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SparkLabs Group Overview 11 2018


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Overview of SparkLabs Group (, a network of startup accelerators and venture capital funds across the globe. SparkLabs Global Ventures, a leading seed stage fund; SparkLabs Ventures, a localized early-stage fund (Series A & B) in South Korea; SparkChain Capital, early-stage investments in blockchain related startups.

SparkLabs accelerator network consists of SparkLabs Korea (Seoul), SparkLabs Beijing, SparkLabs IoT & Smart Cities (Songdo, South Korea), SparkLabs Taipei, SparkLabs Cyber + Blockchain (D.C., SparkLabs Energy (Oman), and Ping An Cloud Accelerator Powered by SparkLabs.

Our goal is to build each startup investment vehicle to be independently successful while still leveraging the synergies across each team, network and portfolio of companies.

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SparkLabs Group Overview 11 2018

  1. 1. October 2018
  3. 3. 1 A Network of Venture Capital and Accelerator Funds Founded in 2013, SparkLabs Group ( comprises of SparkLabs Accelerator, Asia’s premier accelerator network, with operations in South Korea (1st launched in 2012), China, Beijing, Hong Kong, Sydney and Taiwan; SparkLabs Global Ventures, a global seed-stage fund; SparkLabs Capital, a late stage investment vehicle; SparkLabs Ventures, an early-stage fund for South Korea and SE Asia; and SparkChain, our new blockchain focused early-stage fund. Our team previously has led investments in Siri (sold to Apple), DeepMind (sold to Google for over $500M), Ping An Good Doctor ($7.45 billion IPO), Spotify (board member), Studio Ex (co-founded, sold to Disney), Hostway (co-founded, sold to a PE fund) and others. We have invested in over 200 companies across all of our entities and across 6 continents. Some of our companies are Andela closed their $40 million Series C in 2017, Lyft closed $1 billion from Alphabet’s CapitalG at a $11 billion valuation in 2017, Deserve’s (formerly Selfscore) $17M Series C led by Sallie Mae, 88Rising’s $5M Series A led by WPP along with Horizons & Blue Pool in 2017, and Memebox, which closed $126 million total in their Series C at the end of 2016.
  4. 4. 2 General technology accelerator in partnership with CITIC Guoan Academy Australia based AgTech, FoodTech, and Sustainability accelerator in partnership with New South Wales Government A global $100 million blockchain- focused fund. Series A & B and primarily equity investments. Partnered with Ping An Technology to launch “Ping An Cloud Accelerator, Powered by SparkLabs”. Based in Shenzhen and Hong Kong Korea’s #1 startup Accelerator. 96 portfolio companies. LPs include Mirae Asset, Hartono family (Indonesia), and Asan Nanum Foundation (Hyundai family). A Global Seed Stage Fund with investments across the U.S. (50%), Europe (25%) and Asia (25%). LPs include UMC (Taiwan), Xavier Niel, and Foundry Group. $40 million Korea/SE Asia Series A fund. LPs include Korea Development Bank (KDB) and SeAH Steel IOT & Smart City Accelerator in partnership with the City of Songdo, Korea, which is a $35 billion smart city. Our first accelerator in the U.S. and based in Washington D.C. This will focus on cybersecurity and blockchain startups, and will launch 2Q 2019. SELECT ENTITIES FROM SPARKLABS GROUP
  5. 5. SparkLabs Group Leveraging Our Investors & Ecosystem Partners SOME OF OUR PARTNERS: • New South Wales Government • Ping An Insurance (largest insurance company in China and globally) • Mirae Asset (largest asset manager in South Korea. Over $100 billion in assets) • CITIC (China’s state financial institution with over $514 billion in assets) • KDB, Korea Development Bank 3
