The US-Korea Conference (UKC) is a conference that facilitates US-Korea cooperation on recent developments in science, engineering, technology, industry, and entrepreneurship. For the first time this year, UKC is hosting its inaugural Innovation and Entrepreneurship Symposium (IES) in Chicago, Illinois from August 15th – 17th, 2019. The symposium seeks to provide a cooperative environment for current and future aspiring entrepreneurs in the US and Korea to network with high-profile entrepreneurs and investors, listen to the stories of those who have successfully exited their companies, and learn about the best practices of startups, from protecting your intellectual property and assets to securing funding from venture capitalists and government agencies. For budding entrepreneurs, come pitch to potential investors at the Startup Pitch Competition about how your solution seeks to improve the synergy between the US and Korea. We invite all entrepreneurial-minded American and Korean professionals to attend the IES during UKC 2019 and learn about growing cross-border business opportunities in the US and Korea today.


Thomas Hahn
Thomas Hahn
UCLA, KSEA SME Committee Chair
Deok-Ho Kim Kyeong Ho Yang Tae Heum Jeong
Deok-Ho Kim
University of Washington
Kyeong Ho Yang
KITEE Vice President
Tae Heum Jeong
KSV Global Innovations


Keynote Speech:
Global Ecosystem of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  Dr. Ossama Hassanein,
Chairman of Rising Tide Fund, is an entrepreneur, mentor, and venture capitalist based in Silicon Valley. Over the last 35 years, he has managed over $1 billion of international technology funds. In the last 25 years, he was chairman or co-founder of seven leading-edge high technology startups in the U.S., U.K., France and Switzerland.


Program Overview

August 15, 2019 (Thursday)
Entrepreneurs in Technology
13:30 – 14:30: Entrepreneurs Panel Discussion
14:30 – 15:30: Entrepreneurs Workshop
Poster Presentation & Networking
16:00 – 18:00: Poster Presentation
16:00 – 19:00: Networking: Entrepreneurs from Korea and U.S.

August 16, 2019 (Friday)
Entrepreneurship and IPO Strategy Session
11:00 – 11:20: Kyung-Sun Kang (Kang Stem Biotech)
11:20 – 11:40: Hakhyun Nam (i-SENS, Inc.)
11:40 – 12:00: Wonsoo Yun (T&R Biofab)
12:00 – 12:30: IPO on KOSDAQ and NASDAQ
Lunch & Investor Panel Discussion
12:30 – 13:30: Moderator Tae Heum Jeong (KSV Global Innovations)
13:30 – 15:30: SBIR, I-Corps, TIPS & Panel Discussion
Startups and Law
15:30 – 16:30: Patent and IP licensing issues for Startups, & Panel Discussion
Entrepreneurs in Biotech and Healthcare
16:30 – 18:00: Medical Device, AI, Precision Medicine, From Lab to Corporation & Panel Discussion
Gala Dinner
18:00 – 21:00: Dinner with Entrepreneurs and Investors

August 17, 2019 (Saturday)
Early Bird Network Session
07:00 – 08:30: Breakfast & Networking
Startup Pitch Competition
08:30 – 10:30: Startup Pitch Competition
Award Ceremony & Closing
11:00 – 12:30: Keynote Speaker, Dr. Ossama Hassanein