CFP – UKC Startup Pitch Competition and Innovation & Entrepreneurship Symposium

Dear KSEA members,


KSEA is hosting its 2nd Innovation and Entrepreneurship Symposium (IES) during the US-Korea Conference from December 14 – 17, 2020 as an online, virtual event. The symposium seeks to provide a cooperative environment for current and future aspiring entrepreneurs in the US and Korea to network with high-profile entrepreneurs and investors, listen to the stories of those who have successfully exited their companies, and learn about the best practices of startups, from protecting your intellectual property and assets to securing funding from venture capitalists and government agencies. The symposium program and additional information can be viewed on the UKC website at and from the attached program flyer.


For budding entrepreneurs, come pitch to potential investors at the Startup Pitch Competition about how your solution seeks to improve the synergy between the US and Korea. We invite all entrepreneurial-minded American and Korean professionals to attend the IES during UKC 2020 and learn about growing cross-border business opportunities in the US and Korea today. About ten competition finalists will go head-to-head to compete for various awards, including cash awards. Additional details, including eligibility requirements and timeline, can be found at ukc2020/spc/ and from the attached program flyer.


Interested in competing? Apply at by Saturday, October 31, 2020, 11:59 PDT.


We invite all entrepreneurial-minded professionals and students to attend the IES during UKC 2020 and learn about the continually growing cross-border partnership opportunities in the US and Korea.


Thank you.

Soolyeon Cho, UKC 2020 Chair and KSEA 49th President
Woo Il Lee, UKC 2020 Co-Chair and KOFST President


IES Organizing Committee Co-Chairs

Dr. Thomas Hahn (UCLA, Distinguished Professor Emeritus)
Dr. Kyeong Ho Yang (KITEE President)
Dr. Deok-Ho Kim (Johns Hopkins University)
Dr. Tae Heum Jeong (KSV Global Innovations)
Dr. Nayoung Lee Louie (Neuraly Inc.)
Dr. Yongkwan Lee (Bluepoint Partners)