In 2017, this program welcome for the first time 3 Taiwanese startups among the 30 visiting France. Chasewind, Thinkcloud and SpaceApes spent a week of immersion in Paris and in region. Following this program, Chasewind partnered with Optivent to develop an AR smart glasses technology. Thanks to a meeting with le Swave, a French incubator based in Paris and specialized in Fintech, Thinckcloud followed their incubation program in 2018 to develop their activates in France!
2018 edition of YEI took a big step for France Taiwan cooperation in innovation. Indeed, thanks to the support of Ministry Of Science Technology, 3 more startups were selected. In total, 6 startups were selected last year to take part to the immersion week. Bened Biomedical, Faceheart, Flexwave, Realiteer, Thinktank and Ubiik followed in an intense program with meetings, B2B and presentation of the French ecosystems in Paris and in region (Lille, Lyon and Grenoble) and of course, a French event.
Since 2017, 9 startups have participated in this program and 15 startups have already been (or will soon be) in France thanks to MOST and French Office in Taipei partnership.
For 2019 edition, French office in Taipei and MOST collaborate once again to send more startup to France with the France Taiwan Startup Immersion program. Based on the YEI scheme, this program will allow 6 startups from medtech and biotech industry to follow one week of immersion in France in December. The startups will first follow a program with Schoolab, an innovation studio based in Paris and then 3 of them will go to Grenoble, also called the Silicon Valley of Europe, and 3 of them will go to Angers, a growing place for tech startups 1h30 away from Paris!