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45 Startups Teams to TechCrunch Successfully Breaking into the International Market

2020/01/16

TechCrunch Disrupt is a startup conference organized by TechCrunch, a news website focusing on the tech industry. Since 2011, the event has become a leading indicator. In 2019, the three-day conference was held at the Moscone Center North from October 2 to October 4, covering interviews, fireside chats, TV interviews, and startup battlefields. Sponsored by AWS, IBM, Dell, Lenovo, Verizon, Boeing, Lockheed, Martin, and Deloitte, there were also exhibitions featuring diversified themes and countries. Country exhibitions include Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Qatar, Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, and Finland. 45 Taiwanese startup teams participated in the exhibit including 16 startup teams led by Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA). Other teams are led by Taiwan Startup Stadium, Startup Terrace, and Institute for Information Industry (III).

2019 TechCrunch Disrupt

 

TTA has gained fruitful results by establishing collaborations with large companies in 2019. For example, Imageous joined the open platforms of Amazon’s Alexa smart speaker and Silicon Valley enterprise Slack with its voice recognition robot module. With Honeywell officially paid to use the module, Imageous has undoubtedly established a foothold in the US market. Another example is SWR Technology, which is committed to the development of inductive charging from a few millimeters to 10 feet distance. Compared to the inductive charging modules that require direct-contact with the wireless charger on the current market, the new solution fulfills American consumers’ charging needs for mass consumer electronics, cars and outdoor furniture. SWR Technology has successfully collaborated with several well-known companies in research and development.

AI-themed Taiwan Reception

 

In the conference, AI-themed Taiwan Reception discussed the roles of AI in Taiwan and Asia through lectures, forums and roadshows. Many famous venture capitals who have invested in Asian teams in Silicon Valley were invited to share their investment experiences regarding Silicon Valley and future trends of AI. Speakers included Mohannad El-Khairy, managing partner of E11 Capital in the United States, Tiffine Wang, and partner of MS & AD Ventures of Sumitomo Mitsui Group in Japan. Also invited to pitch on stage were eight Taiwanese AI startup teams including Showhue, Rooit, Medfluid, DT42, and Yo-Kai Express, attracting 270 investors and enterprises, which further showcased the strength and potential of Taiwan's startup teams.

Visiting Berkeley's Skydeck accelerator program

 

The Silicon Valley Investing Summit and TechCrunch Disrupt provided opportunities to observe large-scale events and new startup trends in different countries. In addition to AI and Machine Learning, the development of Fintech, smart retail, and IoT cannot be underestimated. Taiwan teams have kept up with the global trend and learned from the roadshows in the conference how each country finishes its product or service introduction within the time limit, which could be of great help for future roadshow preparations.

Visiting the Silicon Valley Investing Summit