AppWorks + Flow

#漢文在下 Today AppWorks Accelerator is proud to announce our new collaboration with Flow. Since investing in Flow back in 2019, we have been closely working with the chain’s creators Dappers Labs—the very same team behind CryptoKitties and NBA Top Shot—and observing their methodical approach in pushing forward new applications on the Flow blockchain. Starting from gaming and entertainment, we see a strong ecosystem thriving with the support from Flow’s infrastructure, which includes over 300 projects in the pipeline and over 3,000 developers building on Flow’s Testnet.

While at the same time from AppWorks’ side, we see NFTs being the next frontier in the Blockchain space. As NFTs are still at a relatively early stage, startups have the advantage of being a disruptor vs. the big guys. We hope that as NFTs start to take off, all the best founders can gather at AppWorks, learn from each other, and become winners in the next 5-10 years.

To encourage founders to seize the growth opportunity in the next decade, AppWorks Accelerator is announcing our collaboration with Flow. This collaboration will focus on supporting founders and teams working with blockchain technology, in the Greater Southeast Asia region, that are ready to build the open world on Flow. 

With the resources from both AppWorks’ and Flow’s ecosystems, we want to ensure teams have all the support they need to build amazing products for consumer-scale adoption. We look forward to seeing more applications built in NFT, DeFi, and consumer products that people like to use in their everyday lives. 

Resources provided by Flow: 

  • Dedicated support from the Flow team regarding tech, marketing, community, and product
  • Office Hours sessions with the Flow team on a referral basis, facilitated by AppWorks
  • Access to Flow’s educational resources and valuable experiences shared by existing blockchain projects already live on Flow
  • Top projects in the accelerator may receive investment opportunities from some of our investor partners
  • Access to FLOW token credits to bring your application to Flow mainnet and bootstrap your initial user acquisition strategy

These founders are encouraged to apply:

  • Working on NFT and/or DeFi  
  • Blockchain developers 
  • Want to build and launch their product on Flow

With the support from:

  • Blocto by Portto, official digital wallet partnered with Flow (AW#19)
  • Forbole, validator (AW#18)
  • Animoca Brands, the global leader in branded blockchain gaming (AppWorks Portfolio)

Application timeline:

  • Applications are now open.
  • The first round of interviews will be via an online application.
  • Interview invitations and admission offers will be sent out on a rolling basis.
  • The full program will kick off in September 2021 and last through January 2022.

Apply Now to AppWorks Accelerator #23

今天,AppWorks Accelerator 隆重宣布新增 Flow 為平台夥伴。AppWorks 自從 2019 年投資 Flow 以來,就一直與 Flow 公鏈、同時也是 CryptoKitties 與 NBA Top Shot 開發團隊的 Dappers Labs 保持非常密切的合作,有計畫地持續推動建構在 Flow 公鏈上的各式 NFT 應用與生態系。從遊戲與娛樂起步,在基礎建設日趨成熟下,我們看到 Flow 正成為一個蓬勃發展的生態系,目前,共有超過 300 個開發案、超過 3,000 位開發者在 Flow 的測試網進行開發。

在這發展的過程中,從 AppWorks 的角度觀察,我們認為 NFT 是區塊鏈領域中下一個前沿應用。由於 NFT 仍處於相對早期的階段,和大企業相比,新創更具備顛覆者的優勢。AppWorks 希望隨著 NFT 發展起飛,可以把最優秀的創業者都聚集在 AppWorks Accelerator,彼此互相學習、激盪,一起在未來 5-10 年成為 NFT 浪潮下的贏家。

為了鼓勵創業者抓住 NFT 這個未來十年的重要典範轉移,AppWorks Accelerator 宣布與 Flow 合作。主要目的,是希望全力支持大東南亞地區 (東協 + 台灣) 運用區塊鏈技術的創業者與新創,一起在 Flow 上建構新的開放世界。

在 AppWorks 與 Flow 兩大生態系的合作下,我們希望確保有志打造傑出產品與服務、創造大規模應用的創業者與新創,都能得到所需要的協助。我們期待看到更多 NFT 或 DeFi 的創新商業模式被應用於日常生活中。 

Flow 提供的資源:

  • Flow 團隊在技術、行銷、社群和產品方面的專屬支持
  • 由 AppWorks 安排與 Flow 團隊的 Office Hours
  • 共享 Flow 的教育資源、以及其它 Flow 區塊鏈專案的寶貴經驗
  • 優秀的開發專案,有機會獲得 Flow 與其他夥伴的投資
  • 獲得 FLOW Token 贊助機會,將產品發佈於 Flow 主網,加速初期獲客

