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緯創資通為 ICT 產業全球領導廠商之一，近幾年在強化研發、提升技術創新、多元化產品開發等策略所帶動的成長下，隨著雲端應用的發展趨勢，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 100 億新台幣、累計 60 家投資甚或長期經營的對象。
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 2021 年底，AppWorks 新創生態系中，活躍新創累積至 435 家、共 1,405 位創業者；全體營收達到 139 億美元，提供的就業人數更達 20,169 位。
如今生態系已具相當規模，展望未來十年，AppWorks 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 AppWorks 決定藉由與緯創垂直加速器合作，扮演橋樑的角色。
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，並於 2021 年首度啓動緯創垂直加速器，由大東南亞新創加速器龍頭 AppWorks 提供營運等核心業務。
首屆緯創垂直加速器共錄取 5 家新創，題目涵蓋智慧營造、資安服務、車聯網、去中心化儲存、以及供應鏈金融。未來，預計將以每年舉辦兩屆來進行。希望透過此合作這次攜手，加速新創成長、創造雙贏。
緯創垂直加速器，一年兩屆，限額招募。專注在 AI、物聯網、雲端、資安、教育與醫療科技等領域。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：
- 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
- 與緯創獨家合作 PoC
- 由緯創提供 20 萬新台幣的補助
- 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、教育與醫療科技領域。我們建議新創最好已經完成產品開發，並已有與用戶合作的經驗，可確保在加速器期間，能夠有一定程度的合作成果產出。
緯創參與投資的 AppWorks 新創校友
Wistron Accelerator #2 申請時程
- 開放申請 Sep 29 2021
- 早鳥輪截止 Nov 1 2021
- 最終輪截止 Jan 4 2022
- 加速器開始 Mar 2022
Wistron Accelerator #2 is now taking applications!
Calling founders working in AI, IoT, Cloud, Cyber Security, EduTech and MedTech to join us.
Wistron is one of the world’s leading manufacturers in the ICT industry. In recent years, Wistron has been investing in R&D, tech innovation, and diversified product development, and has also seized on the growing trend of cloud applications. They have successfully integrated a multitude of hardware devices, software services, and cloud applications, and offer technical service platforms and solutions. During this time they have also expanded their business to new fields like education, corporate services, IoT, and medical care.
With an eye towards building a sustainable, long-term business, Wistron is actively looking into growth opportunities of the next decade, including strategic investments and technology partners, and in recent years has already invested more than NT$10 billion in 60 companies.
AppWorks Accelerator is a leading launchpad for bold and ambitious entrepreneurs targeting Greater Southeast Asia (GSEA). Since 2010, it has been committed to helping founders seize the new wave of technology, bet against the consensus and drive the change they want to see in the world. By Q4 2021, there were up to 435 active startups, with a total of 1,405 founders in AppWorks Accelerator’s ecosystem. Total revenue reached $13.9 billion and 20,169 jobs have been created in the ecosystem.
Wistron has been working closely with AppWorks since 2014 as one of the major limited partners of AppWorks Fund II and Fund III. In addition to AppWorks Funds, Wistron also invested in AppWorks Accelerator startups such as MoBagel (AW#16), ANIWARE (AW#17) and LucidPix (AW#18), building up long-term partnerships and relationships with each company.
The startup ecosystem has reached considerable scale and is ripe for the next stage. In the next ten years, AppWorks is optimistic about facilitating more in-depth collaboration between startups and enterprises – successful enterprises have the resources for startups to experiment and grow, and startups can provide enterprises with opportunities to innovate. AppWorks decided to act as a bridge between startups and enterprises, and in 2021 collaborated with Wistron to launch Wistron Accelerator.
The inaugural batch of Wistron Accelerator had five startups, with topics covering smart construction, cybersecurity, smart mobility, decentralized storage, and supply chain finance. Going forward, the Wistron Accelerator is expected to have two batches a year. We hope that through this collaboration between Wistron and AppWorks, we can help accelerate the growth of startups and create a win-win situation with enterprises.
There will be two batches per year, each limited in size and admission by application. Enrolled startups will directly work with the designated Wistron business unit or business group, and can simultaneously participate in the AppWorks Accelerator program. Some domain-specific perks include:
- Access to C-level Mentors from Wistron subsidiaries and business units
- PoC with Wistron
- A subsidy of NT$ 200K sponsored by Wistron
- AWS / GCP Cloud Credits
Requests for Startups
Wistron Accelerator hopes to recruit startups that can utilize cutting-edge technology and find growth momentum for the next decade. Focus criteria includes (but is not limited to) AI, IoT, cloud, cybersecurity, EduTech and MedTech. We recommend startups that have completed product development and have experience working with enterprises to apply, as this might be a more appropriate stage to try out PoCs and fully utilize the program.
We hope that through this accelerator program, startups and Wistron can work together and experiment with new technology solutions which could bring about growth opportunities beyond Wistron’s existing business. We are also looking forward to helping startups scale up faster by providing the direct support and resources offered by Wistron Group.
AppWorks startups invested by Wistron
Wistron Accelerator #2 Application timeline
Admission is on a rolling basis. Teams that pass the application review will receive an interview invitation. Teams that pass the interview will receive an admission notice.
- Application opens Sep 29 2021
- Early Bird Deadline Nov 1 2021
- Final round Deadline Jan 4 2022
- Program Starts in Mar 2022