SparkLabs Taipei Launches to Help Taiwanese Startups Go Global

SparkLabs Taipei Advisors, Venture Partners and Managing Partner

“Why don’t we see more Taiwanese startups moving onto the international stage? They have the know-how and they have the ability, so what’s holding them back? These are questions that keep me up at night and make me restless,” Edgar Chiu

SparkLabs, a network of accelerators in Asia, is launching in Taipei after recently launching in Beijing. The first accelerator was launched in Seoul in 2012 with 79% of its 74 graduates receiving follow on funding and over $195 million in venture capital. SparkLabs has expanded to Songdo, South Korea with an IoT & Smart City accelerator, Beijing, and early next year a FinTech accelerator in Hong Kong.

Edgar Chiu has joined SparkLabs Taipei as the Managing Partner who will oversee its operations. He was previously the COO of Gogolook where he was responsible for developing global partnerships in Japan, Korea, the Middle East and Southeast Asia for the Whoscall app, a global caller ID service which accumulated more than 50 million downloads.

Gogolook was subsequently acquired by Naver (Korea’s leading Internet company with a US$24.4 billion market cap) in 2013, and Edgar took on the role as the founding General Manager at Camp Mobile Taiwan, Naver’s mobile group.

“Why don’t we see more Taiwanese startups moving onto the international stage? They have the know-how and they have the ability, so what’s holding them back? These are questions that keep me up at night and make me restless,” explained Edgar. “This is why I’m excited to be working with my colleagues at SparkLabs, accessing their global network, and numerous startup experiences. With our help, more Taiwanese startups will be able to go global.”

SparkLabs Taipei will target startup companies in IoT (Internet of Things), AI, VR/AR, mobile, fintech, healthcare, and others verticals. The mentorship-driven program will be three months in length and will provide funding, office space, a structure program and access to a top-tier network of entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, angel investors and executives from Silicon Valley and across the globe.

“I’m estatic that we were able to recruit Edgar to head up SparkLabs Taipei. From…

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