鼓勵以下類型的新創團隊申請:

  • 致力開發 NFT 或 DeFi 相關應用
  • 區塊鏈開發者
  • 想要在 Flow 上佈建產品或服務

AppWorks 生態系共同支持:

  • Blocto (AW#19):與 Flow 合作的官方數位錢包 
  • Forbole (AW#18):區塊鏈驗證人
  • Animoca Brands (AppWorks 投資案):全球領先的區塊鏈遊戲商

申請時程:

  • 現已開放申請。
  • 第一輪申請通過,將以線上進行面談
  • 面談與錄取通知採先收先審制度 (Rolling-basis)
  • 本期加速器將自 2021 年 9 月開始,至 2022 年 1 月結束

現在就申請加入 AppWorks Accelerator #23

The AppWorks Accelerator FAQ (for Founders Applying to AW#23)

Founded in 2010 by Jamie Lin, AppWorks Accelerator is a startup community created by founders, for founders. We are committed to fostering the next generation of entrepreneurs in Greater Southeast Asia and to accelerating the region’s transition into the digital era. 

Every six months, we take in founders operating on the frontiers of AI, Blockchain, NFTs, and Southeast Asia, equipping them with the necessary resources, mentorship, and guidance to get their ventures off the ground. 

As an international founder we know there are many considerations when applying to an accelerator. That’s why we’ve created an FAQ page to help you decide whether or not AppWorks is suitable for your startup. 

As of May 12, AppWorks Accelerator #23 is open for applications. You can find important information about the Accelerator experience on our main page. 

The FAQs

1. What do I need to know before joining an accelerator in Taiwan during COVID? What is AppWorks doing to help founders make the most out of the accelerator before it’s completely safe to travel and congregate?  How are you helping founders deal with the impact from the pandemic?

The world has seen nothing like the COVID-19 pandemic, and we can confidently say that no founder we know had this on their disaster mitigation plans. But the experience of being a founder is all about learning and adaptation, even when things look dire. We are here to support you to do just that, no matter the circumstances. 

During the pandemic, for everyone’s safety and health, AppWorks has designed a variety of online activities for all founders participating in AW#23 during the period where immigration and group activities are regulated so that founders can participate remotely.

Currently, up to six hours of online sessions per week are provided, ranging from office hours with our partners to coaching sessions and workshops with founders from all over GSEA. Such meetings include founder mentoring sessions with veterans of the technology industry who have launched startups from zero to one, and even listed several IPOs.

We know that in-person engagement is still extremely effective for building strong relationships. Therefore, we encourage founders participating in AppWorks to vaccinate as soon as possible to protect themselves and reduce the risk of infection.

When the pandemic is under control and governments of Taiwan and the country you are based in would relax restrictions on travel and gatherings, AppWorks will resume arranging physical activities to help founders who have been vaccinated get more value out of AppWorks and our network, including the use of our free 24/7 co-working space for accelerator participants.

If you’d like to leverage AppWorks to test out the Taiwan market or set up a technical team during the pandemic, we can still provide suitable introductions to our network through online activities. However, based on our experience, we recommend that founders invest the necessary time and effort after the pandemic is more stable to personally understand Taiwan’s market and environment if they are interested in doing business in Taiwan.

We will continue to monitor visa and travel restrictions in a timely way and update you with new information we learn during the application process. 

The moment it becomes easier to physically travel to Taipei, you and the other AW#23 founders will be the first to know. And rest assured, although offline events have been strictly limited, you’ll still get to meet hundreds of investors, journalists, corporate executives, and other partners who can make a positive impact on your founder journey through the online version of our Demo Day.

2. How can AppWorks Accelerator help an NFT founder? Why is AW#23 specifically calling for NFT startups?

Although NFTs are technically an application of blockchain, we believe that they are actually significant enough to deserve their own category, similar to the relationship between e-commerce and the internet. Compared to 3 years ago, the blockchain industry is now much bigger and more mature, with various chains, wallets, exchanges and the likes, serving as the infrastructure with lots of quality development tools available, allowing founders to run lean, experiment, and launch NFT products fast.

It now appears that the initial application of NFTs is leaning more towards the proof of digital art and asset ownership; but, we believe that in the long-term, many more types of use cases will evolve through NFTs. As NFTs are still at a relatively early stage, startups have the advantage of being a disruptor vs. the big guys. We hope that as NFTs start to take off, all the best founders can gather at AppWorks, learn from each other, and become winners in the rise of NFTs in the next 5-10 years.

