TAIRA 2019 sets the stage for global AI startups to expand in Southern Taiwan
With resounding success and huge demands in Taiwan, TAIRA 2019 is designed to bring in global AI startups to grow and explore business opportunities with corporations in Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP)
A programme dedicated to establishing STSP to become an international innovation ecosystem by partnering with global startups
TAIRA, which stands for Taiwan AI x Robotics Accelerator, is a joint programme co-curated by Southern Taiwan Science Park (STSP) and StarFab Accelerator. It is the most well-established corporate innovation accelerator in Taiwan, and it officially kickstarted at the TAIRA 2019 launch press conference in InnoVEX, the startup arm of Asia’s Iconic B2B exhibition, COMPUTEX TAIPEI.
Several ecosystem key players have been invited to partake in this grandeur launch and co-work together to provide more international resources to accelerate the growth of STSP startup ecosystem – representing Taiwanese corporations, technology platforms, and investors, The Allied Association for Science Park Industries, Cloud Computing & IoT Association in Taiwan, Taiwan ITRI New Venture Association, and other international startup builders like TNB Aura, FocusTech Ventures, Bangkok Bank InnoHub, ParticleX, Infinity Ventures (IVP), Sphere 5200.
What is TAIRA (Taiwan AI x Robotics Accelerator)?
The founding story behind TAIRA can be traced back to 2017, when STSP and StarFab started supporting and enabling corporation-startup matchmaking, helping startups to secure over US$110 million in funding and close to US$20 million deal tractions along the way.
Since then, STSP and StarFab saw the great potential and unfulfilled gap between corporations and startups, leading to the decision to pilot the TAIRA programme in 2018. The TAIRA programme intends to facilitate collaborations by partnering with corporations to combine domain expertise with new and innovative technologies.
With that said, in 2019, STSP and StarFab have committed to putting in more resources to connect international accelerators and venture capital with the southern Taiwan startup ecosystem. This includes test beds for corporate collaborations, technical platforms, and funds to further equip AI startups with business and fundraising opportunities to expand in the Taiwan market, increasing market shares and acquiring more clients.
Why TAIRA 2019 and how to apply
In the press conference, Amanda Liu, StarFab CEO, mentioned that building on the foundations of existing industries in southern Taiwan, TAIRA 2019 has invited numerous corporations from smart manufacturing, smart healthcare, smart banking, and smart agriculture sectors to come onboard.
The key role that TAIRA 2019 plays is to partner with corporations to come up with current corporate problem statements and provide a test bed, where they can work with startups to validate different innovative ideas and technologies. This will pave the way for STSP and StarFab to reach out and bring in overseas startups with relevant and qualified technology capabilities to co-work and transform the current industry.
This year, TAIRA 2019 programme will be inviting global startups with applied AI technologies/products to work with several world-class southern Taiwan tech corporations, including United Microelectronics Corporation (UMC), Castec International, AllRing-Tech (ART), Chi Mei Hospital, Taiwan Stipendiary and King’s Town Bank.
The top shortlisted startups will have the chance to receive up to US$64,000 research & development grants and product/technology development support from IBM, AWS, GCP, NVIDIA, Advantech, Epistar, Himax, Chunghwa Telecom, and Mighty Net.
TAIRA 2019 calling for global startups NOW
“TAIRA 2018 acts as a stepping stone for us to fine-tune the accelerator programme, and make TAIRA 2019 more comprehensive,” highlighted Director-General Wei-Chen Lin of the Southern Taiwan Science Park in the press conference.
TAIRA is not just an accelerator programme, but a holistic online-to-offline innovation platform designed to support local Taiwan corporations to work hand-in-hand with global AI startups. The platform will enable participants to co-create and explore business opportunities based on corporate internal growing demands, to further advance the current industries.
If you are an AI startup, keen to work with Taiwan tech corporations and expand to Taiwan market, then you are the right fit! TAIRA 2019 will be accepting startup applications until June 30. For more information, please check out the TAIRA website here: http://www.tairax.com.tw/index.aspx.