It’s July! In Taiwan, that’s often a cue to keep umbrellas and AC remotes at the ready. This summer will be especially notable for another reason: a lot of action in the startup space. The island’s investors and entrepreneurs are awaiting a few major events: IDEAS Show, Startup Weekend, and the expected closing of TMI Labs’ incubator fund.
The nearest on the timeline is IDEAS Show, the Taiwan government’s very own web and mobile services exposition. On July 27th the ROC Ministry of Economic Affairs and Institute for Information Industry (III) will give startups, advisors, and investors alike a chance to mix and mingle in a day-long event with a number of highlights:
- A keynote speech by Entrepreneur, Investor, and Zynga Japan GM Shintaro Yamada. Yamada will draw from his experience in eCommerce and social gaming to talk about making money from mobile applications, as well as his experience with venture capital investments.
- The event highlight: startup demos. 20 teams will have 6 minutes each to present their projects and products. The team to ‘wow’ the judges most will win a $100,000 NT sponsored by Asus, a corporate mentorship with Asus, and a chance to collaborate with its open source team. Intel is also offering the winning team an all expenses paid trip to participate in the Intel Challenge in the US.
- A “Next Web, New Trends” discussion panel. Paneled by an esteemed group of entrepreneurs and investors in Taiwan and abroad to provide a truly global scope.
- VC/Startup one-on-one. How often can you get VCs like CyberAgent, Qualcomm, Zynga Japan, AppWorks Ventures, 18 Capital in the same room? Startups, take note.
Also, as a cool side-bonus, 60 different startups will setup in an expo area to show their wares and discuss business opportunities. It’s not everyday that we get to talk to 60 different startups, it just adds to the overall excitement. We’ll be there, eager to see what’s going on. This summer is it, hope to see you there!
2011 IDEAS Show will be held on July 27, 2011 between 9.00am and 4.00pm, at the Taipei International Conference Center (TICC). Admission to the expo area will be free throughout the day. Concessionary tickets are on sale now, with a chance to win a year’s free online movie rental service from Sonet, if bought before July 7. Other discounted tickets are available for students, academics and III incubated teams. To purchase tickets please click here.