- The First Startup School in University to Foster Female Entrepreneurs With Google
Sookmyung Women’s University unveiled the “Startup School: Student Edition” program for future female entrepreneurs made together with Google for Startups Campus, a hub for businesses established by Google, on March 3.
Starting March 10, the Startup School targeting 360 students will be held for a total of five weeks. Consisted of participatory sessions covering various topics such as cutting-edge technology including artificial intelligence (AI) and digital marketing, the program will be participated by Google employees, entrepreneurs and industry leaders from all around the world.
Its curriculum is designed to foster the skills required for successful entrepreneurial activities, particularly in the area of information technology. Aside from teaching problem-solving techniques, digital marketing, and AI learning classes, renowned founders will present real-world case studies that will be of help in solving problems that may arise when starting a business, such as business development, human resource management, and overseas market entry.
Sookmyung Women＇s University is the first institution to start a startup school in collaboration with Google. By offering views on the development and effectiveness of startups, the Startup School, which was previously held for general startups, has received good feedbacks from entrepreneurs and startup businesses.
Through this program held with Sookmyung Women＇s University, Google for Startups Campus aims to foster students who want to start a business into potential startup talent and take the lead in developing a more diverse startup ecosystem.
The orientation was held on March 3, participated by around 200 people, including Chang Yun-keum, the president of Sookmyung Women＇s University, Michael Kim, the Head of Google for Startups in APAC and Korea, and Joanne Doornewaard, the ambassador of the Netherlands to South Korea.
In their opening remarks, President Jang and Michael Kim introduced the purpose of this program to encourage the growth of future female entrepreneurs and explained the future direction. Female CEOs of promising startups were invited to discuss the need for fostering and supporting female entrepreneurs.
According to Michael Kim, Head of Google for Startups Campus in Asia-Pacific Region and Korea, the Startup School includes cutting-edge technologies such as AI in addition to business skills such as entrepreneurship and digital marketing. “I hope students at Sookmyung Women＇s University grow into female leaders who will take the lead in the next-generation startups, expand the Korean startup environment, and become a creative force in the global market,” said Kim in his speech.
President Jang said, “Sookmyung Women＇s University decided to operate a startup school with Google to support students’ business endeavors with the aim of implementing ‘innovative startup incubator.’ We will encourage students to push themselves to the fullest extent by providing them with every support.”
In addition, Minister Lee Young of the Ministry of SMEs and Startups and officials from numerous female startup-related organizations gave words of congratulations and support for the efforts of Sookmyung Women＇s University and Google for Startups Campus. Minister Lee said, “As a result of implementing various startup support policies to increase women’s participation in economic activities due to the low birth rate and aging population, the rate of female startups is close to half and the first female unicorn company in Korea was born. We hope that the Startup School, launched by Sookmyung Women＇s University and Google, will bring about more female-led businesses.”
Google for Startups Campus Seoul, established for the third time in the world and first time in Asia in 2015, is a space for entrepreneurs and a community for startups. Since its opening in 2015, it has supported more than 100 startups, and has contributed to the Korean economy by attracting KRW 512.9 billion in accumulated investments and creating more than 3,300 jobs by the end of 2021.