The NextRise conference is a global startup conference with an objective to connect key players in the global startup ecosystem. The event kicked off on July 23rd as part of Korea’s initiative to put the country’s startup ecosystem on the global tech map.
Held at Coex in Gangnam area, the two day conference was co-hosted by a group of state-owned entities such as the Korea Development Bank, Korea International Trade Association, and National Research Council of Science and Technology to name a few.
Nextrise 2019 featured keynote lectures and speeches from investment gurus, market insights by country representatives and global corporations, pitch sessions and exhibition booths for startup, as well as one-on-one meetings to connect investors and aspiring startups
During keynote sessions, speakers such as Sendbird CEO John Kim, 500 startups co-founder Christine Tsai discussed the challenges and prospects of startup ecosystem in Korea and abroad. While representatives from global corporations such as Lenovo, Samsung, and BMW shared their view open innovation models and environments for corporate mergers and acquisitions of startups. In addition to this 20 leading venture capital firms and accelerators in Korea also held meetups and individual sessions.
ANGIN’s Tech Investment Lead, Gema Minang, attended the conference as a keynote speaker for NextRise’s country session. ANGIN was invited to share our insights on the early stage venture investment landscape in Indonesia, discussing market characteristics, key trends, while also highlighting the type of contribution ANGIN is bringing to the ecosystem.
On top of keynote lectures and speeches, there were a total of 190 startup exhibitors from Korea and beyond in the fields of deep tech, financial technology, energy conservation, consumer services, and many more. Gema had the opportunity to meet with some korean startups to learn more about their businesses and facilitate their interest in the Indonesian market.
In the long run, we are hoping that we can pursue a fruitful collaboration with the Korean startup diaspora to share the best practices in startup ecosystem of respective country.