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The Global Competitiveness Report 2018
The Global Competitiveness Report 2018 In the midst of rapid technological change, political polarization and a fragile economic recovery, it is critical that we define, assess and implement new pathways to growth and prosperity. The 2018 edition of the Global Competitiveness Report represents a milestone in the four-decade history of the series, with the introduction of the new Global Competitiveness Index 4.0. The new index sheds light on an emerging set of drive..
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The Best & Worst Cities for Expats in 2018
 Asian newcomers Taipei and Singapore manage to relegate the 2017 winner, Manama, to third place, while the “Eternal City” lands in the bottom 3. The Expat Insider City Ranking 2018 gives insights into expat life in these and many more cities around the globe. #1 Taipei receives top 5 results across all indices. #2 Singapore does particularly well for quality of urban living. #3 Manama comes first for getting settled. Rome joins two Saudi Arabian cities ..
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Taiwan FDI Statistics Summary Analysis (March 2019)
   According to the statistics of Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs,831 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects with a total amount of US$1,024,422,000 were approved from January to March 2019. This indicates an increase of 5.73% in the number of cases, but a decrease of 54.4 % in FDI amount compared with the same period of 2018.    With regard to inward investment from Mainland China, 31 cases were approved with an amount..
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TCPD Wins Smart City Innovation Award for WORK SMART Platform
The Taipei City Police Department (TCPD) won an award in the governmental innovative applications category of the 2019 Smart City Innovation Application Awards for its innovative WORK SMART Platform. The app was exhibited at the Smart City Summit & Expo held at the TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall between March 26 and 29. The award was presented by Vice-President Chen Chien-jen. TCPD Commissioner Chen Jia-chang pointed out that the agency has developed a series of applications that aim to alle..
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Secure your prime location at TAITRONICS 2019!
 Venue Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 (No.1, Jingmao 2nd Rd., Nangang District, Taipei City 11568, Taiwan) Show Dates and Hours October 16 – 17, 10:00 – 18:00 October 18, 10:00 – 17:00 Dates for Exhibits Move-in October 14 – 15, 07:00 – 17:00 Move-out October 18, 17:00 – 19:00 (hand-carried) October 19, 07:00 – 17:00 Welcome all industry insiders to register online.
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U.K.-Taiwan science research project funds 11 Taiwanese researchers
 Taipei, March 25 A project initiated by the British government last year to fund Taiwanese researchers to conduct research in the United Kingdom has funded 11 Taiwanese researchers over the past year, the U.K.'s representative to Taiwan announced Monday. Launched in March 2018, the U.K.-Taiwan Innovative Industries Program is designed to promote U.K.-Taiwan science research cooperation activities, in which the U.K. provides NT$8 million (US$274,000) for Taiwanese applicants wanting to ..
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Taiwan ranked 1st in world for quality of life: survey
  Taiwan ranks 1st in Quality of Life Index, 2nd best place for expats overall in InterNations' Expat Insider survey TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- Taiwan has been ranked 1st in quality of life and the 2nd best place for expats overall in InterNations' Expat Insider report for 2018. In the report's Quality of Life index released yesterday (Sept. 6), Taiwan reclaimed its throne from 2016 at 1st place. Taiwan is rated especially high for its affordable health care at 96 percent and per..
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AIT director: people should `think outside the box'
Taipei, March 20 (CNA) The de facto U.S. ambassador to Taiwan called on people to "think outside the box" and explore emerging technologies at the opening of the 2019 AIC Innovation Forum Wednesday in Taiwan. Brent Christensen, director of the American Institute in Taiwan's (AIT's) Taipei office, in his opening remarks at the forum, quoted Albert Einstein, who said: "Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire w..
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Taiwan FDI Statistics Summary Analysis (February 2019)
  According to the statistics of Investment Commission of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, 555 foreign direct investment (FDI) projects with a total amount of US$558,089,000 were approved from January to February 2019. This indicates an increase of 11% in the number of cases, but a decrease of 56.09 % in FDI amount compared with the same period of 2018.    With regard to inward investment from Mainland China, 18 cases were approved with an amount of US$7,405,000 from Jan..
