The Discovery 2016: Founder's Forum event occured over the course of two days on May 9th and 10th in Toronto, Ontario. This event was designed to bring together top companies from Ontario's CLAs and OCEAs, and regional innovation ecosystem in order to encourage networking and information sharing.
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) brought together 3000+ attendees to participate in the sharing of new knowledge, as well as offering exceptional speakers as well as breakout sessions to help address some of the challenges that companies may face as they are working to grow their company. The major theme for Discovery 2016 was "accessing global markets to build viable and scalable companies in Ontario" and so in partnership with KIGALabs and the Korea Institute of Startup and Entrepreneurship Development (KISED) the GlobalStart Pitch Competition was held at Discovery 2016 where KIGALabs' CEO alongside a few of the advisors were judges in the competition.
미주 한인 벤처인들이 한국 스타트업들의 글로벌진출을 돕는 인큐베이터 기관으로 선정됐다. 키가랩스(KigaLabs·대표 웨인 김)가 한국 중소기업청이 주관하는 '팁스(TIPS·Tech Incubator Program for Startups)' 2016년 북미 운영기관으로 뽑힌 것.
캐나다 토론토에 본사가 위치한 키가랩스는 보스턴(대표 리디아 신), LA(대표 브라이언 정)에 지부를 두고 한국 스타트업들에게 멘토링, 엔젤투자, 인큐베이팅을 지원하게 된다. 특히 키가랩스 멤버와 주요 파트너들이 한국 벤처기업협회(KOVA)와 한민족 글로벌벤처네트워크(INKE) 등에 소속돼 있어 한국 및 미국의 벤처, 스타트업 문화를 잘 이해하고 있어 스타트업들에게 큰 도움이 될 것으로 기대되고 있다. 김 대표는 "글로벌 성공 가능성이 높고 유능한 한국 스타트업들이 많다. 미주의 유능한 기관들과 함께 도움을 준다면 큰 도약들도 가능할 것"이라며 "좋은 사업모델이나 유능한 팀 등을 위주로 선발해 잘 성장할 수 있도록 함께 도울 것"이라고 설명했다.
키가랩스는 이달 중순 한국을 방문해 스타트업들을 면접, ... (전체 기사를 보려면 아래 버튼을 클릭하십시요.)
Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) will hold its first GlobalStart Pitch Competition at Discovery 2016 this year in partnership with KIGALabs and the Korea Institute of Startup and Entrepreneurship Development (KISED).
Three Ontario companies will be selected as finalists to compete for an OCE GlobalStart award of $15,000 to help them access the first global market that they have identified. Similarly, three Korean companies will be jointly selected by KIGALabs and KISED as finalists to compete for an equivalent award to be awarded by KISED.
Innovative technology-based start-ups from Ontario and Korea that are at the customer validation or customer creation stage are encouraged to apply.
As a collaboration project between KIGALabs and KEF (Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation), a one week Global Entrepreneurship progam was completed on February 2, 2016 in Toronto, Canada.
15 delegations from Korea attended the program and visited a number of startup ecosystems such as Ontario Centres of Excellence, MaRS, Communitech, and DMZ. They also visited professional support organizations such as PwC Law, Glowlings, Schulich School of Business, University of Toronto and Ontario Investment and Trade Centre.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed with the Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation (KEF) to collaborate on the development and joint execution of an exchange program and Global Entrepreneurship visiting programs.
KIGALabs and KEF will share information about startup ecosystem, partners, and jointly develop programs to enhance the global startup mind for KEF's members.
KIGA Labs signed an LOI with Ontario Centre of Excellence
December 07, 2015
Around the globe, technology startups play an increasingly important role in creating economic
value and providing new jobs. These technology start ups also play an important role in developing and implementing new
ideas and concepts.
OCE is an Ontario not-for-profit organization created to drive the development of Ontario's
economy by helping create new jobs, products, services, technologies and businesses through
partnerships between industry and academia. OCE runs a network of on-campus
entrepreneurship activities and incubators at 42 academic institutions in Ontario, with the goal of
creating, improving and sustaining a culture of entrepreneurship among students and youth
across the province, and integrating these entrepreneurship activities with investors, industry, and
other stakeholders in their region.
KIGA Labs is an Ontario organization created to drive the development of Canadian and Korean
economy by helping innovative Korean and Canadian startups launch successful global
productization, development and commercialization. We also work with Partners that have a
proven track record to accelerate growth.
Given their similar mandates and common interests, OCE works to facilitate the exchange and
placement of KIGALabs' startups within OCE's network. KIGALabs wishes to host OCE
network startups to help each other's startup companies to enter Korean and Canadian markets
more effectively, and to share best practices between KIGA Labs and the OCE network on
startup support, youth entrepreneurship, incubation and acceleration; and other related activities
as mutually determined.
The relationship will support both OCE and KIGA Labs in fulfilling their respective mandates
and ensuring their efforts to do so will be freely acknowledged by both organizations.