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Discover startups Akila and Inner Bottle, winners of Tech4Good 2022’s Pitch Contest

Discover startups Akila and Inner Bottle, winners of Tech4Good 2022’s Pitch Contest

On September 23rd, the 2022 edition of FKCCI and French Tech Community Seoul’s annual Tech4Good Tour ended on a high note with the long-awaited Pitch Contest. Designed to bridge the French and Korean startup ecosystems, to support innovative tech solutions aiming at answering global environment, health or social challenges, and to help mature startups go international, the Pitch Contest traditionally offers Tech4Good Tour’s attendees a chance to introduce their business to potential partners and investors within 5 minutes. Among the 13 companies that accepted the challenge this year, two contestants caught the eye of our jury of experts: Akila, which won the French Startup Prize, and Inner Bottle, which was awarded the Korean Startup Prize. 

“The past week was an amazing experience that was only made better by the fact that we won this prize. We are very grateful for all the support and the organization from FKCCI and La French Tech, it's amazing to see how much we learnt. Thank you for everything”, said Sujin Cho, Head of Korea Business Development at Akila. 

“I'm delighted to win this award among these amazing startups. I hope this could be another chance for Korean startups, including us, to be known to France and furthermore, to collaborate with French companies”, added Steve Cho, CEO of Inner Bottle. 

Congratulations to both winners, that were awarded exclusive Market Entry support and Visibility packages, made of: 

  • 2,500,000 KRW Cash Prize supported by our sponsors, Sanofi and Mazars, for a Market Exploration Mission operated by Business France in Korea and our partner network in France (KOTRA, Paris Region Entreprise, Creative Valley). 

  • Exclusive support from FKCCI and French Tech Seoul’s network during the Market Exploration Mission. 

  • A communication package to enhance their notoriety through FKCCI, French Tech Seoul Community, and partners’ media.

 

 

About Akila

Founded in 2021 with the objective of revolutionizing our built environment, Akila is a digital twin platform providing companies with a new cutting-edge, ESG-focused solution. By drawing on its people’s experiences in energy, engineering, construction, robotics, and more, Akila collects and links its clients’ buildings’ data to help them reach net-zero carbon emissions and partake in the creation of a positive-impact, human-centric market. Currently implanted in Europe and East and South-East Asia, Akila has a high growth potential and should start expanding towards the US as soon as 2023.

 

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About InnerBottle

Today, merely 5% of all plastic containers are recycled. But what if plastic waste could be reduced to the bare minimum? It is with this thought in mind that Inner Bottle was created in 2018. By inserting a sustainable balloon in plastic containers, thus guarding them from residue, the startup ensures they can be recycled and helps limit incineration-induced carbon emissions. Developed through 79 new technologies patented by Inner Bottle, this innovative and eco-friendly solution has already won the hearts of Korean, British and American consumers, and should soon be available to the French public as well.

 

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Tech4Good Tour 2022: FKCCI and La French Tech Seoul invite 22 innovative companies to an intense discovery of Korea’s economic landscape [Tech4Good Summit 2021] Closing Ceremony Celebration with Alchera and Ingine Awarded as the Winners of Pitch Contest

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