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04 November 2016

Intralink mentor up-and-coming entrepreneurs

For more than 25 years Intralink has been working with western companies to develop their business and introduce their new innovative technology to tier one suppliers and OEMs across Asia. This year, to help up-and-coming entrepreneurs beginning to look at Asia, Intralink is participating in two mentoring projects to assist early-stage startups define their strategy and begin to get ‘Asia-ready’. 

The Innovation Dojo is a unique cross-cultural startup program in Australia that enables young, talented language professionals to collaborate with budding entrepreneurs. The program identifies and recruits students and young professionals to form teams that tackle problems common to both Australia and Japan. 

Intralink’s SVP for Asia, Jeremy Shaw, is one of an international network of mentors assisting those participating in the Dojo. The programme includes a variety of projects from technologies that enhance agriculture or mining to new areas of interest like fintech and cyber security. 

The K-Startup Grand Challenge is conducted and financed by the government of the Republic of Korea. The long-term aim is to make Korea a prominent startup hub and establish Pangyo as the region’s ‘Silicon Valley’.

40 global startups were awarded scholarships and invited to spend three months in the Global Startup Campus in Pangyo. During this time, they have access to a series of workshops organised by venture capitalists, tech industry connectors, sales & marketing executives and other mentors. By the end of November, the organisers will select the top 5 which will receive further support and funding. 

Intralink was invited by G3 Partners to be a K-Startup mentor. Intralink’s team in Korea are experts on the opportunities in the region, with the added advantage of being able to call upon colleagues in China, Japan and Taiwan where there is a crossover interest in these countries.

As mentors, Intralink has been discussing the common challenges of doing business in Korea and engaged in active Q&A sessions. These have tackled real-life issues related to entering the Korean market and working with Korean partner companies, large and small alike (and, in a true startup fashion, wrapped up by sharing business "war stories” over craft beer and pizza).

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