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*NEWS: Co-Working Space Creates Software Center

Melinda Kim, Executive Director, PeopleSpace

A co-working space in Irvine announced a partnership with a South Korean university to create a software center at its HQ in Irvine. People Space partnered with Gachon University to put a software center in OC. The purpose is to expose Korean students to American culture and entrepreneurship, PeopleSpace Executive Director Melinda Kim told OC Startups Now.

Our goal is “to expand the students’ horizons and to have them see the big possibilities,” she said.

The South Korean government funds the university and will sponsor the travel of Korean students to Irvine. Within a year, they’ll send approximately 40 students, Kim said.

PeopleSpace, which started as a co-working space, and continues to offer that service, recently diversified with an incubator and a fund (see related story here).

Kim declined to disclose the financial terms of the partnership.

Prior to this, PeopleSpace had established student exchange programs with various universities in South Korea, including Gachon.

The Gachon University Software Center in Irvine will run four programs: software research and development; technical training; a startup bootcamp; and internships.

Kim said PeopleSpace plans to partner with other universities throughout South Korea and Southeast Asia to have their students come here as well.

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Deirdre Newman is a long-time journalist, who's covered OC startups for a few years.

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