AppWorks Demo Day #24 與 Wistron Demo Day #2 聯合登場,20 支新創團隊展現加速成果

廣受各界期待、由 AppWorks (之初加速器) 主辦的 AppWorks Demo Day #24 + Wistron Demo Day #2,在今日 (7/14) 於台北正式登場,有 13 支來自 AppWorks Accelerator #24、7 支來自 Wistron Accelerator #2,共 20 支新創團隊輪番登場,展現過去 4 個多月的加速成果。

過往 12 年以來,每年舉辦兩次的 AppWorks Demo Day,已成為大東南亞 (東協 + 台灣) 新創圈的盛事之一。舉辦的主要目的,在於為每屆的 AppWorks Accelerator / Wistron Accelerator 團隊提供舞台,並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。受到疫情影響,AppWorks Accelerator #24 採取線下線上混合模式,讓不管是台灣或國際新創,能持續面向目標市場,呈現他們的產品、商業模式以及創業成果。除了今日登場的台灣實體版本,主要展示目標台灣市場的新創,AppWorks 另外在 6 月底,已舉辦國際線上版本,展示以國際市場為目標的新創。

本次 Demo Day 實體版,改為邀請制進行入場人數控管。AppWorks 總共邀請超過 300 位來自創投、企業領袖、企業創投、成功新創、媒體以及其他相關單位的代表蒞臨,與處在創新最前緣的創業者進行第一手交流,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。 

AppWorks 自 2010 年啟動第一屆創業加速器以來,就持續積極與各方合作,累積更大的影響力,為創業者打造最佳的協助平台。AppWorks 董事長暨合夥人林之晨指出:「AppWorks 的北極星一直沒有改變,透過幫助優秀的創業者,掌握巨型典範轉移所帶來的顛覆機會,我們努力最大化對台灣以及整個大東南亞區,乃至於 Web3 世界的影響。儘管近期市場波盪,我們仍持續看好三大板塊位移,也就是 AI、Blockchain、Southeast Asia (ABS) 長期所能帶來的改變。以 Web3 為例,歷經數次的牛市、熊市循環,區塊鏈產業與幾年前相比,基礎建設已經成熟許多,公鏈、錢包等工具普及,也累積更多使用者。進入緊縮週期,競爭減少、市場秩序提升,創業者可以更專心嘗試,找到更強的 Product Market Fit,在涵蓋 NFT / GameFi / DAO 等細分領域,將區塊鏈去中心化、無需許可 (Permissionless)、無需既有信任基礎 (Trustless) 以及透明化的特質,更落實於人們的日常生活。」

AppWorks 董事長暨合夥人林之晨

AppWorks Accelerator #24 共 13 支團隊登場

從加入 AppWorks Accelerator #24 的新創團隊身上,可看出 AppWorks Accelerator 持續吸引越來越多國際優秀創業團隊參加,繼續引領大東南亞地區創業生態前進。今年 3 月開始加速的 AppWorks Accelerator #24,共招募 24 支新創,其中包括 12 組 Web3 團隊、12 組 AI / IoT 團隊、7 組國際團隊。這些新創由 51 位創業者組成,分別來自 12 個市場,橫跨台灣、印尼、新加坡、泰國、香港及美國等,其中更有將近一半為連續創業者。

這次 13 支登場的 AppWorks Accelerator #24 新創團隊,簡介如下:

1. BitShine 幣想: 法幣與加密貨幣交易服務平台

2. Aibou: 中小企業員工數據管理與決策分析

3. Labfront: All-in-one 個人健康數據管理與分析服務

4. Blueberry Tech 藍莓系統: 提供零售業者商務聚合器 App

5. Protico: Web3 通訊工具

6. PaperPlane by FlyingClub: 發行全球酒吧通行證 NFT

7. LINGBO: 燃氣瓦斯智慧管理與配送平台

8. Formosa Art Bank DAO (FAB DAO): 公益 NFT 去中心化組織

9. PreTeeth AI: 牙醫診療 AI 輔助軟體

10. RemoteNC: On-demand CNC (Computer Numerical Control) 加工製造平台

11. ZTO: Web3 社群媒體

12. Storius: 語音步行導覽與景點資訊分享 App

13. Alphalytics: Web3 鏈上數據聚合器與分析

Wistron Accelerator #2 共 7 支團隊登場

緯創資通董事長林憲銘

繼 AppWorks Accelerator #24 團隊之後,另一個重頭戲是 Wistron Accelerator #2 團隊登場。 Wistron Accelerator #2 共招募 7 支團隊,分別來自台灣、美國、印度、香港等四個市場。緯創資通身為全球 ICT 產業的領導廠商之一,近幾年在強化研發、提升技術創新、多元化產品開發、建立新技術產業鏈以及創新平台、前瞻性投資等策略上,展現出傑出成果,也使得 Wistron Accelerator 不僅廣受外界關注,更成為台灣大企業與新創策略合作的指標。 

