Beyond a Stadium: Embracing Change

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As you may be aware by now, TSS will NOT be moving into Zhongshan Soccer Stadium. This will come as a surprise, considering Taiwan Startup Stadium (TSS) kicked off our programs only a few short months ago.

The change came from an agreement reached between the Taipei City Government and the National Development Council (NDC), our government partner that brought the HeadStart Taiwan plan to life, acknowledging that the Taipei City Government has re-designated the future use of the expected stadium venue for other projects. As a result, the immediate next step will be the expansion of the current temporary location of TSS at Songjiang Road in Taipei to accommodate the growing operations.

Our strategy going forward? Embrace the change.

This change invites us to face head-on what startup founders have to deal with every day: Uncertainties. Scenario changes. Paradigm shifts. We regularly encourage startups to run their businesses with agility, ready to tackle the unexpected, and now is our opportunity to practice what we preach.

Despite the unanticipated venue change, what won’t change is the Taiwan Startup Stadium branding and the aspirations behind it. As I said in a post when we launched,

“startup entrepreneurship has a lot in common with what it takes to be an athlete on a playing field: excellence, competitiveness, persistence, speed, teamwork… we’d like to nourish and share these aspirations with entrepreneurs from Taiwan and around the world.”  

Our approach is connecting talented tech entrepreneurs with relevant resources, channels and networks by pragmatic programs we launch over time, so to expedite their growth globally - such as our Accelerator Bootcamp, international conference outreach, and Founders League mentorship. Having served as Captain at TSS for almost half a year now, I’ve come to an important understanding: the Taiwan Startup Stadium vision we are building is far more than a fixed piece of architecture -- it literally spans the globe. In a few months’ time we’ve built an extended network of startup founders & mentors here in Taiwan from Taipei, Hsinchu, Taichung, Chiayi and Kaohsiung, as well as entrepreneurs either from or operating internationally in the US, HK, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, India, Germany, UK, France, Denmark, and even Russia. The level of feedback and support from the startup community, our mentors, advisors, industry friends and partners has been tremendous. We are extremely grateful for, humbled by, and charged with the good will around the globe.

The TSS mission is to internationalize the Taiwan startup ecosystem. While you could say we’ve just pivoted, our spirit remains unchanged.  

Taiwan startups, GO GLOBAL!

「台灣新創競技場 Taiwan Startup Stadium (TSS)」原訂今冬遷入園區預定地台北花博園區中山足球場,在台北市政府規劃下足球場將另有長期使用計劃,國發會伙伴和台北市府達成共識將為台灣新創競技場另覓新家,近期內,目前位於國發會松江大樓的台灣新創競技場籌備處將持續並擴大推動相關新創服務工作,國發會杜紫軍主委也為此發表了一封臉書公開信

我回想過去近半年從零到有籌備開辦 TSS 的點點滴滴,某種程度也好比創業家們每天要面臨的課題,在在考驗耐力、抗壓力、應變力、體力。再完善的營運計劃、再完美的產品技術,也難免碰到外在環境不預期的重大變數。

TSS 下一步?擁抱變化。

草創之初 TSS 營運團隊自各方伙伴的扶持和指點中學習良多,其中我個人深刻領悟到,基於TSS促進台灣創業生態圈國際接軌的遠景下,團隊致力一點一滴建構的不僅是個實體的創業園區或大型建築,而是一個自台灣出發而跨越城市、跨越國界的創業能量網絡。我們接觸到的在地創業團隊來自台北、新竹、台中、嘉義、高雄等地,海外創業家版圖也佈及兩岸三地、美國、新加坡、馬來西亞、日本、印度、德國、英國、法國、丹麥、甚至俄羅斯。接下來,我們期許透過TSS平台串聯全球台灣科技創業家的信念和業務,從台灣建構國際創業的人脈體系和資訊體系。

衷心感謝一路給 TSS 團隊支持力量的各方伙伴朋友和 TSS 團隊健將們。轉個彎,繼續前行。

Anita Huang, Captain 執行長 黃蕙雯

Taiwan Startup Stadium: The First Two Months

It's hard to believe that TSS has only been publicly launched for two months, given all that has been happening! Here's a glimpse at what's been going on since May, as well as some more background on Taiwan Startup Stadium's long-term mission and programming objectives!

 

In the future, you can expect to see more updates about Taiwan Startup Stadium's progress as our programs for Taiwan startups expand and we get nearer to our official grand opening at Zhongshan Soccer Stadium. Stay tuned!

PS: Are you a university student looking for an internship in the startup industry? Don't forget to apply for the 2015 Taiwan Startup Stadium Internship Program by July 24!

Taiwan Startup Stadium Internship Program (Deadline Passed)

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PLEASE NOTE: The 2015 Taiwan Startup Stadium Internship Program deadline has passed!

Thanks for your interest in joining Taiwan Startup Stadium! The deadline for the 2015 program has already passed, but here are some answers to common questions:

Q: How/when will I know whether or not I was accepted?

Qualified applicants will be notified of an interview opportunity by the end of July, and we'll announce the selected candidates in August. 

