Establishing a start-up business in Korea as a foreign entrepreneur

Stephan Gerschewski*

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Korea has emerged as the 11th-largest economy in the world, resulting in a large increase in FDI inflows and an influx of new expatriates moving to Korea since the late 1990s. More specifically, the number of foreigners moving to live in Korea has continuously increased from 1 million in 2007 to 2.18 million people in 2016, accounting for almost 4% of the entire Korean population. While the majority of foreigners in Korea work primarily as expatriates in subsidiaries of MNEs and as academics in educational institutions (e.g., universities, English language institutions, hagwons), a growing number of foreigners are establishing their own start-up businesses in Korea. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of how foreign entrepreneurs can start a business in Korea, including the rules and regulations, and general advice on doing business in Korea. The chapter outlines the general SME sector in Korea and examines the key industries, which are attractive for foreigners to start their businesses. In addition, the chapter analyses how foreign entrepreneurs can do business in Korea, including the legal types of businesses, visa types for foreigners, start-up incubators for foreigners and key tax information for foreign start-ups.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDoing Business in Korea
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages16
ISBN (Electronic)9781351000475
ISBN (Print)9781138549432
Publication statusPublished - 19 Aug 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)


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