緯創與 AppWorks 從 2014 年開始合作,是 AppWorks Fund II、Fund III 的主要股東之一,之後也陸續投資了 MoBagel (AW#16)、ANIWARE (AW#17) 與 LucidPix (AW#18) 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,並在 2021 年 9 月首度啓動緯創垂直加速器,由 AppWorks 提供營運等核心業務。緯創加速器每年限額招募兩屆,第一、二屆共有 12 家新創獲選加入。

緯創資通董事長林憲銘指出:「成立緯創加速器,最重視的是期待在科技與創新上,為產業與社會創造更深遠的正面影響,而不是短期的效益。」由於透過創新或創業,持續成長為一個成熟的商業模式或事業,往往是一個長期且不斷優化調整的過程,因此,在目前規劃上,緯創加速器是一個 3+3、為期 6 年的計畫,第一個三年,將廣泛在各個垂直領域的 PoC  (Proof of Concept) 上,與加入的新創展開合作,第二個三年,則將視前一階段的成果,與新創開展更深度的合作,或是繼續擴大緯創加速器的規模。

Wistron Accelerator #3 正在招募中,開放 AI、物聯網、雲端、資安、教育與醫療新創申請,並將從 9 月起開始加速。過去一年來,在緯創由上至下、由內而外的推動與努力下,Wistron Accelerator #3 將聯合緯創及其集團旗下緯創醫學、緯謙、緯育,以及啟碁、緯穎等公司共同參與,與新創探索各種合作機會,由各公司副總經理以上的高階主管親自參與,除了擔任 Mentors,提供入選 Wistron Accelerator #3 的創業者在個人經驗、產業洞察、事業經營的交流外,也將提供入選新創進行 PoC 實驗,加速商業模式成長的場域。

這次 7 支登場的 Wistron Accelerator #2 的新創團隊,簡介如下:

1. Blutech 博世科智能: 遠距無線 Sensor 數據管理系統

2. Additive Intelligence: 金屬 3D 列印 AI 軟體

3. Lumina: 4K AI 網路攝影機

4. Niflr: 零售業自動化結帳解決方案

5. StormEye: 網絡安全事件監控與報告工具

6.  iCHASE: 家禽健康管理 AI 系統

7. 岩生築見: 農畜業微型生產網絡

萬達寵物 X 毛孩市集對談:大企業併購新創,加速數位轉型

萬達寵物執行長李俊廣 (右二起) 與毛孩市集三位共同創辦人廖若君、陳俊頴、蘇晏良分享萬達寵物透過併購毛孩市集完成數位轉型的經驗

除了 20 支新創輪番登台外,本屆 Demo Day 另一個亮點,則是安排大企業與新創的對談,期望在大企業如何與新創展開合作這個面向上,為外界帶來更多參考與啟發,由萬達寵物執行長李俊廣,以及毛孩市集 (AW#3) 三位共同創辦人蘇晏良、廖若君、陳俊頴同台分享經驗。原本以經營寵物公園實體店面為主的萬達,在 2019 年 6 月,併購以電商為主要經營型態的毛孩市集,由李俊廣從內部提供由上而下的支持與穿針引線,開啟萬達快速數位轉型的腳步,3 年來,來自線上的營收每年成長 200% 以上,佔整體營收比例已超過 15%,並在繳出成長強勁的成績後,萬達已啟動上櫃計畫。

李俊廣指出:「零售商若沒有數位化營運、數據化管理的能力,現在幾乎沒有贏的機會。毛孩在新創人力與資金都相對侷限下,不僅做好銷售這一層,更在技術、數據分析、自建倉儲、系統開發等面向上,都有從 0 到 1 的完整經驗,為萬達補上了最期待的數位 DNA。」蘇晏良指出:「願意接受萬達併購,是因為也想從電商跨入 OMO,希望有強力的夥伴支持,一起快速升級打魔王,Ryan (李俊廣) 為我們提供最大的嘗試空間,將線上與線下的 Know-how、人才、供應鏈進行整合。」在李俊廣的大力支持下,併購後,蘇晏良也同時擔任萬達寵物技術長,負責打通 OMO 技術上的各個環節。

