The AppWorks Accelerator FAQ (for founders applying to AW#22)

Founded in 2010, 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 startups operating on the frontiers of AI / IoT, Blockchain / DeFi, and Southeast Asia, equipping founders spanning all walks of life with the necessary resources, mentorship, and guidance to get their ventures off the ground. Since our establishment 10 years ago, we’ve graduated 21 batches, with the entire AppWorks Ecosystem now encompassing 395 active teams and 1,331 founders. Collectively, they generate an annual turnover of US$8B and boast an aggregate valuation of US$11B, creating the strongest founder community of its kind in Greater Southeast Asia. 

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 Nov 4, AppWorks Accelerator #22 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 do just that, no matter the circumstances. 

To make sure founders accepted to AW#22 will have the benefits of connecting to your batchmates, to mentors, to markets, and to essential knowledge and services, we’ve designed a hybrid program that serves both local Taiwan-based founders as well as international founders abroad that cannot physically enter Taiwan. 

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.

Finding connections with supply chain partners and other potential business partners will not be a problem, either, since we will help to connect you to these resources through virtual introductions. 

In addition to providing these and other aspects of our curriculum online, we will continue to make services such as cloud resources and other perks from our technology partners available, as we have been doing for the past ten years. There is no obligation to sit in the physical accelerator space in order to take advantage of them. 

Finally, 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#22 founders will be the first to know. And rest assured, with our Demo Day plans 100% in planning and execution modes, we will make sure it goes ahead, and you’ll get to meet hundreds of investors / executives in person who can make a positive impact on your founder journey.

For now, here are some standard questions that we see every year. You may wish to read these FAQs as you work on filling out the application to determine if the accelerator is right for your founder journey. 

2. “How can AppWorks Accelerator help a founder? Why join an accelerator?”

a. The largest community of entrepreneurs in Greater Southeast Asia

Starting a business is lonely. Most of your family and friends will not understand what you are going through. That’s why it’s critical to put yourself in an environment with like-minded peers, to share the ups and downs, and provide mutual support through any setbacks and challenges. In AppWork Accelerator, there will be 50 – 60 batchmates in the trenches alongside you. Additionally, you’ll have an opportunity to connect with hundreds of AppWorks alumni at various gatherings, many of whom have passed through the 0-1 stage and can help you shortcut potential hurdles through sharing their own experiences.

b. 100+ mentors with rich entrepreneurial experience

The AppWorks Ecosystem has over 100 mentors that have offered up their time to guide young entrepreneurs, which you’ll meet through events like Mentor Day and Mentor office hours. Some will help you in strategy, some will help open doors to new connections, some will become your business partner, and a select few will serve as your lifelong mentor, guiding you every step along your founder journey with their own life experiences, offering advice in times of need, but also celebrating with you in times of joy.

c. Masters and Partners 

In the early days of your founder journey, you’ll often be strapped for time and resources, leaving you with little capacity or even experience to handle certain tasks in the course of building your startup. Our in-house Master team consists of 8 subject-matter experts who can assist founders in functional areas such as PR, talent recruitment, finance/accounting, legal, investor relations, alumni relations, design, and workspace management. With average experience of more than 10 years, our Master team can help early-stage founders maximize their time and effort without compromising any additional resources. 

In addition to our Master team, one-on-one office hours are arranged with each of our five AppWorks Partners each month. They can advise in all aspects of your startup including business model ideation, analyzing market dynamics, launching new products/services, and building and hiring new teams. Tapping into experiences from their own founder journeys, our Partners can quickly provide targeted advice to help you clarify problem statements and alleviate bottlenecks.

d. Connections in SEA

Southeast Asia has become one of Taiwan’s primary markets when internationalizing. Penetrating these markets on your own is hard enough as it is. In AppWorks Accelerator, on average more than 60% of the teams in each batch come from outside of Taiwan, including Indonesia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, among others. At AppWorks, we very much maintain a “pay-it-forward” mentality, whereby many of your fellow batchmates and alumni will serve as your eyes and ears on the ground, facilitate warm introductions to key contacts, and open doors for your market entry just because you are a part of the community. In addition, AppWorks has established solid relations with local startup communities and investors across the region, giving you more possibilities for a soft landing.

