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South Korea Startup Ecosystem Overview

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Regional Ranking
3rd
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1
in East Asia
Global Ranking
21st
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2
worldwide
Population
51.3
million

top industries
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Transportation
#9 worldwide
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Health
#14 worldwide
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Social & Leisure
#15 worldwide

notable startups
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startup iconLezhin Entertainment
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ecosystem description

The South Korea Startup Ecosystem is a regional Leader in innovation, ranked at number 21 globally, and shows a negative momentum -2 spots since 2021. South Korea also ranks at number 3 for startups in East Asia.

There are 5 cities ranked in the top 1,000 in South Korea and the top ranked city in South Korea is Seoul at 25 globally. Seoul is followed by Busan at 207 and Daejeon at 421.

South Korea is an ideal place to locate for Transportation, Health and Social & Leisure startups. As the most popular industries in the country, there is a sample of 206 Transportation startups in South Korea, 105 Health startups in South Korea and 104 Social & Leisure startups in South Korea, on the StartupBlink Map.

On the StartupBlink Global Startup Ecosystem Map there is a sample of 691 startups in South Korea, 44 accelerators in South Korea, 7 coworking spaces in South Korea, 2 organizations in South Korea and 1 leaders in South Korea.

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OP.GG creates profiles for gamers by analyzing game data from the games they play. Read more
O-House is a one-stop home furnishing and interior design platform enabling customers to easily source & purchase goods for their homes. Read more
Bithumb is a platform to buy and sell cryptocurrency. Read more
The team behind Tappytoon, premier digital-first comics platform & daily destination for 3+ Million readers worldwide. English/French/German Read more
Buzzvil is a startup based in Seoul, Korea with a mission to provide the most natural and effective advertising platform. Founded in 2012, we've created and successfully monetized the concept of using smartphone lockscreens to connect advertisers and consumers. Our flagship mobile app, Honeyscreen, has reached over 2 million users in South Korea, and its counterpart, Lockjoy, is now the #1 lockscreen advertising platform in Japan. Read more
Class101 is an online platform where people can make and enjoy hobbies. Read more
Bespin is a cloud management company that provides end-to-end services from cloud adoption to planning, deployment, management, operation, control and response. Read more
Socar is South Korea's number 1 car-sharing platform, with a mission to change the world through innovation in mobility Read more
Career Management · Employment · Company Data. Read more
Lezhin Entertainment is a Korean startup that offers Lezhin Comics, a webtoon ( web comics , online manga ) service for mature readers. Read more
Dable, Inc. is B2B Omni-channel Personalization Platform. Read more
A global leading AI Tutor solution provider delivering creative disruption to the education market through its cutting-edge AI technology. Read more
Team of passionate industry veterans, all with deep experience in creating games for all leading gaming platforms. Read more
A fan-initiated live event making service Read more
Carrot General Insurance is a digital insurance company. Read more
Korbit is South Korea's first and largest bitcoin exchange and wallet. Read more
JoyCity is a game development and services company. Read more
Ringle is a premium 1:1 online English learning platform that connects top tutors with global employees looking to perfect their English Read more
Tridge combines technology and human network and uses this to connects consumers and vendors. Read more
Samsung Bioepis is a biopharmaceutical company. Read more
We Are Digital Architects'' - We empower customers with cloud-optimized technology, people and process. Read more
A platform that allows you to get the latest luxury goods in just 3 days. Read more
Klaytn is an enterprise-grade, service-centric platform that brings user-friendly blockchain experience. Read more
WireBarley is a fin-tech company that provides a platform for online money transfer. Read more
NAVER Z develops an application where users can create different 3D avatars online. Read more
Karrot is a hyperlocal community app which offers a secondhand marketplace. Read more
Anchor Protocol is a savings platform that provides crypto natives, fintech companies, and investors a stable, high interest rate finance. Read more
Lunit does software development and supply, medical device manufacturing, medical device sales, import and export, e-commerce, data processing and databasing, image processing solution development and provision, information service. Read more
Coinplug provides bitcoin exchange, wallet, okBitcard and payment processor services targeting Korea and the Asian market. Read more
MangoPlate is a mobile application for users to find personalized dining recommendations. Read more
Kmong is a Korean online talent market enabling individuals to sell and buy services in design, business, computing, music, and more. Read more
SparkPlus is a coworking space operator. Read more
Kakao Enterprise specializes in providing AI technology-based working platforms and services. Read more
ProtoPie is the easiest tool used to turn your UI/UX design ideas into highly interactive prototypes for mobile, desktop, web, and IoT. Read more
RIDI Corporation is South Korea’s leading content platform specialized in Web Comics, Web fiction and e-book, headquartered in Seoul. Read more
Yanadoo is a fast-growing English conversation training company. Read more
Xangle is a crypto disclosure platform that provides that missing transparency and trust in the market. Read more
Npixel is a computer game developer company. Read more
Tours and activities reservation platform Read more
The company provides business management software(CashNote) to small and medium-sized businesses in Korean and Japan. Read more
Accommodation management platform, GDS, CMS, PMS, RMS Read more
Classting is an education technology company that serves schools and teachers all over the world for better education. Read more
42dot is a technology company pioneering frictionless and autonomous mobility services through the development of UMOS. Read more
VoyagerX develops artificial intelligence software. Read more
Deepbrain AI provides a range of AI powered customer service products. Read more
GI Innovation is a global leader of microbiome drug development. Read more
SWATCHON.COM was launched under the motive to provide a variety of unique, high-quality wholesale fabrics at a reasonable price. Read more
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Top Cities for Startups in South Korea Ranked by StartupBlink

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3.30
23.57
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3.906
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1.099
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0.276
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0.167
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