Congratulations to our Rock the Mic Winners!

Thanks to all the participants who went through a very tough 2-minute pitch and 3-minute Q&A session all in English, and congratulations to the final winners that are eligible for the #TaiwanRocks trip to San Francisco and New Orleans with us in May:

(By alphabetical order)

Ready To Take Your Startup To The US?

For just a 2-minute pitch on stage you can win a FREE trip to San Francisco and New Orleans to showcase your product, raise funds, connect with international media, and develop business partnerships. You don’t want to miss out on Rock the Mic USA 2018! This is your ONLY chance to go with TSS to the US market this year!

This year, we’re going to Collision (New Orleans), a fast-growing and refreshingly new tech conference! We’ll also collaborate with Silicon Valley Forum in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Launch Pad in New Orleans to bring you TWO demo days filled with carefully selected angel and institutional investors suitable for your startup.

So, what do you need to do? Just show us you’re business savvy, passionate for tech, and ready to change the world in a 2-minute onstage pitch. No slides.

*** 主辦單位將保留 1) 判定入選團隊是否符合參與本行之最低資格門檻及 2) 依情況調整最終錄取名額數量之權利。

*** The event organizer reserves the right to 1) make the final decision on the trip qualifications of a selected team, and 2) amend the final number of teams to be taken on the trip according to the event organizer's discretion.

TSS Benefits for Selected Teams:

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During the trip...

New Orleans, April 27 - May 6 (10 days)

  • International startup exhibition Collision Conference (April 30 - May 3)
  • #TaiwanRocksNOLA Demo Day in collaboration with Launch Pad New Orleans
  • Flexible time for individual teams to conduct business development

San Francisco, May 6 - May 13 (8 days)

  • #TaiwanRocksSF Demo Day in collaboration with Silicon Valley Forum
  • Targeted and small group company visits in the Bay Area
  • Investor & mentor matchmaking events
  • Flexible time for individual teams to conduct business development


  • Pitch at 2 Demo Days filled with angel and institutional investors carefully selected and targeted for your startup.

  • Exhibit at Collision, an up-and-coming tech conference created by the team behind Web Summit.

  • You will have your OWN time to set up valuable face-to-face meetings with potential US partners and investors



      Register early to get your preferred time slot!

      Pitch rules:

      • 2 minutes, followed by possible Q&A from judges
      • Must be fully done in English (person pitching must be a trip attendee and a co-founder)
      • NO slides (only one screenshot will be shown)
      • NO product demos (no products on stage!)

      Event details:

      Date: Thursday, February 8
      Check-in Time: 1:00pm
      Pitch Start Time: 1:30pm
      Location: Syntrend 11F - Civil Blvd. Sec. 3 No. 2, 11F

      Our ROCKing Judges



      Co-founder & General Manager
      Taiwan Startup Stadium

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      PAUL WU


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      JOHN FAN

      Co-founder and CEO

      How to register:

      In order to join Rock the Mic USA , your team must meet the following requirements:

      1. Is a Taiwan-based tech startup (at least 1 engineer/developer on team, producing a software or hardware/IoT product)
      2. Company (headquarters, branch, or subsidiary) is registered in Taiwan
      3. At least one founder must be a Taiwanese citizen or, if a foreign resident, legally employed in Taiwan by the registered company (through entrepreneur visa, APRC, JFRV)
      4. Product must have strong US market potential
      5. Team must have at least a demo-able working prototype (hardware) or public beta (software) by the date of Rock the Mic. Note: Product demos will not be permitted during the pitch, but TSS reserves the right to request a demo before making a final decision.
      6. Founder or Co-Founder is able to introduce the product in English
      7. Available to travel from April 27 - May 13, 2017.
      8. Available to participate in pre-conference trainings on March 22, April 6, and April 20.
      9. Company has received under $3 million in funding to date and is less than three years old.

      Don't wait! Register now to get your preferred time slot!

      Rock the Mic USA FAQ:

      • What criteria will be used to select the teams?
        Primarily, teams will be selected based on how ready they are to exhibit to an international audience. Having a mature product, clear branding, and an engaging presentation will all help to win over our judges!

      • If our team wins, how many team members can join?
        Winning teams will be sponsored to bring one team member (Round-trip flight, hotel accommodations, conference passes and exhibition space, and some group meals are included). If additional team members would like to attend, we are able to provide one additional conference ticket per team but are unable to cover others expenses (flight, lodging and other travel costs, etc.).

      • Oh no! Our team won't be in Taiwan on February 8! Can we still register?
        We encourage all teams to pitch live, as our judges will be able to ask follow-up questions that may help us better understand your product. However, if none of your co-founders are available to pitch live on February 8, we can accept your pitch by video, following the same rules as the live pitch. Videos will be reviewed on February 8, but the teams will not be given the opportunity to answer questions.

        To submit your video, register as usual and reply to the confirmation email you receive to inquire about how to submit a video pitch.