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COMEUP 2021 l 17-19 Nov l DDP, Seoul & Online

COMEUP 2020 l Nov 19-21 l Worldwide

  • COMEUP 2020 in Numbers
    • 50,000+ Global Audiences
    • 2,000+ Startups
    • 300+ Investors
    • 110+ Speakers
    • 80+ Countries
  • COMEUP 2020 Highlights
COMEUP has become a genuine startup event with startups, entrepreneurs, and investors from all over the world
“COMEUP has become a genuine startup event with startups, entrepreneurs, and investors from all over the world”
Moon Jae-in
President of the Republic of Korea
Sophie Kim CEO of Kurly
“The event sets a new standard for the global startup community.”
Sophie Kim
CEO of Kurly
Lamia Kamal-Chaoui Director of OECD
“Korea has always embraced the most brightest and ambitious startups that will shape our future."
Lamia Kamal-Chaoui
Director of OECD
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Our Speakers from 2020

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    Sophie Kim

    CEO

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    Kurly

    Republic of Korea

    Sophie Kim majored in politics at Wellesley College from 2003 to 2007. She started her career at Goldman Sachs from 2007 to 2010. Since then, she has served on McKinsey & Company, Temasek Holdings, and Bain & Company. In 2015, she founded Kurly and launched 'Next Morning Delivery' which delivers fresh foods such as vegetables, fruits, and seafood to the front of the customer's house at dawn.
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    Jung Sang Kim

    Professor

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    Duke University

    Republic of Korea

    Jungsang is enthusiastic about taking new scientific ideas to real-world use. For the past 15 years, he has focused on harnessing the power of quantum physics to realize powerful computing machines. He pioneered the research of engineering individual atoms to build quantum computers at Duke University by building collaborative research teams across academia, technology industry, and national research institutions around the world. In 2015, Jungsang co-founded IonQ with his long-time collaborator Chris Monroe to commercialize trapped ion quantum computing technology. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke University in 2004, he worked at Bell Laboratories in Murray Hill, NJ for five years, working on large-scale all-optical switches for telecommunication networks and wireless communication technology for indoor applications. Jungsang received his Bachelor’s degree from Seoul National University (1992) and his Ph.D. from Stanford University (1999). At Stanford, he pioneered the development of semiconductor devices used to generate and detect single photons that are widely used in various quantum technologies today.
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    Chris Lee

    CEO

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    SM Entertainment

    Republic of Korea

    Chris Lee, CEO of SM Entertainment, joined the company’s A&R Division in 2005. He became Head of Producing Division in 2015, CEO of SM USA in 2019, and CEO of SM Entertainment in 2020. He shares future plans with Soo Man Lee(Head Producer/Founder) and has developed the company’s core technology CT(Culture Technology). Especially, he has cultivated the A&R system to globalize and break new grounds for future K-Pop. Chris has initiated and developed new ventures such as EDM record label SCREAM Records.
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    Betty Vandenbosch

    Chief Content Officer

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    Coursera

    United States of America

    Dr. Betty Vandenbosch is Chief Content Officer at Coursera, where she oversees the company’s content and credential strategy and partner relationships. Before joining Coursera, Betty was chancellor of Purdue University Global, an institution resulting from Purdue University’s 2018 acquisition of Kaplan University. At Purdue, Betty oversaw academics for more than 32,000 students most of whom earned their degrees online. Before that, Betty held a number of leadership positions at Kaplan University and served as associate dean and associate professor at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Throughout her career, Betty has won several awards in teaching and research. She earned her PhD in Management Information Systems and MBA from Western University in Ontario, Canada.
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    Emmanuel Lagarrigue

    Chief Innovation Officer

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    Schneider Electric

    France

    Emmanuel Lagarrigue is the Chief Innovation Officer of Schneider Electric and a member of its Global Executive Committee. His mission is to create new profitable growth platforms for the company and to drive a culture of open and collaborative innovation. He has the direct responsibility of Schneider Electric’s Corporate Ventures, Electromobility, Solar Power, and China Energy Transition Hub units. He is also directly involved in the creation of new joint ventures with other large institutions across the world. Emmanuel was previously the Chief Strategy Officer of the company. He also held multiple operational and general management positions within Schneider Electric in Europe, South America, Asia, and the United States. Emmanuel graduated from IESE Business School in Barcelona, Spain, and from ENSEEIHT in Toulouse, France.
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    Gary A. Bolles

    Chair for the Future of Work

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    Singularity University

    United States of America

    Gary A. Bolles is an internationally-known lecturer, writer, and consultant on the future of work, learning, and the organization. His focus is on helping individuals, organizations, communities, and countries to thrive in the transition to a digital economy, and to develop actionable strategies to deal with what he calls “The Great Reset.” He is the author of nine video courses on LinkedIn Learning, with more than 330,000 students.
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    Henry Chesbrough

