- Mar. 7, 2014 - SEOUL, South Korea -- The Banks Foundation for Young Entrepreneurs (http://dcamp.kr/)
announces that they will be returning to SXSW for a second year with Geeks from Gangnam
. The non-profit is sponsoring 10 Korean start ups with a strong Trade Show presence and participation in SXSW Interactive.
The foundation was established in 2012 by an association of 20 major banks, and was formed to help promote an entrepreneurship culture and ecosystem in South Korea. Their Business Center for Entrepreneurship opened it's doors in the Gangnam district of Seoul on March 27, 2013. It provides 30,000 sq. ft. of office and meeting space where start-up founders, investors, developers and designers can connect.
Also backing this year's trip to SXSW is the Korea Creative Content Agency (KOCCA - http://eng.kocca.kr/en/main.do
) through their Contents Korea Lab Startup Incubating Program. It is part of the agency's comprehensive support system established to nurture Korea's content industry and creative culture.
The ten startups that are visiting SXSW 2014 are:Amootoon (http://amootoon.com)
in booth #1111, seeks to bring fresh new content and technological innovation to the world of web comics, along with a supportive artist community. Set to launch on April 14, 2014, they are developing new ways to integrate cinematography and cartoons, including tools to easily animate still cuts.BurudaConcert (http://burudaconcert.com)
, in booth #1109, is a web-based profit-sharing concert planning platform that allows fans to bring their favorite bands to town and take home a cut of the profits. Their innovative two-stage ticket system reduces pressure on bands and concert promoters by motivating concertgoers to participate in promoting sales.
), in Booth #1206, are the innovators behind TappyToon (http://tappytoon.com/)
, a platform for cinematic digital comics. Their platform connects storytellers, artists and fans with entertaining original content enhanced by cutting-edge animation and proprietary mobile technology.
, in booth #1107, is the developer of Lets Fold (http://www.youcanfold.com/)
, the first social origami game for mobile devices. Players can compete alongside or against their friends with over 100 engaging puzzles.
JJS Media (http://jjsmediacompany.com)
, in booth #1214 created the app MyMusicTaste (http://www.mymusictaste.com/)
, a concert organizing platform that allows music fans from around the world to initiate live music concerts. International and indie artists can forecast demand for concerts outside of their immediate market, bridging the gap between artists, promoters and fans.Theme Travel News (http://themetn.com)
, in booth 1208, is the first content platform to connect travelers with media and publishers. A traveler becomes a reporter after completing a one day Academy, then writes on creative travel themes from their own unique perspective. After reporting for one year, their news is published and distributed as an ebook.
DN Solution (http://dnsolution.co.kr)
, in booth #1210, are the developers of TOUCHSCHOOL NFC Learning Charts
, smartphone-connected learning charts for kids that utilizes NFC technology. By placing a smartphone against the surface of the chart, children can begin to lead their own learning process and harness their natural childhood curiosity in a fun, self-motivating way.
Wantreez Music, Inc. will demonstrate RhymeDuck (http://rhymeduck.com/)
, their commercial radio broadcasting service for businesses, in booth #1113. Music selections and promotional segments are customized to suit each store environment, offering free and Creative Commons Licensed music to eliminate the risk of licensing violations and the cost of music royalties, without sacrificing quality.
Wazzle Entertainment (http://wazzlent.co.kr)
, in booth #1212, is the developer of the Original K-Pop Dance
, an app that uses video to teach Kpop fans the dances performed by K-Pop stars, as instructed by the original choreographers. The app can be enjoyed across platforms, available for iPhone and iPad, Android, and Smart TV's.Sharehows (http://sharehows.com)
is a specialized how-to sharing platform and social website where individual and business users contribute expertise. The collective know-how of participants provides reliable content on a wide range of subjects. This start up will attend SXSW Interactive March 7-11.
The founders of these ten startups are available for meetings, demos or interviews at their booths during show hours, or upon request. Geeks from Gangnam are also hosting an After-Party on March 10th at Brass House, featuring live K-Pop bands from Seoul. Those interested can RSVP at http://techranchaustin.com/