As an NFT founder, you can expect these from joining AppWorks Accelerator:

a. Grow with the largest blockchain founder community in Greater Southeast Asia

Entrepreneurship is a lonely journey. After starting your own business, most of your friends and family won’t understand the ups and downs you’re experiencing as a founder. If you can share these experiences with fellow founders who are as capable and determined, who understand when you encounter setbacks, you will be more motivated to continue. In addition to about 50-60 other founders accelerating together in the same program, we will hold frequent alumni gatherings where you’ll meet many alumni who have gone through the 0 to 1 stage. 

The ecosystem established by AppWorks Accelerator now consists of 395 active teams with a total of 1,331 founders. Together, these startups total US$ 8.05B in revenues. The blockchain ecosystem within the AppWorks community now consists of 57 active teams with a total of 94 founders. Together, these startups total US$ 295M in revenues and employ over 700 people globally. The largest founder community in the region can help support founders working on NFTs who want to learn the ins and outs of entrepreneurship through introductions of resources and connections in the startup ecosystem.

b. Learn together with NFT startups

Although NFTs are still a relatively new concept, there are already a few NFT-related startups in the AppWorks ecosystem, such as Blocto (AW#19), a mobile portal to the blockchain world featuring seamless integrations with different wallets and web browsers; Lootex (AW#20), a digital marketplace that runs NFT auctions; and Animoca Brands, an AppWorks portfolio that is committed to promoting the development of blockchain and NFTs in the gaming industry. For this upcoming batch, we are specifically calling for founders working in the NFT space to join the community and build a better ecosystem together.

c. Flow ecosystem and resources

AppWorks is also the second largest investor in the public chain Flow, developed by Dapper Labs, the team behind CryptoKitties and NBA Top Shot. If you’re interested in developing a new business model on Flow or the chance to talk to various stakeholders in the Flow ecosystem, you can receive more direct resources and support from AppWorks and Flow’s exclusive collaboration.

With the largest community in the region alongside support from the Flow ecosystem, founders working in the NFT space will be able to grow and thrive in their founder journey. 

3. What does AppWorks look for in applications?

When AppWorks reviews applications submitted by founders, we pay special attention to a founder’s North Star. Some questions that might help you think about whether AppWorks is a good fit for you: 

  • Why do a startup?
  • What problem do you want to solve and why?
  • What do you believe fundamentally needs to exist in this world that doesn’t already?
  • What kind of future do you want to create and how will you get there?
  • What have you already done to demonstrate your commitment to tackling this problem?

AppWorks Accelerator’s online application covers about 30 topics related to team background, product/service, business model, market analysis and more. It is very detailed and requires time to complete. It also includes a required one-minute self-intro from the founder (CEO).

4. Does AppWorks Accelerator cost anything?

No. AppWorks Accelerator has always been free for founders. We will not charge rent or service fees, nor will we require any form of compensation, such as sweat equity, options, revenue, or profit-sharing. Our exclusive mission is to help founders. 

5. We need funding now, can we get investment by joining AppWorks?

The short answer is it depends on what stage you are in your journey. When capital can significantly enhance the strength and competitive advantage of your startup, any AppWorks founder is welcome to start a discussion with us on fundraising. We will do our best to advise and support you with US$212 million in assets under management. 

Please note, AppWorks Accelerator will never require teams to accept our investment before joining the accelerator, nor will teams ever need to provide any form of equity or revenue / profit share returns.

6. Why wouldn’t AppWorks admit founders working outside of AI, Blockchain, NFT, or SEA?

We believe that AI and blockchain are based on the good foundation that the internet has built, and the extended data applications and the decentralized model will be a huge disruption that founders must leverage in the next decade. Within Blockchain, NFTs enable wider adoption of blockchain technologies and applications as we move closer to the digital world.

At the same time, SEA’s digital revolution is well underway, with a young, ever-expanding, and increasingly affluent middle class driving brisk economic growth across the region. SEA also features one of the world’s largest populations at over 650 million people, many of which are digital natives and early adopters of technology, lending itself as a hotbed for entrepreneurship and innovation. 

Therefore, this is the focus of our attention for now. In the last 10 years, we’ve seen the popularity and penetration of mobile internet. If you want to seize the opportunities in the next decade, think about how to leverage these key areas to create the future.

7. I am not a technical founder, or I need to find an engineer to help scale my idea, can I still apply?

Yes, you can. In a manner of speaking, you have come to the right country. 

Taiwan graduates over 25,000 hardware and computer science engineers each year and is world-famous for the engineering and computer science mastery that has boosted the quality of international companies like Apple and Acer in hardware and Google and Microsoft in the software category, to name but a few. 

We strongly recommend founders who come to Taiwan check out the country’s vast human talent resources. Part of the founder journey will be about learning how to hire, and there is probably no better place in Asia to do that engineering hiring than here. 