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2019 Taipei Cycle: Mar. 27 - 30, 2019
 As one of the most important international bicycle shows, the 32nd Taipei Cycle will take place from March 27-30, as it continues to promote the development of smart cycling. In cooperation with Nangang's Exhibition Center, this year Taipei Cycle will accommodate approximately 1,115 domestic and foreign companies expecting to set up 3,250 booths. Along with the concurrently held Taipei International Sporting Goods Show (TaiSPO), the exhibitions are expected to host 4,600 booths, making th..
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2019 Taipei Aerospace & Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE 2019) 2019 Taiwan International Drone Show (DRONE TAIWAN 2019)
 Organized by: Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) Co-organized by: Committee for Aviation Industry Development (CAID) Taiwan Aerospace Industry Association (TAIA) Venue: Taipei World Trade Center Exhibition Hall 1, Area A, C&D (5, Hsin-Yi Road, Sec. 5, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.) Show Dates and Hours: 9 a.m. ~ 5 p.m., Aug 15-17, 2019 Admission: ‧Open to local and international industry insiders, welcome to pre-register online and bring 2 name cards to visit...
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Announces the reexamination results of abnormal labeling cases found in MOEA joint inspection.( May 2010 to Feb. 2019)
 Central Region Office, MOEA May 2010 to Feb. 2019 coordinates municipal governments and county (city) governments to conduct commodity labeling check and reexamination regarding traditional industries related commodities such as clothing in accordance with MOEA import abnormal commodity joint inspection brigade. Total abnormal labeling commodity found 519,746 pieces, have corrected 261,281 pieces, removed from the rack 254,902 pieces, reexamination improvement percentage 99.31%. The resul..
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Taiwan removed from EU tax haven greylist
 Taipei, March 14 (CNA) The European Union has removed Taiwan from the bloc's greylist of tax havens, acknowledging the nation's efforts at implementing anti-tax avoidance measures, Taiwan's Ministry of Finance (MOF) said Thursday. The MOF vowed to continue to work with governments of other countries in the future and implement the anti-tax avoidance measures, to ensure the nation's international image and reputation remain untarnished. The agency will also safeguard EU-based Taiwanese..
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U.K., Taiwan sign MOU on offshore wind industry
 Taipei, March 13 (CNA) The United Kingdom's de facto embassy in Taiwan and state-owned Taiwan International Ports Corp. (TIPC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Wednesday to facilitate bilateral cooperation on Taiwan's offshore wind development. The MOU was signed by Catherine Nettleton, representative of the British Office Taipei, and Chung Ying-feng (鍾英鳳), head of TIPC's Taichung branch, during the Asia-Pacific Wind Energy Expo in Kaohsiung. "I hope that our collaboratio..
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The Statistics for Taipei City Firms and Corporations Registration in February, 2019
   By the end of February 2019 there was a total of 237,595 firms and corporations registered in Taipei City, up by 0.56% from February 2018. Most of them were wholesale and retail trade industries that amounted to 64,989(27.35%), followed by manufacturing industries with 30,394 (12.79%). Professional, scientific and technical services industries amounted to 28,638(12.05%).   There were 824 newly registered firms and corporations in February 2019, the majority of which concentrated in who..
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Application information about “Taipei City Government Start-up Loan for Youth Entrepreneurs” for February 2019!
 The “Taipei City Government Start-up Loan for Youth Entrepreneurs” of which the interest is fully subsidized by the Taipei City Government has a credit guarantee fund amounting to NT$ 1.35 billion. It is open for application starting from April 26, 2011. As of the end of February 2019, a total of 1,738 SMEs have submitted their applications and 1,561 were approved. The total loan released amounted to NT$10.71 million and the approval rate was 89%. A total of 379 applicants wer..
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Application information about “Taipei City Government SMEs Loan Program” for February 2019
 The “Taipei City Government SMEs Loan Program” was established by the Taipei City Government on March 1, 2009. The credit guarantee fund amounts to NT$3 billion and as of the end of February 2019, a total of 3,920 SMEs have applied for the loan. The city government has approved 3,317 applications and the total loan released amounted to NT$2.7 billion. The approval rate was 83%. A total of 236 applicants were approved for loan of above NT$2 million while 1,215 applicants were a..
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Taipei-based Accelerator MOX Selects 6 Promising Startups for Demo Day
Taipei-based accelerator MOX recently kicked off a demo day in Taiwan’s capital, with six global startups offering mobile services in areas ranging from fintech to e-commerce selected for cultivation. MOX, also known as the Mobile Only Accelerator, is backed by Silicon Valley-based venture capital fund SOSV, which has US$550 million of assets under management. Mox’s ecosystem now stands at over 30 companies. It will hold another demo day on Mar.1 in Singapore. The six s..
