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2018 Nov 12

Taiwanese Takeaways: What We Learned On Innovation Island

(Original Source from Richard Fuchs of Pioneers.io at https://pioneers.io/blog/post/taiwanese-takeaways-...)While Taiwan is known for its economic achievements and companies such as Foxconn and TSMC, its startup scene tends to get far fewer column inches. That’s starting to change. Some aspects are incredibly strong, while others still have some way to go - but nobody is standing still in Taipei. Here are a few of the trends we noticed after meeting with some of the key players in Taiwanese innovation ecosystem.Want tech talent? Taiwan’s got it!A shortage of bright developers, coders and engineers is a recurring theme in the western world - not even Silicon Valley can ignore it right now. But Taiwanese startups don’t need to go hunting for such talent: there’s plenty at home.A young population, early education programs with a tech focus and some renowned universities have made it a happy hunting ground for any company needing techies. Microsoft, Google and Amazon are planning (or have already established) R&D facilities and data centers in Taiwan, making it a real hub for our generation’s key technologies. That’s making it a little harder for startups now, but that’s only relative: the last ten years were a recruitment paradise for them.Another talent advantage worth mentioning is that Taiwan isn’t just about coders: creating, manufacturing and assembling products is deeply rooted in the culture. If there’s a shortage of anything, in fact, it’s good marketing and sales people.There’s a defined innovation focusUnlike a lot of countries in the region, Taiwan has a clear picture of the innovation profile it wants to have. They’ve targeted prime technologies like Blockchain, 5G and Artificial Intelligence, and have an industry focus on IoT, FinTech, food production and life sciences. The country appears to have moved away from internet startups and e-commerce solutions, rather aiming at deep tech.Aside from this clear distinction to other markets in the area, there’s a competitive edge in terms of labour costs too. From a financial perspective, Taiwan is cheaper than prime startup locations in the USA and Europe, but still with a quality work ethic and considerable tech knowledge.It’s easy to get going in TaiwanTaiwanese people are super helpful, and happy to lend a hand to founders from abroad. The startup scene offers a lot of possibilities. AppWorks, an accelerator/investor that’s been in the game since 2009, is currently hosting its 17th intake of startups, with a focus on AI and Blockchain. FutureWard, essentially a company builder with a strong commitment to fostering a community and owning co-working spaces, is another great landing spot for people landing in Taipei with great ideas. And Anchor Taiwan offers a 30-day starter program for businesses setting up in the country.The government’s getting involvedTaiwan’s government kept out of the startup scene for a long time, but finally it’s pushing entrepreneurship in a big way. Bodies such as the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Ministry of Economic Affairs are providing funding, both directly and through initiatives such as the Asian Silicon Valley and Taiwan Startup Stadium. These look to attract foreign founders at events overseas, and recently the latter has started to bundle investors resources too: the concept is best described as a kind of incubator without specific batches of startups. Another government program worth mentioning is the Taiwan Rapid Prototyping League for Entrepreneurs, which helps to rapidly turn creative ideas into actual products.Behind all of this is the National Development Council, which serves as the strategic lead behind many of these activities.Then there’s a landmark new space, the Taiwan Tech Arena. It’s in the heart of the city and run by the government. Actually located inside a sports stadium, it offers startups several floors to engage and work on their ideas. And another sporty startup space is the even bigger Startup Terrace, currently in development in the former athletes’ village from the 2017 Taipei Universiade.Startup-corporate collaboration is still in its infancyWhile it’s true that big Taiwanese companies have been supporting startups and looked to work with them on breakthrough technologies, few have succeeded so far. A lot of corporates have burned money with minimal outcomes. They’re now turning their attention to innovation units that build their own innovation culture whilst still involving startups. Tech company Lite-On is one example - their Group CTO Bruce Bateman told us he’s seeing promising signs already when we met with him.Big corporates like these are typically market leaders in their fields with have access to advanced manufacturing possibilities. Combining their might with startup vision as already making Taiwan something of a crystal ball for tech inventions.There’s already a Civic Tech culture‘Tech for good’ is an overused term nowadays, but you do get the sense that it means something in Taiwan. Our meetings with Wu Min Hsuan (Deputy Director of the Open Culture Foundation) and Shu Yang Lin (Co-Founder, Public Digital Innovation Space) gave us a sense of that.Since community tech leader Audrey Tang was elected as Digital Minister two years ago, Civic Tech has made its way into government. There are weekly hackathons where issues can be fixed and discussed, and in vTaiwan the country has a platform that’s prototyping an open consultation process, with more than 50,000 regularly active users swelling to 100K for hotly-debated topics.A unique geographical positionTaiwan is surrounded by innovation leaders such as South Korea, Japan, mainland China, Hong Kong and Thailand. Flights as far afield as Singapore are reasonably-priced and last no more than four hours. No other country can tell this story. Startups are increasingly interested in this part of the world as a market, talent pool and a broader innovation community that might one day leave America clutching at its shirt-tails.ConclusionAs FutureWard’s Daniel Lin so elegantly puts it, “Taiwan has all the ingredients.” Even a surprisingly high unemployment rate among people under 30 could count as one of those, since it means plenty have incentive to get into the startup scene.What’s still missing is an acceptance of risk, which is an old problem in the region. Finding that entrepreneurial mindset could help Taiwan position itself as one of the world’s prime startup destinations. In the next few months and years it will be very interesting to see how that plays out.

