Go Seoul 2018

Take action now and start your internationalization to SEOUL and TOKYO enabled by GIN and Advantage Austria Seoul

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GIN and Advantage Austria Seoul jointly provide Austrian later-stage start-ups the amazing opportunity to get one of the rare tickets for the acceleration program goSeoul and the breakout session to Tokyo. Work with experts with extensive hands-on experience on your internationalization plan, getting insights into the market and let us help you get in touch with corporates, distributers, development partners, investors or any other relevant stakeholder of the local start-up community, which is of relevance for your progress.

The goSeoul program will take place from 30.04. to 15.05.2018, followed by the break out session to Tokyo from 16.05. to 20.05.2018. You are back on time for the next Pioneers Festival in Vienna.

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Seoul's business ecosystem is widely known for its country’s conglomerates Samsung, LG, KIA and Hyundai but it has also developed to be a place for start-ups to thrive. South Korea has grown to be a country, which provides excellent conditions such as institutional support from the government, a large number of investors as well as a market showing enthusiastic responses to start-ups.

In this target market, GIN works closely together with its' partners: 


Tokyo's start-up ecosystem is growing at a rapid pace, with many expecting it to play an integral part in revitalizing the market. In recent years, innovation driven by the start-up ecosystem has become increasingly important for Japan. Traditional Japanese corporates have also become more aware of the need to cooperate with start-ups and have therefore made the market more accessible.

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Do you meet the following criteria?

Then register for one of the 10 GOLDEN TICKETS TO SEOUL NOW!

Application & Selection process:

Apply now (deadline 29/11/2017) for the three-week multidisciplinary internationalization program and connect with all relevant local stakeholders. Furthermore, you will get a tailor-made mentoring program as well as workshops on start-up facilitation models, venture capital funding, legal requirements and new venture marketing. Please note that your start-up should be later-stage, meaning beyond proof-of-concept.

Application closed! If you are interested in a goAsia program, stay tuned more information will be announced soon.

Pitch Competition:

Following the application deadline there will be a Pitch Competition on the 4/12/2017. The event will start at 09.00 am and will be held at the Wirtschaftskammer Österreich (meeting room one) located at Wiedner Hauptstraße 63, 1045 Vienna. The participating startups will have 5 minutes time for their pitch.

Have a look at the Jury of the Pitch Competition here!

Event Agenda

08.30 - 09.00 REGISTRATION

09.00 - 09.05 WELCOME                                                                                                                                                               Michael Scherz, Head of Innovation, AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA

09.05 - 09.10 INTRODUCTION                                                                                                                                                     Ivana Bacanovic, Global Incubator Network

09.10 - 09.15 SEE YOU IN SEOUL (via Skype)                                                                                                                       Franz Schröder & Caroline Adenberger, Advantage Austria Seoul

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Steve (Sung Tae) Ahn, Director, Institute for Startup KAIST

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kidae Lee, Managing Director, Startup Alliance Korea

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Danny (Sang Yong) Han, Senior Manager, Orange Labs Seoul

09.15 - 09.20 SEE YOU IN TOKYO (via Skype)                                                                                                                    Marcel Rasinger & Arnold Ackerer, Austrian Trade Commission Tokio

09.20 - 11.20 5MIN PITCHES OF APPLICANTS followed by 2min of Q&A                                                             each participant pitches

11.20 - 11.30 Q&A



Moderation: Rafael Rasinger, Start-ups / New Corporates, AUSSENWIRTSCHAFT AUSTRIA                        

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Are you curious to find out what the program will look like?

In the first week, the focus lies on an introduction to the South Korean market, how to do business, found a company, negotiate and many other important aspects. Thereafter, you will be divided according your respective sectors and work closely on your internationalization road map with your individual mentor. In the final week, you will get the great opportunity to explore another vibrant ecosystem. Japan and its great market will be examined trough a breakout session to Tokyo.  

The preliminary program will be available soon, stay tuned for more.


GIN refunds 60% of expenses for the acceleration program as well as accommodation and travel costs up to €7.000,- .

The participation fee per startup (to be paid to WKO) will be:

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Please contact Ivana Bacanovic for more details.

Ivana Bacanovic

+43 1 501 75 511


Annamaria Andres

+43 57755 1312