e. Other resources

After joining AppWorks Accelerator, you’ll have access to many other free resources, services, and perks. For example, we regularly hold Fundraising Bootcamp to provide advice and consultations for founders going through the fundraising process. AppWorks is also located near Taipei City Hall MRT station, in the core business district of Taipei City, featuring a free co-working space, accessible 24/7; within walking distance, you can immediately access department stores, restaurants, bookstores, movie theaters, and shopping centers for those of you looking to conduct first-hand user research. Each team in AppWorks Accelerator is also entitled to free cloud credits valued up to US$100,000 from our long-time technology partners Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform, greatly reducing your infrastructure costs.

3. “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.

4. “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. 

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.

5. “Why does AppWorks focus on accepting AI, Blockchain, or SEA founders?”

We believe the paradigm shift brought about by AI and Blockchain are the two mega opportunities founders in the 2020s must leverage. At the same time, SEA is rising, displaying impressive growth in middle class incomes and GDP. Its citizens participate in an acceleration of tech usage that makes it one of the most pivotal regions in the world for innovation and economic growth. We believe that founders in this region must use these technologies to make the most of the opportunities. 

Therefore, this is where we are putting our focus. Founders should think carefully about how to leverage these three areas as much as possible to make the greatest gains with new business models.

6. “I am a student team / I am a one-man team, can I still apply?”

Yes, you can. We are here to help founders. While there are alway some questions to answer about the team, the age of the company, or the makeup of its technical abilities, the founder’s experience and personal journey is the most important of all the factors we look at. 

When AppWorks reviews applications submitted by founders,  we pay special attention to several characteristics to determine their fit for the accelerator. 

We call them the “3Hs,” or “Heart, Head, and Hand,”  and we evaluate founders with these following questions, and others, in mind:

Heart: Is there a determination to start a business? Is the founder willing to devote himself wholeheartedly to it for a long period of time? How passionate is the founder about the problem he or she wants to solve?

Head: How fast can the founder learn in the uncertain environment that develops while building a startup? Are they capable of reflection and self-awareness, and applying that vision to creating rapid iterations to the business model and also to their own self-improvement?

Hand: Can they display high-order dexterity in conducting the business, and can they do it expertly? Can they scale their own thinking to a team, and manage that team with skill and attention to detail?

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 a 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 can apply for the Entrepreneur Visa 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. “After the AppWorks Accelerator program begins, do I have to be there every day? Can overseas teams participate remotely?”

AppWorks arranges about four to six hours of speaker series, workshops, office hours, and gatherings each week. These are tailored to the needs of current batch founders. We encourage teams to participate in as many of them as possible to learn from the veteran founders we invite to these sessions. AppWorks also provides a free co-working space. As for whether the team should choose to work in AppWorks, this is up to you.

If you want to test the Taiwan market with AppWorks, or set up a technical team, we strongly recommend you to invest the time and effort to personally understand Taiwan’s cultural environment and market.

12. “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.

13. “Do I need a business plan to apply for the Accelerator?  

No business plan is required. 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 to the founder (CEO).

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

We welcome all AI, Blockchain, or Southeast Asia founders to join AppWorks Accelerator. Applications will be open until January 4th, 2020.

