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.
2018 Jun 10
COMPUTEX 2018 Ends with Great Success
COMPUTEX 2018 concluded in great success today, as the five-day event attracted 42,284 international visitors from 168 countries, up almost 1% from last year. According to TAITRA, the top 10 countries or regions with the highest turnout, in order, are: the USA, Japan, China, Hong Kong, S. Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Germany, India, Philippines. COMPUTEX 2018 featured six themes, including “AI”, “5G”, “Blockchain”, “IoT”, “Innovations & Startups”, and “Gaming & VR”. Through a series of exhibitions, forums and procurement meetings, the event connected industry value chains by providing technology companies and startups the best platform for promotion and interaction. Moreover, InnoVEX attracted 17,687 visitors in a short 3-day period, an increase of over 18% from last year.As AI technology matures and IoT applications proliferate, two technologies converge and become the rapidly emerging AIoT, and COMPUTEX 2018 responded to this trend. In addition to servers designed for AI computing and big data storage, Gigabyte leveraged software resources of its partners and rolled out a hybrid cloud for AI and data analytics, carrying out the company’s AIoT roadmap into practice. Compal introduced an all-round solution that combines professional advanced design and cloud computing. The company also demonstrated various product lines for smart homes and smart healthcare, offering users a brand new sensory experience that is more personalized. VIVOTEK’s next-generation smart camera with image analysis capabilities and built-in deep learning algorithms can generate added value for the retail sectors, as it can accurately calculate the number of people and the length of time they stay in a shop.At the COMPUTEX Forum, leading companies shared the latest trends and insights on AIoT as technology propels the global technology industry into a smarter future. Deepu Talla, Vice President and General Manager of Autonomous Machines at NVIDIA, said as AI is adopted in more scenarios, GPU is not just about speeding up supercomputers, but it can also be used in the development of AI to make big changes in the technology industry. In particular, NVIDIA sees great potential for GPU in the manufacturing market. Allan Yang, Chief Technology Officer at Advantech, said since the manufacturing sectors account for an average 30% of GDP in most countries, introducing IoT or AI into smart factories or other smart manufacturing scenarios will increase the world’s overall output value.Exciting visions of smart living were everywhere at InnoVEX this year, as one third of the event’s 388 startup exhibitors from 21 countries demonstrated AI-related technologies or applications. And in response to the rise of “girl power”, the InnoVEX Forum added the theme of “women entrepreneurship” for the first time this year. Adriana Gascoigne, Founder & CEO of Girls in Tech— the world’s first non-profit organization that focuses on millennial women’s roles in technology and as business founders— spoke at the forum and shared her decade-long experience in the technology industry. She said gender diversity at workplace can help teams or companies create better products and services. As only 25% of the workers in the U.S. technology industry are women, she hoped to introduce different resources to support women entrepreneurs in the technology industry, and at the same time increase diversity and possibilities for the industry.To incubate unicorn companies of world-class caliber and the industry’s next new stars, COMPUTEX 2018 teamed up with private companies and the government to raise a prize pool of US$350,000 for the InnoVEX Pitch Contest. This year’s grand prize was awarded to Bioinspira. “Since 1981, COMPUTEX has been an important platform of business matchmaking, brand awareness building and product marketing for companies in Taiwan and abroad. A top-choice for companies to launch epoch-making products, the event continues to lead industry trends as it seeks to build a broader global technology ecosystem. This year, 1,602 exhibitors from 30 countries showcase a total of 5,015 booths. When the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 2 is open next year, the scale of this event will be able to increase to accommodate more companies to show the world their best. It will bring more innovative momentum to COMPUTEX as we join companies around the world to demonstrate technology power to disrupt businesses and reinvent lifestyles,” said Ms. Leonor Lin, TAITRA Executive Vice President.
