I wrote a post not too long ago posing the question if ‘Taiwan was too small for start-ups?’. It was in response to observations of friends that said Taiwan is very strong in OEM and device manufacturing but lacks an energetic internet start-up atmosphere. But after doing a bit of searching, it turns out there are a few people in Taiwan trying to change that.

I recently interviewed Jamie Lin, Founding Partner of AppWorks Ventures, a Y-Combinator like start-up incubator founded in 2009 based in Taipei and focused on the Chinese Internet and mobile phone applications. They are early stage investors and offer support in the form of coaching, networking, assistance and resources. The in-take is 10-15 teams every 6 months. I think it is a great model that really benefits the entrepreneurs, the country and the economy.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.