Project Title

APEC Accelerator Network for Early-Stage Investment 

Project Year

2014   

Project Number

SME 01 2014 

Project Session

Session 1   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Completed Project   
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SME 01 2014 

Project Title

APEC Accelerator Network for Early-Stage Investment 

Project Status

Completed Project 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

Operational Account 

Sub-fund

None 

Project Year

2014 

Project Session

Session 1 

APEC Funding

101,900 

Co-funding Amount

143,419 

Total Project Value

245,319 

Sponsoring Forum

Small and Medium Enterprises Working Group (SMEWG) 

Topics

Small and Medium Enterprises 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Chinese Taipei 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Australia; Korea; Indonesia; Peru; Thailand; United States 

Expected Start Date

01/03/2015 

Expected Completion Date

31/08/2015 

Project Proponent Name 1

Maggie Hsu Hsiu-Ling 

Job Title 1

Senior Executive Officer, Incubation Division 

Organization 1

Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, Ministry of Economic Affairs 

Postal Address 1

3rd Floor, No 95, Sec 2, Roosevelt Rd, Taipei 

Telephone 1

886-2 23662251 

Fax 1

886-2 23673914 

Email 1

maggiehsu@moea.gov.tw 

Project Proponent Name 2

Not Applicable 

Job Title 2

Not Applicable 

Organization 2

Not Applicable 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

Not Applicable 

Declaration

Maggie Hsu Hsiu-Ling 

Project Summary

As a response to 2014 APEC theme of “Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership”, this project, in cooperation with PPSTI, ABAC, Global Accelerator Network (GAN), National Business Incubation Association (NBIA), Asian Association of Business Incubation (AABI) and European Business and Innovation Center Network (EBN), seeks to accelerate start-ups’ fundraising activities by organizing the APEC Accelerator Network (AAN) for Early-Stage Investment. Through connecting entrepreneurs with the innovation needs of world well-known enterprises, this project echoes the 2014 priority ofpromoting innovative development, economic reform and growth”. It will be set as 2-day event in August 2015. The first day will be 2nd APEC Accelerator Network (AAN) Summit, where global top accelerators, CEO, VCs, Angels and high profile entrepreneurs will be invited not just to discuss start-ups financial issues in depth, but also bridge regional resources to deepen co-incubation. The second day will be APEC Challenge 2015, which includes Start-up Business Competition and Matching. Above all, this project will be the catalyst and facilitator for financial inclusion of high-growth SMEs and start-ups in the APEC region.

Relevance

This project falls under 3 items of the APEC Funding Criteria Rank 1, “Promoting SMEs Development including improving access to global markets and Investment”, “Investment”, and “Next Generation Trade and Investment Issues” as well as the criterion of Rank 2, “Promoting innovation policy and research cooperation”

Innovative start-ups and high-growth SMEs are regarded as the driving force behind structural changes and sustainable economic growth and prosperity, especially in their stronger propensity to generate employment than average firms as well as technological and social innovation, which has been acknowledged in a report issued by OECD. However, they usually have great difficulties in accessing the early-stage investment from business angels and VCs to promote their profitable and outstanding idea or product. For example, the early-stage investment for start-ups in Chinese Taipei is only around 10% to 15% far lagging behind the late-stage investment on expansion and mezzanine. But thankfully, based on the experience of Silicon Valley, accelerator featuring mentoring, funding, and networking has been proven as an effective tool to connect the early-stage investment.

For this, we proposed the APEC Start-up Accelerator (ASA) Initiative in 2013 and hosted Intel APEC Challenge, successfully connecting more than 200 entrepreneurs and start-ups through the ASA platform. In 2014, we further established the APEC Accelerator Network (AAN) by recognizing that 60% of accelerators are currently located in North American, whereas only 14% are in Asia, according to the statistic of GAN. The network has been functioning as a platform where start-ups can benefit more in terms of cross-border incubation, mentorship, investment, and business opportunities. For example, a start-up team Gogolook, attending Intel APEC Challenge 2013 with outstanding performance was acquired $18 million USD by Naver, the Korean tech giant that is best known for providing the messenger service, “Line”, two month later.