AppWorks 生態系持續加速成長

隨著 AppWorks Accelerator #24 加入,AppWorks Accelerator 所打造的新創生態系與創業者社群,飛輪正不斷加速轉動,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 457 家、共 1,448 位創業者,所有新創的加總年營業額來到 175 億美元 (約為 5,214 億新台幣),較去年同期成長 36%,全體提供就業數 21,353 位,年增 15%,生態系累積募資金額來到 54 億美元 (約為 1,609 億新台幣),年增率達 25%,總價值達到 326 億美元 (約為 9,713 億新台幣),較去年此時大幅增加 87%。

原檔下載:State of The AppWorks Ecosystem (July 2022)

同時,Web3 產業的崛起速度遠勝以往,AppWorks Accelerator 自從 2018 年開始積極招募來自 Web3 領域的新創,目前,整體生態系已有超過五分之一共 93 家活躍新創,以及 181 位創業者來自 Web3 領域。AppWorks Accelerator #25 正在招募中,限定招募拓展 Web3 / DAO、AI / IoT 領域,以及目標東南亞市場的創業者,入選團隊將自 9 月開始加速。

關於 AppWorks 之初加速器集團

2009 年成立,由「創業者」為「創業者」設立的加速器,以及基於加速器發展的新創社群與創投機構,致力在大東南亞地區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 ABS – AI、Blockchain 與 Southeast Asia 是今日的三大典範轉移。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,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 457 家、1,448 位創業者。過去一年來,AppWorks Ecosystem 大幅成長,所有企業加總營業額達 175 億美元,年增 36%,提供就業數 21,353 位,年增 15%;生態系累積募資金額達 54 億美元,年增 25%,總價值則達到 326 億美元,年成長達 87%。更多資訊:appworks.tw/accelerator 

關於 AppWorks Funds 之初創投基金

AppWorks 管理三支創投基金總共募集 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。我們通常投資種子輪至 C 輪的新創,每年進行 20 個投資案,目前為止已投資超過 80 家新創,其中許多在其垂直居於領先地位,如:Lalamove、Dapper Labs / Flow、Animoca Brands、91APP、Figment、Carousell、ShopBack、Tiki、17LIVE、KKday 等。此外,並已有 5 個 IPO 案 (Uber、隆中網絡、創業家兄弟、松果購物、91APP)、4 個 IEO 案,以及 1 隻百角獸 ( Hectocorn)、2 隻十角獸 (Decacorn) 與 5 隻獨角獸 (Unicorn) 。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,已培訓超過 500 位學員,其中 90% 投身於網路界,在 momo、91APP、KKBOX、Line TV、WeMo Scooter、Line Taxi、Hahow、VoiceTube、OmniChat 與 Gogoro 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 Blockchain 等課程專班、校園培訓計畫以及軟體工程師進修班。更多資訊:school.appworks.tw

【歡迎 Web3 / DAO、AI / IoT 以及目標 Southeast Asia 的創業者,加入 AppWorks Accelerator;也歡迎 AI、物聯網、雲端、資安、教育與醫療科技的,加入 Wistron Accelerator

Introductions to the Startups Pitching on AppWorks Accelerator #24 + Wistron Accelerator #2 Demo Day

AppWorks’ highly anticipated Demo Day brings the best of both AppWorks Accelerator #24 and Wistron Accelerator #2.This particular demo day will feature 20 (13 + 7) startups, with many in the web3 / NFT space to give you a glimpse into the innovative application of blockchain technology and the decentralized future. At the same time, many teams from the AI / IoT field are utilizing frontier technologies to transform our business and life. Among these rising stars, we’ll also have international teams joining us from Hong Kong, the US, and India.

This past half year, AppWorks Accelerator recruited 24 teams across AW#24, of which 12 are focusing on web3 specifically. There are 51 founders in total who span across 12 different markets including Taiwan, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, the US, etc., and almost half of which are serial entrepreneurs.

