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The Ecosystem of Seoul Startups

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1st
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5th
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in East Asia
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23rd
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Social & Leisure
#13 worldwide
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Hardware & IoT
#14 worldwide
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Ecommerce & Retail
#23 worldwide

notable startups
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The Startup Ecosystem of Seoul is ranked at number 23 globally, and shows a negative momentum decreasing -2 spots since 2020. Seoul also ranks at number 1 in South Korea, and 5 in East Asia.

Seoul is an ideal place to locate for Social & Leisure, Hardware & IoT and Ecommerce & Retail startups. As the most popular industries in Seoul, there is a sample of 190 Social & Leisure startups in Seoul, 94 Hardware & IoT startups in Seoul, and 84 Ecommerce & Retail startups in Seoul, on the StartupBlink Map.

On the StartupBlink Global Startup Ecosystem Map there is also a sample of 622 startups in Seoul, 44 accelerators in Seoul, 7 coworking spaces in Seoul, 2 organizations in Seoul and 1 leaders in Seoul.

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OP.GG creates profiles for gamers by analyzing game data from the games they play. Read more
Lezhin Entertainment is a Korean startup that offers Lezhin Comics, a webtoon ( web comics , online manga ) service for mature readers. Read more
The team behind Tappytoon, premier digital-first comics platform & daily destination for 3+ Million readers worldwide. English/French/German Read more
Anchor Protocol is a savings platform that provides crypto natives, fintech companies, and investors a stable, high interest rate finance. 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
O-House is a one-stop home furnishing and interior design platform enabling customers to easily source & purchase goods for their homes. Read more
Dable, Inc. is B2B Omni-channel Personalization Platform. Read more
Carrots Market is a second-hand direct app for residents near you.  Read more
Makestar was born to suggest new communication method between Hallyu star and global fan. Read more
Bithumb is a platform to buy and sell cryptocurrency. Read more
Career Management · Employment · Company Data. Read more
Gooroomee provides a video conference solution. Read more
Coinone provides various blockchain and cryptocurrency related services, including cryptocurrency exchange center and foreign remittance Read more
JoyCity is a game development and services company. Read more
aha provides education support. Read more
MangoPlate is a mobile application for users to find personalized dining recommendations. Read more
Neogentc is developing an anti-cancer immune T-cell therapy based on a new antigen discovery platform that goes beyond inaccurate predictions and an innovative immune cell therapy-based technology that binds to actual immune cells. Read more
Classting is an education technology company that serves schools and teachers all over the world for better education. Read more
Diningcode is an online search portal that analyzes big data to help users find restaurants in their vicinity. Read more
Kong Liao is a web-based platform that offers daily quizzes. Read more
"Liner" helps you highlight and save text on the web. Highlight your favorite sentences on Medium, Wikipedia, and PDF files. Linersaves all your highlights made across mobile and desktop. Share highlighted pages instead of sharing the entire article. Leave sentence-level feedback on web pages by leaving comments on the highlights itself. By crowd-sourcing highlights we can find out what sentences people are actually interested in. While Google is limited to knowing what “Pages” you prefer. Liner goes a level-deeper and knows what “Sentences” within the page you prefer. Google knows you bookmarked 20 pages. Liner knows you bookmarked 20 pages and at least +10 Highlights for each webpage. Read more
StyleShare is a realtime mobile and online platform that allows users to share and receive updates on fashion and beauty. Read more
Picky is a fast-growing mobile-first community that enables consumers to discover the best beauty, skincare brands, and products. Read more
CryptoQuant utilizes machine learning to provide comprehensive on-chain data and analytics to institutional investors. Read more
Wishket is an outsourcing platform for companies and freelancers to post projects, outsource work, or search for jobs online. Read more
A fan-initiated live event making service Read more
Tuck & Company Inc.provides mobile start-up, personal, and interpersonal commerce platforms. 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
Bespin Global provide consulting, migration, managed service as well as solutions for hybrid cloud. 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
Platfarm helps messaging services to monetize or/and increase user engagement with the visual communication solution. Read more
Choose english speaking dentist in seoul and easily book without call! Dental clinics are located around SNU Station & Nakseongdae Station Read more
Klaytn is an enterprise-grade, service-centric platform that brings user-friendly blockchain experience. Read more
Team of passionate industry veterans, all with deep experience in creating games for all leading gaming platforms. Read more
Loadcomplete is a social and mobile games developer in Korea. Read more
Xangle is a crypto disclosure platform that provides that missing transparency and trust in the market. Read more
Brandi is an online marketplace that offers clothes and foot wears for women . 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
A platform that allows you to get the latest luxury goods in just 3 days. Read more
KORIAN SIMPEUL provides online Korean training to Russian-speaking immigrants and workers. Read more
Marvelous Designer is the global leader in digital graphics solutions aimed at streamlining workflows for realistic 3D clothing. Marvelous Designer has become the industry standard for creating virtual clothing assets for the Game, VFX, Design and Architecture industries.  Read more
Remember is a developer of business card organizer app. Read more
Korbit is South Korea's first and largest bitcoin exchange and wallet. Read more
Tridge combines technology and human network and uses this to connects consumers and vendors. Read more
NEWSTOMATO a media company for companies and the economy. Read more
Terra is building a decentralized price-stable cryptocurrency that will gain usage as a means of payment at massive scale through an alliance of large commerce partners across the globe. Read more
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