With the basis of the plans accomplished and to be achieved, and the acknowledgement of the fact that mentorship-driven investment is the key factor to successfully help start-ups grow and get the financial support, we are proposing APEC Accelerator Network (AAN) for Early-Stage Investment for the 2015 functioned as the connector and catalyst to keep deepening the engagement and participation of all the related stakeholders so as to enhance the business matching for the start-ups and high-growth SMEs in the APEC region. This platform will be kept sustainable by intensively cooperating with the mentioned well-known accelerator networks through information exchanging, platform sharing and start-ups co-incubating.

Moreover, this project will benefit APEC members and the region by 1) building an APEC mentorship-driven Investment Network which will provide an inclusive Entrepreneurial Networking Directory, containing the full lists of participating start-up teams in the past and current, active accelerators, business angles and VCs engaging in early-stage investment for benefitting APEC economies on “Promoting SMEs Development including improving access to global markets and Investment”; 2) hosting 2nd AAN Summit where world top accelerators, high profile entrepreneurs, famous business angels and well-known VCs engaging in early-stage investment will be invited for the purpose of discussing the issues on how to essentially strengthen a sustainable innovation ecosystem in APEC region; 3) holding APEC Challenge 2015, where 30+ preselected Start-up teams from APEC region will have the chance to directly get investments from VC, Angels and world-top entrepreneurs. Above all, this project will be the catalyst and facilitator for financial inclusion of high-growth SMEs and start-ups in the APEC region.

Objectives

·   To underpin the regional networking of accelerators by setting up the event as a mechanism to connect and reinforce communication with each other.

·   To create a pragmatic start-ups ecosystem by facilitating business matching between start-ups and suppliers of funds, and by utilizing cross-border resource of incubation.

.    To build an APEC mentorship-driven Investment Network functioning as the catalyst and facilitator for financial inclusion of high-growth SMEs and start-ups in the APEC region.

Alignment

This project plays as a seed of the APEC Start-up Accelerator initiative, endorsed and supported during the 20th APEC Economic Leader’s Meeting in 2012. Besides, it aligns with the 20th APEC SMEMM theme, “Enhancing SME Global Competitiveness”, and its sub-theme on “Entrepreneurship Development for SMEs”. Moreover, it echoes the 2014 APEC theme of “Shaping the Future through Asia-Pacific Partnership”, especially on the second priority of “promoting innovative development, economic reform and growth” which emphasizes the importance of innovation proposed by the APEC informal senior officials’ meeting. On the other side, it is in line with the focus on SME’s participation in Global Value Chain, which is emphasized in APEC Ministers Responsible for Trade, Qingdao Statement, 2014, quoted from item 22, “…We reaffirm the importance of building up an enabling environment to accelerate startups and boost development of SMEs, through addressing trade, investment and regulatory barriers for SMEs and offering improved and efficient services to them”

This project also aligns with the three priorities and objectives set by the SMEWG Strategic Plan 2013-2016: Building Management Capability, Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Financing; and Business Environment, Marketing Access and Internationalization.

Lastly, it aims for boosting on the cooperation between public and private section that contributes toward the ABAC priority: “Supporting Small, Medium, and Micro-Enterprises (SMME) & Fostering Entrepreneurship” as well as PPSTI’s vision, “Promoting an Enabling Environment for Innovation”.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Outcomes: This project as a whole, in the medium-term, will work as an engine to bring the policy change with intensive cross- fora cooperation among SMEWG, ABAC and PPSTI, to build up an APEC mentorship-driven Investment Network with the active participation of private sector, and to improve the start-up ecosystem with the strong bond of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the APEC region.

With the strong APEC cross-fora cooperation such as mentorship provided by ABAC for start-ups and the policy discussion on promoting start-ups by encouraging the early-stage investment with PPSTI, policy makers in the APEC region will fully understand how a public and open international platform providing business matchmaking, mentoring and networking can deal with the difficulties faced by start-ups and high-growth SMEs so as to promote innovative development, regional economic integration, as well as economic reform and growth for APEC economies. With these facts, we believe that the policy orientation will be focused more on early-stage investment for start-ups and SMEs, in addition to the current focused issue of SME accessing finance.

Also, the outcome on building a strong mentorship-driven Investment environment among private sectors like accelerators, business angels, VCs and start-ups in APEC region will benefit SMEs in the APEC region with the fact of the more international investment and market that start-ups can access, the higher survival rate they get.

Under the public policy support and the establishment of early-stage investment network, this improved start-up ecosystem will enhance financial inclusion of high-growth SMEs and start-ups in the APEC region and become a positive feedback toward society, since the higher start-ups survival rate, the more job creation.  

