Government-funded startup project coming this winter
Taiwan Startup Stadium (TSS), an industry organization funded by the National Development Council (NDC), is expected to open this winter in downtown Taipei with the mission of internationalizing the local startup ecosystem.
With a similar motivation and structure to Singapore’s BLK71 and Malaysia’s MaGIC, the TSS will serve as home base to dozens of Taiwanese startups with both Taiwanese and international founders who are working to grow their businesses globally, the organization said in an email to CNA last week.
The TSS will be housed in the former Zhongshan Soccer Stadium in downtown Taipei and comprise an area of up to 100,000 square feet (9,600 square meters) when it is scheduled to officially open later this year.
Notable TSS advisors
include YouTube co-founder Steve Chen and Lee Kai-Fu ( ), a former executive at Google Inc. and current CEO of Taiwanese venture capital firm Innovation Works.
Major tech companies such as Google, HTC Corp. ( ), Foxconn Technology Group ( ), Yahoo Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. are TSS corporate partners.
The TSS is now under prelaunch planning and has brought four Taiwanese startups to participate in the RISE tech conference in Hong Kong held on July 31-Aug. 1.
Among the four Taiwanese startups are GHOSTA, the maker of a smart helmet that makes the wearer’s journey safer and more informative through augmented reality projection, and LOOPD, the provider of a beacon badge enabling event marketers to track physical analytics and gain insight into actual attendees’ engagement.