Sookmyung opened the Center for Start-ups.
Korea’s famous women’s universities, Ewha and Sookmyung, opened centers dedicated to support female entrepreneurs start their business and to enhance university-industry cooperation.
Ewha’s University-Industry Cooperation Building is the first of its kind
On April 2, Ewha Womans University held a dedication ceremony, celebrating the completion of the University-Industry Cooperation Building, an infrastructure for research, education, and networks. The construction of the six-story building which includes one underground floor began in May 2012 and finished in 579 days. The total area of the building is 25,833 square meters.
Joint research with the private and public sectors will get a boost through the center which is home to the Ewha Business Incubation Center, the research center of Solvay, the world-class chemical company, the Korea Basic Science Institute’s Western Seoul Center, and the Ewha Institute for Brain Science. Ewha has become the first university in the world to have signed an agreement to collaborate with Solvay and the only one in Korea to have hosted an R&D center of a global company.
President Kim Sun-uk said “Ewha has many accomplishments in science. Ewha established Korea’s first women’s hospital in 1887, Korea’s first department of pharmaceutical sciences in 1945, departments of basic sciences including physics and chemistry in the 1950s, and the world’s first women’s engineering college in 1996. Building on such past performances, we will stay committed to promote research capabilities and strengthen university-industry cooperation. The University-Industry Cooperation Building will serve its role as an advanced base.”
The Incubation Center, located on the first floor, plans to host 27 companies. Those who want to start a business or own a business founded within three years may apply for a vacancy until 4 p.m. Monday, April 21. Preference will be given to professors, researchers, and undergraduate or graduate students, or those involved in digital cultural content, design, fashion and textile, and the MICE industry, or businesses that can license technology to Ewha. For tenant companies, office supplies such as three sets of desks and a xerox machine, and management training programs are free of charge. Also, the tenure can be extended up to three years.
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Sookmyung has become the first university to open a center for start-ups in Korea
On April 8, Sookmyung Women’s University opened the Center for Start-ups. Located on the second floor of the Student Union Building, the center aims to nurture future female CEOs and to provide an environment where students can start a business on their own by taking relevant courses or relying on support offered by the school.
The center is composed of three offices: Information Office, PR Office, and Simulation Office. In the Information Office, there are PCs and about 800 books on starting a business. The PR Office allows future entrepreneurs to tap into and utilize information on companies. Contest winners may use the Simulation Office for about 1-2 months, plan for their business, and develop their ideas into actual products. Sookmyung selected a group of students majoring in Industrial Design to use the Simulation Office for the first time.
President Hwang Sunhye is quoted as saying "Sookmyung has laid a foundation needed to train female business leaders by opening the Center for Start-ups, in addition to introducing entrepreneurship-related courses and the Sookmyung Business Incubation Center. In line with the Creative Economy initiative, we will provide support so that youth entrepreneurs may reach their full potential.“