2018 Jun 04
COMPUTEX 2018 Leads the Global Technology Trends to Build Global Technology Ecosystems
COMPUTEX 2018 will kick off tomorrow, June 5th. Today, a COMPUTEX 2018 International Press Conference was held unveiling the highlights and features of the upcoming 5-day exhibition and the winners of this year’s COMPUTEX d&i awards. COMPUTEX 2018 will gather a total of 1,602 exhibitors from 30 countries, using 5,015 booths, while InnoVEX just achieved a record-breaking number of 388 startups from 21 countries participating, demonstrating COMPUTEX’s technical capacity to build global technology ecosystems with global partners.Innovative thinking is critical for enterprises to break free from constraints and expedite transformation. COMPUTEX d&i awards, in its 11th years, added 3 specialty awards in the categories of “IoT”, “Startups”, and “Applications & Solutions”. Among a total of 212 applications from 10 countries, 5 key criteria, including “Innovation and Elaboration”, “Functionality”, “Aesthetics”, “Responsibility” and “Positioning” were used to select 60 ground-breaking innovations. In particular, the “Systems + Mobile Communication” category garnered the most awards, including the following ten exceptional, innovative companies, namely BLEUJOUR, WINCOMM, Acer, Senor Tech, ASUS, ZOTAC, MSI, Cincoze, Dell and Lenovo. All of the awarded products will be on display during COMPUTEX 2018 on the 4F Light Gallery of Nangang Exhibition Center. They will also go on a display tour to major ICT exhibitions around the world, in the hope to encourage corporations to integrate applications across different fields and demonstrate their technology innovation capacities around the world.As a benchmark for global B2B professional technology exhibition, COMPUTEX continues to evolve with time. This year, hottest topics, including “5G” and “Blockchain”, as well as “AI”, “IoT”, “Innovations & Startups”, and “Gaming & VR” continue to be the focus. COMPUTEX 2018 utilizes 4 major exhibition venues, including TWTC Exhibition Hall 1, TWTC Exhibition Hall 3, Nangang Exhibition Hall 1 and TICC to construct a diverse exchange platform for showcasing. In particular, two major international gaming competitions have joined the forces, “Cooler Master Overclocking” and “ZOTAC CUP MASTERS” are present to bring together top gamers. The gaming competitions are expected to be another highlight of COMPUTEX, instilling passion and boundless energy to this gathering.Moreover, the forums held during COMPUTEX always lead the latest technology trends where the attendees can also interact directly with heavyweight industry leaders from Taiwan and abroad to foster new thinking. COMPUTEX Forum has invited Amazon, ARM, Gartner, Intel, Advantech, NVIDIA, NXP as well as first-time participants, Google, Microsoft, Lite-On Technology Corp., and other technology giants to discuss 3 major themes, namely “AI Session”, “Future Trends”, and “IoT Session”. They will share industry trends and the vision of the future technology ecosystems. InnoVEX Forum, on the other hand, invited Bitmark, KKFARM, Health2Sync to share Blockchain technology trends and industrial applications via a panel discussion. In light of the rise of women power, the Founder of Girls in Tech will personally share her experience as a female startup entrepreneur.“Since its inception, COMPUTEX has continued to grow and expand in scale, and it has also accompanied the growth of the ICT industry every step of the way. This year, we have added two brand new elements, Blockchain and 5G, to display the latest trends to encourage more creative thinking and to assist global technology partners in planning their future markets strategically.” said Mr. Walter Yeh, TAITRA President & CEO.This year, COMPUTEX will be held from June 5th to 9th (InnoVEX, the Innovations and Startups exhibit, will be held from June 6th to 8th). COMPUTEX seeks to provide a strong foundation based on cross-industry integration services to create a new look for future life.