申請 AppWorks Accelerator 常見問題與回覆 (FAQ)

AppWorks Accelerator 在 2010 年創立,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 21 屆,並自 2018 年 8 月招募的第 17 屆 (AW#17) 開始,限定召募 AI / IoT 與 Blockchain / DeFi 兩個領域的新創,2020 年 8 月招募的 AW#21,除了 AI / IoT 與 Blockchain / DeFi 外,另外加上面向東南亞市場的創業者。整個 AppWorks Ecosystem 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 (東協 + 台灣) 校友規模最大的創業者社群。

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 自 2020 年 11 月 4 日開放申請:AW#22 專頁

1. AppWorks Accelerator 可以提供創業團隊什麼幫助?

a. 大東南亞最大的創業者社群

創業是一件很孤獨的事,創業之後,大部分的朋友、家人都不知道你在經歷什麼。因為這樣,有越多厲害的創辦人和你一起同甘共苦,可以讓你遇到挫折的時候有人懂,也更有動力撐下去。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。

除此之外,由 AppWorks Accelerator 校友們建立起的生態系,或是 AppWorks 與大型企業的關係,將是新創拓展業務與尋找策略夥伴的重要管道。例如,AI 新創要建立 Data Pipeline、Blockchain 要開發落地應用,或是希望尋求大企業的資源協助,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. 100 位創業經驗豐富的 Mentors

AppWorks Ecosystem 有大約 100 位左右的 Mentors,透過 Mentor Day,當屆團隊可以認識不同類型的 Mentors,有的會是你商業上的助力,幫你推薦人脈、和你進行商業合作;有的會是你心靈上的支柱,在你煩惱的時候替你分擔、分享他們寶貴的人生經驗與創業建議。

c. 8 位全職、專業、最懂新創的 Masters

早期新創團隊資源有限、人手精簡,導致新創在商業上許多重要、尚不常發生的工作,缺乏專業人才來處理。我們內建的 Master Team 共有 8 位專家,分別從媒體公關、人才招募、財務會計、法務、設計、投資人關係、校友關係、工作空間管理等領域來協助創業者,每人在原本專業領域的平均資歷超過十年,透過 Master Team 的協助,讓新創在資源較少的早期階段,就能有效率地獲得專業奧援。

例如,在新創找到 Product Market Fit 之前,商業模式或業務形態尚未成熟,在人才面向上,我們會協助提供徵才建議或是每年舉辦 AppWorks 新創聯合大徵才,而不是建議新創在太早期就建立人事考評制度;或是新創的創新服務或產品,如何處理因此延伸的會計課目與認列方式,我們也能提供創業者符合公開會計原則的建議。

除了 Master Team 之外,新創進駐 AppWorks Accelerator 期間,我們五位 Partners 每月也都會與各團隊安排一對一的 Office Hour。在建立商業模式、分析市場動態、開發新產品與服務、建立團隊、分享創業經驗等各個面向,每位 Partner 都能從本身的專業與經驗中,提供一針見血的有力建議,幫助創業者瞬間釐清問題與瓶頸。

d. 東南亞地區的連結

東南亞地區已成為台灣跨向國際的首要考量之一,透過自己打市場,可能要花費許多心力也不得其門而入。在 AppWorks Accelerator 每屆有超過六成的團隊來自國際,其中包含印尼、新加坡、香港、越南、泰國、馬來西亞等地的創業者,自 AppWorks Accelerator 畢業後,也成為活躍的 AppWorks 校友社群一份子,在創業的道路上互相協助、為彼此打氣,這些位於東南亞各國的校友們,能為你建立第一手的市場資訊與在地人脈網絡。除此之外,AppWorks 也和當地的新創社群與投資人擁有良好的關係,讓你在當地的市場有更多可能性。

e. 其他協助資源

加入 AppWorks Accelerator 的新創,還可享受其他我們提供的服務與資源。例如,我們定期舉辦 Fundraising Bootcamp,針對有募資需求的新創團隊提供建議與諮詢;AppWorks 位於捷運台北市政府站附近,身處台北市最核心的商業區,不僅免費提供 Co-working Space 給進駐的新創使用,在步行的距離內,就有百貨公司、熱門餐廳、知名書店、電影院、高中等人潮熱點,方便創業者進行潛在用戶研究;Amazon Web Services 與 Google Cloud Platform 也是 AppWorks Accelerator 長期贊助企業,每支進駐團隊,可獲得價值超過 10 萬美元的贊助資源,大幅降低新創團隊的實驗成本。

2. 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。

3. 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。

4. 為什麼 AppWorks 現在限定招募 AI、Blockchain 和佈局東南亞的創業者?

