Techstars Startup Weekend COVID-19 Taipei

    Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

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Techstars Startup Weekend COVID-19 Taipei

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020

Friday, April 24 - 26, 2020
Event starts at 6:30 pm

Taipei, Taiwan

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Techstars 創業週末之抗疫特輯

全球70多國攜手抗疫 台灣站 ONLINE

🔥 手刀奔向報名連結 | Registration: 🔥

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Startup Weekend 是全球最具規模的創業活動,由美國知名加速器 Techstars 於世界各國舉辦,我們希望在恐慌蔓延的時刻,能夠集結全世界的力量一起來為新型冠狀病毒相關的議題思考解決辦法!


這一次的 Startup Weekend 活動首次完全在線上舉辦,也免除了上千元的報名費用,帶著你的想法和行動力,就能夠免費參加!活動將於 4月24-26日 舉辦,54 個小時內與隊友一起討論人類因為這次瘟疫所帶來的挑戰的解決之道!全球前 20 名的團隊將能參加 Techstars 為期三天的獨家密集創新訓練營,讓你想要改變世界的夢想快速成真!


🔥加入全世界已經有 70 個國家共同響應參與的世界最大線上黑客松之一
🔥全球獲選前 20 名的隊伍,將有機會參與知名加速器 Techstars 為期三天的獨家密集創新訓練營,豐富的內容以及強大的後援團隊,讓你想要創業改變世界的夢想快速成真!
🔥獲得 Techstars 在台灣以及全球的人脈網絡,不只是在活動中,在未來他們也是你強大的後盾!


不管你是對商機敏感的企業家、身懷絕技的程式鬼才、洞察先機的創業家,甚至是有醫護背景的專業人士,只要你有創新的想法或是想為疫情盡一份心力,都歡迎加入!Techstars 和 Startup Weekend 除了得到台灣科技部的大力支持外,還有有強大的後援團隊 - 顧問、創業家、產業專家、意見領袖、投資者都已經準備好滿滿的熱情來與大家一起腦力激盪,面對這些挑戰!

喔對了,這次 Startup Weekend 不限定要全新的隊伍,如果你們已經走在創業路上,也歡迎一起來挑戰!


1️⃣上 Eventbrite 報名索取免費票券 🎫

2️⃣填寫並成功送出你的 ideas 💡
⚠️請注意:最後繳交期限為台灣時間 4/22 (三) 11:59pm!
與Mentors們會從中選出最佳的幾個想法,4/23 (四) 活動前一天天主辦單位會將這些雀屏中選的 ideas 公佈給大家,讓大家在 4/25 (五) 活動開始前的 24 小時組成你們心目中的強大隊伍!


被選出來的點子將會在 Startup Weekend 開跑後的 54 小時內,開始一場瘋狂的點子落地馬拉松,包括商業模式確認,產品原型設計與開發與市場驗證。本次的創業週末結束時,團隊可以向本次活動參與的政府與企業做一場商業的 Pitching,尋求獲得更多的資源與建議。
世界上70多個國家已經響應參與這次以 COVID-19 為主題的 Startup Weekend,其中 21 國為亞太區國家,生活在本次防疫成績全球矚目的台灣,這是站上世界舞台的全球連線競賽前哨戰!

你還在等什麼?立即報名參加 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

With over one-third of the population on lockdown due to the COVID19 crisis, numerous jobs, lives, the economy and our future are at stake. It gives us an opportunity to reimagine our future!!! 

Join the Global Movement
For the first time ever, Startup Weekend Taiwan is joining the Techstars global movement to host a Global Online Startup Weekend alongside 70 countries around the world. This series of virtual Startup Weekends will be focused on tackling issues from the #COVID19 #pandemic and developing solutions unique to each country. 

Techstars Global Prize 🏆
Techstars will select up to 20 teams from all the country level winners and invite them to participate in an exclusive Techstars Innovation Bootcamp. The program will surround teams with the frameworks, mentorship, and resources necessary to rapidly identify and validate solutions effectively. We want to help them do more, faster! Details on selecting the Top 20 teams is coming soon!

