For the second year in a row, the largest accelerator program in South Korea is on the lookout for startups across Australia and New Zealand. First launched in 2016, the K-Startup Grand Challenge is a startup inbounding program organized and financed by the Korean government. The objective of the program is to promote the expansion of an open entrepreneurship ecosystem in Asia and to assist in South Korea’s evolution into a prominent startup business hub in the region. Over the last three years the program has:
Last year, 2,648 startups from 118 countries competed to be selected for the 2020 K-Startup Grand Challenge. 60 of them were selected to participate in a 3.5-month-long acceleration program and received initial funding and office space. If selected, the program can significantly fast-track the growth of your startup through the following benefits:
Last year, over 55 startups from Australia and New Zealand applied to be part of the program, with over 10 of them selected to pitch. Suel A Kim, the founder of Kurly (a Korean startup that operates a grocery delivery service in Korea), highlights two key reasons why the Korean market is perfect for foreign startups, “One, because of the sheer size of the market (sixth largest in the world) and two, because customers are so willing to provide feedback”.
According to ANZ’s 2018 Asia Opportunity Report, Australian businesses could gain approximately $400 billion in additional revenue to flow into their Australian operations if they make plans to operate in Asia. Australian startups looking to grow and enter the Asian market need to look no further than the K Startup Grand Challenge.
The 2020 program is looking for startups that are working on technology across any of the target sectors below:
Following the application process, there will be auditions in July for shortlisted startups and the top 60 teams will be selected to join the program. Find out more on how to apply below:
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