Checkmate Capital Group and KAIST Venture Investment Holdings Announce Partnership and Selection as TIPS Operator


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LOS ANGELES and SEOUL, South Korea, June 26, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — A consortium formed by KAIST Venture Investment Holdings and Checkmate Capital Group has been selected as the program operator for the Tech Incubator for Startups (“TIPS”) program of South Korea . The KAIST-Checkmate consortium has been selected as a specialized program operator in the Emerging Technology Expert category.

TIPS is a business accelerator program organized by the South Korean Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises. Program operators identify, evaluate and select emerging startups based on the merit of their business potential. Once selected for the program, participating startups are matched with program operators to provide mentorship and are eligible to apply for R&D grants, investment matching funds, and business grants to be used for strategic consulting services. and transaction support.

In its bid to be selected as the operator of the TIPS program, KAIST, building on its success in launching emerging tech startups in South Korea, has partnered with Checkmate, a consultancy and investment group based in Los Angeles with expertise in cross-border marketing. This consortium was selected by TIPS as a program operator specializing in helping Korean intellectual property-intensive companies achieve commercial success, both domestically and overseas.

“Checkmate is actively building its presence in South Korea,” said Checkmate CEO Tom Paschall. “We are pleased to announce our collaboration with KAIST, a globally recognized institution producing some of the world’s most transformative companies and technologies.”

“Through our joint participation as the operator of the TIPS program, KAIST and Checkmate look forward to helping Korean start-ups achieve global success,” added Jay Ryu, Managing Director of Checkmate.

Henry Chung, CEO of KAIST Venture Investment Holdings, said, “We are delighted to partner with Checkmate as an overseas advisor. Checkmate already advises KAIST portfolio companies in the United States, where Checkmate’s support and guidance has been instrumental in their global expansion strategies. Mr. Chung added, “As a program operator, the KAIST-Checkmate partnership enhances the global reach and transactional capabilities of the TIPS program and fulfills KAIST’s commitment to supporting the success of outstanding Korean tech startups at home and abroad.” abroad.

Other groups selected as specialist program operators in the TIPS program include Daewoong Pharmaceuticals, GS Retail, Seah Group subsidiary VNTG Corp and Hite Jinro.

About Checkmate Capital Group:
Checkmate Capital is an investment and strategic advisory group managing family office assets with a global business and financial network. Checkmate Capital’s main investment areas are biotechnology, agriculture and waste technology, energy technology and other diversified technologies. Our team provides seasoned expertise in our targeted industries, drawing on an international group of strategic partners, business talent and resources. For more information, visit

About KAIST:
KAIST Venture Investment Holdings is the venture capital investment arm of Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, a research-oriented science and technology institution and one of South Korea’s most prestigious universities.

About TIPS:
TIPS (Accelerator Investment-Driven Tech Incubator Program for Startups) is designed to identify and nurture the most promising startups with innovative ideas and breakthrough technologies. In order to support them as they enter the global market, he nominates and designates successful business founders, who are now angel investors and technology company leaders, as their incubators/accelerators. It then offers a seamless service encompassing angel investor networking, incubation, mentorship/professional support and matching R&D funds. For more information visit

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