「女力」襲捲新創圈 台灣女創業家成新焦點

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在過去的十年裡,大多數知名的台灣和台灣裔美國創始人都是男性,包括Yahoo的楊致遠、YouTube的陳士駿(Steve Chen),NVIDIA的黃仁勳(Jensen Huang),電玩遊戲「吉他英雄」(Guitar Hero)的黃中彥與黃中凱兩兄弟、無名小站的簡志宇、Twitch的林士斌(Kevin Lin)。

台灣的創業環境雖然尚未像美國和矽谷那樣,已圍繞多樣性和包容性的對話,然而在創業生態系統中,台灣科技領域的女性力量正在上升。

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根據台灣創新競技場125人創業家會員的數據,大約30%的會員中至少有1位女性創始人,近25%的會員中至少有一位在國外出生。對於今年2018 #TaiwanRocks參觀全球新創盛會 TechCrunch Disrupt SF的人員統計,更有以下發現:

1.性別:50%的新創公司至少有一位女性聯合創辦人,其中包括3位女性CEO和1位CTO

2.國籍:創業家們多來自台灣、美國、加拿大,其中1名更擁有臺灣「創業家簽證」(Taiwan’s Entrepreneur Visa)。

3.社群支持:例如台灣創業競技場,AppWorks,BusinessNext / MEET,STEEP!等

可以顯示,台灣的「女力」正在持續抬頭,領導擴大台灣全球創業足跡,為台灣人爭光。

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CHANGING FACE OF TAIWAN STARTUP SCENE: Female founders grabbing the spotlight

Most of the best-known Taiwanese and Taiwanese-American founders in the startup field over the last decade have been male, including big names like Jerry Yang of Yahoo, Steve Chen of YouTube, Jensen Huang of NVIDIA, Charles and Kai Huang of Guitar Hero, Chihyu Chien of Wretch, and Kevin Lin of Twitch.

Furthermore, conversations around diversity and inclusion have not yet become commonplace in Taiwan as they have in the US and Silicon Valley. However, despite the lack of a unified effort toward gender diversity in the startup ecosystem, there is rising female power within Taiwan’s tech scene, within both startups and incubation/acceleration organizations.

Startup Entrepreneurs

According to data from Taiwan Startup Stadium’s 125-member membership program Starting Lineup, roughly 30% of member companies have at least 1 female founder, and nearly 25% have at least one foreign-born founder. For the 2018 #TaiwanRocks tour to TechCrunch Disrupt SF, the demographics are diverse:

  • Gender breakdown: 50% of the selected startup companies have at least 1 female co-founder, including 3 female CEOs and 1 CTO

  • Nationalities: founders from Taiwan, the United States, and Canada, including 1 recipient of Taiwan’s Entrepreneur Visa (available since 2015)

  • Community backing: Taiwan Startup Stadium, AppWorks, BusinessNext/MEET, STEEP!

Female Leadership Expanding Taiwan’s Global Startup Footprint

  • Amanda Liu and Holly Harrington, Taiwan Startup Stadium

  • Stephanie Tang, Rookie Fund

  • Jane Shih, Girls In Tech Taiwan

  • Cori Hsieh, TAVAR

  • Elisa Chiu, Anchor TaiwanErica Liu, STEEP!

  • Katie Chen and Jasmine Lin, Business Next & AAMA

  • Jackey Wang, 500 Startups Taiwan

  • Josephine Chao, Garage+ & Epoch Foundation

  • Tina Cheng, Cherubic Ventures

  • Chris Hsiang, Startups Greater Asia

Rising Female Founders Representing Taiwan at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018

Dipp, Jennifer Chen:
NYC SaaS startup CEO chose Taiwan as new company home ahead of global expansion

Jennifer Chen is co-founder and CEO of Dipp, a SaaS platform that automates the creation of social media and display ads with machine learning. Her work sits at the intersection of digital media and business development. She has provided product and marketing strategy for brands located in USA, Turkey, Thailand and China. Experience include print and digital strategy for Citibank and Hilton, product design for JPMorgan Chase, OOH display for New York Stock Exchange.

  • Founded: 2017 October

  • Target audience: SME that needs one-stop digital marketing creation solution across Facebook, Instagram and Google+

  • Incubator/Accelerator programs: TSS, AppWorks

Velodash, Molly Huang:
Serial entrepreneur brings expertise in the cycling industry to new platform

Female serial entrepreneurs. Previously founded Panobike+, an IoT platform to better track cycling route. Velodash rolls out to be a new social platform – Facebook for cyclists.

  • Founded: 2018 May

  • Target audience: Cyclists around the world

  • Traction: Recently gained 2,000 new users on Singapore Nation’s Day by partnering with Singapore government through Orange Fab Asia accelerator program, then now expanding to Japan and US market.

  • Marketing campaign: September 9th Velodash SF Ride : https://www.facebook.com/events/2064798076898193/

  • Incubator/Accelerator programs: TSS, AppWorks

SkyREC, Cate Xie:
CMO-turned-CEO bring AI to brick and mortar to power the Google Analytics of foot traffic

SkyREC is an award-winning AI team that enables retail stores to better understand its customer behaviour and generate insights for its operation. Cate as co-founder and CEO utilize her best BD/sales skill to make SkyREC into a profitable business.

  • Founded: 2015 January

  • Target audience: Shopping malls, chain stores, retail stores, consulting company, advertising company

  • Clients: IKEA Taiwan, Timberland Taiwan

  • Exhibited with TSS: 2016 Slush Asia Tokyo, 2018 Techsauce Global Summit, 2018 TechCrunch Disrupt SF

  • Just closed pre-A round led by Top 3 Taiwan’s semiconductor company (To be announced)

  • Incubator/Accelerator programs: TSS, AppWorks

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