Who Should Join?
We’re calling all developers, designers, marketers, nurses, doctors, students, scientists, business owners, teachers and anyone with an idea to tackle the challenges created by the global pandemic. This is your chance to join forces with thousands of people from dozens of countries and truly make a difference!

Experienced entrepreneurs with ready products are also welcomed!!

How to Join?
1️⃣Register for FREE on Eventbrite 🎫
2️⃣Submit your ideas for TGSW Unite to Fight Covid-19 💡

⚠️Attention: Final due for ideas submission is 11:59pm (GMT+8 Taipei Time) on 4/22, Wednesday.

Experts & mentors will pick the top ideas and declare the chosen ones on 4/23 Thursday, so that you and all participants will have the next 24 hours to start forming your A-Teams, before Startup Weekend kicks off on 4/24, Friday!

Be sure you fill Idea Submission Form before the event begins

3️⃣Participate ONLINE
Participants will work together in the next 54 hours from their homes and tackle the challenges presented by the pandemic, and develop prototypes that can help solve some of the biggest issues faced by Taiwanese and our neighbors from this crisis. It’s the same Startup Weekend Taiwan you know and love, but this time, we’re going online!

Click here to register NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 👉 

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Friday April 24th

6:30 pm
Get Started
Make sure you are online

7:20 pm
Welcome & Speakers
Review agenda for the weekend and introduce speakers, coaches, and community leaders

7:30 pm
Ask the organizers anything

7:40 pm
Begin Work
Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as the venue will allow

Saturday April 25th

9:00 am
Virtual breakfast
Get online while having coffee, soup or bread

9:30 am
Begin Work
Work in your team on your idea

11:00 am
Break for presentations
We will have a few presentations about business development

1:00 pm
Check-in, status reports, call for help

2:00 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!

5:00 pm
More presentations
short talks

7:30 pm
Check-in, status reports, call for help

10:00 pm
Finished for the day, but you may stay and work as late as you want

Sunday April 26th

9:00 am
Good morning call
Virtual come together, agenda for the day, Q&A

10:00 am
Final opportunity to ask questions to coaches

12:00 pm
Getting to the finish line
Start rehearsals for your presentation

12:30 pm
Coach Meetings
Coaches arrive… ASK QUESTIONS

3:00 pm
Presentation Prep & Tech Check
Final hours of worktime should be focused on perfecting your presentation, tech-check for final presentations also takes place

5:00 pm
Final Presentations

7:30 pm
Judging & Awards

8:30 pm

9:00 pm
Go Home!

Event Judges

Johnson Yeh
Founder & CEO of ROEHL

Johnson Yeh Bachelor of arts in economics from University of Chicago MBA in general management from Fuqua School of Business, Duke University Ph.D. in strategic management from Guanghua School of Management, Peking University Johnson started his career in Harvard Law School as a research assistant. Following that, he joined Fidelity Investments in Taiwan as a research analyst. After his MBA, he joined McKinsey & Company, where he was last an associate principal in its Taipei office. He was a leader in the cleantech and sustainability practice in McKinsey. He later went on to work for the World Economic Forum in Geneva, where he led the circular economy initiative, working with top stakeholders in the world leading up to the climate summit in Paris 2015. He then led Riot Games in China, Southeast Asia and Japan for the next years, bringing the golden years of League of Legends Esports to China. He now follows his passion and started ROEHL, an environmental lifestyle as a service company, focusing on home appliance as a rental service.

