Global Korean Entrepreneurship Forum:

Leading the Global Frontier

April 25 – April 26

Introduction

We are delighted to announce the Global Korean Entrepreneurship Forum, set to take place on April 25-26 in the heart of Washington, D.C., hosted by the prestigious GW School of Business Korean Management Institute (KMI) and in collaboration with the International Council for Small Business (ICSB). This forum will revolve around the pivotal role of research, innovation, and policy in fostering entrepreneurial ecosystems, bringing together experts, scholars, policymakers, and entrepreneurs from the United States, S. Korea and worldwide to explore the dynamic landscape of Korean entrepreneurship.

Theme Overview:

South Korea has emerged as a global innovation hub in recent years, showcasing remarkable technological advancements, startups, and entrepreneurship. This forum aims to delve into the multifaceted aspects that have propelled Korean entrepreneurship onto the global stage, emphasizing the critical interplay between research, innovation, and policy. The key themes the forum will address are Research and Entrepreneurship, Innovation Ecosystems, Policy for Progress, Global Perspectives, Startups and Success Stories and Future Trends.

Key Themes:

  1. **Research and Entrepreneurship:** High-quality research forms the bedrock of any thriving entrepreneurial ecosystem. The conference will explore the latest research trends in Korean entrepreneurship, offering insights into innovative business models, market trends, and emerging opportunities. We invite scholars and researchers to share their findings and discoveries that drive entrepreneurship forward.
  2. **Innovation Ecosystems:** South Korea’s innovation-driven economy has been shaped by its robust ecosystems. Discussions will revolve around fostering innovation hubs, cultivating a culture of creativity, and examining how collaboration between startups, corporations, and academia can amplify innovation.
  3. **Policy for Progress:** Government policies play a pivotal role in shaping the entrepreneurial landscape. This conference will provide a platform for policymakers to discuss strategies, regulations, and incentives that encourage entrepreneurship, investment, and sustainable growth.
  4. **Global Perspectives:** Korean entrepreneurship has global significance, and we welcome international perspectives on how the Korean model can be applied or adapted in different contexts. Cross-border collaboration and the role of transnational networks will be explored.
  5. **Startups and Success Stories:** A conference highlight will showcase Korean startups and success stories. Entrepreneurs will share their journeys, challenges, and triumphs, inspiring emerging entrepreneurs.
  1. **Future Trends:** The entrepreneurial landscape is continually evolving. Participants will be able to delve into emerging trends such as fintech, biotech, and sustainability and how they are reshaping the future of Korean entrepreneurship.

Looking Forward:

The bi-annual Global Korean Entrepreneurship Forum in Washington, D.C., hosted by the GW School of Business, the International Council for Small Business, and the Korean Management Institute as the primary host, promises to be an intellectually stimulating and collaborative event. It will bring together thought leaders, innovators, policymakers, and entrepreneurs. Focusing on the dynamic interplay of research, innovation, and policy, we aim to chart a course for sustainable growth, innovation, and global leadership in Korean entrepreneurship. Join us on April 25-26 as we explore these critical themes and contribute to shaping the future of entrepreneurship in South Korea and beyond.

Title of Keynote Speeches Confirmed, more posted soon.  

The Impact of Humane Entrepreneurship in S. Korea 
South Korea’s global role in the twenty-first century

Korean Entrepreneurship – Exploration of Women Entrepreneurs
S. Korea and United States in Science – Past, Present and Future
Origin of Korean Entrepreneurship in Jinju City
The Intersection of the Three Avenues – Digital Nomad, Workation, and South Korea’s Population Conundrum   

Agenda

Thursday, April 25: The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs State Room
8:00 AM – 8:30 AM: Registration and Networking
  • Welcome and Registration for Participants

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Opening Session
  • Welcome Address and Introduction to the Forum
  • Remarks from Hosts and Sponsors

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Plenary Session 1 – Research and Entrepreneurship
  • Keynote Address by Renowned Scholar
  • Panel Discussion on Latest Trends in Korean Entrepreneurship Research

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Coffee Break and Networking

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Plenary Session 2 – Innovation Ecosystems
  • Insights into Shaping Robust Innovation Hubs
  • Panel Discussion on Collaboration between Startups, Corporations, and Academia

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch Break (at The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs State Room)

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Afternoon Session
  • Buses depart for the US Congress
  • Tour of the US Capitol Building
  • Plenary Session 3 – Policy for Progress at US Congress

3:00 PM – 3:30 PM: Coffee Break and Networking at US Congress
 
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM: Plenary Session 4 – Global Perspectives
  • International Panel on Applying Korean Entrepreneurship Models Globally
  • Closing Remarks for the Day

5:00 PM: Buses Return to The George Washington University
Friday, April 26: The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs State Room
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Registration and Networking
  • Welcome and Registration for Day 2

9:00 AM – 10:30 AM: Plenary Session 5 – Startups and Success Stories
  • Highlighting Korean Startup Journeys
  • Panel Discussion with Successful Entrepreneurs

10:30 AM – 11:00 AM: Coffee Break and Networking

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM: Plenary Session 6 – Future Trends
  • Exploring Emerging Trends in Fintech, Biotech, and Sustainability

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM: Lunch Break (at The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs State Room)

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Afternoon Session Continuation of Plenary Session 6 – Future Trends
  • Panel Discussion on Shaping the Future of Korean Entrepreneurship

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM: Plenary Session 7 – Closing Session
  • Summary of Key Takeaways
  • Acknowledgment of Speakers and Participants

7:00 PM: Dinner at City View Room, The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs
  • Dinner and Networking
  • Closing Ceremony
  • Acknowledgment of Sponsors and Organizers
  • Thank You and Farewell

Conference Chairs

Guiding this collaborative event are our esteemed Conference Chairs, individuals whose expertise and passion highlight their dedication to shaping the future of Korean entrepreneurship.

KiChan Kim, Conference Chair
ICSB Chair of the Board, Professor at the Catholic University, S. Korea

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Ayman ElTarabishy, Conference Co-Chair
President & CEO, ICSB Deputy Chair, Department of Management, GW School of Business

Speakers

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Ayman ElTarabishy,

President & CEO, ICSB
Deputy Chair, Department of Management,
GW School of Business

KiChan Kim,
ICSB Chair of the Board,
Professor at the Catholic University, S. Korea
Ambassador Oh Joon,

Eminent Scholar Professor at the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies, Kyung Hee University, Korea

 
Gregg Brazinsky
Gregg A. Brazinsky,

Professor of History and International Affairs, Co-Director, East Asia National Resource Center, GW Elliott School of International Affairs 

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John Choi,
Secretary General
Hyundai Motor Chung Mong-Koo Foundation
Katia Passerini,
President
Seton Hall University

 

Winslow Sargeant,

Immediate Past Chair, ICSB
6th Chief Counsel, The United States Office of Advocacy 

Hee Beom Lee
Hee Beom-Lee
Chairperson, Booyoung Group
GWSB Alumni
President of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee for the 2018

Accommodations

STATE PLAZA HOTEL

2117 E Street, N.W.,
Washington, DC 20037

USD 279.00 plus 15.95% tax

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