South Korea has its fair share of homegrown tech startup successes—for example, the wildly popular Kakao Talk mobile messaging platform now boasts a user base numbering well over 100 million. Others high flyers include the 2016 Cannes Grand Prix-shortlisted Dot, developer of the world’s first braille smartwatch for the blind.
Despite being home to most of the region’s tech ventures, Seoul is not the only startup innovation hub in the country. Aspiring to build the next Kakao Talk or DOT, the following are 7 tech startups from Busan you need to know about in 2016.
Treenod is an game development studio that aims to provide mobile users with unique gaming experiences, developing puzzle games such as PokoPang and Patapoko Animal.
Maywill is the developer of the Maxim Alarm: a mobile app that helps users begin the day with an inspirational sentence.
Qliii is a membership-based web platform that enables users to share travel/tourism-related information and experiences. The startup also offers travel planning and other related services.
Socar is a membership-based car sharing service similar to ZipCar and GetAround. Users register with a driving license and payment card; once approved, bookings can be scheduled using the website or mobile app.
MaeGu has developed an integrated content offering that combines the best of various search services into one platform. The solution is currently in beta release.
Schaffengott—or “God of Creation” in German—is a startup focusing on innovative automative solutions. Its car door protection offering D.E.P.S1 launched in July 2014 and now being sold at Shinsegae Duty Free, Lotte Mart, Lotte One TV, and others. Other innovations include its forthcoming Emergency Kit, a one-touch accident response system.
Jenax has developed a flexible battery technology that is safer, more durable, and capable of holding a longer charge. The firm also markets innovative textile and stainless steel wires that are at once environmentally friendly and more cost-effective.
Busan may soon be known for much more than its entertainment venues, world-renowned Busan International Film Festival, and abundance of sightseeing/cultural resources. Various government projects such as Songsanghyeon Square are poised to help more startups like the 7 mentioned above flourish in South Korea’s second largest city.