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2018 Speakers

Prakash Somasundaram

Head of Global Projects for Amazon Launchpad

Prakash Somasundaram

Head of Global Projects for Amazon Launchpad

Mr. Prakash Somasundaram 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.

Kevin Lin

Twitch Co-founder

Kevin Lin

Twitch Co-founder

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.

Tom Vanhoutte

Founder and Managing Partner of imec.xpand

Tom Vanhoutte

Founder and Managing Partner of imec.xpand

Tom Vanhoutte is the founder and managing partner of imec.xpand a Belgian based venture capital fund that turns nanotechnology innovation into global businesses. Tom is a strong believer in giving talented entrepreneurs access to all the tools necessary to build successful ventures. imec.xpand identifies high potential opportunities at a very early stage and matches them with the knowledge, expertise and infrastructure of imec, the world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nano-electronics and digital technologies. The imec.xpand team also believes in well-funded ventures from the very beginning so the entrepreneurs can focus on growing their business without having to worry about raising capital every few months. Prior to founding imec.xpand, Tom built 15 years of relevant private equity and venture capital experience at PwC in New York and at Capricorn Venture Partners where he was CFO, member of the management committee and member of the board. Tom holds a Master’s Degree in business engineering from the KU Leuven.

Raymond Liao

VP and Ventures Managing Director, Samsung NEXT Ventures

Raymond Liao

VP and Ventures Managing Director, Samsung NEXT Ventures

Raymond is a VP at Samsung NEXT and a Managing Director at Samsung NEXT Ventures where he focus on early stage strategic investment on frontier technology and high-growth S/W and services startups. Previously Raymond was the founding CTO of Siemens Industrial Communications business in Germany. He started as an innovator at Siemens Berkeley to commercializing his PhD as a startup but failed post dot-com bubble, then as a spin-in and grew into the market-leading industrial WLAN business. He got his PhD from Columbia University and Master from University of Toronto, all in the field of networks.

Tsai-Yi (Iris) Wu

founder of Ambidio

Tsai-Yi (Iris) Wu

founder of Ambidio

Tsai-Yi (Iris) Wu is the founder and idea generator of Ambidio. She studied medical technology at Taipei Medical University and has a Master’s Degree in Music Technology from New York University. Iris was listed on 40 Under 40 by Prestige, Asia’s Top 50 Rising Tech Stars by Tatler, and a TEDx speaker. She continues to believe in the relentless pursuit of creating different ways to experience sound.

Jeffrey Ling

Startup Ecosystem Builder

Jeffrey Ling

Startup Ecosystem Builder

Jeffrey Ling is a startup ecosystem builder and innovator with particular interest in venture building and corporate innovation in Taiwan and beyond. He founded Entrepreneurs Society of Taiwan in 2011, currently numbering 4300+ members. Thereafter, he held leadership role in two startup ventures before joining Taiwan Startup Stadium, a government-funded project tasked with globalizing the Taiwan startup ecosystem, where he handled, among other things, startup development and investor relations. He has worked with over 100 tech startups covering various verticals. Before his startup-related roles, Jeffrey spent the first 10 years of his career as a legal professional in both New Zealand and Taiwan.

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.

Bruce Bateman

Chief Technology Officer of Smart Life & Application SBG, LITE-ON, Taiwan

Bruce Bateman

Chief Technology Officer of Smart Life & Application SBG, LITE-ON, Taiwan

Experienced Connected City technologist and designer now leading the drive for Smart City planning and technologies. Bruce has been a Serial Entrepreneur, Mentor, Angel Investor, Startup Advisor, Constant Traveler and Lover of Life with unique blend of technical, sales, marketing and customer service skills to help City Planners understand the social, financial benefits by deploying Appropriate technologies. It’s not about the technology it’s about solving a problem. Previous products / projects for the telecom, wearable, IoT, VR, M2M and enterprise industry. Excellent technical and analytic skills, extensive international experience in manufacturing and distribution, with an understanding of different cultures and business practices. Having started or been involved early stages of 9 startups, the experiences of success and failures has given Bruce an open and enlightened view of the startup world.