2018 May 30
Semi-final Round list of InnoVEX Pitch Contest 2018
Team A (10:00-13:30) STARWING Technology Co. QARAsoft,lnc OneWatt Solutions Astra Inc. 3Egreen Technology Inc. Construct Studio Inc. 3dRudder Virtualwindow Co., Ltd. Pi Square Co., Ltd. Origami Group Limited Squline ReCactus Limited A-Volute Lightyear Team B (14:00-17:30) Kloudless H3O Inc. TG3D Studio Inc LegalThings One Tempow Adenovo Tech Ltd Mechavision Inc. Beijing Luckey Technology Co., Ltd. FLEXWAVE CO., LTD. BioInspira bloo vision LifeSense Group BRAXX BIOTECH CO.,LTD HEX SAFETY,Inc. Nestech
2018 May 25
Dutch Startup Eco-System seminar on 7th June
Event details:Date: Thursday 7 June 2018 Time: 09:30 – 11:30Venue: Conference room 3, TWTC Hall 1Address: 台北市信義區信義路五段5號 / NO.5, Hsin-Yi Rd., Sec 5, Taipei,Organizers: NTIO Co-organizer: TAITRA, Taiwan Startup Institute, Taiwan Startup StadiumProgram:09:30 - 10:00 Registration 10:00 - 10:20 Introduction Dutch Startup Eco-System by Nils Beers, Director Startup Delta10:20 - 10:40 How to enter the Netherlands as a Startup by Rutger de Graaf, National Entry Point Dutch Enterprise Agency 10:40 - 11:00 LUMO Labs about connecting the Dutch, US and Asian Startup Eco-System 11:00 - 11:30 Networking over coffee & teaStartup Delta - https://www.startupdelta.org/StartupDelta is an independent, not for profit organization founded in 2015, in support of a special envoy for startups. The current special envoy is HRH Prince Constantijn van Oranje. With its unique connection to all layers of government, corporations, and the main innovation hubs in the Netherlands, it has effectively merged the Dutch startup ecosystem into one single connected hub, breaking down barriers and improving access to talent, capital, networks, knowledge, and markets.StartupDelta and its partners are on a mission to create the best innovation ecosystem in Europe in the Netherlands. Start, grow, and expand your business in this gateway to the rest of Europe.LUMO Labs - http://www.lumolabs.io/Andy Lurling is a Dutch serial entrepreneur in the high tech and creative industries. After selling the shares of his company iOpener Media GmbH in Germany in 2011 he started to advise and support start-ups in the high tech and creative industries. Noticing the lack of early stage ‘risk’ capital available for start-ups in Western Europe, Andy founded LUMO labs, a so-called venture builder in 2016. LUMO Labs is a two year venture builder program that besides providing seed funding, actively supports entrepreneurs with a ''hands on'' approach. LUMO labs mission is to facilitate a vibrant ecosystem and stimulate cross-pollination between start-ups. Its focus markets are on big data/deep learning, AI, VR/AR/MR, Blockchain and Robotics/IoT. Andy also is fostering social impact by creating awareness of the need for heightened focus on sustainability as well as creating profitable businesses. Andy divides his time between the Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and Los Angeles (USA) where the first two LUMO Labs are located. Andy holds a degree in Information Management from the Zuyd University of Applied Sciences (The Netherlands), and successfully completed the Master Class Technology, Strategy and Entrepreneurship at Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands).Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/pUUvV5LmXrfXy1yV2 Register here: https://goo.gl/forms/pUUvV5LmXrfXy1yV2
2018 May 16
COMPUTEX 2018 to Focus on Global Innovations as InnoVEX Features Six Highlights and Explores Next Blue-Ocean Opportunities
May 15, 2018, Taipei— COMPUTEX 2018 held a press event today, announcing that 388 startups from 21 countries will participate in InnoVEX this year. In addition to the existing elements of “Display”, “Demo”, “Pitch” and “Forum”, two more sessions (“Workshop” and “Startup Tour”) will be added to InnoVEX to bring more momentum from local and global startups. Representatives from Audi, La France à Taiwan (Business France), the Epoch Foundation’s Garage+, Health2Sync, the Korea Trade Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA), and the Netherlands Trade and Investment Office (NTIO) attended the event as well. “According to Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2018, global venture capital investment in startups