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(LEAD) S. Korea's crowdfunding is half success: data

All News 16:01 January 24, 2017

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SEOUL, Jan.24 (Yonhap) -- Crowdfunding in South Korea has been half successful over the first year, data showed Tuesday, as the authorities pledged more efforts to promote the system.

A total of 18 billion won (US$15.4 million) has been raised so far from 7,172 investors to fund 121 projects, according to the Financial Services Commission (FSC).

It represents 46.4 percent of 261 proposed ideas. Each investor has provided 1.3 million won on average.

South Korea, a global tech powerhouse, introduced the equity-style crowdfunding program a year ago, which allows early stage startups to raise capital from a large number of individuals investing relatively small amounts of money, typically via the Internet.

Yim Jong-yong, chairman of the Financial Services Commission, delivers a speech at a ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the introduction of the crowdfunding system in Seoul on Jan. 24, 2017. (Yonhap)

"Crowdfunding is taking root as a new route of raising capital for startups and small and medium-sized enterprises," the FSC's chief Yim Jong-yong said at a ceremony to commemorate the first anniversary of the launch of the crowdfunding platform in the nation.

He added the government will push for the revision of related legislation to ease restrictions.

Mostly, companies in the manufacturing, ICT and filmmaking sectors have benefited from crowdfunding.

For instance, the local nuclear disaster movie "Pandora" has raised 700 million won from 468 investors through the new type of financing, setting a record for the amount of funds secured through the platform for a single project. The film reached the break-even point by recently drawing in more than 4.5 million viewers.

A diagram illustrating the idea of crowdfunding (Yonhap)


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