2021 上半年台灣 AI 生態系地圖,企業與新創的共舞

原始檔案下載:Taiwan’s AI Ecosystem Map First Half 2021

Norman Chi, Analyst (紀泳瑜 / 分析師)

負責投資與基金管理。在加入 AppWorks 之前,曾於勤業眾信審計部門服務近兩年,參與過的財務報表查核案件橫跨多個產業。畢業於台大會計系,學生時期曾擔任台大學生會活動部部長與會計系系學會公關長。喜愛品嚐美食、棒球與推理懸疑類影集。期許自己成為理性,但不失熱血與溫度的創投分析師。

新冠肺炎疫情肆虐全球超過一年,即便疫苗已在不少國家大規模施打,讓解封逐漸展開,然而,疫情帶來的商業、工作模式劇變,卻是不可逆的。在疫情的逼迫下,AI、雲端化、數位轉型,已成企業與新創這段時間以來共同克服的挑戰。

站在這樣的大趨勢之下,2021 上半年對所有台灣 AI 新創來說,最令人振奮的消息,莫過於 Appier 赴日上市並達成獨角獸 (10 億美元) 市值里程碑,為有志於國際市場的台灣新創,起到了很大的激勵作用。此外,當各科技大廠不斷追求更高效能的運算能力,半導體產業持續將重本投入晶片研發與製程的情況下,AI 晶片新創 Kneron 也於年初獲得來自鴻海、華邦電等電子大廠的策略投資,並支援鴻海領導的 MIH 電動車開放平台。

AppWorks Accelerator 每半年更新一次的「2021 H1 台灣 AI 生態系地圖」(Taiwan’s AI Ecosystem Map First Half 2021) ,和以往有所不同的是,在這次發佈的版本中,隨著部分 AI 新創開發的服務或應用,不再限縮於某一特定產業,而是跨產業的解決方案或技術,所以這次 AppWorks 將新創區域拆分成兩部分:特定產業應用、跨產業技術。希望讓這份地圖,更真實反映台灣最新的 AI 產業樣貌。檢視整體生態系變化的過程中,我們觀察到 2021 上半年幾個值得注意的趨勢如下:

新創機會:企業急需更有效率導入 AI

依據 Hive Ventures 2021 年第一季發布的台灣企業 AI 趨勢報告中指出,25% 的企業已於組織內部署相對成熟的 AI 落地應用。另外也有 53% 的受訪企業,認為導入 AI 是有急迫需求的,如何在企業內部更快速地部署並應用 AI 實現數位轉型,成了不少企業急需解決的難題。在這過程中,也可以發現企業從直接尋求外部購入解決方案,到開始自建團隊梳理整合資料、定義應用場域並開發部署 AI 模型,最終實現導入 AI。這中間企業的心態,猶如從直接購買解答,逐漸轉向尋求一個服務或幫手,讓企業可以自行找到答案。

也正因為這樣的趨勢,新創的機會應運而生。在企業導入 AI 需求提升之下,可以看到在這領域深耕的新創逐漸崛起。其中,打造自動化機器學習引擎,旨在協助企業以最佳效率導入 AI 的杰倫智能 (ProfetAI),就在 2021 年初獲得友達光電、Hive Ventures 等投資人的 Pre-A 輪資金挹注。此外,由 g0v 零時政府發起人高嘉良參與共同創辦的 Infuse AI,也在 2021 年第一季獲得由緯創領投的 430 萬美元 A 輪募資,持續開發 MLOps (Machine Learning Operations) 平台,力求模型開發、管理與監控的最佳化,以協助更多企業導入 AI 模型的部署管理。

MarTech 下一步:從單打獨鬥走向報隊組團?

隨著電商在台灣的滲透率持續攀升,OMO (Online Merge Offline) 虛實融合行銷觀念當道,以及科技巨頭 Google 宣布逐步淘汰第三方 cookie 的效應持續發酵之下,面對四散各處的線上、線下通路的數據,企業要如何從線上消費者碎裂的數位足跡中,更快速、有效地累積並整合第一手數據,進而洞察顧客輪廓與足跡,做到真正的行銷決策敏捷化,成了各大電商、零售品牌必須面對的課題,也為 MarTech 領域的 AI 新創,帶來許多發展的機會。