    Professor

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    UC Berkeley

    United States of America

    Henry Chesbrough is best known as “the father of Open Innovation”. He teaches at the Haas School of Business at the University of California-Berkeley. He is also Maire Tecnimont Professor of Open Innovation at Luiss University in Rome. He has written books such as Open Innovation (Harvard Business School Press, 2003), Open Business Models (Harvard Business School Press, 2006), Open Services Innovation (Jossey-Bass, 2011) and Open Innovation Results (Oxford, 2020). He has been recognized as one of the leading business thinkers by Thinkers50. He received an Innovation Luminary award from the European Commission in 2014. He received the Industrial Research Institute Medal of Achievement in 2017, and has two honorary doctorates.
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    Lamia Kamal-Chaoui

    Director

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    OECD

    France

    Lamia Kamal-Chaoui has held several senior positions at the OECD since 1998, most notably leading work on inclusive growth and urban development. From 2012 to 2016, she served as Senior Advisor to the OECD Secretary-General. In this role, she oversaw the OECD Inclusive Growth initiative, the Knowledge-Sharing Alliance programme and the implementation of the OECD Strategy on Development. Prior to this, she was Head of the OECD Urban Programme from 2003 to 2012, where she advised national policy makers and city leaders as well as launched the OECD Roundtable for Mayors and Ministers. Earlier in her career at the OECD, she worked in several Directorates (such as Public Governance and Territorial Development; Trade; and Financial and Enterprise Affairs). Lamia Kamal-Chaoui is a French and Moroccan national. She has been a member of several International Committees and Advisory Boards as well as a Lecturer at Sciences Po Paris. She holds a Master’s Degree in Macroeconomics from the University of Paris Dauphine and a Master’s Degree in Foreign Languages and History from the University of Paris Diderot.
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    RJ Pittman

    CEO

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    Matterport

    United States of America

    RJ’s career spans startups, venture capital, and the biggest companies in technology. Now at the helm of Matterport RJ is redefining how we experience, engage and manage property in the real world by leading the evolution of 3D capture technology and data. Before joining Matterport, Pittman spent five years leading product, design, engineering, and brand as Chief Product Officer for eBay. Prior to eBay, he led the global e-commerce platform for Apple’s online stores, and led product innovation for Google’s next-generation consumer search properties.
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    Yeon Hee Kim

    Senior Partner/Managing Director

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    Boston Consulting Group

    Republic of Korea

    Yeon Hee Kim is a Senior Partner at the Boston Consulting Group Seoul office. She was elected to Partnership in January of 2002, and to Director in January of 2009, making her the first female partner and director in a global consulting firm in South Korea. Ms. Kim has over 29 years of consulting experience in transformation and change management, organization, and leadership design. She has extensive transformation consulting experience in the fields of consumer products, retail, banking, credit cards, and digital. She has led several multi-year large-scale transformation projects. Ms. Kim is a frequently-featured columnist and advisor in the business press and in seminars, on the topics of consumer products, marketing, talent management, and growth strategy. Prior to joining Bain, she worked as a consultant for Anderson Consulting. She holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree from the Seoul National University Business School.
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    Sae Ju Jung

    CEO

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    Noom

    Republic of Korea

    Sae Ju Jeong is the CEO and co-founder of Noom, a pioneering behavior change startup disrupting the weight loss and healthcare industries. A serial entrepreneur from the age of 19, Sae Ju has always had an intense desire to help people. He was raised in a family of doctors in South Korea and started Noom with the mission of helping people everywhere live healthier lives. That mission has never changed. Noom is a pioneering behavior change startup disrupting the weight loss and healthcare industries. Noom leverages the latest innovations in science and technology to help people change their habits and live healthier lives. Noom has grown more than 100X within the four years and reported revenue in 2019 of $237M and supporting over 2.5M users in 2019. Noom, Inc. is backed by Sequoia Capital, RRE, Samsung, and Translink Capital.
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    Byeng Dong Youn

    CEO

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    OnePredict

    Republic of Korea

    Byeng Dong Youn is the CEO of OnePredict and Professor of SNU Mechanical Engineering. Over the past 5 years, he has won 9 awards at global data challenges using Industrial AI technology, industrial data, domain knowledge he and his lab has accumulated. He is leading the digitalized technology with services such as GuardiOne, a Digital Twin product which predicts and manages the integrity of industrial facilities. Recently, Byeng Dong has commercialized power plant turbines, substation transformers/circuit breakers, wind power generators, industrial robots/motors and more. OnePredict has attracted an investment of 20 billion won within 3 years of its founding. Following its success, OnePredict has been named “Future Unicorn” by the Ministry of Science and ICT.
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    Jong Yoon Chun

    CEO/Founder

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    Seegene

    Republic of Korea

    Chun Jong Yoon, Ph.D., is the chief executive and founder of molecular diagnosis company, Seegene, Inc, since 2000. Even before the first COVID-19 patient was reported in South Korea, Dr. Chun and his team began developing a diagnostic kit for the virus, allowing Seegene to lead the molecular diagnostics market with multiplex RT-PCR technology. Dr. Chun and Seegene’s proactive decision to churn out COVID-19 test kit with the capability of rapid assay development has allowed many countries around the world to expand testing capacity in the era of COVID-19 pandemic. Seegene has received an emergency use approval from U.S. Food and Drug Administration in April and have since exported to 70 countries. Before Seegene, Dr. Chun served as a professor at Ewha Womans University Dept. of Life Science. Prior to this, Dr. Chun had received a doctorate from the University of Tennessee, completed postdoctoral fellowships at Harvard University and UC Berkeley.
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    John Ha