8. My service (or product) has not yet started to make money. Can I still apply?

Of course! There probably isn’t a better time to learn in an accelerator than as a founder just starting out. This period before a founder has built a startup into a scalable business model with  Product-Market Fit is called the “seed stage”. During this period, founders always need more than funding; they need a variety of entrepreneurial-related insights, inspiration from other founders, and room for trial and error. AppWorks Accelerator was built to provide these, and more. 

9. I already raised a Series A / I’m profitable, is AppWorks right for me?

The most important thing for us is to identify where a founder is in their journey.

Reaching a funding goal can be a cause for celebration, but it’s also a relatively minor part of the growth of a founder. So many more things can go right or wrong, even with a funding round. There are many other facets to master. When we admit founders into the program, it is because we have carefully considered what they need as a founder, and how our resources and network, and Taiwan’s unique market and supply chain position in the world, can help them grow. 

Joel Leong and Henry Chan at ShopBack had already built a business model and received seed funding in 2015 when they launched in Singapore, before they came to AppWorks Accelerator #13 in 2016. 

Joel told us that had the team known about Taiwan’s massive US$ 42.2 Billion GMV a year e-economy and how it made it possible to figure out crucial e-commerce and engineering solutions for them, they would have made the move to Taiwan sooner. It demonstrates that funding rounds and business model maturity do not limit founders to learning something new.  As long as you think that AppWorks can help you in the entrepreneurial learning process, you should apply. 

10. Since I am not a Taiwanese citizen, can you help me obtain a proper visa?

International founders admitted to AppWorks Accelerator, according to your qualifications and needs, AppWorks can help apply for the Entrepreneur Visa or Gold Card in Taiwan. This enables founders from overseas to concentrate on work in Taiwan without having to travel abroad to sort out troublesome visa issues. We have professionals at the Accelerator who can offer advice on this process. 

11. Do I have to set up a company to join AppWorks Accelerator?

Not necessarily, but we would recommend an overseas founder to set up a Taiwan office, especially those of you that are B2B facing. This may better enable you to find business partners and negotiate commercial agreements later. AppWorks has professional accounting and legal specialists who can assist in handling procedures for landing in Taiwan.

As Andrew Jiang, co-founder of Soda Labs (AW#17) told us, when you take the time to physically show up in the market, you get “10x the attention and focus of potential customers and partners” you seek in your business development process. 

12. What is the difference between the application’s first mover round and final round?

The application period is split into two intakes, with interviews and admissions facilitated on a rolling basis. Based on past experience, teams that submit their application earlier tend to have a higher chance of being admitted, and are also immediately granted access to all the resources that AppWorks Accelerator has to offer.

We hope the above FAQ can help you clarify your questions about AppWorks Accelerator. If you seek more clarity, please write to: a@appworks.tw and we will try to answer your questions.

We welcome all AI, Blockchain, NFT, or Southeast Asia founders to join AppWorks Accelerator. Applications will be open until July 21th, 2021. 

AppWorks Accelerator FAQ 創業者常見問題回覆 (針對 AW#23 申請團隊)

AppWorks Accelerator 在 2010 年由 Jamie 林之晨等創業者、為創業者所成立。每半年招募一屆,對象是來自台灣、東南亞與世界各地的網路創業者。成立 10 年多以來,總共畢業 22 屆,自 2021 年 5 月招募的 AW#23 開始,限定招募 AI、Blockchain、NFT 與 SEA (目標東南亞市場的) 創業者。

每次招募團隊,AppWorks 都會收到許多申請書,過程中我們發現,新創團隊在看完網站的介紹後,對我們的加速器計畫仍有些許疑問,因此,我們整理了幾個常見問題,如果你也有類似疑惑,或許可以從中得到解答。

【下一屆 AppWorks Accelerator #23 自 2021 年 5 月 12 日開放申請:AW#23 申請專頁

1. 為什麼 AW#23 要特別招募 NFT 創業者?AppWorks Accelerator 可以提供 NFT 新創什麼幫助?