James Tan
Taipei office GM of beBit

beBit微拓公司 台北辦公室總經理 譚學凱 (James Tan)
美國波士頓大學商學院 MBA

多年於大中華區為公司提供商業顧問服務,在數位策略規劃、顧客行為研究及商業模式優化方面,有非常豐富的顧問經驗; 致力於協助公司通過「顧客中心」的方法研究顧客樣貌、旅程;設計具高商業價值的數位平台;規劃跨平台的策略與流程;建立顧客體驗追蹤及優化的機制

Michel Chu
General Partner of Acorn Campus Taiwan

Michel Chu is a serial entrepreneur, investor, adjunct professor, advisor and entrepreneurial coach. In addition to being a General Partner at Acorn Campus Taiwan, he serves as a member of the Science and Technology Council at the Board of Science and Technology of Taiwan's Executive Yuan. Michel is also Chairman of VSense, a company developing highly sensitive COVID-19 screening diagnostics based on semiconductor biosensors. Michel co-founded GigaMedia (NASDAQ: GIGM) in 1998 as Chief Technology Officer and led the company through a US$4B IPO in 2000. From 2004, Michel was also Executive Vice President of GigaMedia in charge of strategic planning, business development, M&A and general corporate management. From 2017 to 2019 Michel served as the Chief Innovation Officer of Taiwan's Biomedical Development Board, a government organization tasked to oversee, facilitate and accelerate Taiwan's entrepreneurship in life sciences. Michel has extensive domain expertise in diverse fields including cloud computing, mobile Internet, hardware and medical devices. He has been an active angel investor with 20+ years of experiences of coaching, building, inspiring and accelerating entrepreneurial teams. Michel has a demonstrated track record of facilitating start-ups, particularly technology spin-outs from universities. Michel is a respected authority on entrepreneurship and is a sought-after judge / speaker / mentor at the leading entrepreneurial activities. Michel is currently an adjunct faculty of National Taiwan University, giving courses on Multi-sided Platforms, BioDesign for Medical Devices, Entrepreneurship, Group Dynamics and Leadership.

Tang-Long Shen
Professor/Director of National Taiwan University

Prof. Tang-Long Shen received his BS and MS degrees from National Taiwan University in the Department of Plant Pathology in 1991 and 1994, respectively, and obtained his PhD from Cornell University in the Department of Molecular Medicine in 2002. After his postdoc training in American Heart Association, Prof. Shen joined the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at the National Taiwan University since 2004. His research explores varied subjects, including microbes, plants to human, to understand the basic mechanisms of various pathologic complications as well as how to utilize the microbial metabolites or natural product for human health. By using molecular biology, biochemistry and cellular biology approaches as well as animal models, Prof. Shen deciphers the molecular mechanism of cancer progression, especially how cancer cells interact with tumor microenvironment in cell migration, the formation of pre-metastatic niches and metastatic organotropism, including integrins, receptor tyrosine kinases, non-receptor tyrosine kinases (e.g. FAK, Src), adaptor proteins (e.g. Grb7, C35) and extracellular vesicles (e.g. exosomes). Additionally, Shen lab is also seeking useful natural products and de novo protein components in human cells including critical secondary metabolites from traditional Chinese medicinal fungi, Cordyceps spp, Antrodia cinnamomea, and metallothioneins, to apply for anti-cancer, anti-aging or other therapeutics.

Coaches and Mentors

Bernard Chan
CEO & Co-founder of ALPHA Camp

📌Go-to-market, product management, pitching

Prior to ALPHA Camp, Bernard was Head of Product at i-Click and Regional Director at Yahoo!. Bernard graduated from the University of Waterloo and MIT.

Chris Davis

📌Technology Development, Presentations, Ideation

Experienced techie with experience in solution development, ideation, and presentations. My primary passion is working directly with the founders, leaders and staff directly to help them find creative long term solutions for real world issues.

Dean Lan

📌Startup business strategy, how to think about MVP, and how to build a product, find product-market-fit, marketing/distribution strategy

founded a website that has generated over 2.4M USD in sales in the past 4 years. Ran a travel tech startup and led a team of designers and engineers to build various tech products.

Gino Chang
General Manager of KKTV

📌Investment, Strategy, General Management, Internet, Music Streaming, Video Streaming, Entertainment Industry.

Gino Chang works in Internet industry for 6 years and has seasoned experience in investment and strategy. Now, he is General Manager of KKTV, the prestige video streaming service in Taiwan under KKBOX Group. Previously, Gino worked in Morgan Stanley to cover Asia semiconductor Industry.

