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InnoVEX is a feature exhibit of COMPUTEX TAIPEI, one of the global leading ICT, IoT & Startups trade shows. InnoVEX 2019 attracts 467 startups from 25 countries to display top innovations. A variety of activities including a series of forums, pitch contest, demos, matchmaking, networking and startup tour were held thoughout the 3-day event.

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No.5, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110

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2019 Sep 16

Exhibitor Registration Opens for InnoVEX 2020

Exhibitor Registration for InnoVEX 2020 starts nowRegistration is now open for startups wishing to exhibit in InnoVEX at COMPUTEX 2020 that takes place from June 3 to 5 at TWTC Hall 1 in Taipei, Taiwan.InnoVEX has become one of the most important global startup platforms since 2016. InnoVEX 2019 hosted a record number of 467 startups from 25 countries, and 12 National Pavilions were set up. Audi, Business France, Business Sweden, Cyberport, JAFCO, NTIO, KPMG, PAIH, PwC and Qualcomm were the key exhibitors among others.TAITRA, the organizer of InnoVEX and COMPUTEX, anticipates to invite more than 500 startup exhibitors in 2020 and looks forward to boosting the innovation ecosystem with more big companies which are dedicated to inventive ideas and disruptive startups.Large companies are booming the startup sceneAudi, an exhibitor of InnoVEX 2019, has hosted the Audi Innovation Award (AIA) for two consecutive years. With the purpose of seeking innovative solutions that impact and shape the future of smart mobility, the AIA provided the selected startups with cash prices, opportunity exhibiting in InnoVEX, and chances to collaborate with Audi AG in Germany to put their solutions into practices. The winner of Audi HQ Prize was HorusEye Tech, a Taiwan-based startup which develops the smart glasses through the holographic optical systems in multi-angles. HorusEye's holographic heads up displays on the windshields allow drivers to maintain the amount of time looking at the road, thus reducing the chance of accident caused by distraction.Merck, another giant company from Germany, announced to collaborate with YongLin Health Foundation to establish an incubator program — the H. Spectrum & Merck Innovation Lab this June. Four teams were selected for this year’s program include Helios Bioelectronics Inc., the developer of the field-effect transistors, Instant NanoBiosensors Co., Ltd, the specialist of the biosensor platform development, Molsentech, the dedicator to facilitate the non-invasive and real-time detection of minimum pathogens for patients, and VSense, the disruptor of optical-based biosensors. Two out of the four teams will have the opportunity to participate in the accelerator training program at Merck HQ in Dusseldorf, Germany. Audi and H. Spectrum & Merck Innovation Lab will partner up with InnoVEX for the first time in the Germany Edition of InnoVEX Pier 5 event on September 30. Program organizers and participants will share their experiences and reveal the feedbacks of their programs.InnoVEX Pier 5 X Germany will take place on Sep 30 at WeworkTo celebrate InnoVEX’s 5th edition, TAITRA is organizing a series of the InnoVEX Pier 5 events, starting from September 2019. TAITRA will invite the ecosystem partners to explore 5 top global markets in the world, including Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea and Eastern Europe. InnoVEX Pier 5 kicks off its first event on September 30 aiming at Germany markets. TAITRA will host the InnoVEX Pier 5 Germany Edition at the upcoming WeWork 97 Songren Lu. The top German corporations, including Audi and Merck Innovation Lab, will have access to insightful discussions on cross national collaborations. The German Trade Office Taipei and TAITRA will also join the event to share the experiences as trade promoters in bilateral markets. Further, the alumni of InnoVEX who’ve participated in IFA NEXT 2019 will give their observations on IFA 2019. Register now to exhibit in InnoVEX at COMPUTEX 2020 : https://events.taiwantrade.com/InnoVEX20en/Enrollment/LoginRegister now for InnoVEX Pier 5 X Germany Edition on September 30: shorturl.at/nxJM3

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2019 Sep 10

Targeting the German Markets? Join us at InnoVEX Pier 5 Germany Edition!