With these positive outcomes of the AAN platform in the near future, we can foresee that APEC will be playing a crucial role to be an incubator of innovative start-ups and high-growth SMEs in the Asia-Pacific region.

Beneficiaries: The following stakeholders will be benefited with the outcomes to be achieved through this project:

-    For governments and policy makers, this project will enable a more active and synergized start-up ecosystem with the effective communication between public and private sphere; it also means more cooperation between the two and across the region. The fora such as SMEWG and PPSTI and all member economies can be benefited in terms of the results and experiences of this project so as to better understand the importance on promoting early-stage investment and to initiate the necessary public policy for assisting the high-growth SMEs and start-ups in the APEC region.

-   Regional accelerators such as 500 Start-ups, StartupsHK, JFDI.Asia, AppWorks, TMI Labs and etc. can access and identify promising start-ups to incubate or invest through this event. Moreover they will be able to identify potential co-incubation opportunities with each other through this APEC mentorship-driven Investment Network and APEC Entrepreneurial Networking Directory.

-   With a strong collaboration between SMMEEWG of ABAC and this project of SMEWG by issue discussing, event participating and information sharing, this project can benefit the private sectors such as MNCs, including global top VCs like Intel and Siemens corporation, angels and investors by accessing pre-emptive business niches through funding start-ups in early stage with a relatively lower transaction cost on investment. In other words, they can optimize their own investment strategy through this project.

-   Start-ups with innovative ideas are definitely the direct beneficiaries of this project, as they will showcase in front of angel investors and venture capitalists like Intel and Siemens Corporation to access the fundraising opportunities. Guidance and business opinions delivered from the mentors and experts during the event will also greatly enhance their capacities and international business linkage in order to assist their business onto the world stage. Besides, they will get more visible and brand effect through participating in the APEC mentorship-driven Investment Network and through the national and international media, which is like our event last year, one of the start-up teams, Gogolook, has been acquired by Naver, the Korean tech giant.

-   Lastly, in terms of establishing the APEC mentorship-driven Investment Network, this project will also be beneficial to the emerging APEC economies through the capacity building activities to establish accelerator ecosystem, so as to help improve the current situation that only 14% accelerators are located in Asia.

Dissemination

The organizing committee will upload related papers and news onto the event website. Besides, we will report and share practice during some regular meeting at ABAC, PPSTI, EBN, NBIA and GAN etc. Moreover, this project will keep collaborating closely with MNCs like Intel and Siemens through their sponsorship and their business network for disseminating related information. Some wide-reaching media like Facebook fan page will also be used as a powerful approach to outreach result and output of the project.

Also, in terms of the APEC mentorship-driven Investment Network to be established and an inclusive Entrepreneurial Networking Directory to be created based on the directory of key accelerators that we are going to generate in 2014, this project will enrich and intensify the content of it in 2015. For accelerators, this directory can be used as a reference to build a solid accelerator network and to boost cooperation with each other. Moreover, this directory will bridge start-ups with Angels and VCs, which may create more opportunities for business matching and regional market access.

Gender

We well acknowledge female takes a crucial role in global economy. To strengthen women’s awareness of this, we will invite the renowned female entrepreneurs like Cher Wang, chair of ABAC SMMEEWG 2014 / Chair of HTC, Hongxia Shao from Fortune Capital, and Madeline Song from Siemens Venture Capital to showcase how they start a business and how they become big shots with great influence over the industry.

In addition, this project is designed to invite no less than 30% of female participants including female mentors, speakers, entrepreneurs, VCs and judges. It is expected that under the scheme of “APEC Accelerator Network for Early-Stage Investment”, women can take full advantage of fund raising activities as a starting point to successfully enter the market for their product, service or application. This empowerment also aligns with one priority of the SMEWG Strategic Plan 2013-2016, namely “implement programs to promote entrepreneurship to youth, women and minorities.

Work Plan

Month/Year

Activities

October 2014 – February 2015

-   Formation of event and other initial discussion meeting.

-   Venue and administrative arrangement

-   Tentative agenda setting

March -May 2015

-   Call for start-ups

  May 2015

-   Invitation-related work

-   Accommodations and flights arrangement

-   Sending Administrative Circular to all participants

August 2015

Day 1: 2nd APEC Accelerator Network Summit: open to 200+ attendees, including world top accelerators representatives, startup founders, APEC officials, and entrepreneurs.

