Derik Kim, Founder & Honorary President, Global Entrepreneurs Foundation, has been appointed as Senator at the Grand Assembly of the World Business Angels Investment Forum. Senator Kim will represent South Korea in the Global Startup Committee of the Grand Assembly.
Dae Jin (Derik) Kim is the founder and honorary president of Global Entrepreneurs Foundation (“GEF”) and also a co-founder and partner of HSR ANGEL LLC (“HSR”) located in Korea, which has done angel investment and company build-up. GEF is the firstly registered non-profit accelerator and first Scalerator in Korea and now runs three HSR EPICENTERs and Songpa ICT Youth Startup Center since 2016, June. Before GEF, Mr. Kim was serial entrepreneur to found five start-ups, three of which were established in Korea, and two in the USA. Also he has served as CEO and Executive officer of several companies in Korea and USA, including EVP of Talon-International, Inc. During his career, he has worked as International sales man and global marketing specialist for 14 years, besides his entrepreneurship experience. Nowadays he concentrates on making GEF the Gateway between Korea, Asia and Global start-ups ecosystem and so is serving globally as a partner of Entrepreneurs Without Borders based in Sweden, Faster Capital in UAE, Co-organizer of EU Startup week and Co-chair of India Korea Economic Development Board. He is also speaker, mentor and juror at international conferences including Uludag Economy Summit in Turkey, Delta Summit in Malta, Startup Ole in Spain, Startupbootcamp Energy in Australia, India-Korea Business Summit and China-Korea Investment Forum, Asian Leadership Conference etc. He has also consulted UNDP Africa Youth Connect research, as well as Korean ODA projects related to the startup ecosystem of countries such as Rwanda, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.