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Taiwan Startup Stadium expected to open this winter

Staff writer, with CNA

The Taiwan Startup Stadium (TSS, 台灣新創競技場), a large-scale startup cluster funded by the National Development Council (NDC), is expected to open this winter in Taipei tasked with internationalizing the domestic startup ecosystem.

With a similar motivation and structure to Singapore’s BLK71 and Malaysia’s MaGIC, the TSS is set to host dozens of Taiwanese startups, the organization said in an e-mail to reporters last week.

The TSS is to be housed in the former Zhongshan Soccer Stadium in downtown Taipei and to comprise an area of about 9,600m2. Notable TSS advisers include YouTube co-founder Steve Chen (陳士駿) and founder of Innovation Works (創新工場), former Google China president Lee Kai-fu (李開復). Major tech companies such as Google, HTC Corp (宏達電), Foxconn Technology Group (富士康科技集團), Yahoo Inc and Amazon.com Inc are among the TSS’ corporate partners.

The TSS is now in its pre-launch planning stage and sponsored the participation of four Taiwanese startups at the RISE Tech Conference in Hong Kong on Friday and Saturday. Among the four Taiwanese startups are GHOSTA, the maker of a smart helmet that makes the wearer’s journey “safer and more informative through augmented reality projection,” and LOOPD, the provider of a beacon badge enabling event marketers to track physical analytics and gain insight into attendees’ engagements.

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