On August 27, 2021, student Lee Tae-Gyu of HUFS Department of Chinese Interpretation and Translation won the 10th Chung Ju-Young Startup Competition. At the livestreamed event held via Asan Nanum Foundation’s Youtube channel, Lee received KRW 55 million for his victory.
The competition, named after the late founder of Hyundai Group, is hosted by Asan Nanum Foundation to inspire and support young entrepreneurs ready to take on new challenges just like the late Chung Ju-Young. Launched in 2012 and marking its 10th anniversary this year, the startup competition has drawn around 5,000 college startup teams so far, becoming one of the nation’s most competitive and influential startup competitions.
This year’s winner, HUFS student Lee Tae-Gyu, set up Doodlin in 2020, which offers the one-stop HR solution ‘Greeting’ that supports the entire hiring process from resumes to paper-based screening and interviews.
He said, “As more and more companies prefer hiring as needed over regular hiring, they have to deal with a greater number of hiring notices and interviews. This can be a burden for small businesses, which often handle the hiring process manually. So, I decided to build a software hiring solution for them.” As of now, a number of innovative firms, including Socar, FastFive, Idus, and Sandbox Network, use Doodlin’s hiring solution. His firm received KRW 50 million of startup funding from startup accelerator Primer in 2020 and raised KRW 1 billion in a pre-series A funding round from Primer, Schmidt, FuturePlay, and Donghoon Investment.
Building on his experience in LikeLion, a nationwide college programming club, he chose Computer Engineering as a double major to pursue his passion for coding. He joined HUFS Entrepreneurship Center’s startup club support program twice: as the leader of HUFS startup club ‘Wanna Start Up Together’ in 2018 and a member of HUFS startup club ‘Angry Owls’.