SKTA Innopartners hosted its 2nd Demo Day this year on November 7, 2017. The event showcased a mix of US emerging technology startups vetted by SKTA Innopartners, as well as startups currently incubated by SK Telecom at the Daejeon Center for Creative Economy & Innovation (CCEI) in South Korea. The event was also a collaboration with the Telecom Infrastructure Project (TIP), an international consortium focused on engineering focused initiatives in telecom sector, where TIP introduced a select number of startups under their ecosystem acceleration centers (TEAC) sponsored by SK Telecom, British Telecom and Orange. The innovative startups span across core technology sectors including IoT, AI, Drones, Optical Devices, Cybersecurity, Autotech, Space Communication, Computer Vision and more.
Each startup was given 7 minutes to present their business followed by 3 minutes of questions and answers. The event provided a platform for these 19 emerging companies to demonstrate their products and network with over 150 investors, corporate partners and the startup community. SKTA looks to expand its investment and corporate partnership ecosystem through more proactive collaboration, strategic initiatives and co-investment opportunities in core technology based startups around the world.
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Presenting Companies (US and CCEI)
|Somewear brings connectivity to the millennials and outdoor enthusiasts like never before.|
|Emotion Research Lab develops advanced real-time facial analysis algorithms and management platform targeting retail, marketing and hospitality markets.|
|Looxid Labs (CCEI) is developing the world’s first emotion recognition system optimized for VR using an eye and brain interface.|
|Gestoos is redefining technology interaction with breakthrough technology that enables natural, hands off engagement with digital devices and environments.|
|Highwai develops object detection AI algorithms and simulation environment for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and self-driving cars.|
|PreNav digitizes large scale infrastructure through robotics, laser scanning and AI.|
|Mumec is developing ultra low-power wireless chipset solution based on RF-MEMS technology.|
|Security Platform (CCEI) provides state-of-the-art hardware based embedded security solutions for the lightweight IoT devices for B2B business.|
|Corners (CCEI) provides real-time intelligence augmentation services combining IoT and AI algorithm to change the way we protect people.|
|HEVO will be the first certified end-to-end wireless charging solution for electric vehicles built on global wireless charging standards.|
|KETS Quantum Security (Bristol, UK) has developed the world’s first integrated quantum secured encryption technologies – from quantum random number generators to full quantum key distribution devices.|
|Unmanned Life (London, UK) offers autonomous drone-based technology for emergency network coverage solutions.|
|Amarisoft (Ris Orangis, France) develops a comprehensive LTE software suite including the base station, the network backbone and the telephone software stack.|
|Horizon Computing Solutions (Rocquencourt, France) is an open hardware engineering company. We are making IT more sustainable by leveraging and enabling communities to accelerate open innovation.|
|Athonet’s (Vicenza, Italy) mobile edge core network software is a critical enabler for CSPs and enterprises to address vast new markets such as Industrial Internet, Public Safety, Connected & Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Grids, Smart Cities as well as bridging the digital divide.|
|Adipsys (Valbonne, France) is a solutions publisher which enables operators to control Wi-Fi infrastructure of any kind via the Cloud.|
|Optella (Daejeon, South Korea) develops ultra low-cost, low-power & small footprint 40/100/400 Gbps optical engines based on silicon optical bench technology.|
|KulCloud (Seong Nam, South Korea) is an innovative SDN solutions company focused on bringing high performance and highly scalable virtual network services to 5G mobile fronthaul / midhaul networks.|
|Transcelestial (Singapore) develops super fast, space laser network that can provide up to 1000x speed than current satellite communication technology.|
CCEI is an effort by the South Korean government to boost domestic economy and to build an innovation ecosystem around the country. 17 Centers have been opened, including Daejeon, which is seen as a perfect hub for open innovation, startup incubation and ecosystem building. The Daejeon CCEI is being supported by both the South Korean government and SK Group. Under the program, each startup receives US $20,000 as startup capital and US $200,000 for technology development. Startup also gets a chance to attract investments from SK-KNET fund and Daejeon “angel” fund. To date, the Daejeon CCEI has supported 337 companies in attracting investment, developing marketing strategies and extending their businesses abroad.
Telecom Infra Project Inc. is an international engineering-focused initiative driven by operators, suppliers, developers, integrators, and startups to disaggregate the traditional network deployment approach. Founded in February 2016, TIP’s key corporate members include Facebook, CableLabs, Nokia, SK Telecom, Orange, British Telecom and others. In partnership with TIP, several of the world’s largest telecom service providers, including SK Telecom, Orange and British Telecom, sponsor the TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centers (TEACs) in their respective home region which will incubate local talented telecom startups around the world and accelerate product development through support from leading global and local investors.