Adriana Gascoigne

Founder and CEO of Girls In Tech

Adriana Gascoigne

Founder and CEO of Girls In Tech

Adriana is the Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech (GIT), the world’s first group focusing on Millennial women in technology and entrepreneurship. She created GIT in 2007 because of a crucial need she lacked herself at that time in her tech career - a support framework to help women advance their careers in STEM fields. Adriana, who has worked together with tech companies like Indiegogo, Involver (Oracle) as an advisor, Change.org, Social Gaming Network (SGN), and Algentis, and has led GIT to where it is today - with 100,000 members in 60 chapters across the world, and igniting women in tech movements into countries like India, Kuwait, Nigeria, Chile, and Japan. Her background includes key executive roles at Ogilvy & Mather, Interpublic Group of Companies and SecondMarket, the largest secondary trading platform. Adriana is a Singularity University Impact Fellow Scholarship Recipient and holds degrees from the University of California at Davis and El Tecnologico de Monterrey in Aguascalientes, Mexico. She is fluent in Spanish

Amanda Hsu

Managing Partner at Shape Prototype and Co-curator at Women in IoT

Amanda Hsu

Managing Partner at Shape Prototype and Co-curator at Women in IoT

In the past 3 years, Amanda led a product management team helping over 100 tech & IoT startups worldwide in product solutions. Prior to this, she was a lead project manager based in Shenzhen, responsible for projects from Fortune 500 companies. Before working in Asia, she had worked in the UK as a B2B marketing specialist in a multinational industry manufacturer. She graduated from Leeds Business School with a MSc in Marketing Management. She is passionate about entrepreneurship. She believes technology can positively change lives, and her work is to be one of the enablers to push things happen

Andrew Tan

Managing Partner of TinkBig Venture Limited

Andrew Tan

Managing Partner of TinkBig Venture Limited

Andrew is a serial entrepreneur and the founding partner in TinkBig Venture where he is managing partner of the firm’s investment and management team. He is also currently the CEO of CrowdPlus Asia, one of the 6 license holder for equity crowdfunding platform in Malaysia that is regulated by the Securities Commission of Malaysia. Prior to TinkBig, Andrew was chief business development officer and a financial-services investor at Appshack Asia. While at Appshack, he led investments in seven startup deals with other co VC. Prior to that, Andrew was a private-equity investor where he regularly advised his limited Partners on private-equity deals and fund formation. Before that he successfully listed his company at the MESDAQ Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur Securities Exchange where learned the intricacies of the stock market

Artur Kadurin

CEO of Insilico Taiwan

Artur Kadurin

CEO of Insilico Taiwan

Artur Kadurin is Chief AI Officer at Insilico Medicine, and CEO Insilico Taiwan - companies utilizing Deep Learning techniques for drug discovery and aging research. He has strong mathematical background and experience in all flavors of Data Science, Machine Learning and Deep Learning. Prior to Insilico Medicine, he worked at Mail.ru Group - one of the biggest European IT company as the lead data scientist, where he built from scratch user segmentation system for biggest in Russia advertising system.

Jerry Damon Chang

Founder of STEEP Accelerator, USA

Jerry Damon Chang

Founder of STEEP Accelerator, USA

Business Development Executive and Product Manager with 10 years experience creating web applications, dashboards and data algorithms. Concentration on social media data sets including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. Focus in marketing-tech & ad-tech. 7 years of entrepreneurship experience as founder: Spring 2013 Fortify Ventures Accelerator Program, 2015 Capital Factory Incubator company, and 1776 member company in Washington, DC. Project management experience in web and embedded solutions, film and TV sets.

David Weng

CTO of Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency

David Weng

CTO of Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency

David Weng is an angel investor with a track record of bringing startup companies to successful IPOs, mergers and acquisitions. He has invested in about 80 early stage high technology companies. Some of the more notable successes include the Netscreen Technologies IPO and its acquisition by Juniper Networks for US$4 billions in 2004, and Protego Networks’ acquisitions by Cisco Systems. Prior to his investment projects, David served as Software Engineering Director at Cisco Systems and at Hewlett-Packard before that Mr. Weng has over 20 years of experience in software engineering and Internet Technologies. He is President of the Silicon Valley Taiwan Angels Group and on the board of San Jose State University Tower Foundation as David received his M.S. in Computer Science Engineering from San Jose State University in 1983. Asia Silicon Valley Development initiative, which aims to make Taiwan a hub for internet-based innovation and entrepreneurship in Asia, is a major component of Taiwan’s economic reform agenda. Mr. Weng is one of the architects of Asia Silicon Valley Development Initiative and serves as the Chief Investment Officer.

Dominik Schiener

CoFounder of IOTA Foundation

Dominik Schiener

CoFounder of IOTA Foundation

I'm a passionate and aspiring entrepreneur. I'm currently working on several projects that make use of the Blockchain and Smart Contract to create new and socially impactful applications. I'm specifically interested in new Governance solutions that make use of both, collective intelligence and new technologies to create more efficient, cheaper and transparent systems.

