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COMPUTEX 2018: InnoVEX features six highlights and explores next blue-ocean opportunities


The Eye on Taiwan news staff

A total of 388 startups from 21 countries will take part in this year’s InnoVEX, one of the major exhibits of COMPUTEX TAIPEI  focusing startups and showcasing innovative ideas, technological marvels, and investment exchanges.

Two more sessions (“Workshop” and “Startup Tour”) will be added to InnoVEX to bring more momentum from local and global startups in addition to the existing elements of “Display”, “Demo”, “Pitch” and “Forum,” organizers of COMPUTEX TAIPEI said.

“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,” said Walter Yeh, president and CEO of Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), a major organizer of COMPUTEX TAIPEI, in a news conference held on Tuesday.

“To achieve and build the vision of a smart ecosystem for startups, COMPUTEX incorporates ‘Innovations & Startups’ into its themes this year,” Yeh said, adding: “We integrate highly resilient elements and forms into the exhibition, creating a dynamic arena for their innovations.”

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 news conference on Tuesday.

According to the organizers, InnoVEX will feature six highlights this year:

  • Display

The 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, 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.

●   Demo

French 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.

  • Forum

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-industry application such as digital streaming connecting with audio and video entertainment showcasing the diversity and human development in the startup community.

●  Pitch

The 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.

  • Workshop

This 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 innovatively 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 tour

International 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, according to TAITRA.

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, it said.

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, TAITRA said.

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, TAITRA said.


COMPUTEX 2018聚焦全球新創科技 InnoVEX創新與新創展區六大亮點 搶攤藍海新商機

2018年台北國際電腦展(COMPUTEX 2018)5月15日舉辦新創記者會,現場邀請臺灣奧迪(Audi)、法國在台協會商務處Business France、時代基金會Garage+、Health2Sync、KOTRA駐台北韓國貿易館、荷蘭貿易暨投資辦事處(NTIO)等參展單位同台,並宣布今年InnoVEX創新與新創展區共有來自21國、388家新創企業參展;除了延續「展示」、「發表」、「競賽」及「論壇」等四大元素,今年InnoVEX展區更新增「工作坊」及「參訪」兩大亮點,注入國內外新創團隊的豐沛動能。中華民國對外貿易發展協會秘書長葉明水表示:「根據2018年全球創業生態系報告指出,2017全球創投產業貢獻高達1,400億美元,突破20年來新高。為實踐並打造新創智慧生態系的展望,COMPUTEX今年將創新與新創定為主題之一,集結跨國度的新創資源與技術,並整合高度彈性的元素與形式,提供廠商動能十足的創新舞台。」


● 展示 (Display)


此外,臺灣Garage+、中華開發創新加速器、香港Zeroth AI 及馬來西亞MaGIC等新創加速器也共同參與展出,許多國際知名創投則應邀來臺參加COMPUTEX並尋找投資標的,例如Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund、Amazon、CCIA、Deloitte、Fenox Venture Capital、Intel、JAFCO、Telefónica、WI Harper Group及中關村等,實踐全球化的資源流通。

● 發表 (Demo)

除了法國及波蘭新創廠商將於6月6日上台發表外,國際知名加速器及創投包括臺灣創新快製媒合中心(TRIPLE)、Amazon Launchpad、Audi、JAFCO 、imec.xpand、Samsung NEXT等,也將於當日上午11點至12點在世貿三館分享全球性計畫與跨領域媒合策略,串聯從初創至商轉的解決方案及服務,深化新創圈潛力的雙贏局面。

● 論壇 (Forum)


● 競賽 (Pitch)

「InnoVEX 2018 創新創業競賽」複賽與決賽將分別於6月7日及8日舉行,今年競賽總獎金上看35萬美元,期望透過結合COMPUTEX與民間力量,打造國際化獨角獸的競技舞台,孕育業界的明日之星。

● 工作坊 (Workshop)



● 參訪 (Startup Tour)

InnoVEX的國外參展商則可參加6月9日的新創之旅,參訪國內知名加速器如中華開發、Garage+及新創基地Taiwan Tech Arena,主辦單位並與台灣創新快製媒合中心合作,帶領廠商前往新竹科學園區指標大廠及清華大學創新育成中心,與業者交流成功經驗,讓外國廠商感受在地化新創團隊能量。


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