Ubergizmo was invited to be a jury member of the World Media Awards of the Korea-U.S. Startup Summit (aka, Korea-US SMEs go TOGETHER) innovation occasion held in New York Metropolis on September 20 and 21, 2022, and we obliged. For an outline of the occasion, learn our earlier submit.
After speaking to greater than 20 corporations at numerous pavilions and evaluating their merchandise and applied sciences, now we have nominated 5 corporations whose merchandise resonate with us. Right here they’re beneath, in reverse order:
Lawfully is a service that helps hopeful US immigrants observe their instances with the US Immigration Companies. CEO Joon Ahn leads the corporate, and considered one of its co-founders is an NYC immigration lawyer.
Having gone by means of the visa, inexperienced card, and US Citizenship course of, I might have an knowledgeable view of their product. Lawfully makes use of the most recent authorities knowledge feeds and processes to offer potential immigrants a world perspective that’s up to date each day, typically a number of occasions.
For instance, it’s doable to know if the particular immigration middle by which an individual’s file is making regular progress by monitoring the variety of instances processed each day. By analyzing the successes and rejected instances, Lawfully may also spot particular ache factors and lift consciousness to customers as they file their functions. That might save months by avoiding a re-submission, for instance.
The essential service is free, however there are premium options, and extra correct knowledge customers will pay for. There’s additionally the potential for asking inquiries to immigration attorneys and get a reply in minutes. The attorneys decide the payment by slices of 15mn. From what we will inform, costs within the vary of $45-$65 are cheap for this service. Lawfully pockets a small payment because the intermediate.
General, I’d have used this if it existed again then to make sure that issues had been shifting and that the data I submitted didn’t want additional warning.
#4 Teuida Inc
Teuida is a Korean-learning app for English or Vietnamese audio system. The app takes a special method by specializing in real-world conditions the place you’ll be able to perceive the context and vocabulary, and grammar.
That is a wonderful technique of studying languages, for my part. I Communicate three languages (English, French, and Vietnamese), and this system appears to be like fairly conducive to quick and sturdy studying, for my part. That’s in stark distinction with different strategies I’ve been uncovered to, particularly the tutorial fashion we’ve discovered at college.
Primarily based on their knowledge, Teuida observed that greater than 90% of their customers are ladies (teenagers to younger adults) studying Korean as a result of they observe KPOP artists or TV Present actors. They’ve added interactions based mostly on these subjects and universes which may present additional incentive and enjoyable to their consumer base.
Teuida CEO Ji Woong Jang talked about that nearly everybody within the firm speaks multiple language, and I can’t consider a greater approach to relate to their prospects.
POEN stands for POsitive Power and is a startup centered on re-purposing used battery packs. As such, they’re forward of the incoming wave of used batteries, which I about to hit the world as EV skyrocket in recognition.
Battery recycling is a difficult drawback and an afterthought for many of the trade and the final discourse round going “all-electric.” Nonetheless, it’s one of the crucial important challenges to sort out if we wish to make that inexperienced future occur.
POEN goals to rebuild new battery packs by re-using particular person cells when doable and re-grouping them collectively into a brand new pack. They work with various kinds of cells and have developed a failure trigger evaluation and inspection methodology that permits them to identify cells that may be reused.
In some instances, it’s doable to reconstruct a battery pack match for an electrical automobile (EV), which is the best choice. Different occasions, the cells might be re-assembled into packs destined to less-demanding functions corresponding to energy banks or e-bikes.
CEO Seong-Jin Choi talked about that if the batteries are usually not usable, POEN can discharge them with a self-developed system and course of the uncooked supplies to recuperate the essential components to supply the “Black powder,” which is important to Lithium-Ion batteries.
Mycel is an organization that makes use of mushrooms’ mycelium (the foundation construction) as its base element to supply synthetic leather-based and even meals merchandise. The thought got here from Mycel CEO Sungjin Sah and has yielded an impressively shut copy of leather-based.
Even upon shut inspection and contact, it’s troublesome to inform if it’s real leather-based since Mycel can reproduce the appear and feel of real leather-based and its pure sturdiness. In response to the corporate, the Mycel leather-based efficiency is comparable nearly to pure leather-based.
Since leather-based has fallen out of grace due to modifications in company practices and its excessive carbon footprint, a product of this high quality satisfies high-end manufacturers looking for higher ESG scores with out compromising the standard.
As for the meals facet, Mycel factors out that it might produce a pure ingredient that might add texture to a plethora of plant-based meat merchandise. Nonetheless, whereas the market is probably bigger, there’s a have to customise the mycelium product for every area/tradition. That may be a well-known problem, and corporations like Coca-cola or McDonals adapt their merchandise on a regional foundation.
#1 Greenwhale World
Greenwhale international has impressed us with a bio-degradable,non-toxic, plastic materials that appears and feels similar to our digital devices’ common plastic (one might even eat it). Nonetheless, their bio-degradable product will utterly disappear after a few years, whereas plastic may keep round and stay poisonous for hundreds of years.
Greenwhale’s bio-plastic isn’t solely better-looking than any competitor we’ve seen, it is usually cheaper to supply, a major benefit in an trade the place prices drive many choices. Whereas their product stays 1.5X dearer than polluting plastics, it’s as much as 2X extra reasonably priced than bio-degradable alternate options.
And similar to common plastics, Greenwhale’s bio-plastic is delivered in pellets, and there are solely minor tweaks to the manufacturing line to make use of it.
That mentioned, Greenwhale founders Jiyoung Hwang and Taekyun Yoon observe this product is natural, so if uncovered to fixed moisture, some decay may seem, not like polluting plastic. That mentioned, the instant objective is to switch one-time-use plastic corresponding to plastic luggage, utensils and different merchandise with quick life spans.