The summit will play as platform to dialogue and reinforce the networking, collaboration between accelerators, founder of startup, entrepreneurs and officials. The main topic includes how to strengthen a sustainable innovation ecosystem in APEC region, and cooperation in APEC Challenge.

Proposed Speakers:

·  Chair of ABAC

·  Representative from Intel

·  Representative from Siemens

·  Dr. Yeung-Shik Kim, President, Asian Association of Business Incubation  (Korea)

·  Philippe Vanrie, CEO, European Business and Innovation Center Network (Belgium) 

Day 2: 2015 APEC Challenge: open to 200+ attendees, including 30+ preselected Startups teams from APEC region, 9 judges, high-profile Investor, VCs, Angels, APEC officials, world-top entrepreneurs.

Format: Start-up Demo & Business Matching  session

Proposed Investors:

.   Hongxia Shao, Partner, Fortune Capital(China)

·   Madeline Song, Investment Partner, Siemens Venture Capital (China)

·   Sugiono Wiyono Sugialam, Chairman/Co-founder, Ideosource (Indonesia)

·   Kei Andoh, President, MUFG Mitsubishi UFJ Capital Co., Ltd (Japan)

·   Jeffrey Paine, Founding Partner, Golden Gate Venture (Singapore)

·   Gerald Chen, Investment Director, Intel Capital (Chinese Taipei)

·   Roelof Botha, Partner, Sequoia Capital (Chinese Taipei)

·   Arthur Patterson and Jim Swartz, founder, Accel (USA) 

Risks

·  Low participation rate of start-ups or investors

Besides circulating information pertaining to this project through APEC channels, we will keep on utilizing social media, such as Facebook fan page, to disseminate relative information. In collaboration with StartupDigest website which has over than 250,000 subscribers interested in this field.

In response, we will promote this project through the AAN network, school incubators and other well-established accelerator associates like GAN, AABI, EBN and NBIA by event information interflow during the regular conference, seminar or workshop.

Moreover, we will leverage the AAN platform established in 2014 including partners among the APEC region (so far we have 31 partners from 14 economies, and we expect more) to collaboratively find more and also the right person to join our event. We believe this would be more contributing and beneficial to the start-up and acceleration ecosystem in this region.

·  Benefits for start-up teams and high-growth SMEs which can’t get award or outside from the project and for investors that won’t be able to join this project.

Based on the achievements of the previous two projects, this project will build an APEC mentorship-driven Investment Network which will provide an inclusive Entrepreneurial Networking Directory, containing the full lists of participating start-up teams in the past and current, active accelerators, business angles and VCs engaging in early-stage investment for benefitting APEC economies on “Promoting SMEs Development including improving access to global markets and Investment.

With this achievement, stakeholders that can’t be directly benefited in the event or are outside from this project still can keep in touch with the partners in the network by referring to the Entrepreneurial Networking Directory so as to bridge the gap on business matching and issue sharing.

·  The occurrence of unforeseen natural disasters

If any unforeseen natural disasters occurred, the event to be held will be postponed and the news will be released beforehand.

Monitoring and Evaluation

We will set three phases to well monitor the effectiveness of this project:

Before the eventThe organizing committee plans to call for start-ups from March to May 2015. It is supposed to have 20 teams at least by the end of April, and there should be more than 50 teams to register the event by the end of May.

During the eventA survey will be distributed among participants and startups on the event day. Information collected will be carefully inspected and constructive recommendation will be extracted from the survey, as which elements were most beneficial to start-ups and investors, and what to enhance in the future event.

After the eventWe will have a follow-up tracking mechanism for start-ups after the event in the long run. The long-term indicators for monitoring the state of start-up teams after participating in the event would be 1) the state of being invested, 2) the state of being incorporated, 3) the state of market expansion, 4) the state of job creation (employment), and 5) media exposure. Furthermore, we will also track the number of accelerator newly established in the Asia-Pacific region annually to observe how much impact will be brought into this region through this project.  

This investigating approach is quite critical for us to evaluate the impacts and effectiveness of the project. For instance, the event in 2013, we had an online movie ticket selling start-up, CinePapaya from Peru which got the award at the Intel APEC Challenge and was widely reported by Peruvian media and those reports enable CinePapaya to get more spotlights and keep its business in a plain sailing. Besides, we also traced another winning team from Japan, ShuR, helping deaf people with interpretation service and getting some business inquiries after the competition. According to the co-founder, those opportunities were totally beyond his expectation.