繼 AI 和 Blockchain 兩個典範轉移之後,我們現在很明確地看到 NFT 將是下一個 (雖然技術上, NFT 應該是包涵在整個 Blockchain 分類大主題裡面,但我們認為 NFT 將是 Blockchain 中一個巨大的分支,就像電商之於 Internet 一樣,因此希望特別把它 Highlight 出來),所以想以此提醒創業者,不要忽略了 NFT 的重要性與影響力。和 3 年前相比,區塊鏈產業現在已經成熟許多,有各種基礎建設,以及像公鏈、錢包等開發工具,創業者可以做更多嘗試,並推出更多元與成熟的服務或產品。

現在看來,NFT 的初步應用,偏向數位藝術品的蒐藏,但我們相信在更長遠的未來,更多類型的商業行為都可透過 NFT 發生,類似分散式的物品資料庫,作為紀錄人類實體與虛擬商品的平台。

尤其現在,對於 NFT 這種相對較新的概念,新創相較於大企業,反倒更具有先行者優勢,可以更有彈性與效率地做各種嘗試。我們希望在 NFT 剛開始起飛的時候,所有相關的創業者可以藉由在 AppWorks 聚集,互相切磋學習,參與未來 5~10 年整個 NFT 崛起的過程。

AppWorks Accelerator 可以提供的相關幫助包括: 

a. 和大東南亞最大的創業者社群一起成長

創業是一個孤獨的旅程,開始創業後,身邊大部分的朋友、家人都不知道你在經歷酸甜苦辣。如果能跟一群一樣厲害、有決心的創辦人一起同甘共苦,遇到挫折的時候有人懂,將更有動力撐下去。除了同一屆會有約 50-60 位創業者一起加速外,我們會頻繁地舉辦各式校友聚會,許多校友已經走過 0 到 1 的階段,透過他們的分享和交流,可以讓你少走許多冤枉路,也能夠激勵你進步得更快更好,這是 AppWorks 帶來最有價值的事。

除此之外,由 AppWorks Accelerator 校友們建立起的生態系,累積的活躍團隊有 395 個、共 1,331 位創業者,全體加總年營業額 80.5 億美元,形成一個緊密的新創網絡,是大東南亞校友規模最大的創業者社群,就是你的大家庭。當 NFT 新創要開發落地應用,或是希望尋求資源協助,AppWorks 每位同事的重要任務之一,就是在其中穿針引線將資源與人脈引介給各新創團隊。

b. 與 NFT 相關新創共同學習

雖然 NFT 還是相對比較新的應用,但 AppWorks 的生態系中,也已經有不少 NFT 相關創業團隊,例如開發加密貨幣錢包的 Blocto (AW#19)、經營 NFT 拍賣場的 Lootex (AW#20),以及我們投資、近期剛晉身為新創獨角獸 (Unicorn)、致力推動區塊鏈和 NFT 在遊戲產業上發展的遊戲開發商 Animoca Brands 等等,可以透過互相學習或是商業合作,加速成長。

c. Flow 公鏈與相關生態系的資源

AppWorks 也是知名 NFT 應用 Cryptokitties、NBA Top Shot 開發商 Dapper Labs 所開發公鏈 Flow 的全球第二大投資機構。如果想在 Flow 上開發新商業模式,或是進一步與 Flow 生態系上的各式成員交流和合作,可以透過 AppWorks 與 Flow 的獨家合作,得到更直接的資源與幫助,成為更密切的合作夥伴。

2. AppWorks 會從新創的加入申請中,觀察哪些重點?

當 AppWorks 收到創業者提出申請後,我們特別重視引領創業者持續自我精進、排除阻礙的北極星。以下幾個問題,可幫助你思考是否適合加入 AppWorks Accelerator:

  • 為什麼要創業?
  • 你希望透過創業解決什麼問題?為什麼?
  • 你相信世界上,還有哪些尚未被滿足的基本需求?
  • 你希望創造什麼樣的未來?計畫如何去實現?
  • 你已經做了哪些努力來證明你正在解決這些問題?

3. AppWorks Accelerator 要收費嗎?

AppWorks Accelerator 是針對創業者完全免費的服務。我們不會向新創團隊收取租金、服務費,也不會要求技術股、選擇權、營收、獲利分成,或是選擇權等任何形式的回饋。

4. 我們現在需要一筆資金,加入 AppWorks 就可以被投資嗎?

當資金可以大幅提升新創的實力與競爭優勢時,歡迎團隊隨時與 AppWorks 聯絡開啟關於募資的討論,AppWorks 管理的美金 2.12 億創投基金將隨時準備好提供協助。另一方面,AppWorks Accelerator 不會要求新創團隊在加入前,就接受我們的投資,也不會跟進駐的團隊收取股權回報。

5. 為什麼 AppWorks 現在限定招募來自 AI、Blockchain、NFT 和 SEA 的創業者?

