EU – Taiwan ICT Cluster Matchmaking Event, Taipei

Submitted by Alina Danieles… on 08 June 2016

Organised in the context of the European Innovation Week and COMPUTEX in Taiwan 2016

A delegation of EU cluster representatives participated in a Cluster Matchmaking Event organised in the context of the European Innovation Week of the European Commission in Taiwan, back to back to COMPUTEX, Asia’s largest ICT Exhibition, which took place in Taipei from May 30th to June 3rd, 2016. The event aimed to promote collaborations between European and Taiwanese clusters, business associations and companies; thus, creating greater possibilities for European SMEs to go international towards the Taiwanese market and in global value-chains.

During the European Innovation Week, the cluster representatives had the opportunity to participate in a series of informative and networking activities:

  • Cluster Introduction Session;
  • Guided tour to COMPUTEX;
  • Welcome Reception; and
  • Company visits.
  • Matchmaking Session;
  • Several seminars;

The Cluster Introduction Session included the European delegation of 23 clusters and 9 Taiwanese business association executives. In this session, each participant had the opportunity to briefly present their organisation and their interests for establishing collaborations.

On June 1st, the EU cluster representatives participated in matchmaking meetings, where they discussed collaboration and partnership opportunities. Overall, the cluster participants conducted more than 120 one-to-one meetings, including business associations, companies and governmental agencies 

In order to gain insight into the Taiwan ICT business eco-system, the cluster representatives participated in four seminars focused on different topics: a) smart health; b) smart mobility; c) Taiwan-EU Horizon 2020; and d) smart industry. In this regard, several of the EU cluster representatives participated as speakers in some of the seminars. Additionally, the delegation had the opportunity to do a guided tour of the COMPUTEX Taipei Fair, attend a Welcome Reception which provided further opportunities for informal networking and visit very interesting companies - Fair Friend Group (FFG), Advantech and Gogoro . 

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