The COMEUP 2021 festival ended on November 19, 2021 after showcasing 72 innovative and promising startups set to become the next unicorn companies. These startups offer futuristic products and services that improve the businesses of today and pave the way for the future. KTD was live at the event to give you these promising firms that presented on the festival’s last day.
The judges for this startup showcase were Hye-Woon Kim, Director of K2 investment partners; Kyungmo Kim, MD of MiraeAsset Capital; and Hwanseok Jeon, MD of SL Investments. These judges were critical in assessing the firm’s production, sales cycles, target marketing, and business models.
Aerodyne is the world’s first drone base solution provider solving common industrial problems such as safety and compliance, increasing efficiency, streamlining unconsolidated data, and reducing high risks and costs. According to Richard Ker, VP of partnerships and ecosystems at Aerodyne, their solutions cover a wide range of verticals and industries, providing imaging services for disaster relief, drone delivery, mining, and managing natural resources. “Our DT1 Drone Tech allows companies to minimize injuries and other employee risks by deploying drones to do the work more safely and efficiently. Our clients don’t have to apply for the drones as we will provide the drones, pilots, and seek permits for performing the job.” Ker added. Their DT2 and DT3 technologies perform similar functions revolutionizing how companies operate and delivering more value. Aerodyne has a network of more than one thousand partners and clients, including fortune 500 companies, and operates in 35 countries.
Go Comets is an enterprise SAS company digitizing international freight. According to Chintransh Sahai, Chief Business Officer of Go Comet solutions, international freight is a vast and complex industry with a trillion-dollar space lacking technology across the board. The enterprise mainly works with exporters allowing them to skip the processes of exporting cargo such as freight procurement, managing shipments, freight audits, and data analytics. Go comets provides digitized end-to-end shipping service for only $20 of freight spent per shipment. The startup operates out of Singapore but has made significant in-roads in Malaysia, Japan, Korea, and other South East Asia countries.
Cher Ground enables fashion companies and customers to manage their businesses faster and more efficiently. Yeon Lee, CEO of Cher Ground, started her presentation by stating the current D2B business in the fashion industry is worth 15 trillion Wang. However, most of its processes are still manual. Fashion companies have to pick their clothes from distributors, check on invoices and products manually and pay them, which takes 3-4 hours of each day. However, using their app Sell Up, these processes are shortened to just two phases with a separate integrated payment system that makes it easier for business to pay their distributors. Sell-up provides recommendations for clothes to buy with bulk users only needing to upload their requirements once to purchase. The app fashion business can manage their purchases, invoices, and tax bills while managing their vast clientele.
Hanteo Global improves the quality of K-pop using big data using its number one K-pop fandom app. “The current K-pop scene is biased, with a large number of companies tracking the progress of a few big-time stars, excluding the rising ones. At Hanteo, we keep track of all artists regardless of their success through collecting sales data from their Korean and international sales. We also solve the problem of fake Korean videos in international countries through our app. Once consumers buy a video, they only need to scratch and scan the QR code on its back, and the app authenticates the song and shows its rankings in the global Hanteo chart,” said Youngho Kwak, CEO of Hanteo Global. The app gives equal opportunities to all artists while providing big data that can be used to strategize how K-pop artists can present videos to the global music market.
H-robotics closed the festival by showcasing their rehabilitation robots. The startup started in 2018 and has continually grown to provide rehabilitation robots for people with muscle or bone injuries and other terminal conditions. These robot helpers provide telemedicine in which the patient doesn’t have to go to the hospital for treatment continually but can get them through their mobile phones with their robots helping them get better.