我們認為,AI 與 Blockchain 是基於過去 Internet 打下的良好基礎,所延伸出的數據應用,與去中心化的價值交換模式,是下個 10 年創業者必須槓桿的新巨大板塊位移。而在區塊鏈應用當中,NFT 是其中一個能夠幫助區塊鏈的概念更接地氣、促成更多人開始使用的應用。

同時,東南亞 (SEA) 數位經濟革命正在崛起,包括持續擴大的中產階級、亮眼的經濟成長率,此外,一般民眾參與數位科技的使用也促使這個區域的數位經濟加速發展,成為全球創業、創新、創意最蓬勃發展的地區之一。 

因此,這就是我們現在關注的重點。過去十年,我們已經看到 Mobile Internet 的普及與滲透,如果要抓住下個十年的發展機會,創業者應該思考如何利用這幾個關鍵領域,在產品、服務、商業模式上,創造未來的成長曲線。

6. 我的服務 (或產品) 還沒開始賺錢,這樣能申請嗎?

當然可以。從公司創立到找到可規模化商業模式這段期間,稱為「種子期」。種子期新創公司需要的多半不是資金,而是各種與創業有關的知識、啟發,以及嘗試與犯錯的空間。AppWorks Accelerator 主要在協助種子期新創尋找可規模化商業模式,幫助他們順利邁向下一階段。

7. 如果我已經募資過 Series A 或是我已經賺錢了,那 AppWorks 是不是不適合我?

我們並沒有限定申請團隊的成熟階段,只要你認為在創業過程中,AppWorks 可以幫助你。過去也有許多較成熟的團隊加入,例如,有些團隊已經在台灣做得小有成績,想往東南亞發展,AppWorks 可以成為走向東南亞的橋樑或踏板。規模已不小的國際團隊,想在台灣建立技術團隊或開發市場商機,那加入 AppWorks 可以成為在台落地的第一步,像是來自新加坡、在 2016 年進駐的 AW#13  ShopBack,早在 2014 年就創立,並在 2015 年完成種子輪募資並在新加坡推出服務,而透過在 AppWorks Accelerator 的時間,ShopBack 在台灣建立起技術團隊,並同時測試台灣市場的可能性。

8. 我不是台灣公民,能否幫忙申請簽證?

入選 AppWorks Accelerator 的國際創業者,可根據個人的需求與條件,可由 AppWorks 提供協助申請 Entrepreneur Visa 創業家簽證Gold Card 就業金卡,讓來自海外的創業者能在台灣專心工作,不需為了簽證問題出境往返。

9. 進駐 Accelerator 後,是否每週一到五整天都要待在 AppWorks?疫情解封前可以遠距參加嗎?

在疫情期間,為了保護大家的安全與健康,在出入境與群聚活動仍有管制的期間,AppWorks 已經為所有參與 AW#23 的創業者,設計了多種線上活動,讓創業者能遠端參與、最大化加速期間的收穫。

我們每週會安排約 4 – 6 小時活動,包含講座、Workshop、Office Hour、線上交流聚會,這些都是我們針對創業者的需求所設計,已經在 AW#20 – AW#22 測試、修正過的形式,團隊可以藉由參與其中認識由我們邀請而來的優秀創業家、創投、產業專家、AppWorks 學長姊,以及同屆的同學,從他們的故事中得到靈感或啟發。

在過去一年半來全球受疫情影響的狀態下,我們因應設計的線上活動,仍有效的幫助創業者接觸到其他來自不同國家的同儕、企業夥伴與投資人,促成了不少合作與投資。但我們知道實體活動仍然有其不可取代的地位,能建立更深厚的連結。因此我們也將鼓勵參與 AppWorks 的創業者,盡早施打疫苗,保護自己、降低感染風險,也從自身做起,幫助建立群體免疫,同時能加速實體聚會的重啟。

當疫情有妥當的控制,政府也放寬旅遊、群聚限制後,AppWorks 將會重新開始安排實體活動,幫助讓已施打疫苗的創業者,在 AppWorks 與我們的網路中得到更大價值。此外,AppWorks 也提供免費的工作空間,屆時團隊可以自由在 AppWorks Accelerator 的空間共同工作。

如果你是希望藉由 AppWorks 來測試台灣市場,又或是設立技術團隊,在疫情期間,我們的專業團隊,仍然能透過線上活動,提供適合的人脈介紹與協助。但依照我們輔導團隊的經驗,我們建議創業者,在疫情較穩定控制後,投入必要的時間與心力,親自來了解台灣的人文環境、市場狀況,拓展必要人脈。

10. 加入 AppWorks Accelerator 一定要設立公司嗎?

不一定,但我們會建議做 B2B 的團隊設立公司。因為根據我們的經驗,這將有助於你尋找事業夥伴並洽談後續合作。AppWorks 備有專業的會計與法務 Masters,可以為創業者團隊提供成立公司過程中,所需要的協助,也有豐富的經驗,能為海外團隊處理落地台灣的手續。

11. 申請書的題目都是英文,用中文寫會不會影響分數?

