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The Taiwan Pavilion
@ TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2018!

Get a chance to propel your startup into the US market!

Join the #TaiwanRocks Pavilion at TechCrunch Disrupt, as well as meet ups with Bay Area startups & a #TaiwanRocksSF Demo Day! Travel will take place September 3-9, and only 5-8 startups will be selected!

The winners are announced on the TSS Facebook page.

Submit your application & pitch video to be considered.
Please read through the rest of this page for more details and see if you're qualified.

Application is now closed


Are you a startup ready to go global?

San Francisco’s biggest tech exhibition and hundreds of Silicon Valley investors are waiting for you!  

For just filling out our application and recording a 3 minute video pitch, you can win a FREE trip to San Francisco to showcase your product, raise funds, and develop business partnerships through matchmaking conducted by local insiders. Don’t miss out...this will be your ONLY chance in 2018 to go with TSS to the US market!

This year, we’re going to TechCrunch DISRUPT SF (San Francisco), where startups attending in 2017 in total raised more than NT $1 billion in seed and A round investment. We are also having a #TaiwanRocksSF demo day 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 through your application and 3 minute video pitch. Application deadline is July 13th!

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


Before setting out ... 

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During the trip...

San Francisco, Sept 3 - Sept 9 (7 days)

  • Explore and be part of selected startups at #TaiwanRocks Pavilion at TechCrunch DISRUPT SF
     
  • Presenting at #TaiwanRocksSF Demo Day
     
  • Targeted and small group company visits in Bay Area
     
  • Flexible time for individual teams to conduct business development

 

Highlights:

  • Pitch at #TaiwanRocks Demo Day filled with angel and institutional investors carefully selected and targeted for your startup.

  • Exhibit at TechCrunch DISRUPT San Francisco, where startups attending in 2017 in total raised more than NT $1 billion in seed and A round investment.

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


Important for Registration:

In order to apply, your team MUST meet the following requirements:

  1. It's 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 at the time of application submission

  3. At least one founder is 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) at the time of application

  6. Person pitching must attend the trip AND be a founder/co-founder AND must be able to introduce the product in English

  7. Attendee must be available travel for Sept. 3-9, 2018.

  8. Attendee must attend the following mandatory pre-trip meetings:

    1) UPDATE July 31 (1-5pm) Orientation Day

    2) Variable 1:1 meetings for coaching on pitch deck, pre-trip marketing & PR, and booth preparation

    3) August 23 Pre-Departure Meeting

  9. In order to be accepted during review by TechCrunch, you'll also need to meet the following key requirements:

    A) Product age: Launched less than 2 years prior to Sept. 2018

    B) Fundraising: Less than US $2.5M

Important note: Due to TechCrunch rules, winning teams must pass final approval by TechCrunch Disrupt staff, and meet the requirements listed above. If you're unsure whether your team qualifies, feel free to contact us with questions.


Selection 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 help.

  • If our team is accepted, how many team members can join?
    Winning teams will be sponsored to bring one team member either Founder or Co-Founder. (Round-trip flight, hotel accommodations, conference passes, and exhibition space are included.) If additional team members would like to attend, they must arrange their own travel plans and cover their own costs of attendance.