insights.

The main event to be held at Shilla Hotel will feature more than 40 programs including Demo Day sessions to give startups opportunities to attract funding from leading companies like Mercedes-Benz Korea and Posco.

Another new feature is Meet-up Program, a customized mentoring program that matches up-and-coming tech startups with public or private capital. Local leading companies including confectionary giant Binggrae and oil refinery S-oil will take part in the program.

Startups can apply for the meet-up program starting Wednesday online at the Try Everything 2021 website and Startup Plus platform.

By Choi Seung-jin and Lee Soo-min

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