Q: I missed the deadline. Can I still apply?/Will there be another program soon?

It's too late to apply for the current program, but we'll announce future internship opportunities through our FacebookTwitter, and TSS newsletter. The next program will likely be announced in early 2016.


We are looking for passionate, driven and energetic student interns at Taiwan Startup Stadium build the foundations for the startup database and business landscape research. The interns will be based in our office in Taipei, Taiwan to work very closely with our team to shape startup companies' critical decisions.

We are a team of dedicated and creative people with a common vision for supporting Taiwan startups. The pace here is rapid and the sense of accomplishment is big! Work at Taiwan Startup Stadium, and enjoy a collaborative work environment and the knowledge that you will enrich lots of startups. Let’s rock the world!

Duration 

  • 2015 Aug - 2016 mid-Jan
  • Summer vacation: 4 days per week
  • During the semester: 2.5 days per week 

Responsibilities

  • Plan and execute startup /marketing/community events and identify engagement opportunities to increase Taiwan Startup Stadium partnerships
  • Organize and set up the T-Global Startup Database & Wiki
  • Execute and document Taiwan Startup Stadium workshops, as well as interviews with TSS mentors/advisors
  • Create startup profile documentations
  • Conduct startup competitive and business landscape analysis

Perks

  • Monthly salary (negotiable)
  • Gain a better understanding of the Taiwan startup ecosystem 
  • Get to know lots of cool people from startups, VCs, TSS partners, etc.
  • Team outings, snacks, beverages, cool swag

Basic Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in a Bachelors or Masters program
  • Have passion for startups, technology and innovation
  • Proven ability to read, speak, and write English fluently (We are an English-first work environment!)
  • Outstanding communication and organizational skills
  • High level of energy, enthusiasm and commitment

大家有注意到我們沒有中文的招募文嗎? 因為我們真的"非常"重視英文,幾乎所有的工作內容都是以英文為主唷!!!!


Taiwan Startup Stadium: Brand DNA

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We thought hard and iterated a few versions before we arrived at the name Taiwan Startup Stadium. Given most tech development districts worldwide are some kind of parkzonecity and so on, we figured the historic Zhongshan Soccer Stadium itself actually represents the pinnacle of awesomeness, ready to take on the future and become the home base of Taiwan’s technology startups.

Symbolically, startup entrepreneurship has a lot in common with what it takes to be an athlete on a playing field: excellence, competitiveness, persistence, speed, teamwork. By recreating the stadium as a startup workplace, we’d like to nourish and share these aspirations with entrepreneurs from Taiwan and around the world.

TSS 在定名前考慮過好幾個版本, 從過去數個月來和國內外人士討論台北大型國際創業園區相關計劃時發現, 原來其中最具有 cool factor、最具記憶點的居然是運動場所在地的特色, 中文命名也在邀集創業圈朋友們網路投票後定名為「台灣新創競技場」。象徵層面而言, 創業家精神、運動家精神共同追求卓越、堅毅、競爭、速度、團隊合作,園區所在的運動場域恰巧融合兩個領域的精神追求, 也是TSS團隊期待「台灣新創競技場」未來孕育的創業家精神。

Welcome to Taiwan Startup Stadium

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This spring, we are excited to announce the soft launch of Taiwan Startup Stadium (TSS) -- virtually, for now. In 10-12 months, TSS will become the largest tech startup cluster in Taiwan and pretty much across Asia as far as we know: 100,000 sq ft (9,600 sq m) in a former soccer stadium in downtown Taipei. We envision TSS to be a lively campus, a village for high caliber technology startups to meet, grow, and excel. We welcome entrepreneurs from Taiwan and other parts of the world to grow their businesses globally, leveraging TSS as their home base.

Until our grand opening, Taiwan Startup Stadium will be operating at a temporary location near Songjiang Nanjing MRT in midtown Taipei, which will accommodate meetings, events, and small startup teams. Our programs, events, and site information will be rolling out soon in summer 2015.

For now, learn more about Taiwan Startup Stadium's origins, the stadium legacy, the team and stay tuned for more TSS bits to come!

Doors are open for brave entrepreneurs who strive to change the world!

之前被大家稱作花博國際創業園區的計劃, 2015年春季正式定名為「Taiwan Startup Stadium 台灣新創競技場」揭曉了, 未來台北市中山足球場經歷10到12個月改建化身為創業園區之際,「台灣新創競技場」應該會是全台灣、全亞洲最具規模的大型科技創業園區,  經過一段時間的醞釀經營,在我們的想像藍圖中台灣新創競技場將成為具有強烈企圖心進軍全球市場科技創業聚落,凝聚青年創業家的創意、技術、能量,自台灣新創競技場的本壘向世界投射。歡迎世界各地的創業家,一起來競技!

台灣新創競技場正在緊鑼密鼓的籌備期,臨時籌備處設於台北市捷運南京松江站附近,

相關訊息與活動將於今年夏季陸續推出,敬請期待。

Anita Huang, TSS Captain