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The Korean Startup Grand Challenge 2020 Program For Startups

The Korean government is working to transform the country's economy for another century of success, ultimately raising employment, the GDP and Korea's place in the world. In order to do this, the government is supporting talented entrepreneurs and promising startups, to turn Korea and Pangyo Creative Economy Valley into a global startup hub in Asia.

The top ranked 60 teams selected by the accelerators will be invited to stay in Korea to participate a 3 month accelerating program in Pangyo, located in the south of Seoul.

At the end of the acceleration program, the government will host a demo day to select top 30 startups. These startups will get additional financial incentives, and if they choose to establish their businesses in Korea, they will get additional support from the government.

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About K-Startup Grand Challenge

K-Startup Grand Challenge is a startup accelerator program supported by the Government of South Korea. The program was launched in 2016 by the National IT Industry Promotion Agency and funded by the Ministry of SMEs and Startups of South Korea. The program is based in the Pangyo Techno Valley, known as the Korean version of the Silicon Valley As part of the government's policy, South Korea has initiated a wide range of support programs for startups and has been investing nearly $2 billion annually into the Korean start-up ecosystem since 2013. Within the scope of these efforts, the gover... read more


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KSGC Program For Startups


Aim and Benefits of KSGC Program For Startups

(Support for living & Daily expenditure : 3,500,000 KRW/month/team of one person, 5,000,000 KRW/month/team of two people)

  1. The three months.
  2. Up to two members of each of the most promising startup teams will travel to Korea.
    The 60 teams will be able to use a project space, including equipment for product production and service development, test bed as well as an incubating infrastructure information sessions and coaching on Korean and Asian business culture, specific business topics (e.g. patents, accounting regulations, tax laws, etc.), pitching lessons and one-on-one monitoring will be provided.
  3. The teams will be able to interact with Korean companies including major companies such as Samsung, Hyundai motors, KT Corporation or SK Group through conferences, seminars, workshops, etc.
  4. Meanwhile, networking and matchmaking events will be organized throughout the program in order to promote international cooperation between startups, local successful entrepreneurs, distinguished researchers and engineers and large company representatives.

Accelerating Program (3 months)

60 teams will be selected to join a 3 months-Accelerating program during which they will receive:

  1. a free office space
  2. 1-on-1 mentors
  3. information sessions on Korean and Asian business culture, as well as specific business topics (e.g. patents, accounting, regulations, tax laws, etc.)
  4. access to regular networking sessions
  5. exposure to Korean major companies

Free Office and Project Space: (Startup Campus)

  1. Selected teams will be provided with project space including equipment for product / service production and development, testbeds, as well as an incubating infrastructure at the Startup Campus in Pangyo Techno Valley.

Living Expenses: (Aug – Nov 2020)

Each of the 60 startups in the program will receive money to cover the living expenses over 3.5 months.

  1. $10,840 (?12,250,000) per team of 1 person
  2. $15,490 (?17,500,000) per team of 2 people


During the quarantine period, participants should pay the cost of isolation housing which Korea Government provides from living expenses
(Living expenses include the quarantine fund for 2 weeks before the program starts.)

Korean Interns Support: (3 months)

  1. Provide Korean interns to assist your business in Korea for 3 months. (1 intern per 2 teams)
  2. There will be a speed dating session, so you could choose your own Korean intern to work with. The intern would definitely help you to tear down the language and cultural barrier, the two most difficult things you could face while pursuing business in a foreign country.

Help Desk & Visas

  1. As the South Korean government supports the improvement in Visa regulations for foreign startups and entrepreneurs through the new OASIS program, Visa-related issues will be taken care of by the Korean government. Also, various services are available for overseas startups such as administrative support, housing and so on.

Final Package: Grant for Top 30 Startups (Jan – Apr 2021)
Each of the selected top 30 startups will be eligible to receive funding for 3.5 months.

  1. $10,840 (?12,250,000) per team of 1 person
  2. $15,490 (?17,500,000) per team of 2 people

Grant for Top 5 Startups

  1. 1st Prize : $120,000 (?135,600,000)
  2. 2nd Prize : $60,000 (?67,800,000)
  3. 3rd Prize : $30,000 (?33,900,000)
  4. 4th Prize : $20,000 (?22,600,000)
  5. 5th Prize : $10,000 (?11,300,000)

Additional Investments :
The accelerators may make equity investments in the most promising startups. Startups may have access to other VCs and investors who may choose to invest.


Requirements for KSGC Program For Startups Qualification

STARTUP SELECTION CRITERIA 

  1. Technology-based startups that have prototype or product/service and at initial investment stage.
  2. Global startups.
  3. Startups that have been established within that past 7 years are eligible to apply.

They accept application from startups around the world during this time.


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Interview date, Process and Venue for KSGC Program For Startups

APPLICATION REVIEW

  1. June 29th – July 2th: The experts of foreign startup ecosystem and Korean accelerators will review all applications.

GLOBAL AUDITIONS(On-line)

  1. July 9th – 15th: Based on application review, the organizers of the K-Startup Grand Challenge will select 60 teams from around the world to interview by online via web conferences.
  2. 60 teams total will be selected by accelerating company.

Application Deadline

June 25, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to K-Startup Grand Challenge on www.k-startupgc.org to apply

For more details, visit KSGC website



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