By Nitin Dahad, EETimes
July 24, 2019
Taiwan may already be a key part of the electronics manufacturing supply chain, but it is now trying to enhance its image beyond manufacturing, as an enabler of hardware-based artificial intelligence (AI) services serving an increasingly data-driven society.
This was evident when we recently spoke to the country’s science and technology minister Liang-Gee Chen during Innovex, a startup exhibition that ran alongside Computex. In addition to the AI services focus, he also emphasized a desire to connect its startups with global innovation ecosystems, provide them with a platform for growth, and encourage its academics to spinout out technologies that enable an AI enabled world.
One of the pillars of the government’s master plan is to encourage key startup accelerators to establish in Taiwan or recruit for its cohorts from the country – an important part of the global ecosystem integration plan. A number of accelerators and investors from the U.S. were invited to meet local startups during Innovex. We had the opportunity to meet some of those investors while in Taipei.