Leland Lai
Managing Partner of phireGEN

📌Strategy, Market Entry, P&L Growth

Leland has built several fast-growth businesses in both Asia and Silicon Valley. phireGEN specializes in C-level strategic consulting and business development execution in the Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) space. Over the years, our boutique firm has delivered engagements spanning Spain, Kazakhstan, Korea, Brazil, Greater China and Hollywood USA. Leland is currently advising SBIE2’s private placement business and guiding a client through the T-Mobile/Sprint merger. Prior to this, he headed Facebook's Telecom infra Project and led GSMA through a major strategic pivot that grew Mobile World Congress Shanghai by 3658% over 7 years. Leland was part of the 2007 Terayon executive team when Motorola acquired it for USD 140M and part of the 2001 eOn Communications’ IPO team. He began his career in 1990 at Hutchison Telecom.
Leland was a recipient of Award for Excellence in TMT from WI Harper, and was named an Executive to Watch by Fierce Wireless Magazine and a Conference Ambassador by Shanghai. He holds both an MBA and a BS in mechanical engineering from UCLA.

Marc Howard
Co-founder of BizPayO

📌 MVP development, SaaS, Growth and investor pitching.

2x Founder @ BizPayO, @ AlgoHive. Angel Investor. Marc can help with MVP, SaaS, Growth Marketing, Network Effects, Data Analytics and investor pitch decks.

Nancy Chang
CEO & Founder of PathWisdom

📌Strategy, pitching, product, marketing

A business builder and strategist with 10+ years of experience in consulting and tech. Nancy has an integrated understanding of strategy, product development, tech and commercialization through her current and prior work experiences. Interested in creatively solving problems and passionate about building new businesses that allow more people to understand themselves, experience the world and connect with each other. Before starting PathWisdom, Nancy was in a product role at TripAdvisor and a senior consultant at McKinsey & Company. Has extensive experience working in both US & the APAC region (Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Korea, China, HK). Received an MBA from Harvard Business School and a Bachelor of Law degree from National Taiwan University.

Poseidon Ho
Founder & GP of Outliers Fund

📌Human-Computer Interaction, Collective Intelligence, Ideation.

Poseidon invests science-driven ventures. Prior to founding Outliers Fund, he researched collective intelligence at MIT Media Lab, biomimicry at San Diego Zoo, and reality computing at Microsoft Research Asia.

Andrew Yang
Co-Founder of Presentality Consulting

📌Pitch, presentation, public speaking, slide design, fundraising

Andrew is a presentation coach and designer who has spent 12+ years working with Nobel-winning scientists, national leaders, corporate executives, startup founders, and venture investors. At the urging of a major VC, he co-founded Presentality in 2017 to help startups present more effectively to international investors, clients, and partners. Since then, Presentality has served over 100 companies, of which many went on to raise millions in venture funding. It has also worked with VC firms on their global communication and fundraising. Before this, Andrew was at Taiwan’s Presidential Office, where he was foreign policy speechwriter to the President and Vice President. He also spent 6 years at the International Science Council (which represents the global science community at the United Nations), working with President and Nobel Laureate Prof. YT Lee and other scientists on their presentation and communication. Andrew grew up in Taiwan, Europe and the United States, and speaks English, Mandarin, French, and German. He received his B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and his M.A. in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School.

Shawn Chu
Senior Investment Manager of Taiwania Capital

📌business development, fundraising,

Shawn Chu is a senior investment manager at Taiwania Capital, he is familiar with Taiwan startup ecosystem and community, and now focuses on the investments in IoT application, enterprise software and internet industry. Before joining Taiwania, Shawn has over ten years work experience in startups, venture capital and IBM. Shawn received B.S. from National Taiwan University in Physic and M.S. from University of Wisconsin - Madison in Electrical and Computer Engineering.

