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1 October @ 12:00 - 17:30 CEST


For the 8th time TGN organizes Taiwan Business Day in The Netherlands, the main event for Dutch entrepreneurs to learn about the culture and business opportunities in Taiwan. This year’s special attention will go to the theme ‘Smart Landing! Real Investment!’ – on how soft landing programs in Taiwan can be effectively used to grow your innovative business.

Why Taiwan Business Day?

First of all Taiwan is a regional production and innovation powerhouse in the Far East, ‘made in Taiwan’ is a quality brand on its own. On top of that Taiwan is known for its quality of living standards and ease of doing business. In that regard it really has advantages over neighboring countries. Where The Netherlands is the Gateway to Europe, Taiwan is the Gateway to the Far East of Asia which is illustrated with six large Taiwanese corporations in the Fortune 500 like Foxconn and Quanta Computers, but also the high number of Dutch companies already operating there such as Philips and ASML.

For Social, Creative and Technical Innovators, Start-ups and Scale-ups

The Taiwanese and Dutch economy have many similarities, an open economy with a large export focus. SME’s play a main role in both countries, both in the service industry as in production and as suppliers of the large corporations. General differences are that Taiwanese companies have traditionally focused on outsourced production and Dutch companies on design, trade and services. In recent years both countries have moved to top regional rankings on innovation and start-up climate, showing that both economies are going through rapid renewal processes. That’s why Taiwan Business Day offers opportunities for young companies and scale-ups from both countries – to match/mix and succeed.

Taiwan Business Day 2019 in historic City Hall Utrecht

Taiwan Business Day will offer you information about business opportunities in Taiwan and the possibility to meet business people and business support organizations from Taiwan to get access to these opportunities. Like very year you’ll be able to meet your future business partner, government support and investor to expand your business. After Taiwan Business Day the Taiwan Dinner is organized to extend your business experience in a Taiwanese way. TGN will bring in people and opportunities from Taiwan, so you can have direct access to them. Spending an afternoon, preferably extended in the evening, will expand your horizon!

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Taiwan Business Day 2019 (TBD19) includes ESIL Open Day and will be organised at the historic City Hall in Utrecht. It includes a seminar to help you understand the Taiwanese opportunities and help you with your business expansion strategy. Taiwan Business Day ends with a networking event to expand your international business network. TBD19 is a pre-event of StartupFest Health 2019 (SUFH’19), where TGN will organize a “Taiwan Innovation Pavilion” showcasing the innovative and creative technologies, products and services from Taiwan.

11:45  Demo floor opens

>> Dutch entrepreneurs should put your business cards into the lucky draw box to win one of two Taiwan Explorer Awards, 2 weeks of exploring business and innovation opportunities in Taiwan.

12:00 Networking lunch

13:00 Seminar ‘Smart Landing!

      • Easy business with Taiwan – Mr. David JP Wang (Taipei Representative Office)
      • Regional Accelerator for Innovation & Development – Jelle van der Weijde (Rapid-Health.org, EBU)
      • Entrepreneur from Taiwan in Netherlands – Nadia Kang (AiQ Smart Clothing Inc.)
      • Dutch entrepreneur in Taiwan – Egbert Jaspers (ViNotion) TBC
      • Scale Up with soft-landing programs in Taiwan – Valerie Hsu (TGN, Tiger Accelerator)

15:30  Tea & Coffee Break

15:45 ESIL Open Day ‘Real Investment!’

      • How can ESIL assist with cross border investing – René Reijtenbagh (ESIL Netherlands)
      • How to foster seed cross border investing between Europe and the Tiger countries – Jérome Barrel (BPI France)
      • Invest in Health Business! – Douwe Jippes (Healthy Capital) & Hsu-Wei Fang (Taiwan Medical technology platform, NTUT)

16:30  Lucky draw and pitching for  Taiwan Explorer Awards by China Airlines, EVA Air & TGN

17:00 Networking & Drinks

17:30  Program end

18:30 Taiwan Dinner (ca. € 20,00 paid to restaurant) take your new found friends to dinner!


1 October
12:00 - 17:30
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Oude Stadhuis Utrecht
Stadhuisbrug 1
Utrecht, Utrecht 3511 JK Netherlands


TGN – Taiwan Globalization Network