Global startup festival COMEUP2023 kicks off in Seoul
COMEUP, one of South Korea's largest startup events, kicked off on November 8 in Seoul. This year's conference has garnered significant attention, primarily due to South Korea's increasing influence in the global startup industry and its advanced positioning in the AI sector.Marking its fifth year since its inception in 2019, the annual event is aimed at fostering South Korea's startup segment and provide global startups with opportunities to secure investments and establish partnerships with investors. COMEUP 2023 is poised to become a truly international startup event, enabling startups, investors, and established companies from all over the world to expand their networks and explore future business collaborations. Some 60% of the participating startups are from overseas. CEOs, investors, and lawmakers from 35 countries, including Saudi Arabia, UAE, the US, France, Germany, Switzerland, and Japan, are participating in this event.“Innovation is no longer bound by nationality or borders. It will be achieved by those who can seamlessly bridge the borderless digital world with reality at a rapid pace," said Young Lee, the Minister of SMEs and Startups, in her opening remarks on the first day of the event."The ministry will spare no effort to support startups in advancing the startup industry," the minister added.She also outlined the ministry's plan to streamline its startup programs and organizations while enhancing benefits for both domestic and global startups that contribute to the growth of Korea's startup market.