我們認為,AI 與 Blockchain 是下個 10 年創業者必須槓桿的新巨大板塊位移。同時,東南亞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。 


5. 我是學生團隊 / 我是一人團隊 / 我的團隊沒有工程師,這樣能申請嗎?

AppWorks 招收團隊時,不會因為團隊的身份或狀態而有所設限,但會特別注重創業者的幾項特質,我們稱為「3H」:




【延伸閱讀:3 個 H,AppWorks 如何評估創業者?

當然,對新創團隊來說,工程師是相當重要的人才資源,如果團隊組成中有優秀且經歷豐富的工程師,的確會幫團隊加分許多。但找尋合適且能為團隊加分的成員,需要花費不少心思。建議創業者在招募時,先審慎釐清團隊現階段最需要的人才項目,逐步補足,寧缺勿濫,而 AppWorks 也會針對有需要的團隊,提供人才媒合與專業人資顧問的輔導諮詢,協助創業者找到他們需要的優秀人才。

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,皆可申請「Entrepreneur Visa 創業家簽證」,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?海外團隊可以遠距參加嗎?

在疫情期間,由於出入境仍有管制,AppWorks 也因此特別為台灣與國際創業者,設計了結合線上與線下的活動,讓創業者能夠更彈性的參與活動、如常使用加速器的資源。

我們每週會安排約 4 – 6 小時的講座、Workshop、Office Hour、交流聚會,這些都是我們針對創業者的需求所設計,因此我們會鼓勵團隊盡量參加,認識由我們邀請而來的厲害創業者,從中得到靈感或啟發。此外,AppWorks 也提供免費的工作空間,至於團隊是否要選擇在 AppWorks 的空間工作,可以自由決定。

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,依照我們輔導團隊的經驗,我們建議創業者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 Accelerator 是否需要附商業計畫書?申請書的題目都是英文,用中文寫會不會影響分數?

不需附商業計畫書。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。


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。

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,我們將盡量為你解答。

【歡迎所有 AI / IoT、Blockchain / DeFi 與佈局東南亞市場的創業者,加入專為你們服務的 AppWorks Accelerator

擁抱科技巨浪,AppWorks Accelerator 招募 AI、Blockchain 新創團隊

當 AI 與 Blockchain 在全球各領域吹響顛覆的號角,AppWorks 認為現在是繼 1998 年 Internet、2008 年 Mobile Internet 後,十年一次的絕佳創業時機,2018 年份的創業者,應該善用 AI 與 Blockchain 兩股巨浪背後的機器學習、深度學習、分散式交易網路、去中心化加密體系等技術,解決社會現存的大型問題,以建立長期偉大的新科技巨人。為了帶頭鼓勵更多優秀的年輕人投入 AI、Blockchain 創業,AppWorks Accelerator 從本期開始,限定招收 AI、Blockchain 團隊。

2010 年成立,目前是大東南亞地區 (台灣+東協各國) 校友規模最大的創業加速器 AppWorks Accelerator ,正在招募 AppWorks #17 (第 17 期) 創業加速器成員,廣邀台灣及東南亞 AI 與 Blockchain 領域的新創團隊加入。AppWorks #17 團隊將於 8 月正式進駐,預計招收 30 支團隊加入。

「AI 與 Blockchain 所帶來的衝擊,將如同 80 年代的 PC、90 年代的 Internet、2000 年代的 Mobile Internet,是改寫未來 30 年商業與生活的巨型典範轉移,」AppWorks 創辦合夥人林之晨指出。它們不僅是技術革新,更是在工作型態、交易過程、人際溝通、企業運作等面向上,從底層徹底改變既有的結構與模式。

