Faculty Startup Guidebook 2018

The importance of commercializing academic achievements has been increased as the paradigm of universities shifted from education-based to research-based. Startups that started from university research have many connections in universities, places where new technologies emerge. These startups play a vital role in the economy by directly contributing to local economies, encouraging private investments, and making high quality jobs. Startup KAIST focuses on these advantages and works hard to make university startups more active. Hence, we created a startup guidebook for faculty members in hope to help our members start a business of their own.

Institute for Startup KAIST Newsletter 2019

Institute for Startup KAIST Newsletter

February 2019

1. KAIST Faculty Startup Map v 1.0

The number of startups that started off at KAIST is continuously increasing. Not only the number of student startups, but the number of faculty startups based on KAIST laboratory research is also increasing. Through faculty and research based startups, KAIST’s one and only innovative technology will be applied to products and services, and eventually will improve our daily lives.

The following map was created based on faculty startup data managed by Startup KAIST. The map categorizes faculty startups by department/undergraduate/graduate. The map also shows startup business logos for each lab.


There are quite a significant number of KAIST startups that are in the TIPS program, a technology startup program supported by the Ministry of SMEs and Startup. We use the term “KAIST-BORN” to indicate startups that have KAIST alumni as a founder and as a member of the executive board (CEO, director, etc.). The term also applies to startups that are part of the KAIST OUIC.

The map was first created in October, 2017. For the past two years, the map has gone through several updates and now has been updated to KAIST-BORN TIPS Startup Map v 1.3.1.

3. Category Map of KAIST-BORN TIPS STARTUP(2018)

While TIPS Startup Map visualizes the connection between KAIST and TIPS, Category Map of KAIST-BORN TIPS STARTUP lists startups for each startup category.

Category Map of KAIST-BORN TIPS STARTUP(2018) is a category map that lists businesses selected by TIPS in 2018. The map shows various kinds of startup categories.

4. Investment Stage Map of KAIST-Born TIPS Startups

We categorized each KAIST-BORN TIPS selected startup based on the amount of investment and created an investment map. Most of the startups were categorized as SEED. We hope to see more TIPS startups that receive Series C level investment and develop further within the startup ecosystem. The amount of investment received per startup indicated on the map may differ from the actual amount as the map uses the vc and various articles as its information resource.

5. The Number of Startups Invested by TIPS Accelerator

The following map below lists all accelerators (investors) that invested in KAIST-BORN TIPS STARTUP. It shows which accelerator invested in which startup. Blue Point Partners, accelerator that started off at KAIST, made the most investment out of all the accelerators. The map helps to analyze the characteristics of each investor and thus will be useful for those who are looking for investor related information.

2017 KAIST Startup Examination Report

2017 KAIST Startup Examination Report

2017 KAIST Startup Examination Report deals with data about the major accomplishments and the performance of companies that have been established by KAIST alumni and faculty members.

  • Analyzed Companies

    KAIST member or alumni (who is currently attending or who already have graduated), faculty, others (companies that have received startup support from the school) total of 1,148 startups

  • Entrepreneur Analysis

    Personal information such as background, age, education, experience, etc.

  • Startup Company Analysis

    The company’s structure, form, size, business category, location, history, etc.

  • Startup Company Performance Analysis

    The company’s assets, sales, and scale of employment

Download Data ☞ 20180517KAIST(StartupExaminationReport)_Final

Student Startup Guidelines


  • Student Startup During School Enrollment Period: Possible for Undergraduate, Graduate, and Doctoral Courses (need to fill out and submit required registration form to Student Support Team at latest two weeks before engaging in startup activities)
  • Leave of Absence due to Startup (must submit required documents to Academics Team):
    • Undergraduate: Total of 8 semesters allowed
    • Graduate: Total of 6 semesters allowed
    • Doctoral: Total of 8 semesters allowed
  • Can use dormitories on-campus and use school facilities like all other officially enrolled students

Guideline for Student Startups 2

* Registration form and required documents for leave of absence can be accessed at form.kaist.ac.kr

Looking for Startup Teams that Plan to Develop Accessories for Vehicles/Automobiles

Startup KAIST is willing to provide a car for startup teams that plan to develop car(vehicle)-related equipment or accessories such as electronic devices or wireless communication.


