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 5 月 4 日,開放新創提出第一輪的申請,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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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: a@appworks.tw 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。 

因此,這就是我們現在關注的重點。創業者應該思考如何利用這三大領域,在產品、服務、商業模式上,創造未來的成長曲線。

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」:

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?是否具有反思與覺察能力?

Hand:是否具有執行力?

【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。

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。

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 / 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。

5.與頂尖學術、企業機構交流

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