Teō Haka
Centre for
growth &

Asia Innovation Series: Opportunities for NZ startups in South Korea

If you are a growing NZ tech startup (seed to series B stage) wanting to expand internationally, we are hosting an exclusive event at Te Ōhaka which will introduce you to the South Korean market and the opportunities available to foreign startups there. South Korea has an incredibly well-developed tech scene, a large pool of talent both in hardware and software, and excellent networks with the global markets.

We are privileged to have three guest speakers well-versed in the startup/business landscape of South Korea to share their relevant knowledge and experience in person. This is a wonderful opportunity to expand your network overseas and learn what this exotic country has to offer. Space is limited, so make sure you reserve your spot now.

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  • 10 min: Reception & Networking
  • 5 min: Opening Remarks
  • 5 min: Self-intro by 3 speakers
  • 20 min: Intro of South Korea as a Startup Destination (Songyi Lee / Enbit Jang / Melvyn Jun)
  • 20 min: Q&A panel
  • 30 min: Networking


Introducing your speakers


Songyi Lee

Venture Partner at TheVentures and Ambassador at Edmund Hillary Fellowship

Songyi is founder of Weave, a collective that is building innovative solutions through self-management and new economy principles. She is also a partner at Impact Collective, a fully digital community-driven investment and accelerator program in Asia Pacific. In 2014 she co-founded 37Coins, one of the first Silicon Valley blockchain startups to bank the unbanked using Bitcoin on decentralized SMS networks, and was later Chief Strategy Officer at Metadium, a digital identity company in Korea. Songyi is passionate about building a globally collaborative economy with purpose-driven entrepreneurs and emerging technologies.




MinGu (Melvyn) Jun – Country Director, Sustainable Brands Korea and Senior Business Consultant – Sustainability & Resilience, Latitude 45 Ltd.

Specializes in Sustainability, Resilience and CR strategy, bench-marking, research, assessment, assurance and training, MinGu is leading Sustainable Brands Korea chapter as country director. He is providing consulting and advisory services to many Korean companies with extensive knowledge of and qualifications in management systems and standards


Eunbit Jang – VP of Communications at SparkLabs Group

Eunbit Jang is VP of Communications at SparkLabs Group. She is responsible for supporting over 200 portfolio companies of SparkLabs Korea with their communications and marketing needs, as well as their demo day, which is the largest startup demo day in the globe with over 3,000 attendees. Previously, she was Communications Team Lead at Yanolja, the fastest-growing unicorn in the travel sector in Asia.


Jeffrey Ling, Head of Startups at Ministry of Awesome, who worked for 2 South Korean startups (one of them being the number one Korean workplace messaging and collaboration tool, JANDI) before returning to Christchurch.