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WeScale Challenge 2021

WeScale Challenge 2021

9 Nov 2021 @ 08:00 09:30 CET

Are you an ambitious (startup) company in the Netherlands, aiming for international expansion in Asia? Or are you an ambitious company in Taiwan, aiming for international expansion in Europe? Pitch your company and the innovative products or services you’re offering your clients. Show how beneficial your innovations are for society and how you would use Taiwan / the Netherlands in your plan to expand internationally.”

The WeScale Challenge is an annual pitch competition for startups interested in international expansion via Taiwan & the Netherlands. Each year, the winning startups are awarded with business resources to kickstart their business expansion plan.

In the 2021 edition, 6 startups from Taiwan & 6 startups from the Netherlands will pitch their expansion plans in front of an international jury. The winning companies from the Netherlands will receive the Taiwan Explorer Awards, including access into Taiwan’s robust support system for startups. The winning companies from Taiwan will receive free coaching hours and soft-landing resources in Europe, provided by Taiwan Globalization NetworkTiger Accelerator, and partners.

Criteria for Pitching Companies

For Dutch startups & scale-ups joining the pitch event, we love to see:

  • that you are a business registered in the Netherlands,
  • with a proven proposition and you are looking to scale-up;
  • and that you have a clear view on what Taiwan (and Asia) can bring for your company – and vice versa.

For Taiwanese startups & scale-ups joining the pitch event, we love to see:

  • that you are a business registered in Taiwan,
  • with a proven proposition and you are looking to scale-up;
  • and that you have a clear view on what the Netherlands (and Europe) can bring for your company – and vice versa.

To register to pitch, upload your pitchdeck and elaborate on these criteria in the following form:

The registration deadline for pitching is Nov 7, 2021 (Sunday) at 23:59 CET.

Taiwan Explorer Awards 2021

The Taiwan Explorer Award 2021 includes the virtual soft-landing & coaching packages offered by Taiwan Innovation Hub partners. The packages for each Taiwan Explorer Awards winner, when quantified into coaching hours, are as follows:

  • 1st Prize: 30 hours
  • 2nd Prize: 20 hours
  • 3rd Prize: 10 hours

Within the hours provided, all packages can be tailored-made, in accordance with the available resources matched with the winner’s specific demands. The resources in the virtual soft-landing packages include:

  1. TAcc+ In-depth Business Development Services, including virtual softlanding support.
  2. Taiwan Startup Terrace Virtual Soft-Landing Program
  3. Free/low-cost participation in ITRI / Tiger Virtual Soft-landing program in Taiwan.
  4. Free (virtual) support for testing at Chunghwa Telecom’s (CHT) 5G Living Lab.
  5. Free active matchmaking & mentoring by TGN-experts in Taiwan and the Netherlands.
  6. Free Investment Readiness Check coaching (3 hours per team) offered by Tiger Accelerator
  7. Free tailor-made virtual visiting program with TGN partners like SMEA Startup Taiwan, Taiwan Start-Up Hub, Global Talent Taipei, ITRI, TRIPLE, III, NTUT, NTUST, Kaohsiung Software Park Startup, NKUST, NSYSU, etc.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Taiwan

Taiwan Business Day 2021 is organized as a part of Global Entrepreneurship Week Taiwan.

Global Entrepreneurship Week Taiwan is supported by Taiwan’s Small and Medium Enterprise Administration(SMEA), Ministry of Economic Affairs(MOEA), and activated by the National Innovation and Entrepreneurship Association (NiEA). During the week between November 8 and November 14, GEW Taiwan highlights numerous Taiwanese startup ecosystem events in an international context, and draws attention to what Taiwan’s startup scene has to offer for international partners.

Crossroads 2021

WeScale Challenge 2021 is organized as a part of Crossroads 2021.

Crossroads 2021 is an umbrella-event organized by Startup Utrecht from 8 – 11 November, during which startups, scaleups, investors, corporates, and various stakeholders in the European startup ecosystem come together to network and engage with each other. You can browse through the rest of the program here.



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