Jane Hsu

Director of IOX Center of NTU

Jane Hsu

Director of IOX Center of NTU

Jane Hsu is a professor and department chair of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National Taiwan University. Her research interests include multi-agent systems, intelligent data analysis, commonsense knowledge, and context-aware computing. Prof. Hsu is the director of the Intel-NTU Connected Context Computing Center, featuring global research collaboration among NTU, Intel, and the National Science Council of Taiwan. She serves on the editorial board of Journal of Information Science and Engineering (2010-), International Journal of Service Oriented Computing and Applications (Springer, 2007-2009) and Intelligent Data Analysis (Elsevier/IOS Press, 1997-2002). She is actively involved in many key international AI conferences as organizers and members of the program committee. In addition to serving as the President of Taiwanese Association for Artificial Intelligence (2013-2014), Prof. Hsu has been a member of AAAI, IEEE, ACM, Phi Tau Phi, and an executive committee member of the IEEE Technical Committee on E-Commerce (2000) and TAAI (2004-current).

Ching Yao Huang

Chairman of Chinese Business Incubation Association(CBIA)

Ching Yao Huang

Chairman of Chinese Business Incubation Association(CBIA)

Before joining NCTU in 2002, Dr. Huang was with Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies where he was a project leader of 3.5G cellular system development. Dr. Huang was the recipient of "Bell Labs Team Award" in 2003, "Best Paper Award" from IEEE Vehicular Technology Conference in 2004, and "Outstanding Achievement Award" from National Chiao Tung University in the years of 2007-2015. Besides Dr. Huang's academic achievement, Dr. Huang and his team were awarded the "Best Industry Contribution" from the Minister of Economic Affairs in 2013 due to the contribution in IPR management and innovation ecosystem. In 2013, Dr. Huang further established the first University Business Accelerator in Taiwan, called "Center of Industry Accelerator and Patent Strategy". With more than 50 universities participated, the center carries two national missions in both business acceleration for startups and IPR alliance. The center is UBI index (Sweden) ranked 7 global Incubator/accelerator in 2014 and 2015.

Jinger Zeng

ARM Innovator and Business Development Specialist at Auterion

Jinger Zeng

ARM Innovator and Business Development Specialist at Auterion

Jinger Zeng is a technologist and entrepreneur from United States currently living in Mainland China. She loves to bring people together to solve meaningful problems using technology. She is a mechanical engineer by training, and led a team in the development and realization of a net-zero solar house that won international award when she was at University of Nevada Las Vegas. She then co-founded Dronesmith Technologies in 2014, a company that develops drone hardware and software for developers and corporates. She is an alumni founder of two accelerators - Women’s Startup Lab and Techstars IoT. In 2016, she is one of the five “Outstanding Young Persons” honorees of Japan. Her experience spans across product, marketing, business development, and management. She is an evangelist of open source and maker movement, and specializes in cross-boarder innovation projects. Currently, she works for Swiss startup Auterion, heading its platform adoption and community building in Asia

Kelly Liao

Co-Founder of KuoBrothers Corp.

Kelly Liao

Co-Founder of KuoBrothers Corp.

Kelly is a Taiwan famous female serial entrepreneur. She graduated from National Taiwan University. Kelly joined the Atlaspost.com, under her leadership, this company envolved as top 3 social network website in Taiwan. The company was acquired by Groupon. She became the co-founder and CMO of Grupon Taiwan. After that, she founded the Kuobrothers Corp. with her husband (Andy Kuo) and his family. Kuobrothers made its official IPO in Taiwan’s capital market and reaches 100 millions USD in 2017.

Kevin Yu

Founder of Taiwan Accelerator

Kevin Yu

Founder of Taiwan Accelerator

As a serial entrepreneur, Kevin began his first business at 23, and has raised a total of USD240 million for his own companies and other startups. He is the co-founder of MZ Group, helping more than 500 companies in 11 countries with public listing and investor relations management. Founded by Kevin in 2015, IRTC has already trained more than 300 CEOs / CFOs / IROs, assisting public companies in creating shareholder value and enhancing international competitiveness.

Noa Lifshitz

CEO of Noa's Mark

Noa Lifshitz

CEO of Noa's Mark

Noa's Mark founder and CEO Noa Lifshitz has over 10 years of marketing experience and has worked with numerous Israeli companies helping them achieve their business goals. At Noa's Mark, she now consults for companies in Taiwan, China, Singapore, and Israel on their business plans, marketing strategies, and fundraising campaigns, and has helped Asian companies raise millions of dollars from international VCs. Coming from the startup nation of Israel, Noa teaches ambitious entrepreneurs how to efficiently communicate with diverse audiences around the world as well as how to build effective ventures that not only raise funds but also achieve long-term success. She studied psychology in the Open University of Israel, managed a sales division for Israel’s largest paper manufacturer (Glil On), was a manager at a premium wines store chain (Wineways). assistant to Marketing VP, in charge of business partnerships, content marketing, and B2C sales for Israel’s leading interior doors manufacturer (Pandoor), marketing manager for Perion (TLV: PERI), one of Israel’s leading tech companies. She has a total of 12 years’ experience in sales, marketing, and business development; and pro bono work with young startups, animal rights organizations and other charity organizations.

