While passing the middle gate, one might have seen a newly built building. It is the Start-up Power Plant Base CenterⅡ. The building was completed on August 13th, and the interior design was finished by mid-November. This newly built building is aimed at maximizing the use of new spaces within the Seoul campus, supporting youth startups linked to the Seoul Campus Town, and expanding the infrastructure that will support the vitalization of subcontractor cooperation.
The building consists of three floors in total. First of all, on the first floor will be located the café. The main use of the café is a forum for idea exchanges where people can freely share various ideas related to start-ups. This space is available to anyone willing to start a business. Next, the second floor is a space planned to create a main space for start-ups as a whole. It will mainly be used as a forum for launching various programs such as mentoring seminars and special lectures. Programs will be divided into two big categories: educational programs that enable ordinary students to overcome vague fears about start-ups and special programs requested by start-up teams. Typically, programs are simply planned by the host and attended by students who are interested. The new program planning system works in the opposite way. The Campus Town Promotion Team will accept the programs demanded by the start-up teams and try to run as much as possible in the direction to support toe start-up team. Lastly the Third floor is Maker Space. By bringing in 3D printers, laser cutters, and other mechanical equipment, start-up teams can make a prototype product by themselves. Various material costs will be funded as an effort to simplify the burden on students
As such, Start-up Power Plant Base CenterⅡ will serve as a kind of Fab Café. Fab Café is a unique space that combines a makerspace with a café, where free discussion can take place in one corner while drinks can be enjoyed in the other. According to Hwang In-wook, the deputy head of the Campus Town Promotion Team, the Start-up Power Plant Base CenterⅡ is expected to become a space where one can shape his or her ideas into reality. By making a prototype, they can judge whether the product is competitive in the market and expect to become a “real place” for their ideas through advice from various mentors.
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