hit a decade high in 2017 with over US$140 billion invested in startups. To achieve and build the vision of a smart ecosystem for startups, COMPUTEX incorporates ‘Innovations & Startups’ into its themes this year. We integrate highly resilient elements and forms into the exhibition, creating a dynamic arena for their innovations,” said TAITRA President & CEO, Mr. Walter Yeh.In 2018, InnoVEX will feature six highlights:●DisplayThe number of country pavilions will be four times higher than last year, with a total of 13 countries— including Belgium, Canada, EU, France, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, Singapore and Spain. One-third of the startup exhibitors from abroad are AI related, including CTA (Poland), H3O (Hong Kong), Incubit (Japan), Talentum (Spain), Silexica (Germany) and westwell lab (China).Other exhibitors include Taiwan’s Garage+, CDIB Capital Innovation Accelerator, the Hong Kong-based Zeroth.AI, and MaGIC from Malaysia. World-renowned accelerators and startups, such as Alibaba’s Bitmark and Health25ync, Amazon, CCIA, Deloitte, Fenox Venture Capital, Intel, JAFCO, Telefónica, WI Harper Group and Zhongguancun, will also show up to look for investment targets as the event seeks to facilitate circulation of resources for globalization.●ForumThis year’s InnoVEX forum and keynote speeches will be closely linked to industry trends. With themes focusing on AI, IoT, blockchain, women entrepreneurship, global startup ecosystems, and cross-industryapplication such as digital streaming connecting with audio and video entertainment showcasing the diversity and human development in the startup community● DemoFrench and Polish startups will present demonstrations on June 6. On the same day (from 11:00 am - 12:00 noon), world-renowned accelerators and startups like Audi, Amazon Launchpad and Samsung NEXT will share their global initiatives and cross-industry matching strategies at the Taipei World Trade Center Hall 3. With the goal to connect solutions and services for the very early stage of startup operation to commercialization, these demos can strengthen the startup community’s potential and create a win-win situation.This year’s InnoVEX forum and keynote speeches will be closely linked to industry trends. With themes focusing on AI, IoT, blockchain, women entrepreneurship, global startup ecosystems, and cross-industryapplication such as digital streaming connecting with audio and video entertainment showcasing the diversity and human development in the startup community.● PitchThe semi-final and final of InnoVEX PITCH Contest 2018 will take place on June 7th and 8th, respectively. With cash prizes totaling US$350,000, the contest aims to integrate efforts of COMPUTEX and the private sector in building an international battlefield for unicorn companies and incubating new stars for the industry.● WorkshopThis newly added session will take place on the evening of June 7th, where startup ecosystems in Catalonia, France, Korea, Malaysia, Murcia, and Poland will be introduced with an aim to facilitate collaboration among international teams, helping local startups better confront challenges in the industry as well as connecting to global resources like markets, talents, technologies, systems and laws. It also aims to introduce global niches and policy-making process to local startups and to enable multinational collaboration more innovately at the same time.Meanwhile, SparkAmplify, one of the startup exhibitors from the U.S., will work with organizers and apply its AI-enabled big data core technology to find a new way for startups to solve higher marketing cost in the early stage of operation. A workshop on precision marketing will also be held before the exhibition, so startups can exchange experience and learn how they can complement each other in the community.