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Korea Development Bank

Investor type Government Office
Founders Dong-gull Lee


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Total investments 45
Average round size
The average size of a deal this fund participated in
Portfolio companies 42
Rounds per year 0.66
Lead investments 6
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How often the fund supports its portfolio startups at next rounds
Exits 1
Key employees Soon

Areas of investment

  • Software
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Machine Learning
  • E-Commerce
  • Information Technology

In 1954 was created Korea Development Bank, which is appeared as Corporate Investor. The main department of described Corporate Investor is located in the Seoul. The venture was found in Asia in South Korea.

Besides, a startup requires to be at the age of 11-15 years to receive the investment from the fund. The fund has no exact preference in a number of founders of portfolio startups. In case when startup counts 4 of the founder, the chance for it to get the investment is meager. We can highlight the next thriving fund investment areas, such as Communications Infrastructure, E-Commerce. For fund there is a match between the country of its foundation and the country of its the most frequent investments - South Korea. Among the most popular portfolio startups of the fund, we may highlight China Bank, True Balance, East Interactive.

Considering the real fund results, this Corporate Investor is 13 percentage points more often commits exit comparing to other organizations. The fund is constantly included in less than 2 deals per year. When the investment is from Korea Development Bank the average startup value is 10-50 millions dollars. The top activity for fund was in 2019. The usual things for fund are deals in the range of 10 - 50 millions dollars.

The standard case for the fund is to invest in rounds with 4-5 partakers. Despite the Korea Development Bank, startups are often financed by SparkLabs Accelerator, SK Securities, Mirae Asset Venture Investment. The meaningful sponsors for the fund in investment in the same round are POSCO Venture Capital, Premier Partners, Korea Kolmar Co.. In the next rounds fund is usually obtained by TS Investment, Shinhan Capital, Shinhan Bank.

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Notable deals

CompanyIndustryRound SizeDateInvestorsLocation


$32M08 Jun 2022 South Korea, Gangwon-do, South Korea

Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
$53M03 Jun 2022 Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea


Home Improvement
Home Services
Interior Design
Mobile Apps
$182M09 May 2022 South Korea, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

NaraSpace Technology

Space Travel
$8M03 May 2022 Busan, Pusan-jikhalsi, South Korea


Artificial Intelligence
Enterprise Software
Machine Learning
Predictive Analytics
$26M24 Mar 2022 Seoul, Seoul-t'ukpyolsi, South Korea


$100M03 Mar 2022 Russian Federation, Sakhalin Oblast, Russia


Digital Entertainment
$104M28 Feb 2022 South Korea, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea


Artificial Intelligence
Machine Learning
$17M24 Feb 2022 Daejeon, Taejon-jikhalsi, South Korea


Autonomous Vehicles
$21M07 Feb 2022 South Korea, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
H2O Hospitality secures $30M Series C to expedite hotel digital transformation

– H2O Hospitality, a South Korea and Japan-based unmanned hotel management company, raised $30m funding.
– The round was led by Kakao Investment and Korea Development Bank, Gorilla Private Equity, Intervest and NICE Investment also participated.
– H2O Hospitality will expand its business further by adding various types of accommodations in South Korea and Japan in 2021 and 2022 and plans to enter Singapore and Indonesia in 4Q in 2022 in line with its Southeast Asia penetration strategy.

Deepbrain boosts AI-powered virtual avatars with $44M raise

– Deepbrain AI (formerly Moneybrain), a conversational AI startup based in Seoul, South Korea, has raised $44m in a series B round led by Korea Development Bank at a post-money valuation of $180m.
– The capital will be used to expand the company’s customer base and operations globally, CEO Eric Jang said in a statement, with a particular emphasis on the U.S.
– Deepbrain provides a range of AI-powered customer service products, but its focus is on “synthetic humans,” or human-like avatars that respond to natural language questions.


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