Early Stage Startups in Emerging Tech Get Boost from Samsung NEXT

LAS VEGAS -- Samsung NEXT (formerly Samsung Global Innovation Center) today announced at CES the creation of the Samsung NEXT Fund, a $150 million venture capital investment fund, to increase Samsung’s global support of early stage startups pursuing advanced software and services innovation. The Fund enables Samsung NEXT to build upon its multi-stage global innovation platform to empower tech entrepreneurs with funding, resources and deep-domain expertise.



David Menzies | 919-274-6862 Fiction Writer and Public Relations Consultant  | www.daviddeanmenzies.comThe Fund targets pre-Seed to Series B investments with a focus on virtual reality, artificial intelligence, IoT and other new frontier technologies. Companies that have received capital from the Fund so far include: Converge Industries, Dashbot, Entry Point VR, Filament, Intezer, LiquidSky, Otto Radio, 2Sens, SafeDK and Virtru.

“Our investments bring the power of the Samsung platform to startups to accelerate their growth and ultimately their success,” said Brendon Kim, VP and Managing Director of Samsung NEXT Ventures. “The Samsung NEXT Fund expands our global reach and capabilities, while increasing Samsung’s access to more great ideas, products and talent.”

In September, Samsung NEXT launched its newest office in Tel Aviv (Samsung NEXT Tel Aviv). The new location is the fifth for the organization, which currently has teams in Mountain View, New York, San Francisco and Korea. Samsung NEXT will open additional locations in 2017.

“We’re very passionate about partnering with startups and developing meaningful relationships in startup ecosystems around the world,” said Emily Becher, Managing Director of Samsung NEXT Start and head of Samsung NEXT’s international expansion. “We leverage local experts to fuel traction and drive scale for startups right where they are.”

To coincide with Samsung NEXT’s international expansion and launch of the Fund, the company has initiated its first major rebrand effort which includes the renaming of its organization to “Samsung NEXT” and the release of a new logo and website. With the rebrand, the company’s goal is to simplify its identity and clarify its message and mission.

For the first time, at CES 2017 Eureka Park, Samsung NEXT will be showcasing startups from its investment portfolio that are pushing boundaries with new frontier technologies and innovative solutions. Visit Eureka Park booth: #50231 to meet founders and demo these unique products.

Baobab Studios – VR animation. baobabstudios.com
BioBeats – AI and digital health. biobeats.com
Branch – Mobile data linking. branch.io
Filament – IOT. filament.com
LiquidSky – Ultra low-latency cloud computing and gaming. liquidsky.tv
Lotik – Wireless water intelligence. lotik.io
Mapzen – Open source mapping services. mapzen.com
Otto Radio – Curates news and podcasts with the push of a button. ottoradio.com
UniKey – Alternative access control. unikey.com
For more information, visit: SamsungNEXT.com and connect on social media: @SamsungNEXT.

About Samsung NEXT
Samsung NEXT partners with innovators around the world to build ideas into products, grow products into businesses and scale business that leverage and transform Samsung’s ecosystem. samsungnext.com.

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