Dutch startup wins Taipei soft landing programme in virtual pitch competition

24-Jul-2021 Intellasia | TaiwanNews | 5:02 AM Print This Post

Dutch startup Luxexcel on Wednesday (July 21) beat out five other Netherland-based competitors in an online pitch contest to win a slot in a soft-landing programme, allowing it to explore potential business opportunities in Taipei.

The virtual competition, co-hosted by the Netherlands Office Taipei, Netherlands Enterprise Agency, and Taipei City government, was organised as part of an online event that invited a Dutch delegation of startups to Taiwan’s InnoVex convention. More than 100 members from the Dutch and Taiwanese startup communities were present, according to a Netherlands Office Taipei press release.

The jury consisted of TK Chen, CEO and co-founder of FunNow, Arthur Chen, managing partner at BE Health Ventures; Yan Lee, founder and managing partner at Hive Ventures; Vincent Wang, managing partner and chair of Sunsino Venture Group; Noel Chan, associate director of Drive Catalyst; and Ted Chang, CTO of Quanta Computer.

During the event, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je said cooperation between Taipei and the Netherlands has expanded into various fields with the help of multiple memorandums of understanding, especially in innovation and startup exchanges with Eindhoven.

Eindhoven Mayor John Jorritsma said that he has seen a lot of cooperation amongst Dutch and Taiwanese companies while leading delegations in the East Asian country. He highlighted the partnership between a Dutch startup specialising in chip cooling technology, and Gigabyte, the Taiwanese motherboard manufacturing giant as a primary example.

Meanwhile, Netherlands Office Taipei Guido Tielman said that he hoped this online event marks the beginning of more in-person exchanges in the future.

Luxexcel, which produces the world’s first 3D-printed prescription lenses, was granted a spot in a Taipei soft-landing programme by Commissioner Lin Chung-Chieh from the city’s Department of Economic Development. This gives the lens startup a free shared working space at t-hub, the largest incubator in Taiwan, and provides opportunities for media features and events for funding and match-making, per the press release.

The five other competitors included Dimenco, manufacturer of the world’s first simulated reality and 3D display in 8K; SecuMailer, which provides GDPR-compliant email solutions; Absolute Audio Labs, which utilises software to develop hearing enhancement technology; Roader Media, which produces cameras that automatically record 10 seconds of video prior and after being turned on; and Orange Quantum Systems, which creates custom software and hardware solutions for quantum physics and quantum technology research.



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