●Startup TourInternational exhibitors of InnoVEX are welcome to sign up for a June 9th tour to well-known local accelerators such as CDIB, Garage+ and Taiwan Tech Arena. In partnership with the Taiwan Rapid Innovation Prototyping League for Entrepreneurs (TRIPLE), organizers will bring participants to key manufacturers at the Hsinchu Science Park and National Tsing Hua University’s Center of Innovative Incubator where global startups can share their experience and feel the energy of local startups.In addition to a series of InnoVEX activities at the Taipei World Trade Center Hall 3 from June 6th to 8th, Garage+ and Audi will also host events and demos at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center and the Taipei International Conference Center, respectively. With such diversified, highly interactive matchmaking platform, it is certain that the innovative momentum of Taiwan’s ICT sector will be revealed at COMPUTEX, and at the same time prompt local and global startups to brainstorm and find a new technology blue ocean.For more updated info： COMPUTEX website：http://www.computextaipei.com.tw/zh_TW/ COMPUTEX Facebook：https://www.facebook.com/COMPUTEX.TAITRA/
2018 Apr 25
Tech Leaders Attend First COMPUTEX 2018 Press Event
5G, Amazon which participates for the first time, attended the event and discussed trends and opportunities driven by emerging technologies."From cloud computing to big data analytics, AI has been a very popular topic," said TAITRA President & CEO Walter Yeh. "We are seeing emerging applications delivering iconic transformation as well as achievements in various key industries, such as finance, manufacturing, and healthcare. This year, COMPUTEX integrates Blockchain and 5G into its themes for the first time, supporting global tech partners to plan ahead for the next generation technologies while enabling COMPUTEX to continue its journey into the world of building a global technology ecosystem."COMPUTEX 2018 gathers 1,602 exhibitors from 28 countries to showcase in 5,015 booths that cover the complete Information and Communication Technology (ICT) supply chain:The IoT theme includes the special exhibit of SmarTEX which will demonstrate products in seven categories: security, smart healthcare, Internet of Vehicles, smart wearables and sports technologies, AI and big data, smart tech solutions, and smart home and entertainment. Key exhibitors include Microsoft, Intel, EDIMAX, ECS, and Syscom Group.The Innovations & Startups theme includes the InnoVEX exhibit which showcases from June 6th to 8th, with over 300 startups from 19 countries joining the force, a 10% growth from 2017. Up to 40% are international teams, and one-third of these exhibitors are AI related. The section will also include nine pavilions: EU, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain, Poland, Malaysia, Mexico, and Korea, triple than 2017.Gaming & VR zone, established 2 years in a row, will display cutting-edge products and latest developments in the gaming ecosystem from nearly 70 local and international exhibitors.As AI, 5G, Blockchain and other emerging technologies advance, COMPUTEX is committed to offering the best international platform for exhibitors from around the world. Forums and contests this year will continue to support global technology ecosystems:COMPUTEX Forum will gather 15 global tech giants and pioneers to share insights on AI ecosystem, technology prospects, and IoT developments. Speakers will include top executives from AI and IoT leaders such as NVIDIA and Intel, leading research and advisory company Gartner, 5G innovators Qualcomm and Ericsson, Blockchain application leading developer IBM, as well as ARM, NXP, Amazon, Samsung, SUPERMICRO, and National Taiwan University (NTU) AI Lab. They will focus on latest technology trends and industry updates. Based on their observations and perspectives, attendees will envision the next stages of tech innovations.InnoVEX Forum will include visionary startups from around the world that range from Augmented Reality (AR), VR, IoT, AI, wearables, cloud services, and healthcare. They will bring all new technology views as well as offer innovative dynamics at COMPUTEX 2018.COMPUTEX d&i awards showcase interdisciplinary applications, devices and solutions, and provide an international platform for the industry. Innovation is the highlight.COMPUTEX 2018 will be held from June 5th to 9th (InnoVEX from June 6th to 8th). As one of the world’s renowned leading B2B exhibitions, COMPUTEX 2018 will showcase hardware and software suppliers across the ecosystem. Applications in AI, IoT, 5G, and Blockchain will contribute to global technology ecosystem, start a new chapter in COMPUTEX, and explore brand new ICT opportunities.
