About Us


Global IOT Accelerator based in the World’s First Smart City

Located in the world’s first smart city, Songdo, SparkLabs’ IoT Accelerator focuses on innovations center around the Internet of Things and Smart Cities, but will encompass a wide range of startups from industrial to consumer. Many of them will focus on the smart home, infrastructure, logistics, and industrial IoT.

We have an exclusive relationship this $35 billion smart city and the Songdo International Business District. Currently over 36,000 residents live in this smart city built from the ground up which holds 80,000 apartment units.

There is 50 million square feet of office space and 10 million square feet of retail space with over 1,000 retail and hospitality businesses that are currently operating here. Songdo is also a global leader in achieving LEED™ standards for the built environment with 20 million sq ft (1.9 million sq m.) of LEED™-certified space. 40% of the city has been set aside as green public space.

The SparkLabs IoT program is open to local and overseas startups where program participants can take advantage of Songdo as a development center and test bed, while also having access to local and global corporations, investors, and suppliers/manufacturers in the world’s most connected country.

The Program

SparkLabs Mentorship-Driven Accelerator Program

What?

SparkLabs Songdo provides a 6-month accelerator program for seed to early-stage startups that have the potential to expand globally. The program is offered once a year and is scheduled to run from November 2016 to April 2017.

Why?

SparkLabs’ mission is to help our startups succeed globally, more specifically to secure the next round of funding. Building off of our successful SparkLabs Global Accelerator, we recognized a unique opportunity to support IOT-focused companies in the world’s first smart city, in the world’s most connected country. With our local and global network, startups have the opportunity to test and grow their businesses while being connected to prominent local and global investors. Learn more about SparkLabs here: (URL: www.sparklabs.co.kr)

How?

SparkLabs’ IOT program invests $30,000 to $50,000 in all startups in exchange for up to 8% equity. Invested companies may be eligible for up to $70,000 in additional funds on a case-by-case basis. This percentage is negotiable depending on the startup’s size, stage and investment status. Each startup gets matched with 2 to 4 mentors. We consider our global mentors to be our greatest asset, and believe that our startups will grow exponentially through our regular sessions with our world-class mentors. Every week, startups participate in teaching or mentoring sessions, where they have the opportunity to learn from and network with renowned Korean and international entrepreneurs. With full-time hands on staff with diverse backgrounds ranging from startups to hardware engineering, SparkLabs Songdo provides the essential knowledge and resources for IOT startups to succeed. Songdo as a location offers a unique situation as the world’s first smart city, with a priority mission to promote strategic partnerships with local government, universities, and world-class prototyping labs to develop innovative tech solutions for the future. In addition during Office Hours, startups can seek intensive feedback from SparkLabs’ General Partners.

Perks

Demo Day highlights the end of our accelerator program. At this event, startups have the opportunity to pitch to eminent local and global investors. Additionally, startups can gain much needed exposure and promote themselves in front of the media and influential figures from the industry. SparkLabs provides free office space at the Mutual Hall Tower, located at the heart of Songdo smart city, and can receive over $900,000 worth of perks, ranging from cloud services, legal counsel and endGrid. In addition, SparkLabs is the first Korean member of Global Accelerator Network (GAN), which means that our startups can also receive GAN’s diverse range of perks.



Our Portfolio

 

 

 

 




Board Of Advisors

William Wang

Founder & CEO

Vizio, Inc

William Wang

Founder & CEO

Vizio, Inc
 

Teddy Zee

Film Producer, Media Technology Executive

Xcelerate Limited

Teddy Zee

Film Producer, Media Technology Executive

Xcelerate Limited
 

Martin Hartono

CEO

GDP Venture

Martin Hartono

CEO

GDP Venture
 




The Team

Carl Wescott

Venture Partner

Real Estate Developer & Serial Entrepreneur

Carl Wescott

Venture Partner

Real Estate Developer & Serial Entrepreneur

Charles Huang

Co-Founder of RedOctane (Guitar Hero)

