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LG Electronics, Mirae Asset to launch 100 bln won venture capital fund

It 10:00 April 30, 2021

SEOUL, April 30 (Yonhap) -- LG Electronics Inc. said Friday it has joined hands with Mirae Asset Group, South Korea's major financial service provider, to launch a venture capital fund worth 100 billion won (US$90 million) as it seeks to find new growth engines.

LG and Mirae Asset will inject 50 billion won each to create the investment fund. Mirae Asset Capital will run the fund for the next 10 years.

LG said the money will be used in supporting promising startups in businesses related to electric vehicles, digital health care and data.

The South Korean tech giant said the launch of the fund is part of its plan to boost "open innovation" between big companies and startups.

LG has been seeking to develop new products and services in various sectors for its future growth.

The company in January acquired U.S.-based TV data analysis startup Alphonso Inc. to expand its software and content capabilities in the TV business.

This photo provided by LG Electronics Inc. on April 30, 2021, shows Cho Joo-wan (L), the chief strategy officer of LG Electronics, and Lee Man-hee, head of Mirae Asset Capital Co., posing for a photo after signing an agreement to establish a venture capital fund in Seoul. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

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