2018 Mar 15
Pitch for USD $30,000 at InnoVEX! (Deadline will be extended to 20th April)
Eligibility(1) InnoVEX 2018 Exhibitors(2) Companies established after January 1, 2013(3) Click HERE for Pitch Regulations and ApplicationAfter two years running, the InnoVEX PITCH Contest has gained more recognition and attention. In 2018, there are even more awards waiting for our outstanding exhibitors than the previous years. In addition to the $30,000 USD InnoVEX first prize, Delta Electronics and Nogle Capital x MAXCEED are both offering a special prize of $10,000 USD. Furthermore, Taiwan SMEA is also participating by providing office space and accommodation in Linkou along with Startup Terrace Special Awards consist of 5 prizes at $60,000 USD each that are ready to give away to five selected teams. With all the above prizes combined, the total prize money has now reached $350,000 USD! Don’t miss this great opportunity to win, register for the Pitch Contest now! Registration ends on April 20, 2018.
2018 Jan 30
INNOVENTURE STARTUP CLUB announces to organize Mexican Pavilion in InnoVEX exhibit at COMPUTEX 2018!
COMPUTEX 2018, one of the leading global ICT show with a complete ICT supply chain, IoT and startup ecosystems, will be held between June 5 and June 9, in which InnoVEX exhibit focuses on global startup will take place from June 6 to June 8 with more than 300 international startups to exhibit.INNOVENTURE STARTUP CLUB, one of the community partners of COMPUTEX, announces to bring at least 5 Mexican startups to InnoVEX exhibit at COMPUTEX in 2018!INNOVENTURE STARTUP CLUB has devoted in promoting bilateral business opportunities for startups in Taiwan and Mexico for several years. COMPUTEX, as the best platform for international startups to access to Asia market, welcomes 5 high promising Mexican startups this year:DohnnyDohnny is the first artificial intelligence that can create components for web apps, using natural language processing, you ask for what you need and he builds it for you. The code that Dohnny builds uses the latest market technology developed by Facebook called React. This translates into an agile and comfortable work for new developers.GRUPO BIODIMEDE-Medband is a wearable in the form of a bracelet for medical use in order to serve as an immediate identification of the person wearing it, in addition, it contains information in a digital way about the user's clinical history, which can be accessed at any time from any technological device through our website without installing any application. It also serves as a tool for medical staff to respond to an emergency with greater speed and knowledge of the patient.SadeemSadeem ‘s product is the world's first multi-patented early warning system for floods on cities with active network already in the field. The system is composed by their novel flood sensor (tailored for urban areas), our unique Geographic Information System (GIS) and a robust communication module.SolaraSolara is an ERP easy to use and free for all small business owners who want grew up with technology. Offer the capability to understand it 100% in less than 30 minutes. Is a web technology with an APP. It also gives an free website who sync all the productos in real time.TuConteoTu Conteo helps citizens to validate elections votes in a easy way, they want to expand our platform and collaborate with as mane global startups as they can, they have success case on Mexico and know that other places has the same problemBesides leading Mexican Pavilion in Taiwan, INNOVENTURE STARTUP CLUB also works hard to promote Mexico startup scene. Startup World Cup, a series of startup conferences and competitions that welcomes all stages of tech startups to join and compete to win US$1,000,000, will be implemented in Mexico by INNOVENTURE STARTUP CLUB on April 14, 2018. All the international startups are welcomed to the Mexico Startup World Cup to compete for the final round and US$1,000,000. Please find more information and register on the website at http://www.startupworldcup.io/mexico-application About COMPUTEX:Established in 1981, COMPUTEX TAIPEI is the leading global ICT and IoT show with a complete supply chain and ecosystems. Co-organized by the Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taipei Computer Association (TCA), COMPUTEX, based upon Taiwan’s complete ICT clusters, covers the whole spectrum of ICT industry, from established brands to startups and from ICT supply chain to IoT ecosystems. With strong R&D and manufacturing capabilities and IPR protection, Taiwan is a strategic destination for foreign companies and investors looking for partners in global technology ecosystems. Follow COMPUTEX on its website at www.computextaipei.com.tw About INNOVENTURE STARTUP CLUB:Check more information of INNOVENTURE STARTUP CLUB on its website at https://www.innoventure.org/ or follow INNOVENTURE STARTUP CLUB on FB at https://www.facebook.com/innoventure.sct/
2018 Jan 03
Taiwan fintech regulatory sandbox law passes
Lawmakers in Taiwan passed the Act on Financial Technology Innovations and Experiments in a bid to upgrade the nation’s financial sector by granting technology firms more leeway when experimenting with innovative financial services.Original News Source (Liberty Times Net): http://news.ltn.com.tw/news/focus/breakingnews/229...