We’re also pleased to introduce Wistron Accelerator #2. Over the past year, AppWorks has been working with Wistron, one of the world’s leading ICT manufacturers, to identify and cultivate startups that can help the organization charter new avenues of growth over the next decade, whether that’s through technology partnerships or PoCs.

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

AppWorks Accelerator #24

1. BitShine 幣想: Fiat on-ramp and off-ramp for companies

Claire Chen | [email protected] | bitshine.app

2. Aibou: Helping SMEs grow with staff management automation and data insights that matter

Bouchen Kuo | [email protected] | aiboucrew.com

3. Labfront: All-in-one research solution for real-world data capture 

Jordan Masys | [email protected] | labfront.com

4. Blueberry Tech 藍莓系統: Slack for retailers

Eric Lin | [email protected] | blueberrytech.io

5. Protico: Web3 chatting network

Howie Young | [email protected] | Protico | Web3 Chats

6. PaperPlane by FlyingClub: NFT with IRL drinking utility 

Larry Tu | [email protected] | flyingclub.io

7. LINGBO: Gas energy pre-delivery mode 

Matt Lai | [email protected] | lingbo.com.tw

8. Formosa Art Bank DAO (FAB DAO): Non-profit activists DAO service

Wen-Chun Huang | [email protected] | fab.tw

9. PreTeeth AI: An AI tool for dental consultation

Bill Chou | [email protected] | aidirect.com.tw

10. RemoteNC: On-demand manufacturing platform

Alex Mei | [email protected] | remotenc.com

11. ZTO: Web3 social media

Lenny Fan | [email protected] | ztocoin.com

12. Storius: Geotagged audio sharing app

Freddy Law | [email protected] | storiusapp.com

13. Alphalytics: On-chain data aggregator with actionable insights

LC Young | [email protected] | alphalytics.ai

Wistron Accelerator #2

1. Blutech 博世科智能: Long range wireless sensor data management system

Han Kuo | [email protected] | blutech.com.tw

2. Additive Intelligence: AI process improvement software for metal 3D printing

Michael Galvez | [email protected] | linkedin.com/company/additiveintelligence

3. Lumina: Look great on every call with Lumina’s 4K AI webcam

Mike Xia | [email protected] | getlumina.com

4. Niflr: Autonomous checkout technology platform for retail

Ankur Sharma | [email protected] | facebook.com/niflr

5. StormEye: Cybersecurity event monitoring and reporting tool 

Marco Lam | [email protected] | stormeye.io

6. iCHASE: AI poultry physiological monitoring and disease prevention

Aidan Chang | [email protected] | ichase.com.tw

7. 岩生築見: Economy development design for social purpose / Ingredients customize service and supply chain management

YK Chiang | [email protected] | roksn.com

If you are an investor or corporate representative and need more detailed information about the teams or want to connect with AppWorks Accelerator #24 or Wistron Accelerator #2 founders, please email us at [email protected].

We welcome all web3 / DAO, AI / IoT, or Southeast Asia founders to join AppWorks Accelerator #25.

We welcome all AI, IoT, cloud, cybersecurity, EduTech, and MedTech founders to join Wistron Accelerator #3.

AppWorks Demo Day #24 Unveils 12 New Startups Facing the Global Market

TAIPEI, TAIWAN—On June 28, 2022, AppWorks Accelerator held  its 24th demo day virtually, unveiling 12 startups operating across the frontiers of AI/IoT, NFT/blockchain projects, and Southeast Asia-focused startups.

As one of Greater Southeast Asia’s longest running independent accelerator programs, AppWorks Accelerator brings together founders building innovative businesses for Taiwan’s digital renaissance, the global web3 revolution, and Southeast Asia’s emerging digital economy. The event was broadcasted across the firm’s YouTube channel at 09:00am Taipei Time (GMT +8) for VIPs (including investors, corporate partners, ecosystem-builders, and more). The video will be exclusively available to VIPs for two weeks after which it will be available for the public to view. With the gradual resumption of international travel and face-to-face operations, AppWorks Accelerator #24 (“AW#24”) will feature a live in-person Demo Day on July 14 in Taipei.

AW#24 officially kicked off in March 2022, featuring 24 teams and 51 founders from 12 different home markets, including Indonesia, Thailand, the United States, Singapore, and Hong Kong—with 17 Taiwan-based teams. The batch included 10 female founders (20%) and 20 serial founders (42%). Half of the batch’s founders are building projects for the web3 era. 