Based on the experience stated above, this project will keep on following up teams to evaluate how the objectives achieved. This tracking action will take place in 2 phases. First phase will be in 3 months after the event, while the second one will be in 6 months. Supposedly half of the start-ups will response to the follow-up.

Moreover, this project is designed to run a dedicated website where the Entrepreneurial Networking Directory and all other information will be uploaded. Also, besides sending our project report to APEC secretariat, it will be sent to APEC PPSTI as well for their consideration of policy recommendation on promoting start-ups by engaging in the early-stage investment.

Linkages

Engagement: Relevant stakeholders within the APEC including ABAC and PPSTI and outside of APEC such as start-up related international organizations, AABI, NBIA, GAN and EBN, leading MNCs and AAN members are important to this project. With the collaboration among these organizations, we can expect greater engagement on the issue of early-stage investment from these parties.

In addition to the linkage with ABAC that we have been engaging since 2013, we also expect a close collaboration with PPSTI. PPSTI has organized the sub-group for “Promoting an Enabling Environment for Innovation”, which is highly in line with the objectives of this project. Also, PPSTI has claimed that by 2023, APEC will have achieved innovative growth through PPSTI’s efforts to develop policy recommendations and share best practices through collaboration amongst government, academic, and private sector stakeholders. Therefore, we will provide PPSTI with the outputs of this project for their reference on policy suggestions and best practice sharing for the purpose of promoting an enabling environment for innovation.

Furthermore, we are also seeking cooperation with private sectors by the continuous collaboration with Intel and Siemens to be the event co-sponsors, by the close cooperation with the AAN accelerators to nominate innovative start-up teams, by the active communication with the top business angels and VCs who could be able to offer capital resources for the early-stage start-ups and high-growth SMEs to essentially benefit this platform.

Previous Work: AAN Early-Stage Investment is the only APEC event that holds the practical business matching and performance showcase platform for high-growth SMEs and start-up teams with the sponsors coming from the leading multinational corporations and with famous international start-up mentors, top business angels and VCs engaging in early-stage investment.

This project is built upon the experiences feedbacks learned from the first ASA implementation stage and AAN platform establishment to continually and widely deepen the collaboration among the APEC fora, member economies, international organizations pertaining to start-up issues, MNCs, business angels and VCs of this project.

Therefore, we can say that this project will be the catalyst and facilitator for financial inclusion of high-growth SMEs and start-ups in the APEC region resulting from the ASA Initiative in 2013 as well as the established AAN in 2014 that has been endorsed in 38th SMEWG and to be presented on 21st SMEMM. It is also the advancement of the collaborative entrepreneurial efforts built by member economies, such as, the APEC Start-up Conference I&II (Korea & Peru) and the Seminar on the dynamics of SME: Informality and Women Entrepreneurship (Indonesia) and the Young Entrepreneur Network (Russia).

APEC’s Comparative Advantage: The APEC joint ministerial statement in 2010 had recognized that SMEs are a significant source of prosperity and employment, and a major contributor to innovation. This fact also has been acknowledged in the report issued by OECD which asserts that high-growth firms exhibit a much stronger propensity to generate employment than average firms. In addition, the mentorship for helping Start-ups to grow and get funding is the critical factor for their business continuity. With this background, we can conclude that the engagement on promoting early-stage investment with the mentorship will help to provide a better eco-system for helping high-growth SMEs and start-ups to grow so as to highly boost the economic growth in the APEC region.

Based on the above evidence, it shows there are still improvements needed to create a better environment for start-ups and related stakeholders in Asia. For this, AAN for Early-Stage Investment has set needs for APEC’s continuous support in order to further nurture a stronger and healthier start-up eco-system in order to essentially meet the 2014 APEC priority on “Promoting innovative development, economic reform and growth” and the APEC project rank one vision, “Promoting SMEs Development including improving access to global markets and Investment”

However, the achievement of building up a strong and healthy start-up eco-system cannot be made solely by a single party but requires a lot of efforts from both public and private sectors. APEC has long been a platform for encouraging entrepreneurship development and promoting regional collaboration with its pioneering leadership as a path finder, resources provider and policy recommender. Hence, APEC is the best source to carry out this project since public and private partnership is its highly esteemed value and regional collaboration is APEC’s core competence.

