DEV Discovery Korea Accelerator Program Kicks off the Fall 2015 Global AIM Program

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October 8, 2015 – Digital Entertainment Ventures (DEV) launched the Fall 2015 Global AIM Program with a kickoff event attended by program speakers, mentors, and participating companies. Also in attendance was Michelle Kim, Team Leader of the Global Cooperation Team at Innopolis, South Korea’s largest research institution and DEV’s key partner for the program.

Ten companies have been selected for the Fall 2015 Global AIM program and over the next month they will gain the necessary skills, knowledge, and experience to pitch in front of a diverse audience at Demo Day on November 4. The current program’s participating companies are Globee, ForceEdu, Fluttr, Coolio, Twinkle:Mi, Botem, RNSLab, Brew Glass, Firstar, and Standard Energy.

Orientation and kickoff event for the current program began with a welcome message from Alan McGlade, managing director and Co-Founder of DEV: “Each of these companies has a strong team, a working product, and a desire to expand globally, and this program will help them form the connections they need to do exactly that.” Those at the kickoff event were treated with an excellent lecture on The Art of Storytelling by Neal Shenoy, a founding partner of 212 Media, CEO and Co-Founder of Speakaboos. Neal Shenoy advised that “investors want to hear your story, so make sure it counts.”

Take a look at the startups:

Twinkle:Mi is developing an e-commerce platform for brand name shoes in the tradition of Zappos, which does not exist in South Korea or China.

Globee is a mobile platform that matches students with foreign language tutors. Students use an app to search for appropriate tutors and initiate sessions.

Fluttr is a mobile app for sharing travel experiences with fellow travelers. Users can create a photo diary and a bucket list of places to visit.

Coolio was founded by a team of big data scientists to develop a media content recommendation platform covering articles, audio clips, images, and videos.

Standard Energy makes large capacity redox flow batteries. Their batteries range from 5KWh-1MWh and are used for energy storage and backup in industrial applications.

RNSLab has developed low-power, chip-based carbon dioxide sensors. Their chips have built-in wireless connectivity, which makes retrofitting existing appliances easy.

Botem creates sensor devices that collect data on people’s movements for building management and security.

Brew Glass is developing an advanced recommendation engine. Their first application was for beer and champagne recommendations.

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