The Start-up Festival in Ewha was held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 at Nae:il Lounge. Supported by the Ministry of Education, the festival aimed to enhance students’ understanding of start-ups and inspire students to start their own businesses.
The festival was divided into three booths: Division of Entrepreneurship briefing session booth, AR/VR booth, and the 3D printer prototype production booth.
The briefing session introduced the Division of Entrepreneurship, a joint major that prepares students for starting their own businesses. Students were able to explore courses specifically designed for start-ups and look into internships and supporting programs for new entrepreneurs.
“I initially had no interest in start-ups, but after the briefing session, I’m starting to think start-up is not as inapproachable as I thought it would be,” said Kim Da-jeong, a freshman majoring in Math Education.
In the next booth, students were able to experience Augmented Reality(AR)/Virtual Reality(VR) contents such as Statue of Peace, Nongsugak, which is a traditional Korean Astronomy Observatory, and Korean relics in Yeongdo-gu in Busan Metropolitan City.
“As an institute for higher education, we tried to focus on contents with educational purposes rather than on gaming and entertainment,” said a spokesperson from Center for Entrepreneurship, a university affiliated auxiliary organization that aims to support new student-entrepreneurs. Companies such as Remoshot, which creates AR/VR contents, also participated.
“It was very refreshing to see VR combined with educational purposes and I hope to see more VR contents that allow students to learn through experience in the future,” said Yang Yun-ji, a sophomore majoring in Educational Technology who participated in the AR/VR booth.
In the afternoon, students created Ewha Bear prototypes using 3D printers. The main aim of the program was to provide students with hands-on experience on shaping products using 3D printing technology.
TECH STUDIO, a company that creates parts for assembling prototypes with 3D printers, took part in this booth.
“There was only one type of prototype we could make, the Ewha Bear,” said Lee Ha-gyeong, a sophomore majoring in Computer Science. “It would have been better if we had more options in terms of choosing the prototype designs.”
“The Start-up Festival was an amazing opportunity to learn about starting a business. However, I feel like the festival itself required more promotion,” commented Kim Da-jeong, who participated in the Start-up Festival.