Supporting entrepreneurs in North Korea

While North Korea’s rockets get all the news, a growing group of locals is hoping to launch startups instead — working on business ideas that can succeed in this extremely challenging environment. Choson Exchange brings experienced professionals to the DPRK to support these Koreans with hands-on training in entrepreneurship, business, marketing, and more. For several days, our volunteers host workshops on topics like agile management, lean startup methods, and innovation together with North Koreans who are working for positive change in their country

Since 2007, we have brought hundreds of professionals to the DPRK, who have trained thousands of North Koreans. Our programs have been featured by major media around the world, and have a proven record of meaningful impact for the Korean people. If you want to experience North Korea while making a difference, become a workshop leader and join us on a trip.

 

  "A trip to North Korea is destined to contradict most expectations. Testing my consulting methods in this unique environment was an invaluable opportunity." Gabor Holch, Management Consultant & Entrepreneur, Workshop Leader in 2014.  

 

"A trip to North Korea is destined to contradict most expectations. Testing my consulting methods in this unique environment was an invaluable opportunity."
Gabor Holch, Management Consultant & Entrepreneur, Workshop Leader in 2014.

 

  "Working with Choson Exchange allowed me to visit Pyongyang in a unique way. I was touched to see the respect and curiosity among the North Koreans we trained. Why do this? Because it matters." Xi Qiao, Management Consultant & Entrepreneur, Workshop Leader in 2015

 

"Working with Choson Exchange allowed me to visit Pyongyang in a unique way. I was touched to see the respect and curiosity among the North Koreans we trained. Why do this? Because it matters." Xi Qiao, Management Consultant & Entrepreneur, Workshop Leader in 2015

  "The workshops offer an opportunity to gain insight into business challenges in North Korea, make a tangible contribution, and come away with a different perspective on the country and its people. Highly recommended." Patrick Wallace, Vice President Global Sales, Workshop Leader in 2016.

 

"The workshops offer an opportunity to gain insight into business challenges in North Korea, make a tangible contribution, and come away with a different perspective on the country and its people. Highly recommended." Patrick Wallace, Vice President Global Sales, Workshop Leader in 2016.

  "You'll be challenged in your understanding of doing business. At the same time, you will be surprised how much you have in common with North Korean entrepreneurs." Maaike Harmsen, CSR Consultant & Entrepreneur, Workshop Leader in 2016.

 

"You'll be challenged in your understanding of doing business. At the same time, you will be surprised how much you have in common with North Korean entrepreneurs." Maaike Harmsen, CSR Consultant & Entrepreneur, Workshop Leader in 2016.