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tvN 2020

Young entrepreneurs aspiring to launch virtual dreams into reality compete for success and love in the cutthroat world of Korea's high-tech industry.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Start-Up

Start-Up - S1E1

#1 - Start-Up (Season 1 - Episode 1)

The spring Seo Dal-mi lost everything, Nam Do-san's letters kept her company. Fifteen years later, she needs him by her side to prove Won In-jae wrong.

The episode was rated 8.96 from 28 votes.

Start-Up - S1E9

#2 - Risk (Season 1 - Episode 9)

Do-san and Ji-pyeong struggle to bear the weight of their untold truths. Doubts and a mix-up lead Dal-mi to the place where it all started.

The episode was rated 8.89 from 19 votes.

Start-Up - S1E8

#3 - Backup (Season 1 - Episode 8)

Devastating news gives Dal-mi another reason to make the app a success. Won Du-jeong's plan to teach Do-san and Dal-mi a lesson backfires.

The episode was rated 8.70 from 20 votes.

Start-Up - S1E5

#4 - Hackathon (Season 1 - Episode 5)

Dal-mi and In-jae present their teams' ideas on the hackathon stage. A story about Dal-mi's upbringing moves Ji-pyeong to fight for her success.

The episode was rated 8.60 from 20 votes.

Start-Up - S1E3

#5 - Angel (Season 1 - Episode 3)

Ji-pyeong scrambles to transform Do-san into the man of Dal-mi's dreams. A rude awakening prompts In-jae to close one door and open another.

The episode was rated 8.57 from 23 votes.

Start-Up - S1E4

#6 - Sandbox (Season 1 - Episode 4)

Despite differing pasts, Dal-mi and In-jae fight for their dreams at the same starting line. Ji-pyeong sets out to protect Dal-mi and help Do-san.

The episode was rated 8.48 from 21 votes.

Start-Up - S1E12

#7 - Acqhire (Season 1 - Episode 12)

Alex Kwon shows his true colors, proving Ji-pyeong right and fulfilling Samsan Tech's worst fears. Do-san tells Ji-pyeong about Won-deok's health.

The episode was rated 8.47 from 17 votes.

Start-Up - S1E2

#8 - Family, Friends, Fools (Season 1 - Episode 2)

To preserve Dal-mi's past and to support her future, Choi Won-deok asks Han Ji-pyeong to pull off an impossible task.

The episode was rated 8.43 from 23 votes.

Start-Up - S1E6

#9 - Key Man (Season 1 - Episode 6)

In-jae uses lessons from her father and stepfather to her advantage. A clash over company shares tests Dal-mi, who turns to Ji-pyeong for advice.

The episode was rated 8.38 from 21 votes.

Start-Up - S1E11

#10 - Exit (Season 1 - Episode 11)

Kim Yong-san forces Ji-pyeong to reflect on his past remarks. In-jae and Dal-mi's companies showcase rivaling programs using the same technology.

The episode was rated 8.32 from 19 votes.

Start-Up - S1E7

#11 - Burn Rate (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Grappling with his feelings for Dal-mi, Ji-pyeong avoids her. Do-san's knowledge of Won-deok's condition inspires a business idea for Samsan Tech.

The episode was rated 8.29 from 21 votes.

Start-Up - S1E10

#12 - Demo Day (Season 1 - Episode 10)

Ji-pyeong gives Dal-mi long-awaited answers and a confession. Seeking success on his own terms, Do-san considers a golden opportunity.

The episode was rated 7.68 from 19 votes.

Start-Up - S1E13

#13 - Comfort Zone (Season 1 - Episode 13)

Dal-mi and In-jae's self-driving car is hit by a ransomware attack. Samsan Tech founders return after a successful three-year stint in San Francisco.

The episode was rated 7.63 from 19 votes.

Start-Up - S1E14

#14 - Elevator Speech (Season 1 - Episode 14)

Tasked with recruiting top developers into her company, Dal-mi pitches her idea at Samsan Tech. Do-san gets away to clear his head.

The episode was rated 7.58 from 19 votes.

Start-Up - S1E15

#15 - Minimum Viable Product (Season 1 - Episode 15)

Jung Sa-ha and Lee Chul-san begin dating in secret. A boozy, heartfelt conversation with Do-san helps Ji-pyeong make a decision about Dal-mi.

The episode was rated 7.54 from 13 votes.


Last updated: feb 24, 2022


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