Startup Weekend Seoul: Impact

    Friday, March 1 - 3, 2019

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  2. Schedule
  3. Speakers
  4. Judges
  5. Coaches and Mentors
  6. Sponsors
  7. Organizing Team
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Startup Weekend Seoul: Impact

Friday, March 1 - 3, 2019

Friday, March 1 - 3, 2019
Event starts at 5:00 pm

Google for Startups Campus
Gangnam-gu, Daechi 2(i)-dong, Yeongdong-daero
서울특별시 강남구 대치동 948 영동대로 417 오토웨이타워 지하 2층
Seoul , South Korea

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Learn, Network, Startup

Techstars Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night pitches and continuing through brainstorming, business plan development, and basic prototype creation, Techstars Startup Weekends culminate in Sunday night demos and presentations. Participants create working startups during the event and are able to collaborate with like-minded individuals outside of their daily networks. All teams hear talks by industry leaders and receive valuable feedback from local entrepreneurials. The weekend is centered around action, innovation, and education. Whether you are looking for feedback on a idea, a co-founder, specific skill sets, or a team to help you execute, Techstars Startup Weekends are the perfect environment in which to test your idea and take the first steps towards launching your own startup. 

테크스타 스타트업 위켄드(Techstars Startup Weekends)는 개발자, 디자이너, 기획자 모두를 위한 최고의 경험적 교육을 제공하기 위해 설계된 54시간 동안 진행되는 해커톤입니다. 스타트업 위켄드는 금요일 밤 아이디어 발표를 시작으로 브레인스토밍, 사업 개발 및 프로토타입 제작 등의 순서로 진행되며 일요일에 데모와 최종 발표를 하며 마칩니다. 참가자는 해커톤 기간 동안 스타트업을 만들고 평소에 자주 만나는 네트워크를 벗어나 같은 생각을 가진 사람들과 협업을 할 수 있는 기회를 가지게 됩니다. 모든 팀은 업계 리더의 토크를 듣고 기업가들로 부터 값진 피드백을 받을 수 있습니다. 스타트업 위켄드가 진행되는 주말은 실행력, 혁신 및 교육에 중점을 두며 진행됩니다. 아이디어에 대한 피드백, 공동창업자, 함께할 팀 멤버를 찾는 등 어떤 것을 원하든지, 스타트업 위켄드는 아이디어를 테스트하고, 스타트업을 시작하는 첫 번째 단계를 시작할 수 있는 완벽한 환경을 제공합니다.

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Friday March 1st

5:00 pm
Registration & Icebreakers
Arrive at the venue and get to know the participants

6:30 pm
Dinner & Networking
Eat food, share ideas, practice pitches, get to know fellow participants

7:00 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Pitches Start
Optionally line up to give your pitch

9:00 pm
Attendees vote for the top pitches

9:15 pm
Form Teams
Teams start forming and discussing ideas

10:00 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday March 2nd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Teams formed and setting up workspace for the weekend

12:00 pm

1:00 pm
After-lunch check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

6:30 pm

7:30 pm
After-dinner check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Sunday March 3rd

9:00 am
Arrive, simple breakfast & coffee

9:30 am
Begin Work
Team work time, status reports, call for help

12:00 pm

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

2:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

3:00 pm
Final Presentations
The pitches should be 5 minutes long followed by 3 minutes of Q&A from the judges.

5:00 pm
Judging & Awards

5:30 pm
Closing Party

6:30 pm
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Janet Neo
Global Strategy Head at Global Green Growth Institute

Entrepreneur and social value creator 

Event Judges

Lorenzo Heejun Kim
CEO at Ignite Innovators Inc.

Impact driven, purpose oriented venture capitalist and start-up accelerator.  Founded Ignite Innovators, accelerator in Seoul, Korea in 2018 after 15 years of experiences in start-up entrepreneurship, venture capital, investment banking and corporate planning in Korea, US, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore.

