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#Weekly Funding Overview[Jan. 2 ~ Jan. 6]
The total funds raised by Korean startups of this week is KRW 65.8 billion.
|Middle studio||Beauty||400 million||Pre-Series A||Wishcompany, Krypton|
|Fashionaide||Styletech||-||Seed||Hanyang university Holdings|
|InteriorTeacher||Interior||3.6 billion||Series A bridge||Hana Ventures, Strong Ventures, BSK Investment|
|H2||ESS||23 billion||Series C||The Turning Point, Envisioning partners, SKS PE, KT&G, Shinhan Asset Management, Hana Securities, POSCO|
|Netogreen||Smart farm||300 million||Seed||Korea Investment Accelerator|
|Gosu plus||housing rental||1 billion||Pre-Series A||Honest Ventures, Comax Ventures,GongMyeong Partners|
|Munice||Sleeptech||-||Pre-Series A||BluePoint Partners, Translink Investment, Digital Healthcare Partners|
|Anipen||Metaverse||5 billion||Series B||The Wells Investment, Clairvoyant Ventures|
|Gloud||Digital Healthcare||-||Seed||Choi& LEE|
|GELATO LAB||Nail brand||-||M&A||Glugga|
|IESG||ESG Software||-||Seed||Spring Camp|
|GBSOFT||Security||4 billion||Series A||HB Investment, KB-Soliders Healthcare Investment, Comes Investment|
|The Grimm Entertainment.||Webtoon||14 billion||Korea Investment Partners, Naver Webtoon, KODIT, Innopolis|
|Postlabs||Price Searching||-||Seed||Bass InvestmentThe Ventures, Aurora Investment. Data solution, Aurora Investment|
|Foryou Auto Service||Mobility||-||M&A||Carang|
|ENERZAi||Edge AI||3 billion||Series A||Korea Investment Partners, Ascendo Ventures, Spring Camp|
|Horizon technology||Fintech||-||Pre-Series A||Plug& Play|
|Working Cow||Kiosk||-||Seoul National University|
|Silvia Health||Age tech||-||Pre-Series A||Klim ventures, D3 Jubilee Partners, DSC Investment, KB Investment|
|Business Canvas||Collaboration tool||5 billion||Series A2||Sui Generis Partners, Shinhan Venture Investment, Infobank, Kakao Ventures, Shinhan Capital|
|Medir||Healthcare||-||Pre-Series A||IMM Investment, KT Investment, 500 Global|
|Stoic Entertainment||VR Game||6 billion||Series A||Hanwha Investment Securities, KB Investment, SW Investment, ES Investor, Well to Sea Venture Investment|
- H2, which produces redox flow batteries and energy storage systems (ESS), has completed a KRW 23 billion Series C investment. It has raised close to KRW 56.2 billion in total, the largest investment in a rechargeable battery startup. Redox flow batteries are a high-capacity rechargeable battery technology that are crucial to replace current fossil fuel power plants in order to support carbon neutrality. There is no fire risk, and it is easy to increase the capacity.
- VR game developer STOIC Entertainment has raised KRW 6 billion and accelerated its global expansion. It launched World War Toons: Tank Arena VR in December. It will advance into the global B2C market in earnest and secure more than 90% of its sales overseas.
Why are Startups Acquiring Other Startups?
In 2022, investment in startups has started to decline significantly. The M&A market, however, was busy throughout the year. Around 80% of all cases involved startups buying out other startups. Due to the decline in corporate value brought on by the deteriorating market, the acquisition cost was discovered to be lower than it was the previous year. Some startups explored disposal at a low value as a countermeasure against the economic downturn after failing to attract additional financing.
The so-called unicorns and preliminary unicorns took advantage of this opportunity by actively acquiring startups of the same kind to enhance their competitiveness or secure opportunities to grow their new businesses.
Some have acquired several startups at once for business expansion. Drama & Company, MyRealTrip, Korea Credit Data, and Fresheasy have absorbed multiple startups. This year, it was not unusual to witness instances of startups absorbing portions of mid-sized businesses or conglomerates. The acquisition of Samsung SDS’ Home IoT division by Zigbang is a representative example. Viva Republica also absorbed Merchant Korea and joined the MVNO market. Through its subsidiary, Interpark, Yanolja purchased the travel platform Triple and used the acquisition as an opportunity to expand.
Conglomerates, on the other hand, continued to invest in startups while taking a passive approach to purchasing them. Those who made active acquisitions in 2021, like Kakao and Naver, were hard to spot. The acquisition of 42dot by Hyundai Motor Company drew the most attention. Some in the industry said that 42dot, which was mentioned as a preliminary unicorn, was acquired at a low price due to the market downturn. In addition, Megastudy purchased ST Unitas, a company that aimed to become a preliminary unicorn in the education sector. TMON failed to be listed and was eventually sold to Q10 due to continued capital erosion.
Mergers and acquisitions can create new opportunities, but they can also be poisonous. Jeongyookgak had a cash flow problem after buying Chorocmaeul for KRW 90 billion. The company underwent restructuring by reducing its employees because additional follow-up investment was not made.
The business may benefit from mergers and acquisitions to expand and boost corporate value when liquidity provision is as active as it was last year. However, in the current scenario where investor confidence is continuing to deteriorate, a wise merger and acquisition strategy is required.
|Yanolja (Interpark)||Dodo Point, Triple|
|Viva Republica||Merchant Korea|
|Zigbang||Samsung SDS Home IoT division|
|LifeGoesOn||Clean Nuri, Penguin House|
|Drama & Company||Jasoseol.com, Liahnson & Company, Rookie Corp|
|Hyundai Motor Company||42dot|
|Fresheasy||Line Logistics System, Heodak, Tasty9|