For AW#24’s global demo day, the accelerator will feature the following companies:

1. The Iterative Collective: Incubator, developer & publisher for games

2. Protico: Web3 chatting network 

3. Labfront: AI tools for health research

4. PaperPlane by FlyingClub: NFT with IRL drinking utility

5. Envio: Full-service digital logistics & supply chain enabler for SMBs

6. BitShine: Fiat on-ramp and off-ramp for companies

7. Aibou: Helping SMBs grow and scale, with automation and data insights that matter

8. Alphalytics: On-chain data aggregator

9. Blueberry Tech: Business aggregator app 

10. PreTeeth AI: AI tools for dental smile design

11. ZTO: Web3 social media

12. Storius: Geotagged audio sharing app

“As investors across historical cycles in traditional and crypto startups, we’ve seen the rise and fall of trends—as well as dramatic shifts that permanently alter the way founders and companies innovate and iterate products. With macro and geopolitical headwinds playing a dominant role in shaping market dynamics, we are now at the beginning of a new cycle, representing a shift in attitudes towards early-stage value creation across all market verticals and geographies,” said Jessica Liu, Partner, AppWorks. “With AW#24, we’re seeing many exciting innovations in web3 and traditional startups, creating powerful new ideas for the next cycle of innovation and entrepreneurship.”

As one of Greater Southeast Asia’s largest accelerator programs, AppWorks holds its Demo Day twice a year, welcoming investors and business leaders seeking partnerships with carefully selected digital innovators from across the region and around the world. With the addition of AW#24, there are now 457 active startups (+43 YoY) and 1,448 founders (+53 YoY) in the community. The AppWorks community now accounts for US$17.5 billion in annual revenues (+36% YoY), creating over 21,000 high quality jobs in the digital economy (+15% YoY). In the firm’s rapidly growing web3 practice, the AppWorks ecosystem includes 93 active web3 startups, led by 181 founders from around the world.

Original file for download: State of The AppWorks Ecosystem (June 2022)

AppWorks is currently accepting applications for AppWorks Accelerator #25 (“AW#25”), which will feature founders working on AI/IoT, web3/DAO, and Southeast Asia-related startups–with decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs) as a major focus. AppWorks believes that DAOs represent a new frontier that will disrupt the way people build organizations, and welcomes decentralized teams from around the world to join the accelerator. AW#25 will be held from September 2022 to January 2023. The accelerator is equity- and cost-free, providing practical and hands-on mentorship to guide founders in achieving better product-market fit, win key business partners, and become a better founder.

About AppWorks

Founded in 2009, AppWorks is a leading startup community and venture capital firm built by founders, for founders. We are committed to backing the next generation of entrepreneurs in Greater Southeast Asia (ASEAN+Taiwan) and helping them facilitate the region’s transition into the digital age. Just as how mobile and the internet completely transformed the status quo, we believe the current era of technology is currently being defined by major three paradigm shifts: AI, Blockchain, and Southeast Asia (ABS). 

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 want to 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.

More information: appworks.tw

About AppWorks Accelerator

AppWorks Accelerator is a launchpad for bold and ambitious entrepreneurs targeting Greater Southeast Asia (GSEA). Every six months, we take in startups with strong potential, 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 457 active startups and 1,448 founders in the AppWorks Ecosystem. Collectively, all companies produce a turnover of US$ 17.5 billion, an annual increase of 36% compared to the same time last year, and provide 21,353 jobs, 15% more than the year prior. Altogether, the Ecosystem raised a total of US$ 5.4 billion, an annual increase of 25%, with an aggregate valuation reaching US$ 32.6 billion, growing 87% YoY.

More information: appworks.tw/accelerator

Introductions to the Startups Pitching on AppWorks Demo Day #24 Facing the Global Market

In mid-July, we will host an in-person Demo Day in Taipei, Taiwan, featuring startups that are facing the Taiwan market. We thought it would be great for the founders to showcase their product and team to the wider startup community from across the region and our network through a virtual Demo Day. 

This past half year, AppWorks Accelerator recruited 24 teams across AW#24, with 51 founders from 12 different home markets, including Indonesia, Thailand, the United States, Singapore, and Hong Kong—with 17 Taiwan-based teams. The batch included 10 female founders (20%) and 20 serial founders (42%). Half of the batch’s founders are building projects for the web3 era. 