面對日趨複雜的精準行銷,企業所需的數據更為龐雜、也更難整合。因此,我們也可以發現, MarTech 新創開始積極尋求結盟機會,共同組隊分享數據、完善產品內容或衍生新的服務模式。不管是新創間彼此組隊,或是向外尋求異業合作,在 2021 上半年皆可發現端倪。例如兩間對話式商務 AI 新創 GoSky 與漸強實驗室,就與 iKala 旗下 KOL Radar 累積的數據資料合作,推出社群電商導流解決方案,進入社群電商戰場。 

另一間 MarTech 新創 Accuhit,則在 2021 年初協同關鍵評論網媒體集團,合資成立 AI 與大數據事業 DaEX 達思智能。透過異業結盟,將媒體自有廣告數據與 CDP (Customer Data Platform) 進行整合,打造更完整的行銷生態系。Appier 2021 上半年另一件重要的新聞,則是購併全通路對話行銷平台 BotBonnie,充實對話式行銷服務與數據分析的產品線。在可預期的未來,MarTech 新創組隊擴張的風潮,應會更加興盛,也期待透過彼此的結盟,產生更多 AI 應用的火花。

大企業持續共築 AI 生態系發展

在整個 AI 生態系發展過程中,可以發現不論是台灣還是國際大企業,在整個 AI 生態系參與的份量日益增加。在創業加速器方面,2010 年成立、自 2018 年 8 月 (AW#17) 起限定招募 AI  與 Blockchain 新創的 AppWorks Accelerator,目前為止已經累積畢業超過 100 家 AI 新創,持續為台灣 AI 生態系挹注新能量。AppWorks 也在 2021 年 4 月宣布與同樣於 AI 新創生態系活躍的緯創資通,合作啟動 Wistron Accelerator 垂直加速器,集中招募 AI、物聯網、雲端與資安領域的新創,並得以直接和緯創集團各個事業單位合作,提出解決方案,尋求更多成長機會。

此外,AI 晶片龍頭 NVIDIA 也宣佈,將在林口新創園區成立全亞洲首座「NVIDIA Inception AI 新創基地」,輔以本身推動的 NVIDIA Inception 加速器計畫,爲台灣挹注 AI 人才與創新技術的能量。此外,包括 Sparklabs TaipeiTaiwan AI x Robotics Accelerator台灣雲谷雲豹育成計畫等以 AI 新創團隊為主要招募對象的創業加速器,仍在持續招募新創團隊。

台灣人工智慧學校、台灣人工智慧實驗室,則分別仍是台灣在 AI 教育與研究領域的代表性機構。財團法人人工智慧科技基金會則結合產學能量,持續推動 AI 在各產業落地,藉由提供企業訓練課程、導入 AI 專案評估與轉型策略的顧問諮詢服務,促進台灣產業升級。台灣智駕測試實驗室與桃園虎頭山創新園區,則是串連政府與企業資源,提供智慧駕駛及自駕車研發環境及測試場域,注入自駕開發技術所需的能量。

Taiwan’s AI Ecosystem Map First Half 2021 由 AppWorks 與財團法人人工智慧科技基金會 (AIF)  聯合製作,每半年更新一次,有任何指教與建議,請 email 至 a@appworks.tw

【歡迎所有 AI、Blockchain、NFT 與目標東南亞市場的創業者,加入專為你們服務的 AppWorks Accelerator

Tinvio Banks US$12 Million to Revolutionize B2B Trade Payments and Financing for Merchants and suppliers in Asia

Editor’s note: We are excited to officially announce AppWorks’ investment into Tinvio’s $12M series A round. Looking forward the cooperation with Tinvio’s outstanding team in the future. The press release from Tinvio as below:

・The capital will be primarily used to expand the team’s technology and growth functions, as the company doubles down on B2B real-time payments, credit financing, and other trade services

・Series A round led by AppWorks and backed by MUFG Bank with participation from existing investors Sequoia Capital’s Surge, Global Founders Capital, Partech Partners

・Headquartered in Singapore and operating across Asia, Tinvio is a B2B transactions platform that helps merchants and suppliers manage orders, invoices, and payments via a chat-led interface

Tinvio, a B2B transactions platform for merchants and suppliers in Asia, has raised US$12 million in Series A funding led by AppWorks Ventures and backed by strategic investor MUFG Innovation Partners (MUIP), with participation from all existing investors Sequoia Capital India’s Surge, Global Founders Capital, and Partech Partners. The Series A round brings the company’s total raise so far to US$18.5 million. The fresh capital will be used to accelerate product development on its financial technology stack, and fire up growth engines to scale the platform across new segments and markets.

