The ‘2017 UNIST Entrepreneurship Week’ is scheduled to be held at UNIST from November 13 to 17, 2017. The subtitle of this event, which will be held in a private space for student entrepreneurs, is the ‘First in Challenge’.
Around 100 students who are interested in startups participated in the event. National and international experts from business start-up area gave lectures as the mentors of students. During the lectures, mentors gave advices which were mainly focused on the specific steps of business establishment such as business plan establishment-investment plan and practice-sustainable business.
The primary purpose of this event is to inspire student entrepreneurship and train excellent entrepreneurial elites. The UNIST Entrepreneurship Week consists of a variety of events related to startups, such as a series of lecture on entrepreneurship by both national and international guest speakers, mock trial competition for entrepreneurship, and idea exchange for on-campus startup companies.
“Ulsan, the industrial capital of Korea is the ideal place to industrialize innovative ideas,” says Professor Sung Chul Bae, Director of UNIST Academy-Industry Research Corporation. “Throughout this entrepreneurship week, I hope members of UNIST can cultivate what we call “entrepreneurial spirit”, that is to now afraid of taking risks or make decisions.”
On November 13, an opening ceremony marked the beginning of the 2017 Entrepreneurship Week, followed by special lectures by Chairman SungDong Park and Dr. JiWon Park of Satrec Initiative. In their talks, they addressed ways of looking at inspiring new ideas via the following topics: “Fusion of Artificial Intelligence and Music” and “Entrepreneurship through the eyes of engineering students”.
The event for global startup strategies will be held the following day. Under the theme of the “Global Challenge”, the event will feature entrepreneurship-related lectures head for overseas, as well as exchanges for startups that plan to advance into foreign markets. Meanwhile, UNIST has been co-operating UNISTRONG, the startup support program with Robin Lee Venture Consulting. There will also be time to hear real-life startup story of the founding team who partook in UNISTRONG, as well as a special lecture by Robin Lee, CEO of Robin Lee Venture Consulting.
On November 15, a series of talks and lectures on “Growth Hacking”. Director SungYoung Jeon of Noom Korea Inc. will be presenting a lecture on successful strategies for startups under the topic of “Hacking Growth”. There will be also three invited plenary talks by the UNIST student-led startup companies, Pedaling and Nspoons, as well as Core.Today.
There will be also Marker’s Day, featuring the RC car building event via Arduino-based education. Arduino hardware / software, which is available as open source, is used in the fabrication of various prototype designs. This will be an opportunity for students to acquire ideas on product making and planning through hands-on experience.
On November 17, the last day of the entrepreneurship week, the opening ceremony of UNISPARK is scheduled to be held. This space, with a business incubation room, a conference room, a joint seminar room and a prototype production facility, is dedicated to promote innovative startups for UNIST students. Startup Competition will also take place during the entrepreneurship week. The winning team with creative business models will receive one million won in prize money, a chance of participating in Joint Education Center for Technology Startup (JETS) competition, as well as the 2018 UNISPARK pre-entry voucher.