1.Car Model : Genesis

2. Car State :

– The following car was given to our school by Hyundai for startup purposes and therefore is in good condition

– No vehicle identification number is allocated to the car

– Driving on the road, applying for insurance is NOT permitted

– In other words, it is an equipment for experimentation purposes that is in the form of a car

3. Usage Condition :

– Can ONLY be used for startup preparation purposes

– Usage activity will be checked every 6 months; if no longer in use, the car MUST be returned to Startup KAIST

4. Application Method

– Brief startup business plan should be submitted to Startup KAIST

– There is no designated format, however teams MUST write down the team/startup project name, goal, startup period, team members, etc.

5. Contact Information : Startup KAIST (T.6463 or endrun@kaist.ac.kr) 

6. Application Deadline : June 20th, 2018 (Wed) 18:00

7. Additional Note :  If no teams apply, car will be transferred to any department that wish to use the car for their experiments.

2018 1st Term Startup KAIST Studio Workspace Assignment Results

We, KAIST Startup, would like to announce the results for Startup KAIST Studio workplace assignment that aims provide spatial support for students interested or are engaged in startups. The results are the following.

Assigned Workspace

Workspace for Each Team

  • Seat No.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • Type
  • Startup Team
  • Startup Team
  • ISK Participating Teams
  • Startup Team
  • Startup Team
  • Startup Team
  • ISK Participating Team
  • Startup Team
  • Startup Team
  • Startup Team
  • ISK Participating Team
  • Startup Team
  • Startup Team
  • Startup Team
  • ISK Participating Team
  • Startup Team
  • Student Club
  • Student Club
  • Idea Factory
  • Independent Student Organization
  • Name of Team
  • Planet
  • LeviOsa
  • TBD
  • Handy
  • Goqual
  • Dream Appeal (드림어필)
  • TBD
  • VPIX Medical
  • WaddleLab
  • TBD
  • Mimiking Team (미미킹팀)
  • New Page
  • TBD
  • Traveling Teachers
  • Include
  • Signal
  • N-dimension(엔디멘젼)
  • KE
  • Name of Applicant
  • Seongjoo Choi
  • Jonghyun Seon
  • Jaeyoung Kim
  • Seongmin Lee
  • Seunghyun Yoon
  • Chaelin Lee
  • Kyeongmin Hwang
  • Jihyeok Park
  • Junyoung Lee
  • Yumi Oh
  • Gungminsang Nam
  • Wonsik Cheong
  • Jangmin Lee
  • Jiwon Kim
  • Seunghwan Lim
  • Jaegu Cho

Public Workspace

Individual Public Workspace

  • No.
  • 1
  • Type
  • Startup Team
  • Team Name
  • Name of Applicant
  • Jeongwok Kim

Couple of Announcements

  • Teams from the pervious year (2017 2nd Term) should clear and leave their workspace by March 23rd (Fri)
    • Return all locker keys and clean up space
    • Teams selected for this term can use workspace right after confirming that the previous team completed their clearance
  • Teams selected for this year (2018 1st Term) will be able to use their given workspace starting from April 2nd (Mon)
    • Usage Period: April 2nd, 2018 – July 31st, 2018
    • Require teams to inform whenever there is a change in the number of people such as the addition of a team member
    • Will check the usage rate for each team(*) and if teams do not regularly use the area, they may lose their designated workspace

    * Workspace usage rate recorded through 2F entrance card tag (checked once per day)

  • Visitors (including KAIST alumni) should submit required documents before visiting
    • Fill out temporary access card registration form for visitors and submit documents offline in person
    • Submission Period: (1st) March 26th, 2018 (Mon) ~ March 29th, 2018 (Thurs)
    • Submit Documents to KAIST W8 Building 2F Office (Person in Charge, Kyeongho Min)
  • Teams that were not given a workspace can use public workspace after completing the registration process
    • Fill in required application form for Startup KAIST Studio Workspace Assignment and submit to suky@kaist.ac.kr by March 28th (Wed)

Recruiting Contents Creator ‘Student Reporters’

We are looking for student reporters who are willing to create various contents on our Startup KAIST website.

Student Reporteres


Registration Link: https://startup.kaist.ac.kr/register/student-reporters-%EB%AA%A8%EC%A7%91/

Startup KAIST Studio – Seat Registration for Startup Activities

Announcement regarding Assigned Seats for Startup Activities at Startup KAIST Studio

Startup KAIST plans to provide designated seats to teams or students who engage in, or are interested in, startup activities.