“In Southeast Asia, a lot of startups are going after the 70+ million SMBs across the region. Tinvio’s focus on modernizing B2B trade with a seamless user experience has seen it onboard and digitalize thousands of merchant and supplier teams without disrupting their daily routines or procurement workflows. Despite COVID-19, we still see great growth momentum, led by increasing network effects, leaving Tinvio well positioned to dominate this category.” — Jessica Liu, Partner at AppWorks Ventures

Over 5,000 businesses have already been activated in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, and other Asian markets, a 4x growth since the seed round. Despite the recurring COVID-19 operational restrictions on the company’s majority F&B customer base, retention rates have trended exceptionally high and transaction volumes have also quadrupled over the past year.

“We have an ambitious roadmap that reimagines how SMBs transact — how quickly they make or collect payments, how easily they get financed based on a multitude of data points, how effectively they manage their cash cycles to not just survive, but grow faster. B2B trade digitization is ridiculously challenging, but everything we build for these businesses, from our proprietary checkout to real-time fund flows to risk assessment, we’re breaking new ground in user experience and engineering.”  — Ajay, Founder / CEO at Tinvio

Tinvio helps SMBs manage orders with their suppliers through a chat-led interface. Today, these businesses in F&B and other traditional supply chains still process orders over WhatsApp or phone calls, while payments remain outdated – cash, paper cheques, or manual bank transfers. This makes it tedious for the merchants to keep track of orders, invoices, and payables; while suppliers burn a frustrating amount of time on collections, reconciliations, and cash-cycle management. This also makes credit scoring and financing inaccessible, in turn restraining these SMBs from operating more efficiently.

Tinvio’s focus to date has been building a user experience that makes it incredibly easy for merchants and suppliers to transact. The chat-led interface enables SMBs to exchange messages, orders, invoices, and payments in just a few taps. This year, the company also made first strides into modernizing traditionally offline trade payments, by bolting on digital payments collection and reconciliation solutions. For example, merchants receive in-app payment requests and can select one of several local payment methods at checkout, while suppliers can efficiently track all orders and payables in a single dashboard.

Tinvio localizes the payments solutions for its operating markets by building modularized integrations with regional payment gateways. This allows the company to focus on user experience, and scale the payments stack beyond borders in a capital-light model. MUIP’s strategic investment in this round also unlocks new opportunities to offer transaction financing, credit card issuing, and other merchant banking solutions through direct partnerships or special purpose vehicles with subsidiary banks.

Tinvio was founded in Singapore in July 2019 by Ajay Gopal, and has expanded to a distributed team of over 60 builders and enablers. Ajay founded Tinvio on the heels of his experience as a fintech investment banker at Credit Suisse in London, where he led IPO and M&A transactions for payment technology companies in Europe. Before that, he held product ownership in Loop Commerce, a PayPal-backed startup in Silicon Valley. He had also co-founded a startup that was acqui-hired while in university.“The first time I ventured into payments was at Loop, where I observed how a brilliant user experience built on Braintree’s payments stack created and dominated a new category in consumer commerce. As a banker, when I covered Mastercard and Visa, I quickly realized there was a shifting focus from consumer cards to B2B real-time payments. I remember being dialed into earnings calls, frantically jotting key points on this massive market opportunity being completely underpenetrated (despite being worth trillions of dollars globally), and questioning how I could make a solid impact in this category. Fast forward to Tinvio, we’re building user experience that makes it incredibly easy for merchants and suppliers in Asia to transact.” — Ajay, Founder / CEO at Tinvio

About Tinvio

Tinvio is a B2B transactions platform that helps merchants manage orders, invoices, and payments with suppliers via a chat-led interface. Tinvio is built around the idea that every merchant and supplier should be able to work smarter together. Through clean design, agile engineering, and genuine support, we unlock capabilities that make them more productive and profitable.

AppWorks Demo Day #22 Unveils 18 New Startups

TAIPEI, TAIWAN — On July 14, 2021, AppWorks Accelerator held its 22nd demo day, unveiling 18 startups operating across the frontiers of AI, Blockchain, and Southeast Asia. In response to widespread lockdowns and social distancing measures across the region, AppWorks for the first time ever held a fully virtual Demo Day, broadcasting live across its Facebook page and YouTube channel with more than 1,000 collective viewers tuning in.