Welcome on board at InnoVEX Pier 5To celebrate InnoVEX’s 5th edition, TAITRA is organizing the InnoVEX Pier 5 events, starting from September 2019. TAITRA will invite the ecosystem partners to explore 5 top global markets in the world: Germany, Israel, Japan, Korea and Eastern Europe. InnoVEX Pier 5 kicks off its first event on September 30 aiming at German markets. TAITRA will partner up with WeWork, the second largest unicorn in the U.S., to host the InnoVEX Pier 5 Germany Edition at the upcoming WeWork 97 Songren Lu. The top German corporates including Audi and Merck Innovation Lab will have access to insightful discussions on cross national collaborations. The German Trade Office Taipei and TAITRA will also join the event to share the experiences as trade promoters in bilateral markets. Further, the alumni of InnoVEX who’ve participated in IFA NEXT 2019 will give their observations in this year’s IFA Berlin. German Pavilion highlighted InnoVEX 2019The debut of Germany’s first ever pavilion concluded with enormous success in this year’s InnoVEX. After participating in InnoVEX 2019, AMendate, the 3D printing startup which automates the previously manually-intensive process to quickly create optimal geometries by using the retransition software, announced the company was acquired by Hexagon AB, a Sweden-based global technology company. Unchained Robotics, another startup which is devoted to efficient small-batch automation, witnessed the tremendous opportunities in industry 4.0 during the co-founder’s internship in China. Mladen Milicevic, the co-founder of the company, expressed his excitement of the result Unchained Robotics has achieved in InnoVEX 2019. "Our suitcases are full of new contacts and business approaches from Asia. Many companies are also looking for innovative solutions to the challenges in their day-to-day business, especially with us start-ups." says Mladen Milicevic.Registration of InnoVEX 2020 will open soon InnoVEX has become one of the most important globalstartup platforms since 2016. InnoVEX 2019 hosted a record number of 467startups from 25 countries, and 12 National Pavilions were set up including thefirst timer German Pavilion. InnoVEX’s 5th edition will return in COMPUTEX fromJune 3 to 5, 2020 at TWTC Hall 1. Through the warm up event of InnoVEXPier 5, TAITRA, the organizer of COMPUTEX and InnoVEX, continues to accompanystartups in Taiwan to get on the adventurous rides to explore global markets! Register now for InnoVEX Pier 5 Germany Edition at: shorturl.at/nxJM3 1.【Germany】 9/30 14:00 - 16:00 @WeWork 2.【Israel】 11/7 14:00 - 16:00 @Garage+3.【Japan】 11/29 14:00 - 16:00 (TBD)4.【Korea】 12/23 14:00 - 16:00 (TBD)5.【Eastern EU】 1/17 14:00 - 16:00 (TBD)

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2019 Aug 01

Taiwan joins Asia digital banking push with three new online licenses

Taiwan’s Financial Supervisory Commission said the digital banking licenses were granted to LINE Financial Taiwan, led by Japanese app operator LINE Group and including Taipei Fubon Commercial Bank and Standard Chartered, and to Next Commercial Bank, led by Taiwan telecom operator Chunghwa Telecom.Another license was granted to Rakuten International Commercial Bank, which was operated by Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten Inc and Taiwan’s IBF Financial Holdings.Across the strait in Hong Kong, the financial hub gave out eight new online-only banking licenses earlier this year to groups including affiliates of Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and a consortium led by Standard Chartered.Singapore’s central bank said in June it would issue up to five digital bank licenses, and Reuters reported previously, quoting sources, that ride-hailing company Grab was considering applying.Regulators in Thailand and Malaysia are also considering digital banking licenses, and Korea’s FSC, last week, allowed internet company Kakao Corp to increase its stake in Kakao bank, one of two online-only banks in the country.Incumbent banks need to respond quickly to the new competition, say analysts. Consultancy McKinsey estimates that if digital banks gain significant market share and scale quickly, Asian banks’ average return on equity, a measure of profitability, could drop to as low as 6.4% by 2023, from 10.1% last year.Original Resource: REUTERShttps://www.reuters.com/article/us-taiwan-banks-digital/taiwan-joins-asia-digital-banking-push-with-three-new-online-licenses-idUSKCN1UP0UO

