A Step Towards Start-up!
Hanyang Start-up Open Campus
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Hanyang University (HYU) widely opens its door to those wishing to establish one’s own organization, also referred as a ‘start-up' company. On the 12th of December, Hanyang Start-up Open Campus event was held for the building completion ceremony of Hanyang Start-up Town along with various programs related to start-ups. News H made a visit to this event and took a look around the event.
The whole event was held in the HIT building and the Start-up town from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. This comprehensive start-up-related event held various programs simultaneously throughout the day. This included open special classes, exhibitions, mentoring sessions and more. Anyone interested in start-ups could participate and not only gain knowledge, but form a culture between these aspirants and express their willingness towards start-ups.
Stepping into the campus of start-up
When entered into the HIT building, A photo-wall was set up, expressing the scale and the atmosphere of this event. Various banners were provided for the participants to take unique photos in front of the photo wall. Not only students but also alumnus and staff members freely wandered around this event, showing their own individual interest towards various start-up.
Right behind the photo-wall, an exhibition was prepared. 14 start-up organizations exhibited their work, their own unique ideas, and programs. There were a lot of projects catching eye sights with novel ideas. Ideas varied from newly developed smart-devices and 3D printers to fashion and share houses. Participants freely shared their ideas with the people around them in front of the products. They closely observed the explanations located beside the works and voted on a board in another corner of the exhibition.
Start of a Start-up Town
After the exhibition, the building completion ceremony of the Start-up Town was held. An explanation of the Startup Support Foundation was given, along with congratulatory messages and a tour within the Start-up Town. This town built by the enterprisers of various companies, will now be continuously used to train outstanding individuals on start-ups. The specific programs, targets and rules have not been yet organized, but will pursue their goals of helping those trying to venture one’s own organization.
A practical help to future enterprisers
After the building completion ceremony, those who were willing to had a chance to meet a mentor in the field of start-ups. They were able to receive helpful information on new market openings, marketing, attraction of investment, technical commercialization and more. As it was a 1:1 counseling session, people were able to receive practical advice solely suited for the individual. The mentees asked questions on their own ideas and products, and the mentors gave them feedback along with their suggestions for the next step.
Lee So-eui, a lecturer in the Music Department, was one of the mentees in this program. “I am interested in music programs and was actually working on a project. I only had the passion to start an organization, without having any knowledge related to the field of start-ups,” explained Lee. She participated in the 10th Hanyang Start-up Academy, which is a program designed to train the people on the essential theoretical information on start-ups, such as the selection of items, commercialization, marketing, taxation, finance and so on. Anyone in HYU can take this course, and enrolled students can also receive three credits by taking this course. Lee, in this case, took the course of Hanyang Start-up Academy and had a vague idea in her mind after the completion of the lectures. She then enrolled for this mentoring and received practical advice that was specifically needed for her. “I think HYU gives us the driving force to keep reaching for our goals. They provide us with numerous chances, to better visualize my dream. Now I’m planning to put my ideas into action and achieve my dream,” said Lee.
Reaching for my own dream
The average age in our society is increasing and now we are faced with an era where we can’t depend on a single job for our whole life. Starting an organization can be a career option for general people now. HYU provides us with high quality programs and sturdy groundwork for those willing to start a new organization. Start-up is not limited only to organizations. Start-up could include simple ideas, a laboratory or more. Park Min-jung, from the Hanyang Startup Foundation also emphasized the importance of start-up. “You might have to face a venture anytime in your life. It could be right after you graduate, during your employment, or even after your retirement. The gap between those who were trained and those who weren’t will be immense. The Startup Foundation is trying our best to give as much help as possible to those willing to learn. The doors to our Foundation is always open!”
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Photos by Lee Jin-myeong
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