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Time to Gear Up for Startup Festival 2017

Start-ups, get ready to take your ideas to the next level

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BY Marishka M. Cabrera - 20 Nov 2017

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For three days, players in the start-up ecosystem in Asia and beyond will gather in Seoul, South Korea to take part in what organizers promise to be “Asia’s largest start-up conference ever.”

Startup Festival 2017 aims to bring together 550 start-ups, 45 investors, and 37 media to participate in “an advanced matchmaking process to improve networking” among them. For start-ups, this can be a chance to take their ideas to the next level by engaging with investors and the media. Though limited in number, start-ups can also ask for help from translators on-site.

Listen to keynote speeches and panel discussions from 70 speakers, including Dr. Gang Lu, TechNode founder and CEO; Ryo Umezawa, country manager of Tinder; and Daisuke Furuta, founder of Buzzfeed Japan.

Learn about what entrepreneurs need to do for VR and AR to connect to consumers, and the possibilities of the Internet of Things (IoT) on Day 1. Day 2 promises to be an insightful discussion on the latest trends and applications of big data, how ICOs will change the Asian market, and the effect of SaaS on Asian start-ups. The final day will be about survival strategies for start-ups in 2018, the developments (and obstacles) in the world of fintech, and the role of A.I. in the future of industries.

Startup Festival 2017 will be held in November 30 to December 2 at the COEX Hall B in Seoul.

The event is hosted by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups and organized by the Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity and 500v2, a media group comprised of start-ups that provide a variety of services in the field of advertising.