This particular demo day will feature 12 startups, with many in the NFT / blockchain space to give you a glimpse into our digital future. We will hold an exclusive livestream for investors and corporate representatives on YouTube at 9 am (GMT+8) June 28th. The video will be officially open to the public after the exclusive 2-week campaign.

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

1. The Iterative Collective: Incubator, developer & publisher for games

Matthew Quek | [email protected] | theiterative.co

2. Protico: Web3 chatting network

Howie Young | [email protected] | Protico | Web3 Chats

3. Labfront: AI tools for health research

Chris Peng | [email protected] | labfront.com

4. PaperPlane by FlyingClub: NFT with IRL drinking utility

Larry Tu | [email protected] | flyingclub.io

5. Envio: Full-service digital logistics & supply chain enabler for SMBs

Richard Cahyanto | [email protected] | envio.co.id

6. BitShine: Fiat on-ramp and off-ramp for companies

Claire Chen | [email protected] | bitshine.app

7. Aibou: Helping SMBs grow and scale, with automation and data insights that matter

Bouchen Kuo | [email protected] | aiboucrew.com

8. Alphalytics: On-chain data aggregator

Anne Winterson | [email protected] | alphalytics.ai 

9. Blueberry Tech: Business aggregator app 

Eric Lin | [email protected] | blueberrytech.io

10. PreTeeth AI: AI tools for dental smile design

Bill Chou | [email protected] | aidirect.com.tw

11. ZTO: Web3 social media

Lenny Fan | [email protected] | ztocoin.com

12. Storius: Geotagged audio sharing app

Freddy Law | [email protected] | storiusapp.com

If you are an investor or corporate representative and need more detailed information about the teams or want to connect with AW#24 founders, please email us at [email protected].

We welcome all web3 / DAO, AI / IoT, or Southeast Asia founders to join AppWorks Accelerator.

AppWorks Virtual Demo Day #23 Unveils 23 New Startups

TAIPEI, TAIWAN—On December 21, 2021, AppWorks Accelerator held its 23rd demo day virtually, unveiling 23 startups operating across the frontiers of AI/IoT, Blockchain, and Southeast Asia. The event is held in collaboration with AWS Activate, with support from Google Cloud, Flow, and Alchemy, and promptly follows the firm’s in-person demo day held on December 15 specifically for those teams in the batch targeting the Taiwan market.

As one of Greater Southeast Asia’s longest running independent accelerator programs, AppWorks Accelerator built off the success of AW#22’s fully virtual Demo Day earlier this year, attracting innovative founders from around the world. The event will be broadcasted live across the firm’s Facebook page and YouTube channel at 09:00am Taipei Time (GMT +8). 

AW#23 officially kicked off in September 2021, featuring 34 teams and 66 founders from 16 different home markets, including Australia, Hong Kong, India, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Vietnam. Reflecting the global embrace of digital work, 67% of the teams are internationally-based outside of Taiwan. 

As an early mover in Blockchain and NFT investments, AppWorks proudly presents 11 DeFi- and NFT-related projects to showcase their products on the virtual demo day, leveraging the firm’s extensive experience in cryptocurrency to provide guidance and best practices in the space. Eight startups addressing dynamic opportunities in the Greater Southeast Asia region were represented in the batch, targeting verticals such as D2C brands, gaming, proptech, retail & e-commerce enablement, and more.

AppWorks is currently accepting applications for AppWorks Accelerator Batch #24, accepting qualified founders in AI/IoT, Blockchain/NFT, and Southeast Asia-related startups. AW#24 will be held from March to July  2022. The accelerator is equity- and cost-free, providing practical and hands-on mentorship to guide founders in achieving better product-market fit, win key business partners, and become a better founder.

For AW#23, the accelerator featured the following companies:

[Web3]

  1. Anyfty: NFT bank
  2. Artizen: NFT grants for art, science, and public goods
  3. Autonomy Network: Decentralized automation- helping DEXes grow their volume
  4. BlockCo Labs: Protocol for creating next-generation NFTs
  5. GranDen: New mateverse social gaming app
  6. Hooky: One-click DeFi and crypto debit card
  7. Limitd: Creating and selling NFTs, made easy
  8. Numbers: A decentralized photo network for Web 3.0
  9. Pictta: Launchpad for NFT collections on Solana and ETH blockchain
  10. Sloika: Photo NFT marketplace

[AI & IoT]