對新創企業來說,面對快速發展的 AI 與 Blockchain 技術,沒有人是掌握全部面貌的專家,透過加入 AppWorks Accelerator ,則能快速掌握產業脈動以及提高創業成功率。除了與來自國際的優秀團隊彼此切磋和交流,還能加入AppWorks Accelerator 的校友網絡,並獲得超過 60 位創業導師的親自輔導。

8 年來,AppWorks Accelerator 已累積超過 300 家活躍新創校友。其中,在 AI 領域,共累積 30 家校友企業,代表性的校友,包括應用機器學習、打造出台灣最大民宿訂房平台的 AsiaYo (AW#12);產品銷售全球 30 餘國、並已募得兩輪資金共 980 萬美元的智能安控新創 Umbo CV (AW#9);運用 Chatbot 叫計程車、每日出車超過1,000趟的 TaxiGo (AW#11);推出全球第一支智能寶寶攝影機的 Cubo (AW#16) 等。

在 Blockcahin 領域,AppWorks Accelerator 則已累積有 10 家校友企業。代表性的校友,包括台灣最具代表性的 Crypto 交易所、並在近期發行代幣 BITO 創下 26 小時超過 6.5 億新台幣佳績的 BitoEX 幣託 (AW#6),專注於 Blockchain 資產交易的 WageCan (AW#5),以及聚焦 Blockchain 領域內容的社群媒體區塊客 (AW#14)、動區動趨 (AW#16) 等。

為鼓勵校友網絡間的經驗交流,AppWorks 特別邀請 AsiaYo 創辦人暨執行長鄭兆剛、幣託創辦人暨執行長鄭光泰,與林之晨對談,分享各自在 AI 與 Blockchain 珍貴的創業成功經驗。除了 AppWorks Accelerator 的校友身份外,鄭兆剛與鄭光泰也會加入創業導師的陣容,協助輔導新創團隊。

(右起) AppWorks 創辦合夥人林之晨、幣託創辦人暨執行長鄭光泰、AsiaYo 創辦人暨執行長鄭兆剛,將在 AppWorks Accelerator 協助 AI 與 Blockchain 的新創團隊,在創業的道路上走得更順利。

鄭兆剛說:「開發 AI 與機器學習的應用,對 AsiaYo 的營運幫助很大。」AsiaYo 成立之初,做決策是靠人為經驗去預估,例如開發新房源、規劃行銷版位等,但結果未必精準,於是先從內部開始,運用 AI 相關技術,建立決策 Dashboard ,讓資源投入更有效益,再逐漸發展出針對不同用戶的客製化服務。鄭兆剛指出,在擔任 AppWorks Accelerator 導師期間,非常樂意將 AsiaYo 運用 AI 的經驗,與新創團隊一起交流。

鄭光泰則說:「希望將幣託打造成以台灣為基地,面向國際的一流企業。」除了近期代幣 BITO 發行成功外,也陸續有國際團隊登門,希望與幣託策略聯盟。對於 ICO 前如何準備,鄭光泰認為有幾個重要條件:清楚透明的白皮書、優秀的承銷夥伴、頂尖的技術團隊。在擔任 AppWorks Accelerator 導師期間,鄭光泰希望用自己豐富的經驗,幫助更多優秀的團隊與創業者。

對 AI 與 Blockchain 新創,AppWorks 提供的價值主要有:

1.與國際一流 AI / Blockchain 新創一起創業

AppWorks #17 的進駐團隊,將是來自台灣、東南亞最優秀的 AI、Blockchain 新創,除了一同交流最前緣的產業觀察,從彼此的產品與商業模式中取得啟發,乃至於健康的同儕壓力之外,進駐期間累積的「戰友情誼」,也是往後繼續互相扶持、一同拓展市場的最佳助力。

