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The next Oh Bong Gue through “Scholarship Program for Start-ups”
  • Hun Lee, cub-reporter
  • 승인 2016.09.05 10:50
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The ham and cheese babburger is fascinating, as you and many students in our university know. It’s the most popular menu item at Bonggousse Babburger. Do you know the success story of Bonggousse? The CEO of the chain is Oh Bong Gou (real name: Oh Saerin) and he’s 31 years old. He started the business with only 100,000 won he had earned from his part-time job when he was 25 years old. Starting a business in front of a high school located in Gyeonggi-do province, he couldn’t sell anything for 2 days.

But he was encouraged by a student asking, “How much is it?” when it had been 3 days and was willing to get close to the students with all his heart. He became close to them from making his own nickname “Oh Bong Gu” and soon became famous with his babburger. Two years later, he opened a store named Bonggousse Babburger in January 2011 and became a franchiser who now owns about four hundred stores.

In an alternative plan during a serious unemployment crisis, the government and institutions related in economy and employment are supporting start-up businesses by youngsters in a variety of ways like making more CEOs like Oh Bong Gou. In this regard, our university established the Scholarship Program for Start-ups to support students who try starting businesses or activities related to starting them in July. It says about 40 students will be selected and given up to 1,000,000 won each. Scholarships are awarded once a year and will be provided for the maximum period of 2 years. Also for attracting active participation from students, this program allows students to get other scholarships unlike the existing policy. Anyone interested in starting business, regardless of major, can participate in this program.

For selection in this program, candidates collect points which are accumulated through opening a business or engaging in involved programs with the foundation. For example, actual entrepreneurship education process, activity for Start-up club, and free specialized quality programs, etc. One thing to point out is that you can accumulate points by taking a start-up lesson from the cultural subjects. Regarding the issue, the head of the university start-up community, Yoon Tae Ho said, “We are planning to provide various opportunities as much as possible to those who are willing to participate in start-ups by the constant support.” Indeed, such an idea has developed in a considerable way to prevent start-up failures. Thus, we have lowered the entry level for the qualification of receiving scholarships in the field of university student entrepreneurs.

This program is slated to accept applications in February 2017 and award scholarships in the middle of the same month. Point scores are made from activity which will be held this March to next January, so if you engage in various programs steadily from now on, you can get enough for a scholarship. To the next Oh Bong Gu, you can make things possible with our program!

Hun Lee, cub-reporter  pjh327@changwon.ac.kr

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