NEW TAIPEI CITY, Taiwan, Jan. 23, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- After nearly two months of applications, selection and panel interviews, Taiwan’s first seed accelerator – Taiwan Accelerator, has finally selected 8 out of 153 startups to provide with seed money and follow-up mentorship. In a country that does not place importance in seed investments, this is an unprecedented number of startups being invested in a single batch. A diverse selection of startups were chosen, including those from e-commerce, big data, agricultural technology, and even a team from India. They will now go through an 8-week bootcamp that includes a Due Day, Demo Day and roadshow in the U.S., which will help these startups find the most suitable investors to realize their creativity and dreams.
Last year there were only a handful of seed investments, but this Spring, Taiwan Accelerator brought extremely good news to the startup ecosystem in Taiwan. Applications began in mid-October of last year and, after nearly two months of a three-stage selection process, 8 out of 153 startups were eventually selected to receive seed money and follow-up mentorship. The 153 startups that applied came from Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, India and Israel. The largest age group was 25-34 years old accounting for 41%, followed by 35-44 years old with 30%. In terms of industry, the five largest were: creative & culture (14%), sharing economy (12%), e-Commerce, social platform (7%), consumer goods, agricultural technology, and green energy (6%). In addition, teams that already had existing product prototypes accounted for 21%, while those who have officially released their product or service accounted for 22%. From these figures we can see that the ratio of those whose products or services were already connected to the market is not low at all.
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