2.獲得 AppWorks Mentor 的一對一輔導

AppWorks Accelerator 的 60 位導師,都是擁有 10、20 年經驗的成功創業家,能引導年輕創業者,用正確的心態去面對從 0 到 1、從 1 到 100 不同創業階段的各種挑戰。

3.站上 300 家校友企業的肩膀

AppWorks Accelerator 至今累積超過 300 家、涵蓋各 B2B 與 B2C 領域的活躍校友企業,加總年產值已經超過新台幣 400 億元,是 AI 新創連通數據水管 (data pipeline)、Blockchain 新創進入應用場域,最好的跳板。

4.AppWorks Masters 的專業輔導

AppWorks Master Team 包含專精於法務、財務、招募、工程、設計、行銷與公共關係等領域的 6 位輔導長,針對加速器校友企業,提供各種免費諮詢或輔導。在這幾大面向上,讓AI、Blockchain 新創在創業初期,能更無後顧之憂,將資源與心力聚焦在本身的核心競爭力。


AppWorks 長期與創新第一線的學術、企業機構保持良好互動,協助新創企業最快掌握技術趨勢。包括由清華大學電機系教授孫民領軍的 AI 實驗室、AI 專家杜奕瑾帶領的台灣人工智慧學校,以及 AppWorks Funds 股東國泰金控的 FinTech 團隊、中信金控的 Blockchain 實驗室等。

6.價值超過 10 萬美元的實驗資源

Amazon Web Services、Microsoft Azure 與 Google Cloud Platform 是 AppWorks Accelerator 長期贊助企業。每支進駐團隊,可獲得價值超過 10 萬美元的贊助資源,大幅降低新創團隊的實驗成本。

立即申請加入,專為 AI 與 Blockchain 新創團隊服務的 AppWorks Accelerator

AppWorks Accelerator 申請者的常見問題

螢幕快照 2017-10-02 下午1.13.15

Alyssa Chen , Analyst (陳敬旻 / 分析師)

負責 Accelerator,喜歡陪伴創業者打造出屬於自己的火箭。來自台中,加入前任職於華山文創園區,負責台灣新銳文創品牌的營運招商與媒體合作。除關注設計藝文議題,也喜愛網路新創產業的活力。曾於 AppWorks 實習一年。畢業於政大德文系、政大國際傳播所。喜歡旅遊與花草,最愛亞洲食物。

AppWorks Accelerator 每半年招收一屆,對象是來自台灣、東南亞,與世界各地的網路新創。成立 7 年以來,已經畢業達 14 屆,整個 AppWorks Ecosystem 的活躍團隊有 320 個、共 720 位創業者,全體加總年營業額超過 10.6 億美元,形成一個緊密的新創網絡,規模堪稱亞洲最大。

每次招收團隊,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。

1. AppWorks Accelerator 可以提供創業團隊什麼幫助?

創業一開始常會經歷一段撞牆期,也就是 0 到 1 的階段。在這段期間,創業者需要不斷的試錯、修正,才能找到所謂的 Product-Market Fit (PMF),發展出受目標客群熱愛的產品或服務。為了幫助這個階段的團隊,AppWorks 提供一個共同工作的環境,每週邀請不同的成功網路創業者來分享他們的經驗和知識。團隊不僅能從前輩身上學習,也可以和同一期的優秀團隊一起工作,互通有無,提高達到 PMF 的機率。除此之外,AppWorks 也會協助媒合已經走過 0 到 1 的 網路創業者,擔任團隊的 Mentor,讓團隊在卡關時有諮詢、請益的對象。

當如果團隊已有一定的基礎,或找到可規模化商業模式,需要一筆資金與更多人才,協助快速增長客群與量體,並建立規模門檻、網路效應,AppWorks 也會協助團隊募資與徵才。以台灣團隊來說,如已在台灣驗證商業模式,想進一步前往東南亞拓展市場,AppWorks 會引薦東南亞的活躍創投,以及當地的創業圈人脈,幫助台灣團隊接地氣。若是國際團隊想至台灣發展,AppWorks 也能提供財稅、法務與招募的諮詢服務,或是引薦潛在的合作夥伴,加速國際團隊在台落地的腳步。

2. AppWorks Accelerator 要收費嗎?

AppWorks Accelerator 是一個完全免費的服務,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。

3.我們現在需要一筆資金,加入 AppWorks 就可以被投資嗎?