Allen Houng
Startup Business Development Manager of Amazon Web Services

📌Exited startup founder as CTO, technical expertise in cloud services, fund-raising advice, connecting to customers, business plans

Allen is a former founder - co-founded a company in San Francisco called Loopd which specialized in human traffic analysis at large tech conferences with IoT and Big Data analytics. Allen has a background in software (and a bit of hardware) engineering, and an MBA as well. Outside of work, Allen loves playing tennis, the guitar, and deep role-playing adventure or strategy games. Also a huge board game nerd. Currently serving as a Startup Biz Dev Manager at Amazon Web Services.

Kai Fu Cheng
Startup Accelerator Manager of Amazon Web Service

📌Growth strategy, management, product/service value proposition

Seasoned startup growth strategist. Achieved aggressive growth goals in both early-stage startups and pre-IPO firms.

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* Paktor Taiwan Country Manager
* Choco TV COO

Mike Hsieh
Assistant VP of CDIB Capital/Venture Capital

📌Business model, growth strategy, fund raising strategy

Mike is Assistant VP of CDIB Capital Innovation Accelerator (CCIA) and Alibaba Taiwan Entrepreneurs Fund I (Ali Fund). He focuses on early stage investments in AI, fintech, cloud computing, IoT and e-commerce. Mike has participated in 18 investments with total investment amount near US$40M. Mike is currently the director of portfolio companies FunNow, Tagtoo, and CloudMile.

Hao-Wei Chen
Founder of NEX Foundation

📌Cybersecurity and nonprofit entrepreneurship

A cybersecurity professional and a passionate nonprofit entrepreneur, with lifelong thirst for technology and community building. Hao-Wei has established multinational nonprofit groups and is leading the efforts to pursue their high-impact missions. He works as Head of Vulnerability Research Program at a global e-commerce company. Outside of work, he serves as the President of NEX Foundation and the Chair of Cybersecurity Advisory Committee in Overseas of National Security Council (Taiwan).

Jun-Han Su
Research Fellow of Harvard University

📌Biomedical Research, Commercializing Biotechnology, Venture Capital; Happy to help with idea selection and provide assistance to those working on biotech/medical device/diagnostics startups

A physician-scientist with experience in developing and commercializing biomedical technologies as well healthcare investing. I hold a MD and BSc in physics from NTU, MPhil from Cambridge, and a PhD in biophysics from Harvard.

David Kuo
CEO of iiiNNO(launch pad)

📌Business Model, Market Access

David Kuo is the co-founder and CEO of iiiNNO, a startup launchpad based in Taipei with an early-stage investment of 25K to 50K USD. He is committed to collaborating with startup founders to achieve 10X growth via business model validation and to acquire the first customer in the new Asian markets. David speaks and shares frequently in Asia on how to build a sustainable ecosystem and how to build a successful cross border startup team with founders, ecosystem builders and policymakers. Moreover, he contributes to the development of the Taiwan and Asia ecosystem by rolling out global initiatives and program locally such as Startup Weekend / Startup Grind and GEN Global in Taiwan since 2011.

Jeffrey Ling
Partner, REV by Venturecraft

📌0 to 1

Jeffrey Ling helps various tech startups with their cross-border scaling. He was in three startups, as well as assisted more than 150 startups while working for an incubator and later an accelerator.

Organizing Team

Techstars Startup Weekend Taipei is 100% led by volunteer community leaders.
Learn how to get involved here

  • Oko
  • Ping
  • Rosa
  • David
  • Penelope
  • Christina
  • Jessica
  • Cristina


Belinda Esterhammer
Founder and Director - Springboard Group

I am a tech enthusiast and digital marketing specialist with international experience. Prior starting Springboard Group - a marketing agency, I led high-profile digital marketing campaigns for EY’s female entrepreneur program in Hong Kong. I have worked in marketing and communications across many sectors including time at UNICEF in the Philippines, an Austrian consultancy focused on governmental institutions, a German B2B and B2G IT company and the biggest online job platform in Spain. I’m a passionate advocate for female mentoring and founded the NextGen Women Network, sit on the committee of TEDxTinHauWomen and I’m also a steering committee member of the Asian University for Women. 

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