This is the first post in our series: Discover Korea’s Tech, where we will talk to a mix of Korean startup entrepreneurs who stood their own ground with their technology, in Korea’s economy notorious dominated by gigantic companies. Stay tuned over the coming month as we talk to Korean entrepreneurs. You can follow our updates @technodechina for new stories in the series. 

When you think of ‘South Korea’, what comes to mind? You might think of big companies like Samsung, LG, Hyundai, or K-POP and Korean drama, if not, you might as well have heard of the song ‘Gangnam Style’. You might also think of President Park Guen-hye, the first woman President of South Korea. Surprisingly, this is exactly what constitutes the Korean startup ecosystem.

Seasoned engineers from Samsung and LG boldly come out of the company to start their own business, which makes Korean startup ecosystem full of technology based-startups. K-POP and Korean drama takes a huge part in the content business and marketing efforts locally and globally. Gangnam, being the most vibrant commercial area, became home for most Korean startups and co-working spaces like Google Campus, WeWork, D.CAMP and TIPS town and accelerators like SparkLabs and Lotte Accelerator. The Korean government has established huge government funds to support young entrepreneurs to start their business. That’s how I, once an ordinary University student in Korea three years ago, took up a valuable opportunity to work in Israel and Silicon Valley, to finally settle down in fastest growing startup scene in China.

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Eva Yoo

Eva Yoo is Shanghai-based tech writer. Reach her at evayoo@technode.com