Introduction | IN2KOREA

Introduction

Korea offers incredible opportunities.
Here’s the guidance you need to get started.

In2Korea is the free program, sponsored by the Korean government, that gives startups, investors and professional job seekers the support, expertise and resources they need to succeed in Korea. Participants get on-demand access to experts in fields like law, finance, HR and marketing, along with other perks like free office space. They are also paired with mentors who have established or run businesses in Korea and can guide them smoothly through the process.

Why Korea?

Korea is the ideal gateway to doing business in Asia

  • Korea is one of the world’s most exciting and vibrant countries and has become Asia’s cultural capital
  • A safe and stable country that’s geographically in the center of Asia.
  • Clean, pro-business government with low level of bureaucracy for business owners
  • World’s fastest mobile and wired internet, makes for incredible IT infrastructure
  • Koreans are early adopters who are willing to try new things and then criticize them harshly.
  • Home to global technology leaders like Samsung, LG and Hyundai
  • Incomes are high but the cost of living is affordable.
  • Korea is within a 3-hour flight of 145 cities with a population of more than 1 million making an ideal gateway to Asia’s largest markets.Korea is the ideal gateway to doing business in Asia

Free Office and Project Space at Startup Campus

Option 1

You’ll be able to work in Korea’s new $160 million Startup Campus in Pangyo, within walking distance of many of Korea’s top tech companies and just 14 minutes from the swank Gangnam district of Seoul by subway.

Option 2

You’ll get office space for your team, as well as equipment and project space to work on producing or perfecting your product or service. That includes access to a maker space filled with 3D printers, hardware testing platforms and more.


Korea is emerging as Asia’s most dynamic startup hub

  • Startups like Kakao, Coupang and Viva Republica have achieved multi-billion dollar valuations.
  • A previous generation of tech startups have become global players in ICT and gaming
  • Ranked number 1 in innovation by Bloomberg
  • Ranked number 8 amongst the world’s top 20 destinations for start-up companies
  • The first ever Asian Google campus opened in Seoul in 2015, and 500 startups launched a Korea-focused fund called 500 Kimchi.
  • Major Korean companies such as Lotte, Hanwha, and SK are actively seeking collaboration with startups by launching their own startup accelerators and incubators

Perks for participants

Full perks for Startups include

ACCESS TO EXPERTS
ACCESS TO EXPERTS
Legal, accounting, marketing and other professional services to help you take your business from a concept to corporation
FREE OFFICE SPACE
FREE OFFICE SPACE
Work from Korea's $160 million Startup Campus in Pangyo, within walking distance of Korea's tech giants and 15 minutes from the glitz of Gangnam
ACCESS TO TALENT
ACCESS TO TALENT
Exclusive access to monthly job fairs where you can meet qualified engineers, marketers and support staff
FAST TRACK
VISA
Get your Korean Startup Visa within a matter of months, so you can legally do business in Asia's new startup hub
CULTURE
ACCLIMATION
Learn Korean and get insider tips from expats and entrepreneurs who have spent years succeeding in Korea
SPONSORSHIP FOR BUSINESS
REGISTRATION FEE
Learn Korean and get insider tips from expats and entrepreneurs who have spent years succeeding in Korea

Full perks for Investors include

In-depth presentation of the Korean business ecosystem
Get to know the facts behind Korea’s incredible economic growth: the main players, the latest investment trends, the Angel and early stage investment scene and the big name global investors.
Easy access to the main networking events
Overview of the main events in Seoul in areas like fintech, big data, AI, VR, sustainability and more.
People to connect with
Key contact people to look out for at Korean VC firms, global VC firms operating in Korea, and ecosystem players who can make intros.
Where to find startups
A guide to Korea's best accelerators, coworking spaces and government programs, all of which are overflowing with talent and ideas.
Fast Track Visa Process
Get the right Korean visa within a matter of months, so you can legally do business and invest.

Full perks for Job seekers include

Job seeking
guide
Get to know the facts behind Korea’s incredible economic growth: the main players, the latest investment trends, the Angel and early stage investment scene and the big name global investors.
What to know before
getting a job in Korea
Overview of the main events in Seoul in areas like fintech, big data, AI, VR, sustainability and more.
What you need to know
about visas
Key contact people to look out for at Korean VC firms, global VC firms operating in Korea, and ecosystem players who can make intros.
What to know before
getting a job in Korea
Overview of the main events in Seoul in areas like fintech, big data, AI, VR, sustainability and more.
What you need to know
about visas
Key contact people to look out for at Korean VC firms, global VC firms operating in Korea, and ecosystem players who can make intros.

Who Can Apply / Timeline

  • Startups and entrepreneurs who want to bring their ideas to Korea
  • Professionals who want to put their skills to use for Korean startups or other companies
  • Investors looking to expand their portfolios into Korea

After completing 2 successful batches of more than 60 startups, In2Korea will begin accepting additional companies that apply through a rolling application period.

Program Organizers

National IT Industry Promotion Agency

National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA)

The National IT Industry Promotion Agency (NIPA) is devoted to enhancing the competitiveness of Korea's technology industries, to contribute to overall economic growth. Formed from the merger of several governmental organizations, NIPA participates in policy research related to technology. It provides training and support for technology companies, students and employees. It helps establish new distribution channels and markets for Korean companies, and offers support with overseas marketing. NIPA further supports international exchanges, cooperation, and overseas expansion related to Korea's IT industry.

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