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COMPUTEX d&i awards 2019
  Participation   The COMPUTEX d&i awards 2019 invite manufacturers, designers, sales representatives, importers and distributors in the Information Communication Technology industry to register to compete in this year's awards. Entries should demonstrate an exceptional level of innovation and design quality. There is no limitation to the number of entries per contestant. However, the products and contents submitted must not violate the patents and protective rights of other p..
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2019 TAIPEI AMPA Opens April 24 Highlights Smart Applications for Auto Parts and Auto Electronics
Asia’s premier event for auto parts and auto electronics--Taipei Int’l Auto Parts and Accessories Show (TAIPEI AMPA), will be held April 24th through 27th at Taipei World Trade Center (TWTC) Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 1. 1,530 exhibitors will occupy 4, 550 booths, the largest ever in the history of the Show.  Global automobile electronics and electric vehicle markets are growing rapidly, driven by trends towards smart applications and energy saving. In Taiwan, a complete..
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Taipei 8th in city rankings for world's super rich
Taipei, March 9 (CNA) Taipei was listed 8th in terms of its number of mega-rich residents, individuals worth a minimum of US$30 million, according to Knight Frank's 2019 Wealth Report released this week. According to Knight Frank, a real estate consultancy, the top spot in 2018 was taken by London (4,944), followed by Tokyo (3,732), Singapore (3,598), New York (3,378), Beijing (1,673), Paris (1,667), Seoul (1,594), Taipei (1,519), Zurich (1,507) and Sao Paulo (1,352). Despite Brexit, London i..
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The Price Indices for February 2019
 Contact Information : Price Statistics Section, Department of Statistics, Directorate General of Budget, Accounting & Statistics (DGBAS)  Tel : 886-2-2380-3449 The CPI in February 2019 was 102.39(2016=100) which increased 0.99% from the preceding month, and rose 0.23% compared with the same month of 2018. The WPI was 102.77(2016=100) which increased 0.20% from the preceding month, and rose 0.80% compared with the same month of 2018. Full text : (PDF) 【Attachment】 Table ..
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Taiwan Business Indicators Of January 2019
 In January 2019, the overall monitoring indicator changed to “yellow-blue” signal from “blue” signal last month, as the total score increased four points to 20. The trend-adjusted leading index and the coincident index were both decreasing, the government will be closely monitoring the economic situation. Please click HERE to download
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SMART CITY SUMMIT & EXPO
 Established in 2014, SCSE is not only the platform for Taiwan ICT industry to present their smart city solutions, but also the biggest IoT application exhibition in Asia.   MAYORS' SUMMIT The Smart City Mayors' Summit provides a high-level dialogue platform for city leaders across the globe. Over 150 mayors are expected to join in the 2019 edition of Mayors' Summit. "GO SMART" OFFICIAL LAUNCH Founded by Taipei City Government, the Global Organization of Smart Cities ..
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Taiwan’s MOI mulls revision of uniform ID number for foreigners
 The MOI intends to remove structural control by changing the format of the uniform ID number for foreigners Taiwan’s Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said in an English news release on Feb. 11, reinforcing the government's dedication to revising "the numerical format of the ROC uniform ID number for foreigners in accordance with that of the national ID card, so as to retain foreign talents in Taiwan and enable them to live with dignity.” Minister of the Interior Hsu Kuo-Y..
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Applying for a Credit Card, and Points to Note Regarding Credit Card Use
  Application: A foreign national wishing to apply for a credit card must submit tax withholding certificates or other evidence of financial status, a photocopy of their passport, and a photocopy of a valid Alien Resident Certificate etc., and must submit their application according to the rules laid down by the Taipei Fubon Bank. Taipei Fubon Bank has the right to refuse to issue a card to any applicant, at its own discretion. *Applying Contact Window: Shifu Branch, Miss Chian..
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2019 Global Startup Talents @ Taipei program open call for application.