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。另一方面,加入 AppWorks Accelerator 後,種子期新創團隊會在 AppWorks 的輔導下,持續尋找 Product-Market Fit 與可規模化的商業模式,讓他們有機會晉級到下一階段的成長期公司。在這中間,當資金可以大幅提升新創的實力與競爭優勢時,AppWorks 管理的創投基金將隨時準備好提供協助。

4.AppWorks 是不是只收寫 App 的團隊?

AppWorks 之所以取名為 AppWorks,主要是看到在 Mobile Internet 與 Internet of Things 時代,軟體、服務、商業模式逐漸成為主角,而硬體與頻寬則慢慢淪為配角。但無論如何,那純粹是公司名稱,我們歡迎所有運用網路打造產品或提供服務的新創團隊加入,當然也包含 App 開發團隊囉!(笑)

5.我是學生團隊 / 我是一人團隊 / 我的團隊沒有工程師,這樣能申請嗎?

AppWorks 招收團隊時,不會因為團隊的身份或狀態而有所設限,但會特別注重團隊成員的幾項特質,我們稱為「3H」:
– Heart: 是否有創業的決心?是否願意全心全意投入?對想解決的問題有多大的熱情?
– Head: 能用多快的速度學會多少東西?
– Hand: 是否具有執行力?

當然,對一家網路公司來說,工程師是相當重要的人才資源,如果團隊組成中有優秀且經歷豐富的工程師,的確會幫團隊加分許多。但找尋合適且能為團隊加分的成員,需要花費不少心思。建議創業者在招募時,先審慎釐清團隊現階段最需要的人才項目,逐步補足,寧缺勿濫。AppWorks 也會針對有需要的團隊提供人才媒合與專業人資顧問的輔導諮詢,協助創業者找到他們需要的優秀人才。

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,而是知識、啟發,以及嘗試與犯錯的空間。AppWorks Accelerator 主要在協助種子期公司尋找可規模化商業模式,幫助他們順利晉級到下一階段。此外,我們也有專業會計與法務顧問,可以為團隊提供成立公司的過程中所需要的協助。


入選 AppWorks 後,會有專人協助國際團隊申請「Entrepreneur Visa 創業家簽證」,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。

8.參加 Accelerator Program 後,是否每週一到五整天都要待在 AppWorks?海外團隊可以遠距參加嗎?

AppWorks 每週會安排約 4 – 6 小時的 Weekly Events,這些 Events 都是我們針對創業者的需求所設計,因此我們會鼓勵團隊盡量參加。此外,AppWorks 也提供免費的工作空間,至於團隊是否要選擇在 AppWorks 的空間工作,可以自由決定。

依照我們輔導海外團隊的經驗,遠距參加為團隊帶來的效益不大,成長幅度也明顯較小。因此,我們建議創業者調配團隊人力,安排至少 1 位共同創辦人與工作團隊留在自己的國家,耕耘原有市場,讓 CEO 與其他核心成員親自到台灣參加 AppWorks Accelerator Program。

9.加入 AppWorks Accelerator 一定要設立公司嗎?

不一定,但我們會建議做 B2B 的海外團隊設立台灣公司。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顧問,能協助海外團隊處理落地台灣的手續。


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,預先開始計劃進駐。因此,我們會鼓勵你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。

11.申請 Accelerator 是否需要附商業計畫書?申請書的題目都是英文,用中文寫會不會影響分數?

