Can I launch a startup while enrolled?A
Students can launch startups after obtaining approval for extracurricular activities pursuant to Article 4 of Guidelines on Management of Student Startups.
Guidelines on Management of Student Startups (Article 4. Startups While Enrolled)
① Students may launch startups by following procedures to obtain approval for extracurricular activities, provided that there is no disruption of academic activities. However, doctoral students who have transferred under the status of technical research personnel shall be excluded.
② Students intending to launch startups while enrolled shall submit an application for extracurricular activities, together with the necessary documents, to the Student Support Team, pursuant to Article 4 of Guidelines on Extracurricular Activities of Students.
③ Master’s and doctoral students who are recipients of a national/KAIST scholarship and launching a startup during enrollment shall submit an application for extracurricular activities instead of an application for change of student classification pursuant to Article 3 (4) of Guidelines on Change of Student Classification.
I am considering a leave of absence to launch a startup. Is there an option other than taking a general leave of absence?AStudents can take a startup leave pursuant to Article 52 (Academic Leave of Absence) of Regulations of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Previously, only students enrolled for four semesters or less were allowed to submit startup leave applications, but this has been abolished in order to promote student startups.
Students can take a startup leave pursuant to Article 52 (Academic Leave of Absence) of Regulations of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Previously, only students enrolled for four semesters or less were allowed to submit startup leave applications, but this has been abolished in order to promote student startups. Before amendment After amendment(2021.9) Students enrolled for four semesters or less may apply ⋅Enrolled for six semesters or less
⋅For students exceeding six semesters,
the above period may be extended by one semester each following deliberations
by advisor -> head of department -> dean, and approval of the president
Can I launch startups or participate in startup support programs while enlisted?A
Students cannot engage in for-profit activities, including startups, without prior approval of the Minister of National Defense pursuant to Article 30 of the Framework Act on Military Status and Service. However, they may participate in educational sessions offered by support programs outside of official working hours.
Framework Act On Military Status And Service (Article 30. Ban on Profit-Seeking and Holding Multiple Positions)
① A soldier shall not engage in any for-profit activity, other than military service, and shall not concurrently engage in other activity without permission from the Minister of National Defense.
What are the types and conditions of startup support space?A
The startup support space of conditions Classification TBIC incubation space TBIC
W8 Garage (reserved seating) Type Independent space Virtual office Reserved seating divided
Award-winning teams in student startup programs organized
by Startup KAIST
Selected according to selection criteria Procedures Recommended by Startup Support Center Selected after separate notice Period of Use Contract signed on 3-year basis
(May be extended by up to five years
3 years (non-extendible) By semester
(May be extended by application, subject to evaluation)
Fees KRW 30,000 per month
per pyeong of designated area
(10 pyeong may be available free of charge)
KRW 100,000 per month Free Utilization
as Place of Business
Allowed Allowed Not allowed
I have an idea for a startup, but I don’t know where to start.A
In addition to having an outstanding idea, you must assess other conditions such as the competencies of personnel, funding sources, value creation based on a specific business model, potential clients, expected costs, and revenue. You should also ensure there are no problems in terms of laws, accounting, intellectual property rights, and certification, and make thorough preparations for product manufacturing and sales. Does it sound complicated and difficult? Startup KAIST offers extensive support in these areas, and runs programs that simulate the startup environment to help students be better prepared.
1. Startup legal consulting service to answer questions on legal aspects of startups※ Opens every Wednesday
2. KAIST Loonshots Start Challenge for students with startup ideas or entrepreneurial interest
3. E*5 KAIST, startup audition program
4. Lab Startup KAIST for commercialization of lab-based research items
5. KEP to support business growth and attract investments for startups in the early stage
What procedures should I follow to launch a startup based on my patented (or patent-pending) invention?A
Some student ideas and inventions may be owned by KAIST depending on the situation. The Intellectual Property & Tech-Transfer Center determines ownership through a comprehensive evaluation of circumstances leading to each invention. For example, students whose inventions fall under any of the following should discuss the details of ownership with KAIST. Please consult the Intellectual Property & Tech-Transfer Center for further details.
1. An invention attained from a research project with research funds provided by KAIST
2. An invention attained by using specialized research equipment installed for a specific purpose
3. An invention attained with KAIST’s research funds, which are clearly distinct from general wages (e.g. TA allowance)