  6. 6. SparkLabs Korea was the first accelerator launched by SparkLabs in December 2012. Since then over 95 startups have graduated from its accelerator program. The program runs twice a year over a 4 month period and typically invests $50,000 for up to 6% in a company. Today SparkLabs Korea is considered the leading startup accelerator in South Korea. Almost 80% of of our graduates receive follow-on funding, and the first accelerator fund’s investment performance is up 1,300%. 4 SparkLabs Korea
  7. 7. 5 SparkLabs & Facebook Facebook choose SparkLabs Korea to run their Innovation Lab Korea in 2018
  8. 8. SparkLabs Korea’s Demo Day is the largest Demo Day in the world which is held twice a year since 2012. Over 2,300 people participated in the 11th Demo Day (held on June 21, 2018). Demo Day highlights the end of each accelerator batch. Typically over 400 venture capitalists and early-stage investors and over 100 corporate development professionals attend our demo day events. The Largest Accelerator Demoday in the World 6 SparkLabs Korea
  9. 9. 7 SparkLabs Korea Partnerships Assisting Korea’s largest wireless carrier in their innovation development. “SK Telecom announced an partnership with SparkLabs, a global accelerator, in Barcelona, Spain at the Mobile World Congress.” Yonhap News “Universal’s Accelerator Engagement Network, announced in October 2017, will work closely with SparkLabs, which operates incubator programmes in Seoul and Taipei, to develop music-related start- ups.” Yonhap News
  10. 10. SparkPlus is a leading co-working space in Seoul, South Korea with 7 locations. SparkLabs Korea partnered with Aju Hotel group to launch a premier co-working company in South Korea. A Leading Co-working Space in Seoul 8 SparkLabs Korea / SparkPlus SPACE COMMUNITY SERVICES INFRASTRUCTURE0&0 DEVELOPMENT CONNECTING0STARTUPS0&0 FREELANCERS CHIC,0FUNCTIONAL,0COLLABORATI VE,0EVENTFUL SparkLabs) Alumni Early2 stage Startups Enterprises Corporates Global TFTs Job)seekers Freelancers CreatorsF&B)/) Retail) Startups
  11. 11. 9 SparkLabs Global Ventures Our global seed-stage venture capital fund USA South(Korea United(Kingdom NigeriaPeru Singapore Israel Sweden Launched in December 2013. SparkLabs Global has invested in over 70 companies across 6 continents. Geographic distribution is approximately 50% in North America, 25% Europe and 25% Asia. IrelandTaiwan Australia
  12. 12. 10 SparkLabs Global Ventures Some of Our Co-Investors For a first-time venture capital fund, SparkLabs Global has uniquely invested with many of the top tier early-stage investors in the world.
  13. 13. 17 SparkLabs Ventures Our early-stage fund for South Korea and SE Asia Launched in August 2017. SparkLabs Ventures is focused on Series A and B rounds with a majority focused on South Korean startups, but has a minority allocation for SE Asian startups. This fund is led by Brian Kang (former MD of Korea Venture Fund, former CEO of Gravity / NASDAQ: GRVY) and Chris Koh (Co-founder of Coupang). BrewGuru Kombucha manufacturing company in Korea. SparkLabs Ventures invested in their seed round along with FuturePlay. Investments(include: Tiki A leading e-commerce company in Vietnam. SparkLabs Ventures invested in their Series C along with, STIC Investment and others. Logispot Innotive logistics company in South Korea. SparkLabs Ventures invested in their Series A along with Kakao Ventures
  14. 14. 17 SparkChain Capital Our early-stage fund focused on blockchain related startups Newly launched early-stage fund led by Joyce Kim, Co-founder of Stellar (5th largest cryptocurrency/protocol). SparkChain will invest globally at the Series A and B rounds.
  15. 15. SparkLabs Beijing launched in April 2017 in partnership with CITIC Guoan Academy. Guoan Academy is a subsidiary of CITIC Guoan Group, which is the largest industrial subsidiary of CITIC Group. CITIC Group is a leading state-run financial institutional in China with over US$514 billion in assets under management. Guoan Academy is the largest professional knowledge service provider in China's startup ecosystem. This is nationwide partnership where SparkLabs will seek to launch in Shanghai, Chengdu, and Shenzhen afterwards. 11 Beijing SparkLabs Beijing
