Expats in Seoul Nurturing Their Dreams at “Business Start-up School” Program
The Business Start-up School Program for International Residents, designed for expatriates who are preparing to establish their own businesses in Seoul, will start running courses for the new semester on March 21.
The program, which is run by the Seoul Global Center, is a start-up training program developed by Seoul City in 2009 specifically for foreign residents of the city for the first time among metropolitan and provincial governments in Korea.
The Business Start-up School Program for International Residents consists of a range of classes offering basic information on the ▲ start-up process, ▲ business permits and licenses, and ▲ labor affairs; as well as a practical core educational curriculum necessary for launching a new business in Seoul, encompassing ▲ target marketing, ▲ setting up an Internet shopping mall, and ▲ patent acquisition.
Starting this year, those who complete the program will also become eligible for Seoul City’s ‘subsidies for the cultivation of small and medium-sized enterprises,’ which can amount to as much as KRW 50 million.
By taking into consideration the situation of foreigners who generally cannot take time out during weekdays, the Business Start-up School Program for International Residents will offer evening classes in the week from 19:00 to 21:00 (excluding Wednesdays) at Seoul City Hall Euljiro Annex.
In addition, special Korean-language lectures of the Business Start-up School Program for International Residents will be offered for expatriates from non English-speaking countries this year. From the second half, online lectures will also be provided via a website for foreigners who cannot attend the courses due to time and physical constraints.
The next sessions of the Business Start-up School Program for International Residents will be conducted in June, September and November. For further information on the program, please consult the Seoul Global Center’s website (http://global.seoul.go.kr) or dial +82-2-2075-4139.