  1. DimOrder: Point-of-Sale, eCommerce, delivery, financing, supply platform for restaurant 
  2. Munin Space: Automation of operations in remote locations with satellites, IoT, and AI
  3. NIFLR: Autonomous checkout technology platform for retail
  4. ROJU: Jump rope fitness app
  5. Voutyque: Immersive online marketplace platform for premium brands

[SEA]

  1. Anyone Lab: A SaaS service empowering Asian creators to become entrepreneur 
  2. Foptics: Technology enabled D2C eyewear brand
  3. MamaHelpers: LinkedIn for foreign domestic workers
  4. Metaco: Marketplace for gaming contents
  5. Nüli App: Asian female fitness app
  6. Partipost: Crowd influencer marketing and commerce platform
  7. WeGoWhere: Marketplace for offline expenditures
  8. YouHomes: An all-in-one cloud based application to help real estate brokers save 50% operating cost and increase 30% sale transactions

The AppWorks Ecosystem Galvanizes in the New Digital Age

As one of Greater Southeast Asia’s largest accelerator programs, AppWorks holds its Demo Day twice a year, welcoming investors and business leaders seeking partnerships with carefully selected digital innovators from across the region and around the world. With the addition of AW#23, there are now 435 active startups and 1,402 founders in the community. Both the total funds raised and valuation have more than doubled in the last year. The AppWorks community now accounts for US$13.9 billion in annual revenues, creating over 20,000 high quality jobs in the digital economy.

Original file for download: State of The AppWorks Ecosystem (December 2021)

“Our mission has always been to help founders be the best they can be, capitalize on mega paradigm shifts and maximize their impact on Taiwan and Southeast Asia. At this current stage, we are most optimistic about the disruptive potential of AI, blockchain/NFT, and SEA (ABS). We are at the cusp of the web3 revolution. 20 years from now, a few of the web3 startups or “DAOs” will become killocorns, and dozens will turn into hectocorns. Many of them can and will be born out of Taiwan and Southeast Asia. When that day comes, I am not sure where today’s tech giants or financial empires will be. Many might have fallen like what AOL, Yahoo and Nokia did. There’s really no better time to be a founder. AppWorks will be here to help them on this long journey, become the best founder they can become and build the most impactful startups/DAOs they can build,” said Jamie Lin, Chairman and Partner of AppWorks.

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

AppWorks

Founded in 2009, AppWorks is a leading startup community and venture capital firm built by founders, for founders. We are committed to backing the next generation of entrepreneurs in Greater Southeast Asia (ASEAN+Taiwan) and helping them facilitate the region’s transition into the digital age. Just as how mobile and the internet completely transformed the status quo, we believe the current era of technology is currently being defined by major three paradigm shifts: AI, Blockchain, and Southeast Asia (ABS). 

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 want to 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.

More information: appworks.tw

AppWorks Accelerator

AppWorks Accelerator is a launchpad for bold and ambitious entrepreneurs targeting Greater Southeast Asia (GSEA). Every six months, we take in startups with strong potential, 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 435 active startups and 1,402 founders in the AppWorks Ecosystem. Collectively, all companies produce a turnover of US$ 13.9 billion, an annual increase of 72% compared to the same time last year, and provide 20,169 jobs, 16% more than the year prior. Altogether, the Ecosystem raised a total of US$ 4.7 billion, an annual increase of 100%, with an aggregate valuation reaching US$ 27.8 billion, growing 152% 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, Axiom Asia Private Capital, Fubon Life, Wistron, Cathay Life, and Taiwan’s National Development Fund. We fund 20 deals a year, now with more than 70 names in our portfolio, including leading startups in several verticals such as Lalamove, Dapper Labs / Flow, Animoca Brands, 91APP, Carousell, ShopBack, Tiki, 17LIVE, and KKday, while having produced 5 IPOs, 2 IEOs, 1 hectocorn, 2 decacorns, and 4 unicorns.

More information: appworks.tw/investments

AppWorks School

Established in 2016, AppWorks School has strived to cultivate a pipeline of skilled engineers 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 five years, AppWorks School has graduated 352 aspiring software engineers; 90% of these graduates went on to pursue successful software development careers in prominent companies such as momo, 91APP, KKBOX, WeMo Scooter, and Gogoro. AppWorks School currently provides five courses: Android, iOS, Front-End, Back-End, and Data Engineering.

More information: school.appworks.tw