Charles Huang

Venture Partner

Co-Founder of RedOctane (Guitar Hero)

Kai Huang

Co-Founder of RedOctane (Guitar Hero)

Kai Huang

Venture Partner

Co-Founder of RedOctane (Guitar Hero)

Jeffrey Guo

Venture Partner

Syntrend Creative Park

Jeffrey Guo

Venture Partner

Syntrend Creative Park

 

Alexander Namkung

Program Director

Director of SparkLabs

Alexander Namkung

Program Director

Director of SparkLabs

Jimmy Kim

Partner

Co-Founder and President of N3N

Jimmy Kim

Partner

Co-Founder and President of N3N

Frank Meehan

Partner

INQ Mobile, Siri, DeepMind

Frank Meehan

Partner

INQ Mobile, Siri, DeepMind

Hanjoo Lee

Partner

Co-founder, Hostway

Hanjoo Lee

Partner

Co-founder, Hostway

 

Jay McCarthy

Partner

at SparkLabs Global Ventures

Jay McCarthy

Partner

at SparkLabs Global Ventures

Eugene Kim

Partner

Partner of Sparklabs

Eugene Kim

Partner

Partner of Sparklabs

Net Jacobsson

Partner

at SparkLabs Global Ventures

Net Jacobsson

Partner

at SparkLabs Global Ventures

Bernard Moon

Partner

at SparkLabs Global Ventures

Bernard Moon

Partner

at SparkLabs Global Ventures




Our Mentors

Niall Murphy

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer

Evrything

Niall Murphy

Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer

Evrything

Ian Bernstein

CTO / Founder

Sphero

Ian Bernstein

CTO / Founder

Sphero

Geoff Finch

Former Vice President & CFO of Lockheed Martin Finance

US Treasury OTA

Geoff Finch

Former Vice President & CFO of Lockheed Martin Finance

US Treasury OTA

Christian Busch

Chief Product Expert IoT

SAP Labs

Christian Busch

Chief Product Expert IoT

SAP Labs

 

Ed Ruth

Director

Verizon Ventures

Ed Ruth

Director

Verizon Ventures

Deanna Shaw

Director of Design, Internet of Things

IBM

Deanna Shaw

Director of Design, Internet of Things

IBM

Ben Chung

Center Manager/Program Leader

Global Center of Excellence, Cisco Innovation Center Cisco

Ben Chung

Center Manager/Program Leader

Global Center of Excellence, Cisco Innovation Center Cisco

Ajay Sethi

Venture Partner

Accel Partners

Ajay Sethi

Venture Partner

Accel Partners

 

Jun Yong Hyun

SVP & Head of Convergence Business

LG Uplus

Jun Yong Hyun

SVP & Head of Convergence Business

LG Uplus

Peter Wilkins

Co-founder, CEO, and CTO

Emergent VR

Peter Wilkins

Co-founder, CEO, and CTO

Emergent VR

Satheesh Sudarsan

Head of IOT Products, Marketing and R&D

Samsung

Satheesh Sudarsan

Head of IOT Products, Marketing and R&D

Samsung

Antony Passemard

IOT Services Principal PM

AWS

Antony Passemard

IOT Services Principal PM

AWS

 

Tim Billing

Director

Skoll Global Threats Fund

Tim Billing

Director

Skoll Global Threats Fund

Charles Reed Anderson

Founder

Associates

Charles Reed Anderson

Founder

Associates

Jen Millard

Managing Partner

Retail Growth Partners

Jen Millard

Managing Partner

Retail Growth Partners

Ken Foo

Director of Corporate Development

AutoDesk

Ken Foo

Director of Corporate Development

AutoDesk

 

Ido Sarig

VP & General Manager

Wind River Systems

Ido Sarig

VP & General Manager

Wind River Systems

Josh Patterson

Director & Co-Author of Oreilly’s “Deep Learning”