Sustainability

This project aims to bridge start-ups, investors and accelerators across Asia-Pacific region. The platform and directory of APEC Accelerator Network has been established in 2014 to boost dialogue and cooperation between accelerators, which not only benefit accelerators themselves, but also start-ups can make use of the network to cross economies’ borders and to access experts from all over the APEC region.

Now the “APEC Accelerator Network for Early-Stage Investment” will expand this directory into APEC Entrepreneurial Networking Directory which will contain the full lists of participating start-up teams in the past and current, active accelerators, business angles and VCs engaging in early-stage investment. In other words, this can benefit investors to access business niche, while the start-ups can reach out some more fund-raising opportunities and even more to foster a greater mentorship-driven investment network in the APEC region.

In brief, this directory plays a crucial role to gather and optimize all the innovation-related resource in APEC region. Therefore stakeholders including start-ups, accelerators and VCs/angels can make use of it to run their business and to carry out investment strategies, even after the completion of this project.

After project completion: Through establishing such an APEC mentorship-driven Investment Network and the presenting platform for start-ups, investors, and with the active cross-fora collaboration with ABAC and PPSTI and cooperation with GAN, NBIA, AABI and EBN, this project will be the flat stepping stone paving the way for start-ups and accelerators. What we envision is to build up an innovative eco-system for investors and start-ups in the APEC region. Thus, AAN is not only a matchmaking platform but also more a resource sharing and opportunity finding place for member economies. By annually launching AAN event, we could accumulate more and more energies and resources to sustain this important accelerator eco-system in this region, and also contribute to the next generation trade issue by creating more opportunities for young entrepreneurs.

After completing the project, there will be winning teams sponsored to Intel Global Challenge in Silicon Valley and Siemens Venture Forum in Germany and the stakeholders can further contact with each by using the APEC Entrepreneurial Networking Directory. Thus, even after the completion of this project, this network will continually help start-ups get practical feedback from senior entrepreneurs’ perspectives, and gather funding resources to run business. On the other hand, entrepreneurs could make use of those valuable chances, based on disruptive innovation, to move onto the world stage. In brief, stakeholders of the project, namely, start-ups and entrepreneurs will access business niche in reciprocal way.

Also, this project is designed to run a dedicated website, with it we can analyze participants’ information and generate statistics to keep track of participant formulation, including SME and start-up participation rate, female participation rate, and the number of high level executives. In addition, a survey will be distributed among participants on the event day. Information collected will be carefully inspected and constructive recommendation will be extracted from the survey, as which elements were most beneficial to start-ups and investors, and what to enhance in the future event. We will also closely follow up the enrolled teams’ and stakeholders’ feedbacks, and their experience can be used as reference for future capacity building activities.

Progress on the outcomes and impacts be measured?  

As stated in the question 6, this project will bring the outcomes of policy change with intensive cross-fora cooperation, to build up an APEC mentorship-driven Investment Network with the active participation of private sector, to improve the start-up ecosystem with the strong bond PPPs in the APEC region.

With the above expectations, two main approaches will be employed to measure the outcomes and impacts of this project:

-  For the policy change within the APEC region, we will share the experiences with and conduct a brief survey to know the policy change of all member economies on the issues of start-ups investment through SMEWG meetings next year.

-  For well measuring the mentorship-driven Investment environment and among accelerators, business angels, VCs and start-ups and the start-up ecosystem, the inclusive Entrepreneurial Networking Directory will be the useful tool for us to follow up, to communicate with and to get feedback from with the stakeholders of the network, so as to better know how the environment of early-stage investment has been improved of this project.

Project Overseers

The PO will be Maggie Hsiu-Ling Hsu (Tel: +886-2-2366-2251, Email: maggiehsu@moea.gov.tw), Senior Executive Officer, Incubation Division at SMEA, MOEA. Mrs. Hsu’s current assignment is to support Chinese Taipei’s role in APEC SMEWG. She has successfully managed and implemented several technical assignments as well as workshops for APEC fora.

The main point of contact responsible for this project is Chia-Hsien Yang (Tel:+886-2-2366-2262, Email: robertyang@moea.gov.tw), Section Chief of Incubation Division at SMEA, MOEA.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable

Direct Labour

Not Applicable

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Not Applicable

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