2017 Jun 08
COMPUTEX 2017’s InnoVEX Global Innovation and Tech Startup Ecosystem Ends on High Note
Dutch security-as-a-service start-up, Amaryllo, receives InnoVEX pitch contest US$30K grand prizeTAIPEI, Taiwan, June 2, 2017—COMPUTEX2017’s InnoVEX exhibit attracted 272 startups from 23 countries/territories, showcasing innovations from around the world in IoT, AI, health management, VR/AR, cloud computing, wearables, and mobility. InnoVEX featured startups, VCs, and accelerators collaborating to build a new ecosystem for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.A packed schedule of keynotes, panels, forums, and demos provided a rare opportunity for startups to efficiently connect with international VCs, angel investors, incubators and accelerators, potential strategic partners, and future customers--all in a single venue. InnoVEX included five elements critical to start-ups: display, demos, forums, pitch contests, and matchmaking. InnoVEX was introduced to COMPUTEX in 2016; in two years, it has become one of the leading global innovation events. In InnoVEX 2017, there were eight U.S. startups such as BioInspira, Holojam, SparkAmplify and VaGenie. In addition to individual startup exhibitors, prominent U.S. companies such as Amazon, IBM, and Intel were among the show’s speakers. Several American high-profile venture capital firms and accelerators such as Acorn, Fenox, Indiegogo and Alchemist participated. The Netherlands Trade and Investment Office featured a Dutch Startup Showcase. The French Tech Space also had a significant presence at InnoVEX this year. Gartner predicted by 2017, 50 percent of all IoT solutions would originate in startups less than three years old, signaling that innovative business models are becoming the focus of R&D in the global ICT industry. “In recent years, emerging technologies have revolutionized ICT sectors and business models around the world. TAITRA recognized this trend, and added the InnoVEX exhibit last year. Now, it is one of the leading global innovation events. COMPUTEX is a platform to match resources for innovators and startups globally to drive the industry’s growth and development,” said Walter Yeh, president and CEO of COMPUTEX organizer TAITRA.The culminating event of InnoVEX—the “Startup Pitch Competition,” at Center Stage on June 1 was a highlight of InnoVEX at COMPUTEX 2017. Around 100 startup teams around the world registered and competed for the five categories of award prizes plus the InnoVEX Grand Prize of US$30K. International juries from U.S. and Taiwan provided insightful questions and practical comments before an enthusiastic and engaged audience. Eight startups were selected as finalists and six startups received awards provided by companies and organizers. This year’s InnoVEX Grand Prize of US$30K was awarded to security-as-a-service start-up Amaryllo from the Netherlands. When Amaryllo President and Founder Marcus Yang was asked what advice he would give future start-ups wanting to enter the pitch contest, he said, “Don’t focus on touting your products. Focus on your business model—that’s what the judges look for—it has to be tangible and sustainable. I’ve found InnoVEX to be an excellent opportunity to meet investors and VCs from around the world and to meet (and even secure deals with) potential partners and large customers. I attended InnoVEX last year and will be back again next year. It is an honor to receive this year’s Grand Prize recognition, thank you.” Although Amaryllo still qualifies as a start-up, the company has already achieved significant success and landed some large clients. This is one start-up to watch.InnoVEX 2018 will be held June 5 to 7. Start-ups who wish to be considered for InnoVEX 2018 should visit http://www.innovex.com.tw/ for updates. Videos from InnoVEX 2017 are available here: https://www.twitch.tv/computexinnovex
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