AW#22 officially kicked off in March 2021, featuring 24 teams and 40 founders, of which 33% are female and 43% serial entrepreneurs. Over 14 nationalities are represented in this batch, with more than two-thirds targeting markets outside of Taiwan including Indonesia, Vietnam, Singapore, the Philippines, Cambodia, Hong Kong, the US, and the Netherlands. Fintech was by far the most popular industry vertical, followed by ecommerce, logistics, foodtech, among others. A snapshot of the pitching teams are provided below:

1. ALIA: AI financial advisory app

Nadia Amalia | nadia@chatalia.io | http://www.chatalia.id

2. AREA 02: Sneaker resell marketplace platform in Asia where users can easily buy, sell, and trade

Cory Chen | cory.chen@area02.com | https://www.area02.com

3. Credidi: AI credit scoring service using transaction data 

Vincent Liaw | vincent@credidi.ai | https://credidi.ai 

4. Fika: Asia’s female-focused AI social & dating app

Denise Sandquist | denise@keepfika.com | https://keepfika.com

5. Find Recruiter: Recruiter marketplace for Asia talent

Lawton Lai | lawton@findrecruiter.com | https://www.findrecruiter.com

6. Giftpack: AI-powered corporate gifting CRM

Archer Chiang | archerwindy@giftpack.io | https://giftpack.ai

7. Homexin: Platform which solves problems for hospitalized families

Jonathan Hsiao | jonathan@homexin.com.tw | http://www.homexin.com.tw 

8. KOLpass: MarTech platform for micro/nano influencers

Pierce Hung | pierce@kolpass.org | http://www.kolpass.org 

9. MedHyve: AI-powered procurement tools and dashboards for medical institutions

Gabriel Henry J. Lopez | gabriel@medhyve.com | https://medhyve.com 

10. PillTech: B2B healthcare marketplace

Vireak Chea | vireakchea@pilltech.com.kh | https://pilltech.com.kh

11. Sendjoy: Cameo for Asia

LC Lim | liangchun@sendjoynow.com | www.sendjoynow.com 

12. Sensay: AI-powered English speaking homework tool for educators

Caren Chen | caren@oksensay.com | http://www.sensay.tw 

13. ShowHue: AI visual tool for eCommerce

Hannie Liu | hannie@showhue.com | http://www.showhue.com

14. Spaceship: Smart logistics platform

Wun Chi Lam | chilam@spaceship.hk | http://www.spaceship.hk 

15. Swugo: The subscription service that makes any bike an electric bike

Samuel Ijsselmuiden | samuel@swugo.com | http://www.swugo.com 

16. TANG app: International peer-to-peer payment app

Rebecca Kersch | rebecca@tangapp.org | http://www.tangapp.org 

17. Waku: F&B and catering platform

Anthony Gunawan | anthony@wakuliner.com | http://www.wakuliner.com 

18. WTH Foods: Plant-based meat alternatives

Stephen Co | stephen.co@wthfoods.ph | https://www.wthfoods.ph

The startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia is now entering the next phase of development, with more and more companies like Carro and PatSnap entering the unicorn stable, while existing unicorns including GoTo (Gojek+Tokopedia), Grab, and Bukalapak all announcing their plans to go public. It was only a few years ago when the region experienced its very first public exit with Sea Group in 2017, resulting in many employees splintering off to start their own entrepreneurial endeavors. Now it’s increasingly becoming the new norm, just as with the pandemic. Although AppWorks is in its 11th year running, our mission with events like Demo Day remains consistent—to continue facilitating the region’s digital transformation by creating the strongest community of founders and fostering more opportunities for collaboration with and investments in startups. 

The AppWorks ecosystem reaches new echelons of success

Traditionally, AppWorks has held its Demo Day twice a year, becoming one of the premier events for digital innovators across the region. Travel restrictions and physical limitations have only served to speed up digital adoption among consumers and businesses alike, clearly reflected in the growth of our ecosystem. With the addition of AW#22, there are now 414 active startups and 1,396 founders in the community. Both the total funds raised and valuation have more than tripled in the last year. The ecosystem’s collective turnover also achieved a new milestone, crossing the US$10 billion mark, more than doubling from the year prior, while creating close to 20,000 jobs in the process.

