The Chang Pogo Global Foundation is looking for Korean entrepreneurs making their presence felt around the world, to name them “Jang Bo-go of the 21st century.”
According to the foundation Friday, it is seeking awardees and started receiving applications Wednesday and will keep the window open until July 31.
The awards are for Korean businessmen who migrated to foreign countries and contributed to the expansion of Korea’s economic and cultural presence.
The awards are named after Jang, who was a naval commander and a prominent merchant of the unified Shilla Kingdom. He earned legendary status in Korea’s history thanks to his feat of dominating maritime trade in Northeast Asia in the first half of the 9th century. Hansang refers to overseas Korean businesspeople.
Named after the admiral, however, the foundation uses a different Romanization system to call him Chang Pogo.
The foundation is mandated to commemorate Jang’s achievements and promote entrepreneurship among Korean businessmen across the globe.
“Jang’s pioneer spirit helped establish the global network of Shilla people residing in Janan and the Tang Dynasty of China,” said former Minister of Agriculture and Forestry Kim Sung-hoon, who is now chairman of the foundation. “The awards are aimed at emulating his spirit and it will be a great honor for the awardees.”
The awards are comprised of six categories: grand prize, an award from the National Assembly speaker, and four awards from four different ministers. The grand prize winner will be inducted into the foundation’s hall of fame, which is scheduled to open April 14.
The award ceremony will be held Oct. 19 and those who want to apply can download an application form at the foundation’s website, http://www.changpogo.net.
“By sharing the success stories of Korean entrepreneurs in the global market, the foundation hopes they can be mentors to struggling young job seekers,” an official at the foundation said.