    Founder/CEO

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    Bear Robotics

    Republic of Korea

    John Ha is the Founder and CEO of Bear Robotics, Inc. John ran a Korean restaurant in Silicon Valley where he felt the need of innovation in the hospitality industry. From John’s hands-on restaurant experience, Bear Robotics is creating AI robotic products to innovate the way food services are operated. Prior to this role, John was a Technical Lead at Google and Adjunct Professor at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from The University of Texas at Austin.
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    Andrew Baisley

    Managing Director

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    Tech in Asia

    Singapore

    As Managing Director of Tech in Asia Studios, Andrew helps global brands connect with startups, entrepreneurs and investors across Asia. He leads a regional team focused on multi-media content production, sales, account management and strategy. Prior to joining Tech in Asia, Andrew spent more than 5 years at Facebook helping to build out the company's global data partnerships business, growing these channel partnerships from $10 million to more than $4 billion in ARR. Originally from New York City, Andrew spent his earlier career in a number of video and AdTech startups, focusing on product management before shifting into business development and partnerships roles.
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    Mushtaq Ahmed Memon

    Regional Coordinator

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    United Nations Envrionment Programme

    Thailand

    Dr. Memon is working with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as a Regional Coordinator for Resource Efficiency in Asia Pacific Office located in Bangkok. He is supporting resource efficiency, sustainable consumption and production, green economy, green financing, sustainable public procurement, sustainable tourism, sustainable industries and various areas for Asia and the Pacific. Dr. Memon is also Project Manager for the Regional Policy Advocacy Component of the EU-funded SWITCH-Asia Programme to promote sustainable consumption and production and uptake of SDG 12 in Asia.
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    Hye Won Kang

    Executive Vice President/COO

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    Simple Project Company

    Republic of Korea

    Hye Won Kang is COO and EVP of Acceleration Business Unit of Wecook, leading shared kitchen and F&B business platform provider in Korea. Before joining Wecook, Hye Won has worked as business consultant for Boston Consulting Group and IBM for 10 years, focusing on long-term vision, growth strategy, sales and marketing, operational excellence and change management serving leading retail and consumer companies in Korea, Japan, and US. She also worked as CSO for CJ Foodville, #1 restaurant chain company in Korea, and led corporate strategy and turnaround projects of US business. Leveraging her experiences from BCG, IBM and CJ, Hye Won has been helping F&B startups and students as professor and advisor. Hye Won's insights are being employed into Wecook's services and solutions.
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    Won Cheol Kwak

    Vice President

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    GS

    Republic of Korea

    Won Cheol Kwak drives new business development activities of GS Group's Portfolio Management team, largely through startup investments and open innovation programs. Before joining GS, he worked for French industrial giant Schneider Electric, as Strategy Director of Cloud & Telco Segment and Strategic Intelligence Director of Global Strategy team etc., living through 10 years' journey of the 180-year-old European multinational transfroming to global leader of Digital Energy. His previous positions include APAC Go-to-Market Program Leader of Oracle Corp., Technology leader of Overseas Biz. division of a Korean carrier, CTO of a startup developing business simulation software and more.
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    Kyung Min Kim

    Professor

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    Seoul National University

    Republic of Korea

    Kyung Min Kim is a professor at Dept of Urban Planning at Seoul National University. His primary research includes global real estate market analysis, housing and office price forecasting using machine learning technologies, and public-private development (more specifically, affordable housing development). Kyung Min is also an external advisor and counsel for real estate financial and development companies such as the National Pension Service of Korea, FIDES Development, 00Ground, etc. Also active in the social innovation field, Kim was named chairman of the Social Innovation Committee under the Ministry of the Internal Affairs and Safety in 2017. Kyung Min received his BA from Seoul National University, his Master’s degree from UC Berkeley and Doctoral degree from Harvard University.
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    Yo Han Kim

    Executive Director

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    DSC Investment

    Republic of Korea

    Yo Han Kim, Executive Director of DSC Investment, has invested in global/domestic bio ventures since 2013. He is currently in charge of the Bio Investment Team at DSC Investment. His portfolio includes ABLBio, Genome & Co, SCM Life Science, Cell Lead and much more. He is also showing great results in overseas investment. Eloxx Pharmaceuticals, Adicet Bio are companies that are preparing for an IPO or have already gone public. He has much experience in co-investing with noted venture firms such as Orbimed, Novartis Venture Fund, etc. Yo Han has invested approximately 100 billion won in 45 companies with a double amount of return earnings. Among his portfolio, 10 companies are listed on KOSDAQ and 3 more companies are preparing for an IPO. He is a leading investor in the domestic bio venture sector with many companies seeking his guidance on establishing milestone, assessment of technology and more. He got his BS/BS at Seoul National University College of Pharmacy and started his career at Hanmi Pharmaceutical Medicine Research Team. He started his adventure in bio investment at IMM Investment.
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