Although the pandemic has adversely impacted the global economy this past year, the AppWorks ecosystem has been able to accelerate in growth. The driving force behind this momentum stems from all the efforts of entrepreneurs, capitalizing on the latest paradigm shifts and technological innovations. “The four major paradigm shifts that we identified, namely AI, Blockchain, NFT, and rising Southeast Asia, are happening in full swing, and opening tremendous opportunities for founders. This new generation of technologies is evolving at higher speeds than its predecessors, implying faster and bigger disruptions, and endless vectors of applications. This is a once-in-a-lifetime window—there’s simply no better time to be a startup founder,” says AppWorks chairman Jamie Lin.

【We welcome all AI, Blockchain, NFT, or Southeast Asia founders to join AppWorks Accelerator

AppWorks – Greater SEA’s Leading Accelerator + VC

Founded in 2009, AppWorks is a startup community built by founders, for founders. We are committed to fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs in Greater Southeast Asia (SEA + Taiwan) and helping them facilitate the region’s transition into the digital era. Just as how mobile completely transformed the status quo, we believe nascent technologies such as AI and blockchain will eventually redefine the global paradigm.

As such, whether it’s mentorship, investment, or talent, AppWorks has established a one-stop shop for ambitious founders willing to bet against the consensus and drive a change they see in the world. We help startups build disruptive businesses from even an inkling of an idea into world-class enterprises through our three primary lines of service: Accelerator, Funds, and School.

AppWorks Accelerator

AppWorks Accelerator is the leading launchpad for bold and ambitious entrepreneurs targeting Greater Southeast Asia. Every 6 months, we take in startups with strong potentials, equipping founders spanning all walks of life with the necessary resources, mentorship, and guidance to get their ventures off the ground.

There are now a total of 414 active startups and 1,396 founders in the AppWorks Ecosystem. Collectively, all companies produce a turnover of US$ 12.9B, an annual increase of 124% compared to the same time last year, and provide 18,591 jobs, 24% more than the year prior. Altogether, the Ecosystem raised a total of US$ 4.3B, an annual increase of 221%, with an aggregate valuation reaching US$ 17.4B, growing 231% YoY. More information: appworks.tw/accelerator

AppWorks Funds

AppWorks manages three venture capital funds totaling US$ 212 million. We’ve attracted a diverse array of LPs who believe in our vision, including Taiwan Mobile, Fubon Life Insurance, Cathay Life Insurance, Taiwan’s National Development Fund, Hungtai Group, The CID Group, Wistron Corporation, Phison Electronics, CDIB & Partners Investment Holdings, Far EasTone, UDN Group, and Axiom Asia Capital. We fund 10 – 15 deals a year, now with 60+ companies in our portfolio including leading startups in GSEA like Huolala, 91APP, KKday, ShopBack, Carousell, and iChef, while having produced 4 IPOs: (Uber, NetPublishing, KuoBrothers, Mobix, and 91APP) and 1 IEO (FLOW). More information: appworks.tw/investments

AppWorks School

Established in 2016, AppWorks School has strived to cultivate a pipeline of skilled labor to help our  community meet the technical demands of tomorrow. Quality talent has always served as the bedrock of innovation, yet shortages still remain the foremost challenge that tech companies in GSEA face today.

Within four years, AppWorks School has now graduated 305 software engineers, 90% of these graduates went on to pursue successful software engineering careers in prominent companies such as 91APP, KKBOX, Line TV, Hahow, VoiceTube and WeMo Scooter. AppWorks School currently provides five courses: iOS, Android, Front-End, Back-End Development and Data Engineering. More information: school.appworks.tw


18 支國際新創登場 AppWorks Demo Day #22,AppWorks 生態系整體價值、營業額大幅成長 2 倍

大東南亞最大創業加速器 AppWorks Accelerator (之初加速器) 在今日 (7/14) 舉辦 AppWorks Demo Day #22。Covid-19 加速數位轉型,AppWorks 也不例外,因疫情而無法像過去一樣舉辦大型實體活動,為了讓來自大東南亞以及全球各地的來賓,皆能同步參與,本屆 Demo Day 是 AppWorks 首度全數移往線上舉辦,分別在 AppWorks 的 Facebook 專頁以及 YouTube 頻道上進行直播,共有 18 支優秀的的新創團隊輪番登台,會後,AppWorks 也為各團隊,與投資人、企業代表安排一對一的線上交流,媒合新創、投資人與企業合作夥伴。