Li Zhou
Associate Sustainable Development Officer

Li Zhou is the Associate Sustainable Development Officer at UN ESCAP’s East and North-East Asia Office. His work focuses on technology and innovation policy, particularly on how technology can be used to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, as well as policies to mitigate against negative impacts of technologies. 

Coaches and Mentors

Songyi Lee
CSO at Metadium Technology Inc.

As an early adapting entrepreneur with passion for social impact and innovation, Songyi is a strong advocate of the use of blockchain to disrupt the status quo. Prior to Metadium, Songyi had co-founded 37coins, a Silicon Valley startup empowering the world’s unbanked population by providing access to Bitcoin through a decentralized SMS network. She is also a founder of Zentrepreneurs, a mindfulness education for entrepreneurs and businesses to increase productivity and quality of life through modern consciousness training.

Summer Park
Serial Entrepreneur

A serial Entrepreneur with over 10 years of start-up experience in corporate development, business development and marketing. Summer has strong networks with various partners such as investors and accelerators abroad. She's interested in finding awesome companies in Korea and serving as a bridge for extending their business abroad.

ChanMi Kim
Business Development Manager at Noul

ChanMi is a business development manager at NOUL, an innovative bio-tech company that builds mobile diagnostics platform for diseases like malaria for developing countries. She is also one of the co-organizers at Blockchain for Good Society (B4GS), a community who explores how blockchain technology could be used to maximize social impact.

David Hyeshik Yoon
CEO at 2Miles

Senior, Cloud Specialist with 17 years of experience maintaining & deploying complex Cloud Service, IT infra structure for the world's largest Internet and Game properties. As blockchain advisor, provide business & technical consulting for startup companies.

Lars Sjosund
AI Research Engineer @ NAVER. AI Advisor @ SVExA, AI Advisor @ Grace Health.

Lars is an AI research engineer at NAVER, and has been leading ML teams and projects at several different startups for the past 6 years. He is specializing in computer vision and have been applying this to everything from medical imaging to satellite image weather predictions. Lars is also one of the founding members and prior chairman of the biggest AI non-profit in the Nordics, Stockholm AI. He is currently part of the advisory boards at the Silicon Valley based startup SVExA, and the Swedish startup Grace Health.

Jihong Kim
Design Spectrum CEO

Design Spectrum CEO

Janet Neo
Global Strategy Head at Global Green Growth Institute

Entrepreneur and social value creator 

Tyrion Kang Kim
Global Sales Representative @ Todo Works

Tyrion is a global sales representative at Todo Works, an innovative engineering social venture that creates lightweight, smart, and affordable technologies enabled wheelchair to resolve the various issues faced by wheelchair users. He is also an young passionate professional specialized in export and global sales.

Greg Nemeth
Advisor in Residence at Google for Startups

Greg works in Product Partnerships for Hardware in the NYC office and helps software developers optimize their apps for Google Hardware. He is an ex-YC founder and ran a sleep wearables company for four years before selling. Currently he is on rotation as the Advisor in Residence at the Google for Startups Seoul Campus. 

Event Sponsors, and Partners

The Startup Weekend Seoul: Impact team is grateful for the support of local community partners without whom this event would not be possible.
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Signature Sponsors

Citypreneurs is an initiative to solve urban problems as defined and measured by the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 through an inclusive policy interface that brings together multiple stakeholders working in entrepreneurship.



Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Seoul is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Jay
  • Zahin
  • Joseph
  • Chris
  • Marta


Belinda Esterhammer
Founder and Director - Springboard Group

I am a tech enthusiast and digital marketing specialist with international experience. Prior starting Springboard Group - a marketing agency, I led high-profile digital marketing campaigns for EY’s female entrepreneur program in Hong Kong. I have worked in marketing and communications across many sectors including time at UNICEF in the Philippines, an Austrian consultancy focused on governmental institutions, a German B2B and B2G IT company and the biggest online job platform in Spain. I’m a passionate advocate for female mentoring and founded the NextGen Women Network, sit on the committee of TEDxTinHauWomen and I’m also a steering committee member of the Asian University for Women. 

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