  1. Designated Area

○    Assigned Seats

Assigned desks and chairs for each team

○ Assignment Standard

– 4 people (2 desks, 4 chairs) per team

– If the number of team members exceed 4 people, then the team is considered to be 2 teams

– If the number of team members are less than 4 people, then they may be asked to share seats with another team

○ Duration of Assignment: September 2017 – February 2018

○ Eligibility:

– Student startup teams

– Teams that are part of Startup KAIST’s major startup programs

– Startup clubs etc.

○ Application Period: August 29th (Tues) ~ September 3rd (Sun)

○ How to Apply: Apply at startup.kaist.ac.kr (you MUST attach the registration form)

○ Contact Information: KAIST Startup 042-350-6492 / mqlee@kaist.ac.kr

○ Number of Selected Teams: Approximately 16

– End-Run Commercialization Research Project Participating Teams: 2 teams (recruiting separately)

– 2017 E5 Participating Teams: 4 teams (recruiting separately)

– Startup Clubs: 4 teams (recruiting separately)

– Regular Startup Teams: 6 teams (recruiting now)

※ Number of teams that are selected separately are subject to change

○ Selection Process: Teams are selected through evaluation, counseling sessions, and recommendations

※ If needed, teams may be selected through lottery

※ Depending on the number of applying teams, selection process may change

○ Other Important Information

– Applicants cannot object to the seat assignment results even if they are not selected

– Seats are assigned randomly

– There may be limitations in using the designated area when there is a major Startup KAIST event

– Excluding exam weeks, if teams do not use their designated space for more than 4 days per week, then they may lose their assigned seats


  1. Autonomic Seat Assignment

○ Assign shared seats to regular students and teams interested in startup

○ Number of Assignment : Approximately 10

○ Same application process and rules apply


Startup KAIST Studio Registration Form

(2017 August) Looking for Companies that Seek to Move into TIPS Town (Seoul Yeoksam)

Announcement Regarding Moving into TIPS Town 

In order to help and strengthen the competitiveness of pre-entrepreneurs and excelling companies, we are looking for companies that wish to move into TIPS Town (Haesung Building), a building managed by Startup KAIST.

  • General Information (Summary)

    • Location : Seoul Gangnam-gu Yeoksam-ro 165, Haesung Building 5F / Provided Area: 7.5pyeong (approximately 24.79 m^2) per company

    • Eligibility : Entrepreneur who started a business within 3 years or pre-entrepreneur who desires to start a business within「the Scope of Cutting-edge Technology and Products」(Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy Official Notification Number 2015-101)

    • Approximate Date for Moving In : Late September ~ Early October (*Determined after consultation)

    • Move-In Period: 1 year, extend move-in period by unit of 1 year after every annual evaluation

    • Move-In Expenses : *monthly rent – refer to first file attached below

    • Benefits : No deposit, interior and shared/public facilities provided

    • Provide advantage points to entrepreneurs or pre-entrepreneurs who successfully completed the Entrepreneur KAIST Startup Education Program

  • How to Apply

    • Application Period : August 22nd, 2017 (Tues) ~ September 3rd, 2017 (Sun) 24:00
    • Required Documents : Application form for Move-In (*download the file provided below, attach documentary evidence when submitting business plan), business license, certified copy of corporate register, documentary evidence of recent sales data, etc. (submitted forms will NOT be returned)

  • Evaluation and Move-In Schedule

    • 2017. 8. 22 ~ 9. 3 : Application Period (Recruitment Announcement and Document Submission)

    • 2017. 9. 4 ~ 9. 6 : 1st Evaluation Period (Documents)

    • 2017. 9. 7 ~ 9. 12 : 2nd Evaluation Period (Interview)

    • 2017. 9. 18 onwards : Moving into TIPS Town

  • Submission of Documents and Contact Information

    • (Submission Process) Documents should be in either jpg or PDF file format and should be submitted via e-mail (startup_pangyo@kaist.ac.kr)

    • (Tel) Startup KAIST Pangyo Center 031-739-7171~2

Newsletter-March-June 2017

This is the 3rd newsletter of the year 2017 from Startup KAIST.