Phillip Kemp

CEO of Business Foundations Inc, Australia

Phillip Kemp

CEO of Business Foundations Inc, Australia

Phillip Kemp is a startup professional, small business expert, commercialization consultant, an innovator, advisor to governments, public speaker and blogger. Phil loves working with people who are starting a business, growing their company, creating new products, being innovative, looking to export, changing the status quo or just trying to do their bit to make the world a better place. Phil has been doing this for a long time, after starting his own agriculture technology business as he left the science labs at UWA. His first business made 'beer and rent' money but taught him how to start up and take a technology to market. He loved doing it for himself and gets his kicks from helping others do the same. Phil has gone on to study business after being selected to be a Churchill Fellow in the year 2000, recently finishing a Masters research thesis on how business incubators actually assist startups grow and develop.

Pochang Wu

Managing Partner of KKFARM

Pochang Wu

Managing Partner of KKFARM

Managing Partner at KKFARM, frontman of Taiwanese indie rock band "Echo", founder of Taiwan's first e-music store iNDIEVOX.

Rajendra Jagdale

Director General CEO of Science and Technology Park, India

Rajendra Jagdale

Director General CEO of Science and Technology Park, India

Dr. Rajendra P.Jagdale, Ph.D. is a Director General of Science and Technology Park, a not for profit autonomous institute established by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India and it is hosted by University of Pune. The Park acts as a bridge between industries and academia to make available resources and expertise from academia, research and development labs to industries. Dr. Rajendra Jagdale was instrumental in making Indian Universitirs ‘Technology Database that showcases some of the emerging technologies and potential of researchers from Indian Universities. This database was made for University Grants Commission, Govt. of India and supported by UN-Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT). Dr. Jagdale is a trainer in Entrepreneurship and mentor for several start-up companies and works closely with DST’s Technology Business Incubation and Innovation Management Programmes. His major areas of expertise are Urban e-transformation using Science and Technology tools, IT open source and freeware, Intellectual Property Management and Technology transfer, Business incubation and promoting Innovation driven cluster development. Due to his initiative Science and Technology Park developed and launched India’s most robust GIS based e-transformation called GISDA (GIS for Dynamic Administration).

Renee Yeh

Lead Interpreter/Translator

Renee Yeh

Lead Interpreter/Translator

Renee is a serial founder and an experienced interpreter. She masters the art of storytelling to communicate big ideas. Appreciates discussions about: startups, entrepreneurship, making technologies accessible, making technologies friendly, turning users into evangelists, just to name a few.

Sansanee Huabsomboon

Director of Technology Business incubation Center, NSTDA

Sansanee Huabsomboon

Director of Technology Business incubation Center, NSTDA

From many years’ experiences of fostering & incubating New Technology Entrepreneurs through Business Incubation Center programs of NSTDA. Being a judge and speaker of many stages of Technology competition and startup competitions as Microsoft Imagine Cup (Thailand), AIS The startup, etc. Today Sansanee is one of the key persons to set strategic move of Thailand about Startup ecosystem under Ministry of Science and Technology such as “Startup Thailand 2016” which is the biggest event of startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia. There are 36,000 attendees joining the events from all over the globe.

Stephanie Tang

Managing Director of Rookie Fund

Stephanie Tang

Managing Director of Rookie Fund

Stephanie is a recent Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree of 2018 and Managing Director at Rookie Fund, a student-run venture fund investing in the best student startups in Asia. She oversees recruiting and curriculum, provides guidance to the Rookies in investment and portfolio management, and maintains and grows the mentor network. She was formerly Manager of the Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance at HTC Vive, a venture alliance focusing on VR investments. Prior to that, she handled Business Development for Zoodles, an edtech startup. She has a BA in Economics from Oberlin College and is a recent honoree of Forbes' 30 under 30 Asia, 2018.

Tsung-Ching Wu

CTO of Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency

Tsung-Ching Wu

CTO of Asia Silicon Valley Development Agency

T.C. Wu is a Corporate Executive and Technical Professional in Semiconduictor Industry for more than 35 years. He held a BSEE degree from National Taiwan University in Taipei Taiwan, ROC, a MSES degree from the State University of New York in Stony Brook, New York, USA and a Ph.D. degree in EE from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. After getting his Ph.D. degree in March 1981m T.C. started his career in the Silicon Valley focusing on R&D in semiconductor devices and technologies. He first joined SEEQ Technology in San Jose, California as Technology Development Manager. In December 1984, T.C. and two other executives of SEEQ Technology started Atmel Cooperation (listed in NESDAQ symbol ATML). He has been in Atmel for more than 31 years.

Yu Chuan Jack Li

Dean & Distinguished Professor, College of Medical Science and Technology, Taipei Medical University

Yu Chuan Jack Li

Dean & Distinguished Professor, College of Medical Science and Technology, Taipei Medical University

Dr. Li is the Chief & Dermatologist,Division of Dermatology/Center for Cosmetic and Laser, Taipei Municipal Wanfang Hospital and Editor-in-Chief, International Journal for Quality in Health Care (published jointly by Oxford University Press and ISQua). In addition, he is also the editor-in-Chief, Journal of Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine (an SCI scientific journal).

