Saudi public VC funds in town in search of Korean startups
Published : Sep 20, 2022 - 15:55
Updated : Sep 20, 2022 - 15:55
Seoul Metropolitan Government headquarters in central Seoul (Yonhap)
Saudi Arabia’s two major public investment funds have arrived in South Korea to look for local startups to add to their portfolios, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said Tuesday.

Jada, a fund-of-funds set up by Saudi sovereign wealth fund Public Investment Fund, and fellow state-run Saudi Venture Capital will cooperate with the Seoul government to find Korean “unicorns” or startup companies with a value of over $1 billion to invest in. The investment funds arrived in Seoul on Monday and will remain until Thursday, according to the city government.

The Seoul Metropolitan Government’s business investment arm Invest Seoul will partner with PIF Jada to promote the growth of startups in both Saudi Arabia and South Korea, support the businesses’ global expansion and cooperate on launching cross-border conferences and programs.

The public investment funds are interested in startups in the Korean game industry, commerce and the artificial intelligence sectors, according to the city government.

By Jung Min-kyung (