This week puts South Korea’s second-largest city Busan on the spotlight as the leaders of the 10 ASEAN countries gather for important meetings. The city not only welcomed the politicians but also entrepreneurs hailing from outside the city.
D.Day, one of the longest running demo day events in South Korea, also took place in Busan, in collaboration with the government of Busan Metropolitan City and Busan Techno Park to shed light on startups that want to make a foray into the port city.
D.Camp's demo day event D.day took place in Busan on Nov. 27.
Six companies picked from 108 startups that applied introduced their businesses to seven judges and audience who eventually picked Peo Pet as their favorite.
Peo Pet helps pet owners register their beloved dogs and cats with local governments. The startup received the demo day‘s top award from Oh Keo-don, mayor of Busan and also from Capstone Partners prize given to a startup that attracted most votes. D.Camp Awards was bestowed to Jober, a human resource management solution provider.
Also featured are School Bus, a safe school bus operator, TourLive, an online tour guide service, Yeogiro, which help users discard large trash and Hand It Back To Nature, a producer of environment-friendly disposable products.
Seven judges included representatives from Lotte Accelerator, Capstone Partners and K Ground Ventures, which launched its office in Busan on the same day.
“Many private startup infrastructure firms such as L Camp, WeWork, KRX, IBK and SUM incubator are coming to Busan and I hope more and more startup support come here,” Oh said.
First launched in June 2013 by D Camp, an accelerator program backed by the country’s financial institutions, D.Day has showcased more than 350 startups so far.
By Park Ga-young (firstname.lastname@example.org)