XnTree Ltd

XnTree curates and design bespoke soft landing programmes


XnTree curates and design bespoke soft landing programmes for Deep Tech Ventures involved in Smart City, FinTech, BioTech, AI and Cybersecurity projects.


They are reimagining the way to address key societal and environmental challenges through curating cross-sectoral technology solutions. As our society enters into the fourth industrial revolution, we are faced with issues that rise in efficiency, transparency and economics of conventional infrastructures.

Their mission at XnTree is to enhance the revolution through the collaboration of cutting edge technology by bridging the best of East and West. We select cutting-edge tech ventures to scale them through our cross-border ecosystem, sandbox programmes and Smart city projects.x

XnTree is launching ‘Technology Innovation Hub Asia’ in Seoul, Korea and ‘Future City’ programs in the major cities in Asia including Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei, Seoul, and Tokyo.


Real world problem solving – Too much capital and support is given to projects which do not deliver true value to a target audience. “Demonstrate your solution to a real problem and we’re game.”

Solid backend – Anyone can make a pretty front end. “We love a well stacked solution, we will scale it for you.”

Superstar Team – Innovation is created by a combination of diverse skills. “We look carefully at each member of the team and their contributions.”


Nick Searle


Nick is an experienced entrepreneur, fund manager, business strategist, and a keen sailor.He has a background in accelerating tech companies across the globe.

Joe (Jong-Han) Kim

Partner/Managing Director

Joe began his career within IBM and rose to Director of Enterprise Systems in the UK.His business interests spans from hybrid semiconductors to big data analytics.

Peter (Jae-Won) Chun

Partner/XnTree Asia

Peter has a background in hedge fund management and is currently a senior advisor to the Seoul Metropolitan government and executive director of the Korea-Israel Chamber of Commerce.

Seung-Wook Lyeo

Director of Programme

After training in engineering and law, Seung-Wook has previously led an IoT startup in Korea and now provides consultation to tech ventures.He has a keen interest in protocol development in blockchain and mesh networking.

Busan Smart City Project

South-Korea has been at the forefront of developing Smart City projects with the government championing it as one of its main agendas. By piloting the concept through Busan City, their goal is to implement similar projects across the country. They hope that this initiative can help South Korea address environmental and socioeconomic concerns and push for a sustainable and efficient localised economy.

XnTree has been selected to lead the project in Busan and they aim to use intelligent technology to enhance the quality of life in by minimising waste, optimising energy usage, making governance more transparent, minimising congestion and improving healthcare. At the heart of their design, they aim to create a more dynamic network of connectivity between key elements of the city landscape. This will enhance the efficiency and delivery standards of transit networks, energy grids, hospitals, smart buildings and financial activity.

The key challenge of Busan Smart City Project is to find smart solutions to superimpose on existing infrastructure. The resulting smart infrastructure should be dynamic and self-learning with the ability to govern its own operation, predicting faults before they occur and optimising the delivery of resources or services to match demand.

Through the GoEast Programme, XnTree will curate advanced technologies from London to join the project for 5 months from Q3 of 2018 and collaborate with South Korea’s tech ventures, corporate bodies and government. Selected companies from London will be funded for the duration of the programme in Busan and will receive an opportunity for investment to further their venture in Korea.

Their Technology Sandbox which will run alongside the GoEast Programme is designed to provide a testing environment for products and exploring the regulatory framework. The Sandbox will support ventures to reduce time-to-market, identify appropriate consumer protection safeguards to build into the products and services and to provide a platform to showcase product demos.