Yuma Saito

Founder & General Director of Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support

Yuma Saito

Founder & General Director of Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support

Coming from audit background, Yuma found his passion in supporting startups and founded Tohmatsu Venture support inside Deloitte in 2010. The company has since grown from one person to over 150 people globally. He is the pioneer of Deloitte Startup Support Business. He founded Deloitte Tohmatsu Venture Support in 2010. The company has grown from one person to 150+. In his Startup Ecosystem Development, he had originated Morning Pitch, an early-morning weekly pitch event that has contributed to 15 IPOs and over 200 business alliances. Engaged in support of over 3,000 startups in Japan, new business creation for over 500 large corporations and policymaking for government agencies. For his personal public appearances, he was selected on Nikkei Most Influential People in Japan list. Several newspaper appearances in major Japanese newspapers. Given keynote speeches in national startup events, Sisa start-up forum (South Korea) and more.

Andrew Batten

Managing Director of Hyperform Consulting

Andrew Batten

Managing Director of Hyperform Consulting

Andrew Batten started his 30-year career with BT in the UK specializing in Product Development – also the topic of his MBA thesis. For the last 15 years he was based on APAC, providing consulting services before joining EY also as a Regional Director of Consulting. He now works as an Independent Consultant.

Anis Uzzaman

CEO, General Partner of Fenox Venture Capital

Anis Uzzaman

CEO, General Partner of Fenox Venture Capital

Anis Uzzaman, Ph.D is the General Partner and founding member of Fenox Venture Capital. He serves as the Chief Executive of the company, overlooking overall management and operations. As a leader of the IBM and Cadence Management Teams, Anis led numerous strategic investments in the software development, microelectronics, and e-commerce space. A serial entrepreneur in the retail and technological sectors, Anis provides mentorship in fundraising, operations, and exit strategy to entrepreneurs. Anis has invested in over 60

Ching-Yung Lin

CEO of Graphen, Inc

Ching-Yung Lin

CEO of Graphen, Inc

Dr. Ching-Yung Lin is the CEO of Graphen, Inc., a startup company dedicated to developing next-generation Artificial Intelligence technologies, especially for novel solutions in the Financial Services industry and the Healthcare industry. Before June 2017, He was the IBM Chief Scientist, in the area of Graph Computing, and an IBM Distinguished Researcher. He created and led the Network Science and Machine Intelligence Department in IBM T. J. Watson Research Center. He has been an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University since 2005 and was also an Affiliate Professor at the University of Washington 2003-2009 and an Adjunct Professor at NYU in 2014.

Ed Deng

Co-Founder and CEO of Health2Sync Inc

Ed Deng

Co-Founder and CEO of Health2Sync Inc

Ed Deng is the Co-Founder and CEO of Health2Sync; he co-founded Health2Sync after witnessing many in his family battle diabetes and learning what works in managing diabetes. Prior to Health2Sync, Ed was Chief marketing Officer of Hesine Technologies, and end-to-end push-platform for mobile devices, which was acquired by NQ Mobile. Ed started his career as an Investment Banker at Lehman Brothers’ Technology Mergers & Acquisitions Group in Palo Alto, CA. Ed obtained a BS in Finance from McIntire School of Commerce at The University of Virginia.

Hanlin Tang

Principal Engineer of AI Products Group of Intel

Hanlin Tang

Principal Engineer of AI Products Group of Intel

I lead several AI projects for Intel's AI Products Group. I joined recently from Intel's acquisition of the deep learning startup Nervana Systems. At Intel and Nervana, I contribute to development of our deep learning framework neon and design computer vision algorithms for applications ranging from satellite imagery to computational neuroscience. I spent several years at RAND Corporation, conducing mathematical analysis for DARPA, US Navy, and IC agencies. I obtained my PhD from Harvard University, where I combined neuroscience experiments with computational modeling to investigate the role of recurrent neural networks in human vision. During my undergraduate work in physics, I constructed Ising models to describe the statistical patterns of neuronal spiking in retinal ganglion cells. My research has appeared in scientific journals such as Neuron, Scientific Reports, and eLife.

Jennifer Wang

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of National Cheng-Chi University

Jennifer Wang

Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of National Cheng-Chi University

Professor Jennifer Wang is the Distinguished Professor and Vice President at National Cheng-Chi University. She is the chairman of Fintech Research Center at National Cheng-Chi University. She is also the current President of Pension Funds Association in Taiwan. For the past three years, she has served as the Chairperson of the Financial Supervisory Commission in Taiwan. Professor Wang was also elected as a board member of both the American Risk and Insurance Association and the Asia-Pacific Risk and Insurance Association. She was also the president of Taiwan Risk and Insurance Association (TRIA).

