Samuel Hwang

Thursday, June 21, 2018, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM UTC

The mission of Startup Grind is to educate, connect, and inspire entrepreneurs. Startup Grind Seoul in sponsorship with Asan-Nanum Foundation meets monthly in the heart of Seoul. There will be networking, delicious food, and amazing people! Come and be part of Seoul, Korea's Startup Community. This month, we will be interviewing 'Samuel Hwang', head of Labs for WeWork Korea and CEO of teraArk.

About this event

Sam’s first startup was New Pathway Education, which he founded in December of 2009 in Shanghai, China as a O2O test preparation company serving outbound students in China. Over the next three years, Sam led New Pathway to develop an industry leading adaptive learning platform, added a high end counseling business, and geographic expansion to Beijing. After securing a Series A investment round in June of 2012 led by Fosun Venture Capital, Chengwei Capital, and the Chairman of Sina, New Pathway expanded to multiple offices throughout Shanghai and Beijing. In December of 2014, New Pathway was acquired by global private equity fund CVC Capital and merged with CVC portfolio company EIC Education.

Subsequently, Sam served as the CTO and Board member of EIC Education, one of China's leading international education companies with 3500+ employees with operations in 27 cities in China. Sam resigned as CTO in December of 2015 and moved to Seoul, South Korea.

For the past 2+ years, Sam has been actively involved in the startup community in Seoul investing in and advising many startups and founders of various businesses including Smartstudy (kids content business that owns the popular IP Pinkfong), Siwon School (online language education business), Treasure Hunter (Korea’s largest MCN business), etc. In a short period, Sam helped Smarstudy secure a Series B investment from some of the leading VC’s in Korea, helped Siwon School sell a majority stake to a Hong Kong listed company, and helped Treasure Hunter raise money from a Malaysian fund. Sam also serves as a partner of Primer (the first incubator/accelerator in Korea started in 2010) advising some of Korea’s hottest startups and is currently the Head of WeWork Labs Korea, WeWork’s startup accelerator.

Currently, as the Head of WeWork Labs Korea and the CEO of teraArk (an investment company), Sam and his team actively manage an extensive portfolio of investments ranging from venture capital to an array of majority controlled portfolio companies. Sam is also actively involved as a director of the Hong Kong MIT Innovation Node and a board member of the MIT Sandbox Funding Board. Sam received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (2006) and a Master of Science in Materials Science & Engineering (2008), both from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

Check out what happened


10:00 AMNetworking with Food and Drink
11:00 AMFireside Chat with Samuel Hwang
12:00 PMNetworking with Food and Drink!


  • Seong Hyun (Shane) Kong

    Korea Accelerator Association

    SG KOREA, Seoul Director

  • Dongok Ahn

    The Garrison

    SG Seoul, Co-director

  • Minji Lim

    Korea Accelerator Association

    Marketing Manager