South Korean start-ups selected for UK innovation support

From visualizing carbon emissions from buildings to wireless charging for EVs, meet the start-ups set to trial new tech in the UK.

SHIFT, London’s new testbed for innovation based on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and Connected Places Catapult have launched a UK Testbed Initiative with the Korean International Trade Association (KITA). Eight innovative South Korean start-ups addressing challenges related to urban mobility and net zero have been selected to validate their technologies in the UK.

The programme is run in partnership with Milton Keynes Council and Foundry Intl LTD, a Luxembourg-based venture builder which supports investment to the UK and Europe from abroad and has a particular interest in urban testbeds.

SHIFT is focussed on finding, testing and scaling-up solutions to the major challenges of urban life, while ensuring the needs of the community are at the heart of the innovation. The UK Testbed initiative builds on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s international reputation as London’s living testbed for better urban futures and reenforces Milton Keynes’ position as a leading, digital city which promotes innovation. The project also introduces Korean start-ups to the British market by providing access to technical and market expertise and support to conduct technology testing in the United Kingdom.

Innovation challenge statements were designed based on locally identified needs, and South Korean companies were invited to respond. The most exciting, impactful products were selected, and the Catapult and SHIFT team will facilitate access to test environments in Milton Keynes and on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The South Korean start-ups will be in London 14th-17th November. The visit will mark the official launch of the programme and introduce the Korean delegation to stakeholders from SHIFT, Connected Places Catapult and the wider UK tech ecosystem.

The SMEs selected are as follows:
• Ninewatt – Software which visualises the carbon emissions data of buildings on a 3D map. The Carbon Saving Solution Report analyses energy consumption and bill data and suggests saving solutions.
• Monnit Korea – An IoT wireless sensor monitoring solution which allows for Integrated real-time monitoring of infrastructure, building facilities and indoor/outdoor environmental conditions.
• PiQuant Co. Ltd – An integrated indoor air quality monitoring IoT solution to manage the indoor air quality of buildings and facilities and optimise HVAC systems based on real-time monitoring data.
• CLROBUR – An AI-integrated autonomous and automatic flight ground control platform (GCP) which uses urban air traffic management (UATM) for surveillance and monitoring.
• Deeping Source – A data anonymisation tool for AI. The software removes all personal information from videos and images.
• Nota AI -Camera-based traffic monitoring solutions running on edge devices with real-time processing
• Quisens – AI image analysis of aerial/satellite image for green and solar panels and Rent-A-Rooftop platform.
• WiPowerOne – A wireless power charging solution for EVs (E-bus, E-truck, E-car etc.)