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Innovation and Entrepreneurship Symposium (IES)

The US-Korea Conference (UKC) is a conference that facilitates US-Korea cooperation on recent developments in science, engineering, technology, industry, and entrepreneurship. This year, UKC is hosting its 2nd Innovation and Entrepreneurship Symposium (IES) from December 14 – 17, 2020 as an online, virtual event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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 2020 and learn about growing cross-border business opportunities in the US and Korea today.


Thomas Hahn
Professor Emeritus, UCLA

Kyeong Ho Yang
KITEE President

Jun-Seok Oh
Entrepreneurship TF Chair

Program Committee

Deok-Ho Kim
Johns Hopkins University

IL Minn
Johns Hopkins University

Yongkwan Lee
Bluepoint Partners

Competition Committee

Tae Heum Jeong
KSV Global Innovations

Nayoung Lee Louie
Neuraly Inc.

David R. Kim
The Yozma Group

Keynote Speech By: Mr. Tae Hea Nahm, Esq., Co-founding Managing Director of Storm Ventures

TITLE: Becoming an American business leader: Unlearning Confucius

Tae Hea co-founded Storm Ventures, a VC firm investing in B2B start-ups, in Menlo Park, California. He also co-authored Survival to Thrival, which demystifies how to build enterprise startups. He is an adjunct professor at KAIST. He is a frequent speaker on Building Enterprise Leaders.

At Storm Ventures, he was the founding CEO and investor in Airespace which was later sold to Cisco for $450m. Storm exits include Berkana (Qualcomm), Com2uS (Korean IPO), EchoSign (Adobe), Marketo (IPO/Vista), MetaCloud (Cisco), RallyTeam (Workday), Sandforce (LSI Logic), Sierra Monolithics (Semtech) and Silego (Dialog). Current Storm investments include Algolia, BlueShift, Haegin, MobileIron (IPO), Pipedrive, Salesloft, Sendoso, solarisBank, Splashtop, Talkdesk, Team Blind, Tekion and Workato.

Prior to Storm, Tae Hea was an attorney specializing in startups as a founding partner of Venture Law Group and partner at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati.

Tae Hea majored in Applied Mathematics at Harvard and likes building models and playing simulation games. He also has a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. He was born in Seoul, Korea.

Program Overview

Time in US Eastern Time (EST)

December 14, 2020 (Monday)

19:00 ~ 20:50: Plenary (Opening)
20:50 – 21:10: Poster Session for Finalists and Semifinalists

21:10 ~ 23:00: Entrepreneurs in Biotech and Healthcare
Moderator: Deok-Ho Kim, Associate Professor, Johns Hopkins University

21:10 – 21:30“From BiNEL to QuantaMatrix: Saving Lives with Diagnostic Innovation”
Sunghoon Kwon, CEO of QuantaMatrix Corp & Professor of Seoul National University
21:30 – 21:50“ILIAS, Journey for first-in-human exosome therapeutics”
Chulhee Choi, MD, PhD, CEO of ILIAS Biologics
21:50 – 22:10“Imaging marker for rapid diagnosis: holotomography and AI”
YongKeun Park, Cofounder and CTO, Tomocube
22:10 – 22:30“Building a gene therapy company in the bay area”
Kunwoo Lee, CEO and Co-Founder of GenEdit
22:30 – 23:00Q/A and Panel Discussion

December 15, 2020 (Tuesday)

19:00 ~ 20:50: Plenary Session
20:50 – 21:10: Poster Session for Finalists and Semifinalists

21:10 ~ 22:30: Entrepreneurs in IT and Data Science
Moderator: Sarah Song, Senior M&A Analyst, BizEx

21:10 – 21:30“Building Startups through API Economy”
John S. Kim, CEO & Founder of SendBird
21:30 – 21:50“Augmented Reality is coming?!”
Michael Chong, CEO, Seerslab Inc.
21:50 – 22:10“Imagining Post-COVID Education”
Young-Jun Jang, Co-founder and CEO, Riiid
22:10 – 22:30Q/A and Panel Discussion

22:30 – 23:30: IES Sponsor Forum
Moderator: Nayoung Louie, Director of Strategy, Neuraly Inc.

22:30 – 22:50“Congratulatory Remarks – Support for Korean Startups Going Global”
22:50 – 23:10“Syntekabio – Leveraging AI and Genomics to Transform Drug Development”
Hyun-Jin Yang, Medical Science Executive Director, Syntekabio inc.
23:10 – 23:30“JC&Company – How to Succeed in the United States for a Start-up Company”
John Chung, Esq.

December 16, 2020 (Wednesday)

19:00 ~ 20:50: Plenary Session
20:50 – 21:10: Poster Session for Semifinalists Only

21:10 ~ 23:00: (Online) Startup Pitch Competition
Moderators: Nayoung Louie, Director of Strategy, Neuraly Inc.

December 17, 2020 (Thursday)

18:40 – 19:00: Poster Session for Finalists and Semifinalists

19:00 – 20:50: Investment and IPO Strategy / INNOPOLIS FORUM
Moderator: Dr. Tae Heum Jeong, Managing Partner, KSV Global Innovations

19:00 – 19:30“KOSDAQ IPO Process for Foreign Companies”, Jiwook Han, NH Investment
19:30 – 20:00“U.S. Healthcare Equity Market Overview”, Will McGrath, Managing Director, STIFEL
20:00 – 20:50Investor Panel Discussion
– Kihong Bae, Managing Partner, Strong Ventures
– Ohsang Kwon, Partner, Primer Sazze Partners
– David R. Kim, Head of Eastern US, The Yozma Group

21:10 – 23:00: Award Ceremony & Closing

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Tae Hea Nahm, Esq., Co-founding Managing Director of Storm Ventures

There will be a Poster Session every day. Please see the schedule for the specific times.