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  • The Citypreneurs Team

A Word from Last Year's Winners


Participants pose for a group picture at the first Citypreneurs Competition, 20 September 2017 @The Plaza Hotel, Seoul.

Co-hosted by UN ESCAP, WFUNA, UNDP, and Seoul Metropolitan Government, the 2017 Citypreneurs startup competition drew applications from 146 different startups hailing from 46 countries to help solve urban problems in Seoul under the themes of health tech, education tech, and transportation/environment tech.


After several rounds of pitching and a 3.5-week incubator program, 3 of our 30 finalists claimed the top spots in the competition thanks to their competitive and groundbreaking business models, and have gone on to achieve additional milestones in their startup journeys.


Taking the Grand Prize was DoBrain, a company driven to help educate children with learning difficulties from underserved communities. Their app contains a constantly updated stream of educational activities designed to enhance cognitive development through interaction. The digital delivery method of cognitive training is much more affordable than current alternatives for children with cognitive development challenges. DoBrain was awarded 10 million Korean won prizemoney and received 20 million Korean won in seed funding with an additional 500,000 USD research grant from the Korean government. DoBrain was approached by multiple outlets for private investment leading up to the Citypreneurs Demo Day last December.