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Previous Speakers

James C. F. Huang

Chairman of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)

James C. F. Huang

Chairman of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA)

James C. F. Huang is Chairman of the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA). Prior to joining TAITRA, he was Director General of the New Southbound Policy Office at the Office of the President, Director of International Affairs for the Democratic Progressive Party, and Taiwan’s 18th Minister of Foreign Affairs. As a former entrepreneur and diplomat as well as having played instrumental roles in formulating the New Southbound Policy for President Tsai Ing-wen's administration, Chairman Huang is deeply experienced in both the private and public sectors. With a career spanning three decades dedicated to promoting Taiwan's economic development and international relations, he has worked to ensure businesses are supported in their efforts to expand to international markets. In his past roles, Chairman Huang has actively reached out to business communities, NGOs, civil societies, and youth groups, and has pushed for innovative and inclusive initiatives on city-to-city diplomacy. In the private sector, Chairman Huang has held senior consultant and management positions at Taiwan's leading technology companies. During his time in government, Chairman Huang served successive postings at the Foreign Ministry in Taipei, Taiwan’s Representative Office in Washington, D.C., the Mainland Affairs Council, and the President’s Office as Spokesman and Deputy Secretary General to the President.

Asher Yarden

Representative of Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei

Asher Yarden

Representative of Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei

Representative of Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei

John Jorritsma

Mayor of Eindhoven City and Chairman at Brainport Foundation

John Jorritsma

Mayor of Eindhoven City and Chairman at Brainport Foundation

John Jorritsma has a long international career being director of the Brabant Development Agency. He also held a number of advisory posts for innovation hubs and start-up incubators, often linked to economy, he was also a member of several Dutch supervisory boards. As Chairman of Brainport and Mayor of Eindhoven, he is engaged with multi-helix collaboration between company’s, knowledge institutions and governments. By for instance creating HighTech testbeds in the brainport region. He was and is actively committed to contribute to the international sustainable development goals (SDG’s) for instance on education, waste and good health in old age. In his role as chairman of the Netherlands international strategic board, he stimulates trade and innovation collaborations with international strategic counterparts like Taiwan.

Raymond Liao

VP and Ventures Managing Director at Samsung NEXT

Raymond Liao

VP and Ventures Managing Director at Samsung NEXT

Raymond Liao is the VP and Ventures Managing Director at Samsung NEXT Ventures. Based in Silicon Valley, Raymond looks for early-stage startups with fundamental technology innovations, with special interests in Security/Privacy, Machine Learning, and Enterprise IoT. Previously Raymond was the founding CTO of Siemens Industrial Communications business in Germany. He joined Siemens TTB in Berkeley to bring external innovations by spin-in, investment and partnership. Some of his success cases led to the market-leading industrial WLAN business for Siemens, and were featured in Siemens Annual Report and Harvard Business Review. In his past life, Raymond was a productive researcher with over 20 academic publications and 10 issued patents. He received Ph.D. from Columbia University with the Eliahu Jury Award.

Angela Leibinger

Digital Business and Dealer Network Development at Audi

Angela Leibinger

Digital Business and Dealer Network Development at Audi

Angela Leibinger is team coordinator for Digital Business and Network Quality at Audi Taiwan. She is responsible for dealer network development and the implementation of new digital solutions in terms of systems, applications and connected car functions. In 2017, she initiated the first Audi Innovation Award in Taiwan, a startup scouting program which aims to foster a local smart mobility community and connect Taiwanese startups to a global network.