Thank you for taking interest and participating in various programs run by Startup KAIST. Through multiple programs and events, not only did we advertise Startup KAIST, but we also saw great passion towards startup from the participants.

Performance Marketing Edu-Camp 2017

Performance Marketing Edu-Camp 2017 will be held from August 7th to August 21st at Startup KAIST Pangyo Center. Through this camp, participants will learn about digital marketing trends and business. We anticipate that the camp will help develop early startups through digital marketing based on data. To apply, please visit Startup KAIST homepage and submit your business plan and documents. Application period is from July 20th (Thurs) to July 30th (Sun).

2017 Global Entrepreneurship Camp

The Institute for Startup KAIST cordially invites aspiring young entrepreneurs to the Global Entrepreneurship Camp 2017. The Global Entrepreneurship Camp 2017 will provide participants with opportunities to promote their entrepreneurial spirit and develop their ideas and concepts into commercial products and services by cooperatively working with teammates from several outstanding partner universities across the globe.

  • Date: August 2 – 11, 2017 (10 days)
  • Place: Startup KAIST Studio, Republic of Korea
  • Program: Lectures, workshops, special talks, tech tour, cultural trip, and demo day
  • Participants: 35 students from eleven universities of three continents: Asia, Europe and North America
  • Prerequisite: Undergraduates (no freshmen) and graduates, ability to communicate in English and strong interest in startup activities

Benefits: Tuition-free, accommodation, certification

First Half of 2017 Startup Angel/VC Investment Trend Summary

At Korea Angel Investment Association and Korea Venture Capital Association, we took time to look at the investment trends and the angel/VC investment trends of startups of the first half of the year. Participants of different backgrounds, including students, entrepreneurs, and businessmen, were able to discuss about investment trends.

E*5 KAIST 2017

E*5 2017, a program organized by Startup KAIST that aims to support student startups, was held in March. A total of 33 teams participated in the event and through two evaluation processes, only 18 teams were selected. Selected teams went through three missions: Business Model, Customer Discovery, and Pitch Deck. Prometheus (Eco-friendly Electricity Trading Using Miniature Hydroelectric Generators) came in 1st place, Sangsangteotbat (Smart-Farm without Physical Labor) came in 2nd place, Mimiking (Mobile Application Used for Learning Foreign Languages Based on Shadowing Learning Method) came in 3rd place, and CLASSUM (Peer Learning Platform for Learners) won the special prize. Financial support and consultation sessions are provided to the winning teams for about 2~3 months.

Tech Meetup – Unite in KAIST Pangyo

In June, VR/AR, a topic that is popular in technology industries along with Unity Korea, related lectures and panel discussions were held at Pangyo. This Tech Meetup focused on the following aspects of VR/AR: game, film, and automobiles.

Security@KAIST Public Presentation

A public presentation on Security@KAIST (KAIST Security Technology), which many information security related institutions and businessmen attended, was held at Startup KAIST Pangyo Center. By presenting and transferring KAIST’s advanced security technology, attendees were able to discuss and think about the future of Korea’s security technology.

Entrepreneurship Lunch Talk

Every month, Startup KAIST holds lunch talk sessions in Daejeon during lunch time. Lecturers of different areas are invited to help students. Although the sessions are quite short, the event is able to continue thanks to the active participation and support from the students. This event is live broadcast not only in Daejeon, but also in Pangyo.

2017 Idea Factory Product Exhibition

At KAIST Startup Studio, there was an exhibition where people could see experimental products developed by students from 6 different universities: Chonnam National University, Kyungil University, Kyungnam University, Dankook University, and Korea Maritime and Ocean University.  We aimed to support the manufacturing of experimental products produced by students so that their innovative ideas can turn into a startup and spread startup culture through this exhibition.

Pangyo Investment Information Session (Startup-Investor Round Table)

In March, there was an information session for startups with high technical skills. 3 startups introduced their areas and business prospects and KAIST VC members, along with people related to investment, participated in this event.

Tech Meetup – Healthcare& Bio

Two bio healthcare experts were invited to give a lecture about two topics. This event was live broadcast in both Daejeon and Pangyo for the first time. After the lecture, there was a live broadcast intense discussion session among Daejeon and Pangyo participants. Thanks to the enthusiasm and support from the participants, the event was a great success.