Jesse Chen

CEO of Global Academia & Industry Alliance of NCKU

Jesse Chen

CEO of Global Academia & Industry Alliance of NCKU

Co-founded BusLogic in 1988 and served as CEO till it was acquired in 1996 (now part of IBM). BusLogic designed, produced & marketed ASIC, PC board and software for IT and storage industries. Investors received 60 times return in 6 years. Dick Kramlich of NEA was my board of director who was original Apple investor. Co-founded Maton Venture in 1997 and invested in 33 technology companies with 6 IPO and 9 M&A. All 6 CEO of the IPO were the founders of the companies. (AATI, ENVI, OVTI, OPLK, IET, SYSCAN) Served as Chairman of Monte Jade Science and Technology Association from 1998 to 2000 and its US West (Silicon Valley) Chapter from 1997 to 1998. Initiated and organized the first Wall Street style Investment Conference for the Taiwanese / Chinese community with over 150 VCs from Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Japan attended. Founded SVT (Silicon Valley Taiwan) Angels in 2013 and served as Chairman till 2016. (Members include all major Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists from Taiwan.) Started the Silicon Valley Immersion Program invited and selected many start up teams from Taiwan to stay in Silicon Valley for 3 months with mentorship support.

Kevin McSpadden

Editor at e27

Kevin McSpadden

Editor at e27

As the Editor at e27 his main focus is to steer the ship for content and make long-term decisions for the editorial side of the company. He learned the journalism trade at the University of Hong Kong. Professionally, Kevin cut his teeth as a Production Assistant at Reuters and a reporting intern at TIME. In 2015 he took the leap of faith to move to an unknown city and begin working at e27. When not working, Kevin likes to spend time outdoors exploring as much as is reasonably possible.

Kyle Chen

Director of Community and Media, Business Next Media corp. & Curator of Meet Taipei Startup Festival

Kyle Chen

Director of Community and Media, Business Next Media corp. & Curator of Meet Taipei Startup Festival

Joined Business Next Media Corp. as a marketing and event coordinator in 2011. Started to work as the community manager of Meet, the biggest startup community in Taiwan, also a platform for startup founders to find opportunities of investment, startup resources, and global network. Discovered more than 500 startup companies via one by one interviews. Started to join the curation team of Meet Taipei Startup Festival, the first and biggest startup festival from local to global since 2014. In the 3 days event in 2017, there have been 400 booths (including 100 foreign startups), 20 different programs on 4 stages, 70+ global speakers and investors, 200+ sets of investor/startup match making, and 68,800 visits in total.

Li-Chen Fu

Distinguished Professor of National Taiwan University

Li-Chen Fu

Distinguished Professor of National Taiwan University

Prof. Li-Chen Fu graduated from Dept. of Electrical Engineering, National Taiwan University. After two year military service, he went to U.C. Berkeley to study Ph.D. in Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science taking advantage of exchange scholarship recipient in the field of System Engineering offered by the government. In year 1987, right after Prof. Fu finished his study, he returned to his home country and got join employment from both Dept. of Electrical Engineering and Dept. of Computer Science and Information Engineering at National Taiwan University, where he actively researched in the areas of control, mechatronics, robotics and automation, information technology, and artificial intelligence, etc. At the beginning, although teaching was highly advocated in the academia, he thought quality of research of professors generally affects the strength of science & technology as well as national defense of a nation, and even the growth of her economy. In consequence, he pursued not only high quality teaching, which won him a Distinguished Teaching Award from Ministry of Education in 1994, but also extraordinary research, and both last forever so that Prof. Fu has already been highly recognized in the fields of Control and of Robotics and Automation.

Mahesh Bhatia

Executive Director of noodle.ai

Mahesh Bhatia

Executive Director of noodle.ai

As an entrepreneurial executive scaling up my third venture, I have been immersed in starting and growing new businesses over the last 15+ years. During this time, I have also relished being a sounding board to dozens of founders of early-stage startups. Before founding my first venture, I enjoyed eight exhilarating years of wide-ranging research (how corporations run experiments, history and evolution of software services industry, diagnostic applications of image processing & neural networks) at top-ranked academic institutions. I excel in developing emerging businesses by taking new products and solutions to the market (including, being actively involved in figuring out product-market fit when required), building teams that win business across multiple industry verticals, developing key programs and capabilities that serve as a foundation for world-class business units, and building solid relationships with C-Level executives from early stage ventures to the Fortune 500. I successfully combine a multidisciplinary background that includes graduate degrees from Stanford, MIT, and IIT, with standout business and communication skills—a key factor in my ability to consistently redefine what is possible.

Mars Hsu

Executive of IBM Cloud

Mars Hsu

Executive of IBM Cloud

Mr. Mars Hsu first joined IBM Taiwan in 2000 as a sales representative and in 2004 because the director of IBM global financing to help create more business values for clients. He has also been in charge of IBM’s software department in 2007, WebSphere in 2009 assisting clients with company integration. In 2014, Mr. Mars started leading the four departments of WebSphere, Rational, Security and Cloud Software providing different market strategies and direct policy making. From January 2016, Mr. Mars Hsu became the Executive of IBM Cloud Taiwan, and works to develop Innovative Cloud product, Marketing strategy planning, IBM Cloud Product branding, managing Cloud Service Profitability and build Cloud Ecosystem to strong up IBM channel and system enhancement. Mr. Mars Hsu has a bachelor degree in Economics from National Cheng Chi University of Taiwan and master degree in Economics from University of Webminister of UK.

