Meet Taipei 2019 Showcased the Taiwanese Startup Ecosystem

Meet Taipei 2019

Meet Taipei 2019Korean SaaS Startup JANDI was a part of the biggest startup conference in Taiwan. Meet Taipei 2019 attracted over 460 startups and over 26,000 attendees during its 3-day event. The conference showcased Taiwan’s startup landscape to the world.  JANDI is a group-oriented messaging platform for Asia. Therefore, think of JANDI as the slack of Asia. 

Over 200,000 companies use JANDI and the startup has multiple branches in Japan, Malaysia, Dubai, and Taiwan. This was one of the main reasons JANDI participated in Meet Taipei. It is one of the largest startup events in Taiwan. In addition, the conference brought in venture capitalists and corporate representatives in over 440 matchmaking sessions. 

Andy Yang CEO of Indiegogo
Andy Yang, CEO of Indiegogo, speaks at the opening forum of Meet Taipei 2019

On the main stage, industry experts and leaders, from LINE, Google, Indiegogo, Qualcomm, and Arm Treasure Data shared with the audience their views on various topics such as challenges, trends, and opportunities for Taiwanese and Asian startups in the innovation-driven economy.  

JETRO
JETRO’s forum “Taipei meets Japan’s regions” at Meet Taipei 2019

One of the stages, named Global Stage, marked the organizer’s first attempt to highlight the discussion of “going global”. In addition, Meet Taipei worked with the French Office in Taipei, French Tech Taiwan, Dragon’s Chamber Taiwan, and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) to organize a number of forums. Furthermore, speakers talked about how to manage cross-border resources and what opportunities startups should tap into to enter the global market.  

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French Tech Taiwan’s forum “Meet La French Tech” at Meet Taipei

A Look into Taiwan’s Startup Landscape

Meet Taipei 2019 featured the presence of all major key players in the Taiwanese startup ecosystem. This included investors, accelerators, corporates, and government agencies. Therefore, all the startup teams including JANDI were able to have the opportunity to connect the dots and accelerate their growth. 

Global Pavilion
Global Pavilion at Meet Taipei 2019

The organizer of the event, Meet Startup, hopes to present Taiwan’s startup landscape to the world. Therefore, there were a large number of foreign startups as well. Startups from Korea and 15 other countries across the world came to the conference. Furthermore, many were there as exhibitors with the goal of raising funds, finding potential partners, or expanding their user base. In addition, the overseas startups were able to bring a lot of diversity to the event. 

The Winners of the Neo Star Demo Show 2019

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Top 30 startup teams awarded

The winners of the Neo Star Demo Show were announced on the second day of Meet Taipei. The grand prize this year went to Aiello, TMYTEK, and International Trust Machine (ITM). Aiello won the jury’s favor with its AI-powered voice assistant. It is shaped like an alarm clock and can be used in hotel rooms for room service, self-check-in/out, and facility introduction. TMYEK and ITM, the winners of the second and third prizes, provide mm-Wave beamforming solution for 5G infrastructure and Blockchain-enabled chips for connected devices.  

The three teams were selected from a group of 30 outstanding startups that Meet Startup selected in advance from a pool of around 150 startups they interviewed this year. The 30 startups were all offered a booth at the venue. Furthermore, around 120 startups also pitched their products and services to VCs, accelerators, corporates, community leaders, and the media in a matchmaking session. Startups were able to get great feedback on their ideas and connect them with resources and opportunities they might need to succeed. In addition, some of the corporates included Audi, Chunghwa Telecom, Microsoft Taiwan.  In addition, there were VC-backed accelerators like SparkLabs Taiwan and MOX and VC firms like Taiwania.