 Taipei City, capital of Taiwan, is hosting Global Startup Talents @ Taipei program for international startups in ICT, IoT, Life Science, AI, Blockchain, Fintech, AR/VR and Deep Technology to create business opportunities and engage with Taiwanese partners as strategy to enter China and Asia market. Program date: 27th May ~ 10th June, 2019 with Application deadline: 15th April, 2019 Apply now with this http://bit.ly/2019TalentsTaipeiApply
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The Statistics for Taipei City Firms and Corporations Registration in January, 2019
   By the end of January 2019 there was a total of 237,569 firms and corporations registered in Taipei City, up by 0.68% from January 2018. Most of them were wholesale and retail trade industries that amounted to 64,998(27.36%), followed by manufacturing industries with 30,408(12.8%). Professional, scientific and technical services industries amounted to 28,596(12.04%).   There were 1,345 newly registered firms and corporations in January 2019, the majority of which concentrated in wholes..
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TIMTOS 2019, Record-Breaking Scale Highlighting Industry 4.0 & Smart Manufacturing
 Taipei International Machine Tool Show, known as TIMTOS, jointly organized by TAITRA and TAMI, will open its grand doors March 4-9, 2019, across four exhibition halls — TWTC Hall 1 and Hall 3, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 and Hall 2. Indeed, Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 2 will officially open in March 2019, to accommodate more exhibitors. With this new venue, TIMTOS will house a total of 1,230 exhibitors in 7,000 booths, creating a new record and becoming the w..
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New minimum wage to take effect in January
 Starting January 2019, a new minimum wage of NT23,100 (US$750), an increase of 5% from the current level of NT$22,000 (US$715) will go into effect. Hourly wage will be adjusted from the current NT$140 (US$4.55) to NT$150 (US$4.88), an increase of 7.14%.    
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Taiwan software developers, Japanese firms sign MOUs
  Tokyo, Nov. 9 (CNA) Four Taiwanese software developers signed memorandums of understanding (MOU) with Japanese counterparts Thursday, establishing partnerships for future development, with an eye on the Southeast Asian market. In a ceremony held in Tokyo, Taiwan-based HAMASTAR Technology Co. signed a MOU with Japan's Mars Flag Corp., Taiwan's Syscom Group inked an agreement with Japan's Arise Innovation Inc., Taiwan'..
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Taiwan looking to APG anti-money laundering evaluation
  Taipei, Nov. 4 (CNA) A team of experts will visit Taiwan on Monday to begin assessing the country's anti-money laundering practices, an examination that could have a profound impact on its ability to handle financial transactions worldwide, an official said Sunday. The team is being arranged by the Asia/Pacific Group on Money Laundering (APG), a multilateral mechanism established in February 1997 to prevent money lau..
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Taiwan climbs to 13th in World Bank's 'Doing Business' rankings
  Washington, Oct. 31 (CNA) Taiwan has climbed two spots to reach the 13th position among 190 economies in the latest "Doing Business 2019" rankings, according to the international economic organization. The improvement was reflected as Taiwan received a score of 80.90 points, up 0.24 points from a year earlier, according to the report, which was issued on Wednesday. In the Asia-Pacific region, T..
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TAIPEI CYCLE Leads the Way into New Frontiers: Industry 4.0 and Smart Cycling Innovations for the Cycling Industry
Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA), the organizer of the 2018 Taipei International Cycle Show (TAIPEI CYCLE 2018), invited representatives from 22 trade media to experience the dynamism of Taiwan bicycle industry in R&D and production, by visiting industry clusters surrounding Taiching and Tainan May 21 through 23. They previewed new products on site in 20 companies, including global industry leaders in complete cycles and cycle parts and components--Giant, Merida, Alex Glob..
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2018 Circular Economy Taiwan: the One and Only International Transaction Platform for Sustainable Economy and Green Growth
 The 2018 Circular Economy Taiwan (CE Taiwan) to be held at the Nangang Exhibition Hall I, Taipei from September 19 – 21 is the only B2B international “trade show” focusing on circular economy in Taiwan. Coming to the show, the visitors not only get to see the innovative technologies and comprehensive solutions in circular economy, but could also have a glimpse of what the future holds for the industry and where the business opportunities will be by attending different &l..