AppWorks Accelerator 的線上申請書共有約 30 個題目,包含團隊、產品、商業模式,與市場分析等眾多面向,非常詳盡,需要花一定的時間與心思填寫。我們希望透過這些題目協助每一個來申請的團隊,釐清自己當下的發展狀態與所需協助。

填寫報名表是一種自我健檢,因為在填寫過程中,創業者必須深入思考自己的產品、市場策略、團隊分工,以及整體產業環境。因此,不管申請與否,我們都建議創業者針對這些問題仔細思考、研究。

我們鼓勵你嘗試以英文作答,但用中文填寫並不會影響評估結果,最重要的是必須清楚表達你想傳達的訊息。另外,我們也需要創辦人 (CEO) 拍攝一段一分鐘的自我介紹影片,讓我們能夠更快認識你。

12. 第一階段申請和第二階段申請有何差別?

AppWorks Accelerator 的面談與入選採先收先審制度 (Rolling-basis),根據過去的經驗,先繳交申請書的團隊,有較高的入選機率,且能提早知道自己已經入選,有更充裕的時間預先規劃相關事宜。因此,我們會鼓勵創業者在第一階段就填寫申請書,以免到了最後申請截止前夕,競爭變得更加激烈。

希望以上整理能幫助你釐清對 AppWorks Accelerator 的諸多疑問。若還有其他需要進一步瞭解的地方,歡迎留言給我們,或是來信至:a@appworks.tw,我們將盡量為你解答。

【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,AW#23 申請截止日為 2021 年 7 月 21 日】

AppWorks 協力營運緯創集團垂直加速器,邀請優質 AI、物聯網、雲端、資安新創加入

緯創資通董事長林憲銘於日前率領集團一級主管參訪 AppWorks,共同商討成立「緯創垂直加速器」。

AppWorks 在今日 (4/13) 宣佈,將提供營運等核心業務,協助科技大廠緯創資通,於本月啟動垂直加速器,招募 AI、物聯網、雲端與資安領域的新創加入。自即日起至 2021 年 6 月 21 日,開放新創提出最終輪申請,獲錄取的新創,將於 2021 年七月至 2022 年一月期間,與緯創集團進行充分溝通與協同合作,並在2021 年九月至 2022 年一月期間,同步參與 AppWorks Accelerator。獲選的新創在參與期間,皆不收取費用,新創也不用提供股權。

緯創為 ICT 產業全球領導廠商之一,近年在堅強的研發及技術創新能力,和多元化產品開發所帶動的成長發展下,乘著雲端發展趨勢,將硬體設備和雲端數據系統,經由軟體服務緊密結合,提供技術服務平台與解決方案,並建立新的技術產業鏈以及創新平台,將事業擴展至教育、企業服務、物聯網及醫療等新領域。

緯創集團邁向永續的關鍵作法之一,就是採取積極的前瞻性投資,引進策略技術夥伴,投資並攜手新創團隊。緯創近幾年的策略投資,已投入超過新台幣 100 億元,約有 50~60 家投資甚或長期經營的對象。

此次緯創啓動垂直加速器,由大東南亞新創加速器龍頭 AppWorks 提供營運等核心業務。雙方從 2014 年開始合作,緯創是 AppWorks Fund II (本誠創投基金)、AppWorks Fund III (本慧創投基金) 的主要股東之一,之後也陸續投資了 AppWorks Accelerator 的新創校友,包括專攻智慧安控的 Umbo CV 盾心科技 (AW#9)、開發自動化機器學習平台的 MoBagel 行動貝果 (AW#16)、提供寵物健康數據分析的 AI 新創 ANIWARE (AW#17) 等 AppWorks 校友,雙方有長期的策略合作關係與默契,希望透過這次攜手加速新創成長。

AppWorks 從 2010 年開始經營創業加速器,一直致力於協助創業者把握科技浪潮,抓住下個十年的成長機會。截至 2020 年底,AppWorks 新創生態系中,活躍新創累積至 395 家、共 1,331 位創業者;全體營收達到 80 億美元,提供的就業人數更達 17,359 位。

AppWorks 董事長暨合夥人林之晨指出:「如今 AppWorks 生態系已具相當規模,展望未來十年,我們看好媒合新創與大企業深度合作,為新創提供實驗、成長場域,同時為大企業帶來外部創新機會,因此我們決定藉由此次緯創垂直加速器合作,正式開始扮演橋樑的角色。」

