Epic Seoul Startup Scene is…EPIC.
This is probably going to be a waste of time.
Those were my thoughts ahead of my first demo day event. I was invited as media and the promise of free food and wine was enough to pull me in. #swag
I quickly found out that (much like the startup scene in other megalopolis’ around the globe), Seoul’s entrepreneurial underground was vibrant… But, what surprised me the most was how foreigner-friendly and international it actually was.
I was intrigued enough to dive deeper: I pointed my microphone at international accelerator reps (to find out what was so special Korea’s startup community), local startup founders (to see how the government was supporting them), and government workers (to hear about what they were offering to attract and keep international talent).
This is where I’m going to ask you to stop reading. Close your eyes and open your ears:
Some time has passed since then, and I’ve become further entrenched in Seoul’s startup microcosm.
What’s changed? Well, for one, the introduction of the OASIS program, a point-based system for acquiring a visa which enables you to reside and run a business here in Korea.
I, myself, haven’t gone through the process but a few of my friends are graduates: they’ve moved on to do impressive things and have capitalized on Korea’s trendiness and the government’s voracious appetite for international tourism to break out of the norm, pursue their passions, make some money, and really establish themselves as professionals in a foreign country. I applaud their efforts, admire them for the challenges they’ve overcome, and encourage you to do the same. Let the SGSC equip you with the knowledge and support necessary to build your startup. Get in touch with us at http://seoulgsc.com/ or email us at APPLY@SEOULGSC.COM
- gp, editor