AppWorks Accelerator 聚焦在 ABS (AI、Blockchain、Southeast Asia) 三大主題,並持續看好 NFT 等次領域的發展。AW#22 自今年三月正式進駐,經過 3 個多月的密集加速,在這屆團隊中,背景十分多元且國際化,共有 24 支團隊、40 位創業者,共來自 14 個國家與地區,其中,33% 為女性創業者、43% 為連續創業者。共有 18 組團隊在今日的 Demo Day 登場,除了 6 組台灣團隊外,另有來自印尼、越南、新加坡、菲律賓、柬埔寨、香港、美國、荷蘭共 12 組國際團隊,比例高達 67%。

長期以來,每年舉辦兩次的 AppWorks Demo Day,已成為大東南亞新創圈的盛事之一。舉辦的主要目的,在於促進新創社群的國際交流、投資、商務媒合,以及創造更多的可能性。在正式活動開始前,AppWorks 總共收到約 300 位來自創投、企業、新創以及其他相關單位的代表報名,本屆 Demo Day 的線上觀看總人次突破千人,持續為大東南亞地區的創業生態系挹注能量、創造蓬勃發展。

台灣、印尼、越南、新加坡、菲律賓等團隊接連登台

來自印尼,由 2 位女性創業者共同打造的 ALIA,運用 AI 技術,透過分析個人消費紀錄與行為,為用戶提供個人理財與消費建議,協助年輕人做出更好的個人財務決策。上線僅 5 個月,已累計追蹤分析超過 1.5 億美元的消費資訊,為超過 7,500 名印尼用戶提供的專業建議,平均每月可省下 3 成的支出,未來,ALIA 也規劃將這些數據,進一步串接延伸應用至借貸、投資、保險等領域。

來自越南的 Fika,以 AI 技術打造新一代的交友 App。透過 100% 真人驗證、AI 配對、貼近亞洲用戶使用行為的 UI / UX 介面,提供更安全、對女性更友善、使用體驗更佳的交友服務。自去年十一月上線至今,累積下載 45 萬次,月活躍用戶 (MAU) 達 13 萬人,並在越南,位居 Google Play 上免費交友類別第一名、App Store 上 Life Style 類第四名。

在台灣居於領先地位的潮牌球鞋交易平台 Area02,廣受年輕的時尚、潮流迷喜好。在上線的前 20 個月內,累計成交金額 (GMV) 突破 210 萬美元,月活躍用戶達 18 萬人,今年前 5 個月,成交金額較去年同期成長高達 75%,在站穩台灣市場後,預計將在明年啟動新加坡、菲律賓、馬來西亞等市場的東南亞拓展。

除了 Area02,本屆還有 5 支值得關注的台灣新創團隊。ShowHue 運用 AI 演算法,為電商與零售商提供自動快速美化商品照片的解決方案,目前已成功串接 Shopify、Shopee、WooCommerce、Wix 等平台,上線半年內,累積超過 200 家企業用戶。Credidi 水滴 依據大數據來建立個人信用評等,鼓勵使用者建立個人信用,以此來享受更多、更方便的金融或生活服務,上線以來,陸續推出記帳與對發票的功能,8 個月內累積 50 萬使用者。Homexin (Home 心) 的平台,可快速媒合合法、合格照護員提供醫院照護服務,目前已與衛福部合作,與 5 家醫院簽約合作。Giftpack 從 CRM 角度切入,建置企業送禮平台,目前已累積來自 17 個國家、超過 500 個企業帳戶。KOLpass 創辦人結合台積電工程師、專業模特兒的個人工作經驗,開發以網紅、KOL 真實意見為導向的數位媒合平台,能在每位 KOL 單位成本下創造 5 倍以上的營收。

在台灣以外,菲律賓是本屆國際團隊來源最多的國家,共有 3 隊,從中,可以看到菲律賓數位經濟發展的最新線索。MedHyve 針對醫院與診所的採購需求,打造相關的 AI 工具與平台,預估可因此節省 40% 的採購成本、70% 的採購時間,目前已獲得超過 200 家醫療與診所採用,平台上匯集近百家供應商,提供超過 3,000 項商品。TANG App 建構 P2P 支付工具,希望打造普惠金融,服務無銀行帳戶 (Unbanked) 的用戶。WTH Foods 則研發並提供植物性肉類產品,切入垂直電商領域。