Denes Ban

Managing Partner at OurCrowd

Denes Ban

Managing Partner at OurCrowd

Denes Ban is the Managing Partner of Israel’s leading venture capital fund, having raised over $1Billion for more than 170 portfolio companies and 10 funds since its launch in 2013. According to Bloomberg Business week “OurCrowd is hands down the most successful equity-crowdfunding platform in the world.” Denes is a serial entrepreneur turned serial investor. He has personally invested in over 50 companies and founded a number of start-ups in the past decade. His investments were sold to Uber, Snap, Samsung, Intel, Oracle and more. He also funded and sold an HR company and co-founded PocketGuide, one of the world’s leading travel apps. Denes has been lecturing at Harvard, Kellogg, INSEAD and CKGSB and dedicated more than ten years to fostering growth, training and shaping corporate strategy for companies around the globe, improving the profitability of over 100 companies and training thousands of CEOs and entrepreneurs around the world. As a respected community leader, Denes is closely involved with a number of philanthropic organizations and on Saturday nights you can find him playing blues and jazz with his band.

Jackey Wang

Venture Partner at 500 Startups

Jackey Wang

Venture Partner at 500 Startups

Jackey is an entrepreneur at heart and is passionate about making positive changes. After graduating from UC Berkeley Engineering, Jackey worked at Atmel and Microsoft in marketing and supply chain management, and founded several startups. She founded companies that tackled tough problems faced by our society – including modernizing hospital care and programming education. She launched Tickle app, the first programming platform for IoT that has inspired and empowered millions of young minds to program the real world. On the VC/accelerator side, Jackey co-founded the largest and the most successful accelerator in Taiwan – AppWorks, showing her aspiration to develop a better startup ecosystem. Her diverse professional and startup experience helps her connect with entrepreneurs, because she understands the challenges founders face and can help them along the way. Besides work, Jackey is into other adventurous experiences, too – from sky diving to rock climbing, snowboarding to triathlon. She has traveled and backpacked to more than 60 countries and hoped to visit every corner of the world.

Kevin Lin

Co-founder at Twitch

Kevin Lin

Co-founder at Twitch

Kevin Lin is a 2004 Yale graduate and Co-Founder of Twitch, the world’s leading social video service and community for video game culture and emerging content. He was instrumental in Twitch's 2011 launch when he joined Justin.tv in 2008. Kevin now leads Culture, Strategy, and Innovation, responsible for new Twitch programs including original content and corporate strategy. Currently, 15 million users gather daily to stream, watch, and chat.

Prakash Somasundaram

Head of Global Projects at Amazon Launchpad

Prakash Somasundaram

Head of Global Projects at Amazon Launchpad

Prakash Somasundaram is the Head of Global Projects for Amazon Launchpad. He leads the growth and expansion of the Amazon Launchpad program in Asia with the mission of providing resources, expertise, and global infrastructure to entrepreneurs and startup companies to sell and deliver innovative products to millions of Amazon customers. Prior to Amazon, he has worked in product management and business strategy roles across a variety of industries. Prakash has a Master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University and is currently based out of Seattle.

Ravi Belani

Co-founder and Managing Director at Alchemist

Ravi Belani

Co-founder and Managing Director at Alchemist

Ravi Belani is co-founder and Managing Director of Alchemist. He also teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford. He led the investment team at Draper Fisher Jurvetson’s and worked as a consultant at McKinsey. BS & MS from Stanford Univ., and MBA form Harvard Business School.

Javier Shocron

Tech Manager at Maverick Ventures Israel

Javier Shocron

Tech Manager at Maverick Ventures Israel

avier served as an officer in an elite unit in the Intelligence Corps of the IDF in several management positions for over 7 years. His main focus was on Information Technologies. After his military career, he managed a major IT project delivered to the Colombian government. He also worked at Intel, Supercom and for the Israeli Prime Minister’s office. Javier holds a B.Sc in Industrial Engineering and Management from Ben Gurion University and graduated summa cum laude from the University of Haifa with a M.A. in European Studies.

Andrés Saborido

Director at Wayra Spain

Andrés Saborido

Director at Wayra Spain

Mr. Andrés Saborido leads Wayra in Spain, with +500 invested startups worldwide. He has developed businesses between tech-startups and big corporations for the last 8 years. Highly experienced in Open Innovation and passionate about startups and entrepreneurship, Mr. Andrés Saborido fostered seed investment ecosystems in Latam and Europe.

