Ubergizmo used to be invited to be a jury member of the World Media Awards of the Korea-U.S. Startup Summit (aka, Korea-US SMEs pass TOGETHER) innovation tournament held in New York Town on September 20 and 21, 2022, and we obliged. For an summary of the development, learn our previous post.
After chatting with greater than 20 firms at quite a lot of pavilions and comparing their merchandise and applied sciences, we’ve got nominated 5 firms whose merchandise resonate with us. Right here they’re underneath, in opposite order:
Lawfully is a provider that is helping hopeful US immigrants observe their instances with america Immigration Products and services. CEO Joon Ahn leads the corporate, and one among its co-founders is an NYC immigration legal professional.
Having long gone throughout the visa, inexperienced card, and US Citizenship procedure, I will have an educated view in their product. Lawfully makes use of the newest executive information feeds and processes to offer potential immigrants a world viewpoint this is up to date day-to-day, once in a while a couple of instances.
For instance, it’s imaginable to grasp if the precise immigration middle through which an individual’s report is making stable growth through tracking the collection of instances processed day-to-day. By means of inspecting the successes and rejected instances, Lawfully too can spot particular ache issues and lift consciousness to customers as they report their packages. That would save months through fending off a re-submission, for instance.
The fundamental provider is loose, however there are top rate options, and extra correct information customers will pay for. There’s additionally the potential of asking inquiries to immigration legal professionals and get a answer in mins. The legal professionals decide the cost through slices of 15mn. From what we will inform, costs within the vary of $45-$65 are affordable for this provider. Lawfully wallet a small charge because the intermediate.
Total, I’d have used this if it existed again then to make sure that issues had been transferring and that the ideas I submitted didn’t want further warning.
#4 Teuida Inc
Teuida is a Korean-learning app for English or Vietnamese audio system. The app takes a special method through that specialize in real-world eventualities the place you’ll perceive the context and vocabulary, and grammar.
That is a superb means of studying languages, individually. I Talk 3 languages (English, French, and Vietnamese), and this system seems to be lovely conducive to speedy and sturdy studying, individually. That’s in stark distinction with different strategies I’ve been uncovered to, particularly the instructional taste we’ve discovered in class.
According to their information, Teuida spotted that greater than 90% in their customers are ladies (teenagers to younger adults) studying Korean as a result of they observe KPOP artists or TV Display actors. They’ve added interactions in accordance with those subjects and universes that would possibly supply further incentive and amusing to their consumer base.
Teuida CEO Ji Woong Jang discussed that almost everybody within the corporate speaks a couple of language, and I will be able to’t suppose of a higher strategy to relate to their shoppers.
POEN stands for POsitive Power and is a startup concerned about re-purposing used battery packs. As such, they’re forward of the incoming wave of used batteries, which I about to hit the sector as EV skyrocket in recognition.
Battery recycling is a difficult drawback and an afterthought for many of the business and the overall discourse round going “all-electric.” On the other hand, it’s one of the vital vital demanding situations to take on if we wish to make that inexperienced long term occur.
POEN targets to rebuild new battery packs through re-using person cells when imaginable and re-grouping them in combination into a brand new pack. They paintings with several types of cells and feature evolved a failure motive research and inspection technique that lets them spot cells that may be reused.
In some instances, it’s imaginable to reconstruct a battery pack are compatible for an electrical automobile (EV), which is the most suitable choice. Different instances, the cells may also be re-assembled into packs destined to less-demanding packages akin to energy banks or e-bikes.
CEO Seong-Jin Choi discussed that if the batteries don’t seem to be usable, POEN can discharge them with a self-developed gadget and procedure the uncooked fabrics to get better the an important elements to provide the “Black powder,” which is very important to Lithium-Ion batteries.
Mycel is a corporation that makes use of mushrooms’ mycelium (the foundation construction) as its base part to provide synthetic leather-based or even meals merchandise. The speculation 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 tricky to inform if it’s authentic leather-based since Mycel can reproduce the feel and appear of authentic leather-based and its herbal sturdiness. In step with the corporate, the Mycel leather-based efficiency is similar nearly to herbal leather-based.
Since leather-based has fallen out of grace on account of adjustments in company practices and its excessive carbon footprint, a manufactured from this high quality satisfies high-end manufacturers looking for larger ESG rankings with out compromising the standard.
As for the meals facet, Mycel issues out that it would produce a herbal factor that might upload texture to a plethora of plant-based meat merchandise. On the other hand, whilst the marketplace is probably better, there’s a wish to customise the mycelium product for each and every area/tradition. That could be a well known problem, and firms like Coca-cola or McDonals adapt their merchandise on a regional foundation.
#1 Greenwhale World
Greenwhale global has inspired us with a bio-degradable,non-toxic, plastic subject material that appears and feels identical to our digital devices’ common plastic (one may just even devour it). On the other hand, their bio-degradable product will totally disappear after a few years, whilst plastic would possibly keep round and stay poisonous for hundreds of years.
Greenwhale’s bio-plastic is not just better-looking than any competitor we’ve observed, it is usually less expensive to provide, a vital benefit in an business the place prices power many selections. Whilst their product stays 1.5X costlier than polluting plastics, it’s as much as 2X extra reasonably priced than bio-degradable possible choices.
And identical to common plastics, Greenwhale’s bio-plastic is delivered in pellets, and there are best minor tweaks to the manufacturing line to make use of it.
That mentioned, Greenwhale founders Jiyoung Hwang and Taekyun Yoon be aware this product is natural, so if uncovered to consistent moisture, some decay would possibly seem, in contrast to polluting plastic. That mentioned, the speedy objective is to interchange one-time-use plastic akin to plastic luggage, utensils and different merchandise with quick lifestyles spans.