From November 16 to 18, the Meet Taipei Startup Festival will take place at the Taipei Expo Dome. Now in its fourth year, the event will see over 330 startups from 14 nations congregate in Taiwan’s capital for three days full of innovation, networking, and fun.
Hailing from 14 countries including Russia,France, Mexico, Ireland,Jamaica,UK,USA, Belgium,Japan, Hong Kong, India,Thailand,Malaysia,and Vietnam will form as Global Pavilion where young entrepreneurs can interact with venture capitalists (VC), the public, and each other.
The main themes at this year’s Meet Taipei Startup Festival are the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Mobile Gaming. Beyond that, Meet Taipei will also for the first time introduce so-called speed-dating sessions where VCs and startup founders can explore means of cooperation and funding.
Hoping to attract the general public, Business Next (BNext) and Meet have decided to make the event free for all visitors.
Meet Taipei 2017: Leading through example
Business Next and Meet are the key organizers behind the Meet Taipei Startup Festival.
According to Katie Chen, CEO of Business Next and one of the main voices behind Taiwan’s new startup culture, BNext since its inauguration in 1999 has been dedicated to growing interest in technology, innovation, and new companies. As a manifestation of this effort, the startup-focused subsidy Meet was founded in 2011. In essence, Meet aims to provide a platform where entrepreneurs and VCs alike can build together a shared startup ecosystem. As its most high-profile event, Meet Taipei has become the go-to exhibition for young local companies and investors. Moreover, it has introduced Taiwan’s vibrant new tech economy to a global audience.
In 2017, Meet has set new records for international cooperation. Beyond the steady growth of its English news website, the platform
has also struck alliances with national governments.
For instance, French government-driven startup ecosystem La French Tech has joined forces with Meet again. Likewise,Startup World Cup and Dragon’s Chamber Taiwan are also cooperating for this year’s Meet Taipei.
IoT NEXT Innovation Summit: Future tech explained
On the first day, Meet Taipei Startup Festival 2017 will be kicked off with the IoT NEXT Innovation Summit. In total, nine speakers will discuss this future tech and provide crucial insights for founders and the interested public.
One of these experts is Chaney Ho, Co-Founder and Director of BOD, Advantech. He will explain Taiwan’s stance on IoT in his talk titled “Taiwan: Leading the NEXT Sharing Economy.”
Another talk is presented by STMicroelectronics’ general manager Giuseppe Izzo. Izoo will share his insights on European developments in regard to IoT and how startups can target the market.
Meet Neo Star Demo Show: Showing off Taiwan’s potential
On the second day of Meet Taipei, the seventh Neo Star Demo Show will see VCs and startup founders take the stage. The show will see 21 well-known investors and startup accelerators serve as judges to select a Top 3 from a pool of 30 startups that have been interviewed by BNext and Meet during the past two years.
Among these 30 startups are teams such as Chatbot, Embrace Audio Lab, or Maisense Inc. A full list can be found here.
Stay tuned here for more news regarding the 2017 Meet Taipei Startup Festival 2017!