Taiwan’s business-friendly political environment and its proximity to China make it an important target for investments.
In terms of venture capital, it is not as mature as Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore but its advanced electronics background makes it a hot spot for tech start-ups, especially in AI, IoT, and big data.
Highly skilled labor market and its strong links to the US market, the Silicon Valley in particular, also makes it an attractive ecosystem.
Although it is an important electronics manufacturing base Venture Capital and Private Equity industry started to develop relatively late after the 2010s.
The number of startup programs, accelerators, co-working spaces has increased significantly in the last few years.
Investors tend to fund Taiwanese startups at early stages such as seed, Series A and Series B rounds.
Angel investors like National Chiao Tung University (NCTU) Angel Club and National Development Fund’s (NDF) Business Angel Investment Program is very active in the market. Taipei-based Appworks is another major incubator in the country
Appier, KKday, Shopline, Viscovery, Kloudless, and Bitmark are among the prominent startups that received venture capital funding locally and globally.
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