緯創垂直加速器每年共舉辦兩屆,限額招募在 AI、物聯網、雲端與資安領域的新創。錄取的新創團隊,可以同步參與 AppWorks Accelerator,並將獨享與緯創集團旗下事業單位的合作,包含:

1. 緯創子公司負責人 / 事業單位負責人提供產業面的專業建議

2. 與緯創獨家合作 PoC

3. 由緯創提供新台幣 20 萬贊助費用 

4. AWS / GCP Cloud Credits

緯創垂直加速器希望招募的新創團隊,是能夠運用前端科技,攜手緯創,找到下個十年的成長動能,範圍包含 (不限於) AI、物聯網、雲端、資安領域。為了有更好的合作體驗,新創最好已經完成產品開發,並已有與用戶合作的經驗。 

緯創資通董事長林憲銘指出:「藉由緯創資源的導入,協助新創更快達到規模化,透過垂直加速器的合作,讓新創和緯創能共同提出解決方案。往未來十年看,同時也為緯創提供原有事業以外的成長機會。」

AppWorks 董事長暨合夥人林之晨表示:「AppWorks 耕耘十年,累積出的新創生體系價值已超越百億美金。第二個十年,我們要串聯大型企業與新創,創造更多雙贏合作,幫助企業轉型,同時也幫助新創加速成長。緯創不僅是世界級科技集團,更是國內最活躍的企業創投之一,雙方合作多年,很高興在這個時間點進一步攜手,打造 Wistron Accelerator powered by AppWorks,相信這個加速器會為緯創與參與新創帶來許多價值,同時也為大型企業經營垂直加速器,樹立一個新典範。」

Powered by AppWorks,緯創集團啟動垂直加速器,邀請優質 AI、物聯網、雲端、資安新創加入

緯創資通為 ICT 產業全球領導廠商之一,近年在堅強的研發及技術創新能力,和多元化產品開發所帶動的成長發展下,乘著雲端發展趨勢,將硬體設備和雲端數據系統,經由軟體服務緊密結合,提供技術服務平台與解決方案,並建立新的技術產業鏈以及創新平台,將事業擴展至教育、企業服務、物聯網及醫療等新領域。

緯創集團邁向永續的關鍵作法之一,就是採取積極的前瞻性投資,引進策略技術夥伴,投資並攜手新創團隊。緯創近幾年的策略投資,已投入超過新台幣 100 億元,約有 50~60 家投資甚或長期經營的對象。

此次緯創啟動垂直加速器,由大東南亞新創加速器龍頭 AppWorks 提供營運等核心業務。雙方從 2014 年開始合作,緯創是 AppWorks Fund II、Fund III 的主要股東之一,之後也陸續投資了 Umbo CV (AW#9)、MoBagel (AW#16) 與 ANIWARE (AW#17) 等自 AppWorks Accelerator 畢業的新創校友,雙方有長期的策略合作關係與默契,希望透過這次攜手,加速新創成長。

AppWorks 從 2010 年開始經營創業加速器,一直致力於協助創業者把握科技浪潮,抓住下個十年的成長機會。截至 2020 年底,AppWorks 新創生態系中,活躍新創累積至 395 家、共 1,331 位創業者;全體營收達到 80 億美元,提供的就業人數更達 17,359 位。

如今生態系已具相當規模,展望未來十年,我們看好媒合新創與大企業深度合作,為新創提供實驗、成長場域,同時為大企業帶來外部創新機會,因此我們決定藉由此次緯創垂直加速器合作,正式開始扮演橋樑的角色。

緯創垂直加速器,一年兩屆,限額招募。專注在 AI、物聯網、雲端與資安領域。錄取的新創團隊,可以同步參與 AppWorks 加速器,並將獨享緯創集團旗下事業單位的合作,包含:

1. 緯創子公司負責人/事業單位負責人提供產業面的專業建議

2. 與緯創獨家合作 PoC

3. 由緯創提供新台幣 20 萬贊助費用 

4. AWS / GCP Cloud Credits

申請條件

緯創垂直加速器希望招募的新創團隊,是能夠運用前端科技,攜手緯創,找到下個十年的成長動能,範圍包含 (不限於) AI、物聯網、雲端、資安領域。為了有更好的合作體驗,新創最好已經完成產品開發,並已有與用戶合作的經驗。 

我們希望透過垂直加速器的合作,讓新創和緯創能共同提出解決方案,往未來十年看,為緯創帶來原有事業以外的成長機會。另一方面,我們也希望導入大企業的資源,幫助新創更快達到規模化。

曾與緯創合作的 AppWorks 新創校友

  • AW#9 Umbo CV (AIoT)
  • AW#16 MoBagel (AI、BigData)
  • AW#17 ANIWARE (AIoT)

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