This post was contributed by Jeremy Brand Yuan, a writer for TechOrange in Taiwan.
Four Taiwan startups participated in China’s largest demo show, DEMO China, in Hangzhou last week and walked away with two awards out of a total field of 140 Chinese startups. The startups were chosen for their performances at Taiwan’s IDEAS Show back in July, and one team, Accuvally, had a particularly strong showing. The team took third place overall with their event management solution Accupass, winning the Innovation Star Award, and the Qualcomm/Sequoia capital Wireless Business Award.
Taiwan’s Institute for Information Industry (III), who organized IDEAS Show in Taipei, co-hosted the second ‘Cross Strait Entrepreneur’s Evening’ with cyzone.cn, the host of the show. It provided a chance for the Taiwanese startups, including iSpark,FunP, Pubu, and Saja, to network with local Chinese entrepreneurs and businessmen. As a result of its result at the Hangzhou regional preliminary, the Accuvally team will go on to the DEMO China finals to compete against China’s top startups.
Since its inaugural event in 2008, IDEAS Show has been a springboard to larger spotlights for startups in Taiwan. It has acted as a feeder into the main stages of larger DEMO shows in China and the US. So far, 15 III teams have gone onto demo in either the US or China DEMO shows and 5 of those have won awards for their efforts. This year, two more as-of-yet unnamed teams will be headed to DEMO in the US later next month. We’ll keep you posted on those team’s progress when their names are released. Until then, congratulations to Accuvally and the other startups that represented Taiwan in Hangzhou.