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Acer, AppWorks to work together on tech start-ups

By Lauly Li  /  Staff reporter

Taiwanese PC maker Acer Inc (宏碁) yesterday partnered with Taipei-based AppWorks Ventures (之初創投) in a bid to foster more local technology start-ups.

The partnership also marks Acer’s first step in its “Blue Sky” initiative, which focuses on Internet of Things technology, the hottest topic in tech, to harness the power of the network to connect everyday devices.

Under the collaboration, Acer is to invite innovation teams fostered by AppWorks to present their products and services to Acer’s executives on a quarterly basis, before offering them guidance, marketing or manufacturing resources, said Robert Wang (王定愷), a general manager at the company’s Build Your Own Cloud and tablet business group.

“By using Acer’s resources, we can help start-ups to find upstream component suppliers for their products or take the promising firms to international trade shows,” Wang said at a press conference.

Acer plans to to take six local start-ups to the ExA Summit in Berlin next week, Wang said.

The ExA Summit is a forum for “tech-culture” discussion by Taiwanese and German technology firms. Acer founder Stan Shih (施振榮) also plans to attend the forum, Wang said.

In addition, the company plans to team up with semiconductor companies such as MediaTek Inc (聯發科) and Intel Corp, as well as contract computer makers such as Quanta Computer Inc (廣達) and Wistron Corp (緯創), to enable developer teams to produce their products more quickly using advanced components, Wang said.

In related news, Wistron, a spin-off from Acer, yesterday reported 19.72 percent annual growth in sales to NT$150.62 billion (US$4.82 billion) last quarter.

Last quarter’s figure was 13.69 percent lower than the NT$174.52 billion sales posted the previous quarter.

The result met Wistron chairman Simon Lin’s (林憲明) guidance in February, when he said the first quarter of this year would see year-on-year growth on the back of improved management.

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