除了來自菲律賓的新創,另外 7 支國際新創團隊的表現,也不遑多讓。Waku 為印尼領先的 One Stop Shopping 餐飲預訂與外送平台,串接數十個雲端廚房,提供 16 種餐飲類別、超過 1.5 萬種選項,目前為超過 200 家企業提供餐飲服務,預計在今年可達到服務 300 萬人次的里程碑。來自香港的新創 Spaceship 建立新一代的全球智慧物流平台,串接物流商以及電商平台,提供國際商品宅配到貨的服務,在 2020 年,營收達 500 萬美元,獲得超過 10 萬名用戶。同樣來自香港的 Find Recruiter,則建立 On-demand 的職缺獵才平台,為東南亞企業解決人才招募問題。來自柬埔寨的 PillTech 則致力打造專供醫療用品的 B2B 交易平台,目前已吸引超過 30 家供應商提供超過 3,500 件商品。來自新加坡的 Sendjoy,則建立一般民眾與網紅的媒合平台,製作客製化影片給親友。來自美國的 Sensay,讓英語教師可建立英語口語練習課程讓學生學習,並以 AI 協助評分口語能力。來自荷蘭的 Swugo,開發出以訂閱制將自行車升級改裝為電動自行車的解決方案。         

AppWorks 生態系持續加速成長

AppWorks 從 2010 年正式啟動 AppWorks Accelerator,至今已來到第 22 屆,邁入第 11 個年頭,整體生態系持續展現出超越過往的成長速度。在累計募資金額、全體總價值都繳出成長超過兩倍的佳績,兩者成長幅度皆是歷年之最,全體年營業額也首度寫下突破百億美元的重要里程碑,紮實的營業額成長,代表為大東南亞地區的經濟發展帶來實質貢獻。具體成績包括:活躍新創累積至 414 家、共 1,396 位創業者,所有新創的加總年營業額來到 129 億美元 (約為 3,612 億新台幣),較去年同期成長 124%,全體提供就業數 18,591 位,年增 24%,生態系累積募資金額來到 43 億美元 (約為 1,204 億新台幣),年增率高達 221%,總價值達到 174 億美元 (約為 4,872 億新台幣),較去年此時大幅增加 231%。

儘管過去一年來,疫情為全球經濟帶來極大衝擊,AppWorks 生態系卻反而更加高速成長,背後的關鍵,來自所有創業者的努力,掌握了最前緣的典範轉移以及破壞式創新。AppWorks 董事長暨合夥人林之晨指出:「從 AppWorks 生態系與創業者身上,我們觀察到 AI、Blockchain、NFT、Southeast Asia 這 4 個如火如荼發生中的典範轉移,正為創業者帶來巨大的機會。相較過往多年才出現一個大型板塊位移,如今居然有這麼多個同時發生,開啟大量顛覆的可能,鼓勵優秀的創業者,不要錯過這個千載難逢的窗口。」

延伸閱讀:AppWorks Demo Day #22 登場團隊介紹

【歡迎所有 AI、Blockchain、NFT 與目標東南亞市場的創業者,加入專為你們服務的 AppWorks Accelerator

關於 AppWorks 之初創投

2009 年成立,由「創業者」為「創業者」設立的創投與新創社群。致力在大東南亞地區 (東南亞 + 台灣) 協助下世代的創業者,抓住數位革命的成長機會。正如同 Mobile Internet 帶來了巨變,我們相信 AI 與 Blockchain 是今日的重要典範轉移。我們認為,創造一個偉大事業的過程中,團隊是主角,而投資人則是配角,我們專注扮演配角,從種子時期開始支持有想法的團隊,一路陪著他們打造區域級、世界級的偉大企業。AppWorks 目前共提供 Accelerator、Funds 與 School 等三項主要服務。更多資訊:appworks.tw

關於 AppWorks Accelerator 之初加速器

2010 年成立,現為大東南亞地區最具規模的創業加速器,每半年嚴選本區域最具潛力的新創團隊進駐。輔導新創團隊尋找 Product-Market Fit、幫助成長期團隊建立 Sustainable / Scalable Business Models。成立以來,從 AppWorks Accelerator 畢業的活躍新創已達 414 家、1,396 位創業者,串連成大東南亞最大的新創生態系。過去一年來,AppWorks Ecosystem 大幅成長,所有企業加總營業額達 129 億美元,年增 124%,提供就業數 18,591 位,年增 24%;生態系累積募資金額達 43 億美元,年增 221%,總價值則達到 174 億美元,年成長達 231%。更多資訊:appworks.tw/accelerator 

