The first-ever Taiwan-Czech startup Ideathon & challenge for startups expanding to Southeast Asia

Both Taiwan and the Czech Republic have dumplings as their national food. Therefore they are holding the first joint startup Ideathon to deepen their technology cooperation named DUMPLINGS HACK. The Czech Republic & Taiwan ideaton will take place as part of the delegation of the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Markéta Pekarová Adamová, from March 21 to April 1.

Czech startups will be meeting their island counterparts and presenting to local investors and accelerators. The best ones will then present their work at the prestigious Smart City Summit & Expo.

The historically largest Czech-Taiwanese delegation headed by the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies Markéta Pekarová Adamová is heading to Taipei. During the delegation’s stay, the first startup ideathon consisting of Taiwanese and Czech teams will take place. Dumplings Hack aims to take international cooperation to the next level. Ideaton is suitable for startups and innovators who are eager to get to know the Asian territory and are thinking about expanding into this territory.

The organizers of the event are the Czech-Taiwan Chamber of Commerce together with the Startup Kitchen platform, and the main partners are Technological Incubation by Czechinvest, the Taiwania Capital fund (which has now opened a fund for the CEE region), Startup Terrace, Meet Global, and Taiwan Diplomacy Digital Association. Startups can apply until March 7, 2023, on the event website.

The event will start with a trip to Vienna, where the teams will be divided, challenges will be presented and instructions will be given. The flight time can then be spent by teams thinking about strategy, sleeping, and other offline activities. After landing, teams will then move to a local accelerator where they will have 36 hours to develop their ideas. A number of mentors, investors, and entrepreneurs will be presented and helping.

“The Czech market is too small for a project with global ambitions, and Taiwan is a great gateway to the Asian market – Dumplings Hack is thus an opportunity to come and meet local players. And next time you can open an office there,” says Tom Cironis, Director of Startup Kitchen.

The final presentation will take place on Sunday, March 30, 2023, in Taipei. Markéta Pekarová Adamová, Mitch Yang from Taiwania Capital, Czechinvest Director Petr Očko and Alice Rezková from the Czech-Taiwan Chamber of Commerce will be in the jury. Audrey Tang, Minister of Digitization in Taiwan, also received an invitation. The best projects will then get a chance to reach an even wider audience – they will perform on stage at the Smart City Summit & Expo.

“We have prepared a full program for all the participants in our delegation – and the contestants of Dumplings Hack will be part of it. They will fly with us, live with us and go to meetings,” says Alice Rezková from the Czech-Taiwan Chamber of Commerce. “The price for participation in the international delegation to Taiwan is 50,000 CZK per person – the price includes flights, accommodation, meetings with local investors, entrepreneurs, and the startup scene, participation in the ideathon, and participation in the Smart City & Expo,” she adds.

The deadline for applications for Ideathon participation in the delegation is March 7, 2023, and participants apply through the event’s website.

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