Eleven out of the 21 Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA) startups won in the COMPUTEX d&i awards.
The recent worsening pandemic situation is having huge impact on Taiwan industries but creates opportunities for startups. For the first time this year, COMPUTEX goes hybrid, offering a combination of innovative online and offline experience. COMPUTEX d&i awards, a global design and innovation contest aiming to drive innovation and optimized R&D, attracted 166 submissions of innovations from seven countries.
An elite panel of judges including angel investors from Silicon Valley reviewed submissions based on five key criteria—Innovation, Technical, Functionality, Social, and Craftsmanship and Aesthetics—to select winners of this year. Among the 21 Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA) startups, 11 won, with two startups—JGB and DoQubiz—receiving the Gold Awards and Specialty Awards, respectively.
With the rise of the residential leasing market in Asia, JGB Smart Property offers SaaS applications for residential property management with its cloud based software solution, which automatically integrates information such as lease agreement, tenant information, lease term, rent, repairs, and smart home device management to effectively streamline and increase efficiency of property management business.
DoQubiz, a cybersecurity startup, foresees the global demand of 5G and IoT and has developed a disruptive innovation for data security management. Unlike traditional firewall, DoQubiz focuses on its customers’ most important confidential files. After fragmenting the files, the fragments are each encrypted with block chain technology. Not only does this effectively prevent theft and blackmail but also reduce the risk of file tampering.
According to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoST), COMPUTEX is not only a tech exhibition with the longest history in Taiwan but also one of the most important global technology keystones. Over the past few years, MoST has actively promoted innovative technology with market potential and facilitated commercialization, and market globalization for startups through TTA. Having two startups win the highest COMPUTEX d&i awards alongside ASUS proves the strengths of Taiwan startups and their capability to compete with international tech giants.
The nine TTA startups also winning an award include dp smart technology, ELECLEAN, EPED, Sounds Great, Uniigym, ULTRON, ArcRAN, APG, and LuminX Biotech.
TTA Marches Forward with O2O Strategy, Paving the Way for Taiwan Startups in the Post-Pandemic Era
Officially launched in June of 2018, TTA is supported by MoST. Beside partnering with international accelerators to assist startups with mentorship and fundraising, TTA also leads startups to participate in global renowned exhibitions to establish Taiwan startup brand, create global market exposure opportunities, promote collaboration with international enterprises, and connect with overseas investors.
In response to changes in the global market in the post-pandemic era, TTA marches forward internationally by establishing a location in Southern Taiwan to further strengthen Taiwan’s innovation capabilities while continuing to lead startups to participate in online exhibitions, and collaborate with Taiwan Representative Offices worldwide along with trade associations and accelerator partners under an O2O strategy. For the 11 startups that won COMPUTEX d&i awards this year, TTA has started to work on connecting them with the global supply chain and creating a matchmaking platform to expose them to networks of entrepreneurial and corporate investors as well as enterprises for collaboration, enabling Taiwan startups to shine even brighter on world stage.