Mr Taeje Park

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Taeje Park is a doctoral researcher at the Manchester Institute of Innovation Research. He obtained a Bachelor of Engineering in Industrial Engineering from Sungkyunkwan University, which is the oldest prestige college in South Korea, and a Master of Public Administration in industrial policy from Sungkyunkwan University. Especially, he has been bestowed the Presidential Award of the Korean Government in recognition of his outstanding academic achievements in the field of innovation studies.

Prior to joining the University of Manchester, Taeje has worked as the Chairman of the director's board of Kickstart Asia, which is a chartered accelerator accredited by the Korean government and has served as a council member of the National Unification Advisory Council which is the constitutional organisation established in accordance with the article 82 of the Constitution of the Republic of Korea to advise the Korean president on the formulation of policy, over the three regimes. 

Furthermore, Taeje has been consulting on aspects of entrepreneurial ecosystems and innovation for a wide range of organisations, including the Korea Ministry of SMEs and Start-ups, the Korea Ministry of Education, Korea Institute of Startups and Entrepreneurship Development, Small and Medium Business Administration, Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity, Korea Entrepreneurship Foundation, and the Korean and the British incubators.    

In accordance with the family tradition inherited from one of his ancestors, Jiwon Park Yeonam regarded as the greatest industrial scholar in Northeast Asia, Taeje also has been working in the field of innovation in order to uphold the prestigious philosophy and heritage.

His research interests focus on entrepreneurial ecosystem policies and the key factors affecting vibrant environments fostering start-ups. Also, his further research interests lie in industrial policy, innovation policy, innovation process, and transformative innovation.

External positions

Council Member, 18th The National Unification Advisory Council

Council Member, 19th The National Unification Advisory Council

Council Member, 20th The National Unification Advisory Council

Advisor, Korea Foundation for the Advancement of Science and Creativity

Advisor, Ministry of Education, Republic of Korea

Advisor, Ministry of Small Medium Enterprises and Startups


  • Industrial Policy, Entrepreneurial Ecosystems Policy, Indicator Development, Policy Evaluation, Innovation Performances, Emerging Technology

Education / academic qualifications

  • Industrial Engineering, Bachelor of Engineering, Sungkyunkwan University
  • Industrial Policy, Master of Public Policy, Sungkyunkwan University