Skymind

Josh Patterson

Director & Co-Author of Oreilly’s “Deep Learning”

Skymind

Kevin Chong

Senior Director of Corporate Development

Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center (Menlo Park)

Kevin Chong

Senior Director of Corporate Development

Samsung Strategy & Innovation Center (Menlo Park)

Daniel Kim

Head of Daylight Seoul

Daylight

Daniel Kim

Head of Daylight Seoul

Daylight

 

Jeffrey Chu

Partner

WI Harper Group

Jeffrey Chu

Partner

WI Harper Group

Anina

Founder

360Fashion Network

Anina

Founder

360Fashion Network

Ben Liu

Investment Partner

Mesh Ventures

Ben Liu

Investment Partner

Mesh Ventures

Peter Chang

Co-founder and CTO

N3N

Peter Chang

Co-founder and CTO

N3N

 

Ramon Alvarez

Senior Director of IoT Solutions

Samsung Electronics

Ramon Alvarez

Senior Director of IoT Solutions

Samsung Electronics

Casey Lau

EIR & Venture Partner

Blue Startups

Casey Lau

EIR & Venture Partner

Blue Startups

Christine Moon

Director

Color Genomics

Christine Moon

Director

Color Genomics

Nicolas Chaudron

Partner

Idinvest

Nicolas Chaudron

Partner

Idinvest

 

Jeffrey Hsu

Founder

Elementri

Jeffrey Hsu

Founder

Elementri

Robert Christopher

Director of Innovation

Panasonic

Robert Christopher

Director of Innovation

Panasonic

Jeff Yee

Vice President, Technology Planning and Partnerships

ZTE

Jeff Yee

Vice President, Technology Planning and Partnerships

ZTE

Seunghwan Jin

Director of Product Management

LG Electronics – Silicon Valley Lab

Seunghwan Jin

Director of Product Management

LG Electronics – Silicon Valley Lab

 

Tom Herbst

CTO, Internet of Things Solutions Group

Cisco Systems

Tom Herbst

CTO, Internet of Things Solutions Group

Cisco Systems

Valery Komissarova

Principal

Grishin Robotics

Valery Komissarova

Principal

Grishin Robotics

Claus Nehmzow

Digital Innovation Organisation – Head of Asia Pacific

BP

Claus Nehmzow

Digital Innovation Organisation – Head of Asia Pacific

BP

Andra Keay

Managing Director

Silicon Valley Robotics

Andra Keay

Managing Director

Silicon Valley Robotics

 

Rob Demillo

Venture Partner

SparkLabs Global Ventures

Rob Demillo

Venture Partner

SparkLabs Global Ventures

Atif Hussein

Product Strategy, IoT Group

Intel

Atif Hussein

Product Strategy, IoT Group

Intel

Manish Patel

General Partner

Highland Capital Partners

Manish Patel

General Partner

Highland Capital Partners

Ken Matusow

CEO & Founder

Syngercity

Ken Matusow

CEO & Founder

Syngercity

 

Jean-Marc Frangos

Managing Director – Products & Services Research Group and Open Innovation

BT Group

Jean-Marc Frangos

Managing Director – Products & Services Research Group and Open Innovation

BT Group


FUNDING & PERKS

Akamai

Hosting & Software

UserHabit

Hosting & Software

AWS

Hosting & Software

HOSTWAY

Hosting & Software

INMAGINE

Hosting & Software

BizSpark

Hosting & Software

Sandoll

Hosting & Software

SendGrid

Hosting & Software

TUNE

Hosting & Software

WhaTap

Hosting & Software

Zendesk

Hosting & Software

F6S

Global Entrepreneurial Programs

GMIC

Launch Events and Competitions

HOSTWAY

Office Space


Apply


Application for the SparkLabs IOT Program will begin on October 10th, 2016, and end on November 4th, 2016.
Please apply through the following link (English or Korean) and contact info@sparklabs.co.kr for any other questions.