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DOED Joins Local Industries in Expanding Business Opportunities in Thailand
The Taipei Government strived for more international market for local businesses by organizing “2018 Taiwan Expo Thailand” from Aug.30 to Sep.01, 2018 after a great achievement from “2017 Taiwan Expo Philippines”. Over 200 businesses visited the Taipei Fine Goods Pavilion from Smart Business Zone and inquired operating information on its platform; 20 of them became potential partners on merchandise developing to optimize products on Taipei Fine Goods platform. Innovating..
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Taipei City Government held the “Taipei Vision: Developing towards a Circular City International Forum”
  Taipei City Government held the “Taipei Vision: Developing towards a Circular City International Forum”     The objective of the forum is to explore the potential changes to policies and impact on future development brought about by the concept of circular economy. To implement the vision, the city government introduced its initial plan covering eight areas, including wate..
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The Statistics for Taipei City Firms and Corporations Registration in May, 2018
        By the end of May 2018 there was a total of 237,431 firms and corporations registered in Taipei City, up by 1.58% from May 2017. Most of them were wholesale and retail trade industries that amounted to 66,491(28%), followed by manufacturing industries with 30,489 (12.84%). Professional, scientific and technical services industries amounted to 27,641(11.64%).   There were 1,635 newly registered firms and corporations in May 2018, the majority of which concentrat..
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MEET TAIWAN High Five's with Japan and Korea
   Sponsored by the Bureau of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economic Affairs and implemented by TAITRA, MEET TAIWAN (Taiwan MICE Promotion Program) visited Seoul in Korea and Fukuoka and Osaka in Japan from June 3–9 to hold promotion and exchange meetings. MEET TAIWAN, Taipei City Government's Information and Tourism Department, and a number of Taiwan’s MICE businesses including hotels, travel agencies, conference consultants, and public relations/affairs firms formed a de..
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2018 FOOD TAIPEI
  FOOD TAIPEI hosts Taiwan suppliers of specialty products who offer a full spectrum of food for global buyers scouting unique foods and ingredients. Across Asia, Taiwan is renowned as the epicenter of gourmet foods, fine dining, fresh produce and skilled chefs. The 28th Taipei International Food Show will be held from June 27 to 30 of 2018 in Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 1 and TWTC Hall 1. ..
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Taipei Pavilion won the international recognition at 2018 BIO International Convention !
  The 2018 BIO International Convention has successfully concluded. Both local and international enterprises attended the four-day exhibition, submitting many inquiries at the Taipei Pavilion. The opening day reached maximum capacity throughout the day. Dozens of one-on-one strategic partnership meetings and onsite information sessions were held for five premium Taipei-based biotech manufacturers. These meetings have resulted in internation..
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Upcoming BioTaiwan Exhibition
  The '2018 BioTaiwan Exhibition' is coming to the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center July 19-22. BioTaiwan has teamed up with the Taiwan Pharmaceutical Manufacture and Development Association (CPMDA), the Biotechnology and Pharmaceutical Industries Promotion Office, MOEA, and the Taiwan Research-based Biopharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (TRPMA) with the aim bringing together South-East Asia biomedical-related companies and ..
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International Startup Talent Summit - Meeting with Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-Je
    The Department of Economic Development of Taipei City Government (DOED) welcomed innovative technology startups to the 2018 Startup Talent Matching Forum. The meetings held in town aimed to facilitate international industrial talent exchange, increase numbers of overseas talent, and foster close business collaboration.     The International Startu..
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COMPUTEX 2018 Presents Largest Startup Platform in Asia with Global Startups and Resources to Maximize Commercialization Opportunities
Innovative technology is currently revolutionizing industries and driving markets to become more diversified. As Asia’s leading startup platform, InnoVEX at COMPUTEX attracts local and worldwide high-potential startups, organizations and teams to participate in the annual event.  With a series of much-anticipated forums, the platform makes it possible for exciting new ideas to emerge. Entering its third edition, this year’s InnoVEX will take place from June 6th to 8th at Ta..
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COMPUTEX 2018 to Focus on Global Innovations as InnoVEX Features Six Highlights and Explores Next Blue-Ocean Opportunities
May 15, 2018, Taipei— COMPUTEX 2018 held a press event today, announcing that 388 startups from 21 countries will participate in InnoVEX this year. In addition to the existing elements of “Display”, “Demo”, “Pitch” and “Forum”, two more sessions (“Workshop” and “Startup Tour”) will be added to InnoVEX to bring more momentum from local and global startups. Representatives from Audi, La France à Taiwan (Business ..
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