Students experience entrepreneurialism in South Korea

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

UWaterloo students, Rachel Thompson, Linna Zheng, Samiya Hirji, Hong Yan and Alex (Quan) Lin in South Korea.

From left to right: Rachel Thompson, Linna Zheng , Samiya Hirji , Hong Yang and Alex Lin. 

Five Waterloo students recently travelled to the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Seoul, South Korea for a one-week entrepreneurship conference and boot camp.

The Global Entrepreneurial Energy camp ran from August 17 to 21. Attending were Alex (Quan) Lin of Science, Samiya Hirji of Environment, Linna Zheng of Mathematics, Hong Yan of Engineering, and Rachel Thompson of Applied Health Sciences.

The Waterloo students joined 20 other conference delegates from KAIST, Denmark Technical University (DTU), Technion Israel Institute of Technology, and École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland. Student attendees were drawn from undergraduate and graduate levels.

Funded by the Korean government, the conference featured several speakers, primarily CEOs from a number of industries across the energy and environmental sectors, including biotech. Other activities included lectures and company visits. The students were also mixed into groups and were asked to develop and present a product.

Lin, a third-year Biotechnology and Economics student, pitched an idea to reduce the cost of eco-friendly takeout boxes by allowing advertisements on the box itself. 

The five students were each awarded a $1,000 travel bursary to help with their travel costs.

Originally posted on the UWaterloo Daily Bulletin.