• Online grocery disrupter aims to solidify its #1 position in ‘daybreak delivery’ market
  • Series D will be deployed to recruit in IT and secure operational stability as the company scales up

April 4, 2019 – Seoul, Korea – Kurly Inc., the provider of online premium grocery service, Market Kurly, has today announced the completion of its Series D funding with KRW 100 billion (USD 88 million). The round is led by existing investors and brings in international investor, Global Venture Partners.

Market Kurly, launched in May 2015, has disrupted the online grocery industry through logistics innovation. Its ‘Morning Star Delivery’ service is the fastest and freshest delivery system available to Korean consumers. All orders placed by 11 am are delivered by 7 am the next morning, including fresh produce harvested that same day.

Market Kurly aims to solidify its #1 position in the daybreak grocery delivery market. The Series D investment will be used to ensure that Market Kurly retains stable service quality as the business scales rapidly. Supply chain management will be secured by building closer cooperation with suppliers. To secure sustainable growth, Market Kurly plans to recruit substantially in IT.

The IT recruitment drive will enable Market Kurly to speed up its development, including a key transition to AWS Cloud Native and the construction of a processing platform for large-scale data management. New service solutions will also be developed, based on this data.

Sophie Kim, CEO, said, “Market Kurly’s innovative, ‘cold-chain’ system from producer to consumer, which maintains temperatures optimally suited to each product, means that we can offer customers the freshest products at the fastest speeds, compared to other online grocery services. With this latest investment, we can secure internal processes and build a talent pool so that we can continue to increase our grocery market share, while maintaining quality.”

“Market Kurly has shown its strong presence as a leading player in fast growing online grocery market,” Tiantian He, Vice President of Sequoia China comments. “We are deeply impressed with Sophie Kim, CEO at Kurly Inc., bearing vision, passion and drive, which leads us to participate in Series D again. We will continue to support Kurly.”

Spyro Korsanos, Managing Partner, Global Venture Partners, added, “Market Kurly has an outstanding track record. With KRW 157 billion in sales in 2018, it has grown three times since 2017. We’re investing because Kurly offers Korean consumers something unique – sustainable, high-quality food combined with excellent customer service and leading-edge logistics. Adoption is building quickly, with monthly sales reaching KRW 30 billion in January, breaking all records.”

Media Contacts:

Emma Thorpe
Communications Advisor
Global Venture Partners
+44 (0) 7909 974958

About Global Venture Partners:

Global Venture Partners provides advice, investment and strategic backing to high-growth tech ventures in Europe and around the globe.

Based in London and Berlin, Global Venture Partners has helped leading tech businesses grow from start-up to multibillion Euro operations with a global footprint, such as Europe’s most successful food delivery platform. It has advised a wide network of entrepreneurs, ventures and investors, including the largest listed technology venture capital investor in Europe.

Global Venture Partners is an award-winning firm led by Managing Partner, Spyro Korsanos, named TMT Finance M&A Rising Star in 2017. Find out more at https://fuseventure.partners.

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