Michael J Chang

Director of AI R&D Center of Taiwan Microsoft

Michael J Chang

Director of AI R&D Center of Taiwan Microsoft

Mr. Michael Chang has been working in Microsoft for more than 20 years. During his time at Microsoft headquarter in the US, he has been working on development of Office products and helped generate enormous revenue for the company. He returned to Taiwan in 2004 and started leading R&D department of over a hundred engineers in Taiwan and China. In 2018, Microsoft has established Artificial Intelligence Research and Development Center in Taiwan and Mr. Michael Chang is appointed the Director keep working create more values for Microsoft users.

Minesh Pore

Head of Startup Launchpad at Global Sources

Minesh Pore

Head of Startup Launchpad at Global Sources

Minesh is a highly regarded global trade expert with over 15 years’ experience leading multinational organizations in corporate transformation, business development, and strategic planning. Mr. Pore is currently the Director of International Business at Global Sources and Head of Startup Launchpad (SULP), a division dedicated to developing the global startup ecosystem through business conferences, investor-focused events, mentoring, manufacturing and supply-chain expertise, and direct access to global buyers. Startup Launchpad organizes Asia’s largest hardware startup tradeshow in Hong Kong every spring and fall, offering exhibitors access to distribution, manufacturing and thought leadership. The show provides companies with access to 60,000+ distributors and some of the largest and most recognized

Rich Fuh

Manager of Taiwan Tech Arena, MOST

Rich Fuh

Manager of Taiwan Tech Arena, MOST

Rich is responsible for Taiwan Tech Arena, a flagship tech startups ecosystem building program funded by Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan. Rich has extensive experience in tech industry from startups, local Taiwan company to Fortune Top 50 company in high tech area in Taiwan and US. Rich loves new things and have a big passion in working with people to use technology and innovation to make the world a better one.

Sansanee Huabsomboon

Director of Technology Business incubation Center, NSTDA

Sansanee Huabsomboon

Director of Technology Business incubation Center, NSTDA

From many years ’s experiences of fostering & incubating New Technology Entrepreneurs through Business Incubation Center of NSTDA. Being a judge committee and speaker of many stages of Technology Business competition and Startup pitching challenges of Domestic and International. Today Sansanee is one of the key person to set strategic move of Thailand about Startup ecosystem under Ministry of Science and Technology. She is one of “Startup Thailand” Core team to initiate new programs to strengthen Thai Startup and fulfil Thai Startup ecosystem and policy support.

Sean Moss-Pultz

Co-Founder and CEO of Bitmark

Sean Moss-Pultz

Co-Founder and CEO of 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.

Simon See

Senior Director of Solution Architecture & Engineering

Simon See

Senior Director of Solution Architecture & Engineering

rof. Simon See is currently the Solution Architecture and Engineering Director and Chief Solution Architect for Nvidia AI Technology Center. He is also a Professor and Chief Scientific Computing Officer in Shanghai Jiao Tong University. Prof. See is also the Chief Scientific Computing Advisor for BGI (China) and has a position in NanyangTechnological University (Singapore) and King-Mong Kung University of Technology (Thailand). Prof See is currently involved in a number of smart city projects, especially in Singapore and China. His research interests are in the area of High Performance Computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, machine learning, computational science, Applied Mathematics, and simulation methodology. Prof. See is also leading some of the AI initiatives in Asia Pacific. He has published over 200 papers in these areas and has won various awards. Prof. See is also a member of SIAM, IEEE, and IET. He also a committee member of more than 50 conferences. Prof. See graduated from University of Salford (UK) with a Ph.D. in electrical engineering and numerical analysis in 1993. Prior to joining NVIDIA, Prof. See worked for SGI, DSO National Lab. of Singapore, IBM, International Simulation Ltd (UK), Sun Microsystems, and Oracle. He is also providing consultancy to a number of national research and supercomputing centers.

Jason Chang

VP of TRIPLE

Jason Chang

VP of TRIPLE

Mr. Jason Chang is the Division Director in the Commercialization and Industry Service Center (CIS) / Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and VP of TRIPLE (Taiwan Rapid Innovation Prototyping League for Entrepreneurs). Before joining the ITRI in Oct. 2006, he was the marketing head in a new venture of biotech. He joined ITRI in 2006 and had spent more than 9 years in the areas of business development and technology transfer. In 2015, he was assigned to be responsible for new venture business in ITRI. At the same time, he joined the program of Taiwan Rapid Innovation Prototyping League for Entrepreneurs (TRIPLE) which is trying to makeup worldwide startups with Taiwan manufacturing strength. Mr. Jason Chang received his BS degree in Chemistry from National Tsing-Hua University in 1993, and MS degree in Molecular Biology from University of Southern California in 1998. Mr. Chang has published more than 10 Business and Intellectual Property Right-related articles and granted around 10 patents of US, Taiwan and China.

Venue

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

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