Peter Hsieh

General Partner at Acorn Pacific Ventures

Peter Hsieh

General Partner at Acorn Pacific Ventures

Dr. Peter Hsieh, General Partner of Acorn Pacific Ventures, started his Venture Capital career 20 years ago. He has moved from operations to VC, and vice versa, smoothly several times. He has extensive living, venture capital and executive level professional experiences in Silicon Valley, Beijing, and Taipei. Before moving back to Silicon Valley, Peter served as Chief Strategy Officer of Coretronic Corporation, President of Coretronic Venture Capital, and President of Optoma Corporation. Previously Peter was a partner with AsiaVest Partners in Beijing, and partner with Harbinger Ventures. He was founding team/co-founder of PanoCorp Display Systems and WebEver Inc. Before that, he worked for KLA Instruments in engineering and sales management. He is a board advisor to iSoftStone, a software technology consulting firm headquartered in Beijing, with 30,000 employees worldwide. He is also Vice Chairman of Monte Jade West Science and Technology Association, mentor at AAMA Beijing and AAMA Taipei Cradle Plan. His previous investment exits include IPO’s of OmniVision, Oplink, Applied Optoelectronic Inc, and iSoftStone; as well as M&A’s of Ultima Interconnect (Cadence), U-Systems (GE Medical), Lattice Power (Shunfeng), and Leyou, Peter has a PhD in Ultrasound and Optics from Stanford, and a BS ME from National Taiwan University.

Edouard Plus

Managing Director at Le Swave of Paris&Co

Edouard Plus

Managing Director at Le Swave of Paris&Co

Leader of the "le Swave", largest FinTech incubator in France. In charge of coordination of public and private stakeholders, development of sustainable business model, team management and project leadership

Rutger de Graaf

Director Netherlands Point of Entry at Netherlands Entreprise Agency

Rutger de Graaf

Director Netherlands Point of Entry at Netherlands Entreprise Agency

Rutger de Graaf is working closely with the Dutch ecosystem to open the doors for ambitious startup founders, entrepreneurs and foreign investors. He is highly skilled in Economics, Analysis, International Relations, Research, and Market Analysis. Currently, he is Director Netherlands Point of Entry at Netherlands Entreprise Agency where he advises on residence permits for startups (the Startup Visa), foreign investors, ambitious entrepreneurs & knowledge workers. The agency stimulates entrepreneurs in sustainable, agricultural, innovative and international business and aims to improve opportunities for entrepreneurs, strengthens their position and helps them realise their international ambitions with funding, networking, know-how and compliance with laws and regulations. Prior to this, he was Senior Economic & Commercial Officer at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Amit Pradhan

President at Silicon Valley Blockchain Society

Amit Pradhan

President at Silicon Valley Blockchain Society

A seasoned startup founder, investor and speaker, and spend his time creating, evangelizing and investing in the future of responsible AI and decentralization. A 19-year veteran of Silicon Valley, he has built deep-tech startups with multi-million-dollar revenue streams and focus on technology, startups and systems that have a positive impact on the humans they serve. He is the co-founder & President of the Silicon Valley Blockchain Society, a network of some of the largest Investors, Thinkers, Practitioners and Creators, with Chapters around the globe – with a core mission to ‘Fund the Revolution’ and bring with it a thoughtful and responsible approach to the impact, value and culture in the Decentralized Ecosystem.

Andreas Ehn

Co-founder of Approach (Former Spotify CTO)

Andreas Ehn

Co-founder of Approach (Former Spotify CTO)

Andreas is an angel investor and technology advisor with background funding and working for startups in Stockholm and San Francisco. Andreas was the first employee and chief technology officer (CTO) at Spotify, a music streaming service, where he brought together the world-class tech team to architect and built the platform and product. Subsequently, he co-founded Wrapp, a targeted customer acquisition platform for bricks-and-mortar retailers. Currently based in Singapore, he is a venture partner with Antler, a startup generator operating on four continents.