不需附商業計畫書。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,需要花一定的心思填寫。我們希望可以透過這些題目協助每一個來申請的團隊,知道自己當下的發展狀態與所需協助。



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[at],我們將盡量為你解答。

AppWorks #16 已開放申請,誠摯歡迎你的加入!

寫給想申請 AppWorks Accelerator 的你


Alyssa Chen, Analyst (陳敬旻/分析師)

負責 Accelerator,陪伴創業者打造出屬於自己的火箭。來自台中,加入前任職於華山文創園區,負責台灣新銳文創品牌的營運招商與媒體合作。除關注設計藝文議題,也喜愛網路新創產業的活力。曾於 AppWorks 實習一年。畢業於政大德文系、政大國際傳播所。喜歡旅遊與花草,最愛亞洲食物。

AppWorks Accelerator 是位於台北的創業加速器,自 2010 年創辦至今,每半年招收一屆,對象是來自台灣、東南亞,與世界各地的網路新創團隊,目前每期錄取 35 個團隊進駐。成立 6 年以來,已經畢業的活躍團隊有 320 個、共 720 位創業者,全體加總年營業額超過 7.9 億美元、員工人數達 3,721 人,形成一個非常緊密且強大的新創網絡,領先全亞洲。

現在,我們正在招募 AppWorks #15 團隊,身為創業者,你為什麼必須加入?想加入 AppWorks Accelerator,申請時又該留意什麼?


創業一開始常會經歷一段撞牆期,也就是 0 到 1 的階段。在這個階段,創業者往往需要嘗試很多方法、犯很多錯誤、從中學習、調整,直到找到 Product-Market Fit (PMF),也就是做出一個受到目標客群熱愛的產品為止。

為了幫助這個階段的團隊,AppWorks 提供一個共同工作的環境,讓同一期的優秀團隊可以在一起工作,互通有無,增加達到 PMF 的機率。同時間, AppWorks 也會協助團隊媒合已經走過 0 到 1 的「成功」網路創業者作為 Mentors,讓團隊在卡關時可以諮詢他們過去的經驗。

處在這樣的環境裡,創業者可以從各個層面獲得不同的刺激,進而醞釀出新的想法,透過汲取前輩的經驗,以及與其他創業者的相互討論,可避免浪費太多時間在錯誤的產品上,加快從 0 跨到 1 的速度。

如果你想申請進駐 AppWorks Accelerator

如果 AppWorks 所提供的幫助確實是正在從 0 到 1 的你所需要的,歡迎你申請加入。

AppWorks Accelerator 的申請流程分為兩階段,首先,請填寫線上申請表。通過第一階段的資料審核後,我們會邀請有潛力的新創團隊來到 AppWorks ,進行第二階段的面談。除了與 AppWorks 所有工作同仁碰面,瞭解未來將朝夕相處的工作團隊之外,也能親自感受 AppWorks 空間的氛圍。

在此,也要和大家分享 AppWorks 招收團隊時特別注重的幾個特質。我們稱為「3H」:

除了上述三個關鍵指標,我們也建議你嘗試聯繫從 AppWorks 畢業的創業者,請他們推薦你的團隊。當然,你也可以同時請他們就你的創業題目提供建議。如果你打開我們的申請表,就知道這是我們相當重視的項目。

最後,身為創業者,不論你是否決定加入 AppWorks,我們都建議你思考這些問題:你觀察到的市場問題為何?目標客戶是誰?競爭對手有哪些?你過去的經歷如何應用在本次創業?我們也建議你參考 Jamie 的「創業必讀」系列文章,裡面分享了許多創業路上可能出現的問題、心魔,並提出應對的態度,其中觀念也正是 AppWorks 的核心精神。

AppWorks Accelerator #15 第一階段申請開放至 5/8 (一),根據我們的經驗,有一半以上的人會拖到最後一天才提交報名表,反而容易埋沒在眾多申請書中。我們的審核機制是按申請時間排序,先通過篩選的團隊立刻錄取。所以,不要猶豫,當早鳥的好處多多。