關於 AppWorks Funds 之初創投基金

AppWorks 管理三支創投基金共 2.12 億美元,我們與認同我們理念的投資人合作,其中包括在科技製造、金融、媒體等業界領先的龍頭企業。我們每年進行 10 到 15 個投資案,目前為止已投資超過 60 家新創,其中許多在 GSEA 居於領先地位,如:91APP、KKday、ShopBack、Carousell、iCHEF 等,此外,Uber、隆中網絡、創業家兄弟、松果購物、91APP 已順利 IPO;FLOW 也已順利 IEO。更多資訊:appworks.tw/investments

關於 AppWorks School 之初學校

AppWorks School 成立於 2016 年,致力協助渴望投身數位、網路與電商產業的人才,提供免費、實作、高效、與業界結合的紮實培訓計畫。成立至今,已畢業 305 位學員,其中 90% 成功轉職,在 91APP、KKBOX、Line TV、Hahow、VoiceTube、WeMo Scooter  等知名新創與科技公司擔任軟體工程師。現經營有 iOS、Android、Front-End、Back-End 與 Data Engineering 等專班。更多資訊:school.appworks.tw

Introductions to the Startups Pitching on AppWorks Demo Day #22

AppWorks Demo Day #22 will take place this afternoon at 3:00pm (GMT+8). Tune into our livestream on YouTube or Facebook.

You can find a brief introduction to each pitching team and founder below.*

1. ALIA

AI financial advisory app

Nadia Amalia | nadia@chatalia.io | http://www.chatalia.id

2. AREA 02

Sneaker resell marketplace platform in Asia where users can easily buy, sell, and trade

Cory Chen | cory.chen@area02.com | https://www.area02.com

3. Credidi

AI credit scoring service using transaction data 

Vincent Liaw | vincent@credidi.ai | https://credidi.ai 

4. Fika

Asia’s female-focused AI social & dating app

Denise Sandquist | denise@keepfika.com | https://keepfika.com

5. Find Recruiter

Recruiter marketplace for Asia talent

Lawton Lai | lawton@findrecruiter.com | https://www.findrecruiter.com

6. Giftpack

AI-powered corporate gifting CRM

Archer Chiang | archerwindy@giftpack.io | https://giftpack.ai

7. Homexin

Platform which solves problems for hospitalized families

Jonathan Hsiao | jonathan@homexin.com.tw | http://www.homexin.com.tw 

8. KOLpass

MarTech platform for micro/nano influencers

Pierce Hung | pierce@kolpass.org | http://www.kolpass.org 

9. MedHyve

AI-powered procurement tools and dashboards for medical institutions

Gabriel Henry J. Lopez | gabriel@medhyve.com | https://medhyve.com 

10. PillTech

B2B healthcare marketplace

Vireak Chea | vireakchea@pilltech.com.kh | https://pilltech.com.kh

11. Sendjoy

Cameo for Asia

LC Lim | liangchun@sendjoynow.com | www.sendjoynow.com 

12. Sensay

AI-powered English speaking homework tool for educators

Caren Chen | caren@oksensay.com | http://www.sensay.tw 

13. ShowHue

AI visual tool for eCommerce

Hannie Liu | hannie@showhue.com | http://www.showhue.com

14. Spaceship

Smart logistics platform

Wun Chi Lam | chilam@spaceship.hk | http://www.spaceship.hk 

15. Swugo

The subscription service that makes any bike an electric bike

Samuel Ijsselmuiden | samuel@swugo.com | http://www.swugo.com 

16. TANG app

International peer-to-peer payment app

Rebecca Kersch | rebecca@tangapp.org | http://www.tangapp.org 

17. Waku

F&B and catering platform

Anthony Gunawan | anthony@wakuliner.com | http://www.wakuliner.com 

18. WTH Foods

Plant-based meat alternatives

Stephen Co | stephen.co@wthfoods.ph | https://www.wthfoods.ph

*If you are an investor or corporate representative and need more detailed information about the teams or want to connect with AW#22 founders, please email us at a@appworks.tw.

Interested in joining the largest founder community in the region? Applications are now open for >> AppWorks Accelerator #23