  16. 16. SparkLabs Taipei is a general technology accelerator in Taipei, Taiwan. This accelerator is helping startups in Taiwan go global and utilize SparkLabs’ global network. Serving on its advisory board are Steve Chen (Co-founder of YouTube), Kevin Chou (Co-founder of Kabam), Charles Huang (Co-founder of Red Octane / Guitar Hero), and Kai Huang (Co-founder of Red Octane / Guitar Hero). 12 SparkLabs Taipei STEVE%CHEN KEVIN%CHOU CHARLES%HUANG KAI%HUANG
  17. 17. SparkLabs partnered with Ping An Insurance for a new fintech accelerator. Ping An Group is a $219 billion market cap company with $121 billion in revenues, and the largest insurance company in the world. 13 SparkLabs FinTech
  18. 18. SparkLabs IoT & Smart City 6-month long Internet of Things program for seed to early-stage entrepreneurs from anywhere across the globe. This program is located in Songdo, South Korea, which is a $35 billion smart city built from the ground up. SparkLabs is the trusted partner for this city of the future. 14 • $35 billion smart city built from ground up. • 2nd largest private real estate development in history • 80,000 apartment units • Currently over 80,000 residents • 50 million square feet of office space and 10 million square feet of retail space • SparkLabs is the exclusive IoT test bed partner SONGDO: Smart City of the Future
  19. 19. 15 SparkLabs Cultiv8 SparkLabs partnered local entrepreneurs and Australia’s Government of New South Wales to launch a new global AgTech, FoodTech and Sustainability accelerator.
  20. 20. 16 SparkLabs Energy SparkLabs partnered with Petroleum Development Oman, which is the largest exploration and production company in the Sultanate of Oman. It accounts for about 70% of the country's crude oil production and nearly all of its natural gas supply. Startups will have access to PDO as a live test-bed for prototyping, whether it be in the oil fields or with PDO assets. Our addition partner is Oman Oil Company, which is involved in oil and gas exploration and production. SparkLabs Energy is launching its first batch in December 2018.
  21. 21. SparkLabs Cyber + Blockchain accelerator is located in Washington D.C., which is one of the world's top cybersecurity ecosystems. This new program will launch 2Q 2019. This program will focus on two industry verticals: cybersecurity and blockchain. Here are investments across the SparkLabs ecosystem in these two industries: 17 SparkLabs Cyber + Blockchain BLOCKCHAIN/CRYPTO SECURITY
  22. 22. SparkLabs Foundry is our new innovation-as-a-service platform for corporations across the globe, and will be launching in 2019. It will be based in San Francisco, Singapore and Seoul. Fortune 1000 companies will have access to our global network of innovators, entrepreneurs, and our growing portfolio of over 200 startups. Our clients will stay ahead of the latest trends in quantum computing, blockchain, AI, autonomous vehicles and other verticals. 17 SparkLabs Foundry Sid Anand ! Chief Data Engineer at PayPal ! Former VP of Engineering at Etsy ! Technical Lead in Search & Data Analytics at Linkedin Jon Pleasants ! CEO at Brava ! Former President of Disney Interactive ! Former CEO of Ticketmaster ! Former COO of Electronic Arts Jun Yong Hyun ! SVP, Head of AI & IOT Business Development at LG Uplus ! Former SVP, Head of Convergence Business at LG Uplus Jonathan Mariner ! Former CFO of Major League Baseball ! Former CFO of the Florida Marlins Bruce Brown ! Former CTO of Proctor & Gamble ! Board of Directors at Nokia ! Board of Directors of the Agency for Science, Technology, and Research (ASTAR) Scott Cowder ! CTO & VP of Quantum Computing at IBM ! Former VP of Technical Strategy within IBM Corporate Strategy Sang Cha ! Board of Directors at Korea Telecom ! Creator of SAP Hana Advisory)Board