Asan Entrepreneurship Forum

Asan Entrepreneurship Forum

To promote the development of Korea’s startup ecosystem, the Asan Nanum Foundation held the Asan Entrepreneurship Forum to discuss various issues and seek solutions to them. Specialists from each field in small and medium businesses and venture companies were invited to the forum to give diverse presentations and to take part in discussions. The main subjects of the startup ecosystem – such as the Angel investment vitalization plans, entrepreneurship education vitalization plans, and the establishment of a Korea-type entrepreneur model were discussed at the Forum, enabling the foundation to reflect the alternative plans devised from the Forum with in its own programs. The foundation will continue to organize forums with a view to vitalizing Korea’s startup ecosystem and to expanding entrepreneurship.

Asan Entrepreneurship Forum
Symposium on the Vitalization of Angel Investment
(February 24, 2012)
This symposium highlighted the need to expand Angel Investment in order to revitalize the venture capital industry in Korea. The participants explored potential implementation strategies for an angel investment promotion policy then under development by the Korean Government. The symposium also provided the Asan Nanum Foundation with an opportunity to identify its strategic direction for the promotion of Angel Investment.
Effective Business Incubator Management Strategy to Support Entrepreneurship
(March 28, 2012)
This symposium focused on case studies of two government youth entrepreneurship programs: the Youth Entrepreneurship Academy, which is operated by the Small and Medium Businesses Corporation (SBC); and the Youth Entrepreneurship 1000 Program, implemented by the Seoul Business Agency. The participants also considered effective business incubator management strategies.
U.S. Policies on Small- and Medium-sized Businesses
(April 25, 2012)
This symposium examined U.S. policies on small- and medium-sized businesses, including antitrust regulations, the provision of surety bond guarantees and debt relief, and recovery support for failed businesses. The participants’ discussion focused on Korean policies on and recovery support for small- and medium-sized businesses.
Strategies to Vitalize University-affiliated Technology-Holding Companies
(May 23, 2012)
This symposium reviewed the current status of technology-holding companies created through industry-university cooperation. The participants discussed strategies that universities could use to make the transition from educational institutions to enterprises that foster linkages between industry, academia, and local communities.
Entrepreneurship Education Vitalization Symposium
(October 5, 2012)
In line with the increasing importance of the role of entrepreneurship in economic growth, job creation, and overall improvement of the quality of life, interest in entrepreneurship education has grown. This symposium explored ways of establishing the necessary educational infrastructure for entrepreneurship education.