Craig William Harding

Angel Investor of Band of Angels & Life Science Angels(USA)

Craig William Harding

Angel Investor of Band of Angels & Life Science Angels(USA)

Specialties: in-house legal work, corporate, financings, stock option admin, intellectual property,HR, sales and marketing

Tilo Bonow

Founder and CEO of Piabo

Tilo Bonow

Founder and CEO of Piabo

Tilo Bonow is Founder and CEO of Berlin-based PIABO, premier business performance amplifier and premium brand public relations agency for the international digital industry. He is a platinum-level influencer, networker and driver of success for entrepreneurs in global arenas. His business value creation services diligently mix market savvy, resources and relationships to optimally position his clients on the international stage. Before founding PIABO, Tilo worked as Global Head of Communications alongside Europe’s quintessential digital entrepreneurs, the Samwer brothers. He established PIABO to provide tech entrepreneurs with the dynamics to bring their ideas to market and subsequently grew PIABO’s core business to support entrepreneurs and businesses to actively recognize potentials, identify and achieve growth targets, and ultimately own the market. Marketing Expert Bonow is both truffle pig and investor: he and his team have chronicled a successful track record of exponential growth scenarios marked by successful and sustainable entry and exit strategies. Clients include European and international tech heavyweights, like WeWork, Tinder, Evernote, Yelp, Google, Nokia and GitHub. Tilo Bonow is also a passionate and active supporter of the digital ecosystem as mentor for Axel Springer Plug & Play, Microsoft Ventures and IMB amongst others. In addition he is a dedicated jury member, panelist and moderator at numerous conferences and events, including DLD, Noah, Mobile World Congress, European Venture Summit, Rise conference, Dublin Tech Summit and Pioneers Festival.

Hazumu Yamazaki

Co-founder and CSO of Empath

Hazumu Yamazaki

Co-founder and CSO of Empath

Hazumu is Co-founder and CSO of Empath Inc., developing Emotion AI Empath, which can identify emotion from the voice in real-time regardless of the language. He won Pitch Your Startup at ICT Spring 2018 (Luxembourg), 1776 Challenge Cup Tokyo 2017 (Japan), and Accenture Innovation Award at GITEX 2017 (UAE).

Daniel Profendiner

CTO and Co-founder of Holoride

Daniel Profendiner

CTO and Co-founder of Holoride

Daniel has in-depth experience with 9 years of working in programming and concept development. He has focused on piloted driving and virtual reality technologies, and has developed algorithms for self-driving cars. Before working with holoride, he worked at Audi Electronics Ventures GmbH as lead engineer of immersive in-car technologies. Daniel is a software engineer and data scientist at heart. He is a passionate, hands-on innovator, and loves building products.

Jerry Chen

Investor of Mucker Capital

Jerry Chen

Investor of Mucker Capital

Jerry invests in early-stage startups. Prior to venture capital in US, he worked in global strategy, marketing and consulting with Fortune 500 companies in Europe and Asia, such as Bayer and McKinsey, then had experience building up his own digital health startup. Having MBA, biotech, and engineering in education, he is happy to contribute his multidisciplinary and multicultural experiences to help companies grow.

Sean Moss-Pultz

Co-Founder and CEO at Bitmark

Sean Moss-Pultz

Co-Founder and CEO at Bitmark

Sean Moss-Pultz is an expert in developing technology for consumer electronics and Internet services – with a focus on blockchain related projects. He graduated from U.C. San Diego with bachelor’s degrees in mathematics and physics. Prior to Bitmark Inc., he was a senior executive for EMQ Limited, a financial technology startup which provides secure and lower cost method for transferring funds internationally. Moss-Pultz also launched and was CEO of Openmoko Inc. Recognized as a pioneer of open source hardware, Moss-Pultz led a staff of 80 people to build the first open source phone, a precursor to iPhone and Android smartphones.

Venue

Taipei World Trade Center, Exhibition Hall 1 No.5, Sec. 5, Xinyi Rd., Xinyi Dist., Taipei City 110

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