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Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, Ministry of Economic Affairs No. 396, 397 SBIR Steering Committee Approved the subsidies for 22 SBIR Projects

The Small and Medium Enterprise Administration(SMEA), Ministry of Economic Affairs(MOEA) organized the No. 396, 397 Steering Committee for the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) in which it reviewed and passed subsidies for innovative technology/service research projects for 4 projects in the services and culture creativity sector, 5 projects in the machinery sector, 2 projects in the electronics sector, 3 projects in the information communications sector, 4 projects in the consumer goods and chemical industries sector, and 4 projects in the biotechnology and pharmaceuticals sector, totaling 22 projects proposed by SMEs. The list of approved projects is provided in the Appendix below.SMEA stated that the projects passed in the No. 396, 397 SBIR Steering Committee has increased the subsidized companies' investments in R&D expenditures by NTD 41.700 million. They are expected to motivate SMEs in investing more R&D human resources. The SBIR is promoted to incentivize and assist R&D activities for SMEs to achieve sustainable development and growth. It also seeks to establish a comprehensive industry system based on the R&D outcomes and promote economic development in Taiwan.Since the SBIR was launched in February 1999, a total of 7,719 innovation and research projects have been executed. The government has provided subsidies of over NTD 12,473.331 million and motivated NTD 23,340.316 million in investments by SMEs. The SBIR has made significant contributions to elevating the technology proficiency of SMEs, and facilitating the international competitiveness and transformation of domestic industries.Program Service Hotline: 0800-888-968; Project Website: http://www.sbir.org.tw

Triple stimulus vouchers available to APRC holders starting Nov. 16

Triple stimulus vouchers available to APRC holders starting Nov. 16

The triple stimulus voucher program was originally launched on July 15 to allow not only Taiwanese citizens but also their foreign or Chinese spouses with resident permits to purchase them, which effectively spurred consumption in Taiwan.In expanding the program, around 11,600 Alien Permanent Resident Certificate (APRC) holders and 1,400 foreign diplomats in Taiwan will be able to collect triple stimulus vouchers starting Nov. 16, whereby eligible persons pay NT$1,000 and receive NT$3,000 worth of vouchers, which can be used for the upcoming year-end shopping season. The deadline to use the vouchers is Dec. 31, 2020.APRC holders and foreign diplomats can obtain printed vouchers from the post office with their National Health Insurance card (or Alien Resident Certificate) and NT$1,000, or they can obtain them digitally by registering with a credit card (which they can apply for at Taiwan's local banks), stored value cards or mobile payments on the Triple Stimulus Vouchers program website.For more information, please check "Triple stimulus vouchers"on our official website: https://3000.gov.tw/.*For further details, or to arrange media interviews, please contact:Ms. Wen-Ling SuDeputy Director General, Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, MOEA02-2366-2203wenling@moea.gov.twMr. Jyh-Wen WangSection Chief, Management Consulting Division, Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, MOEA02-2366-2213jwwang@moea.gov.tw

Grand Finale of Global Women Empowerment Initiative Hosted in Taipei

Grand Finale of Global Women Empowerment Initiative Hosted in Taipei

Connecting Women-Led Startups, Strengthen Asia-Pacific BondsOn November 18, more than 100 participants from the APEC region connected online and gathered on-site as the APEC Women-Led Start-Up Accelerator Forum was hosted in 1919 Creative Center. This event served as the grand finale the APEC Women-Led Start-Up Accelerator Initiative, a project launched by Chinese Taipei in APEC co-hosted by Malaysia and Indonesia along the year.This grand finale forum was hosted by the Small and Medium Enterprise Administration (SMEA), Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA). The event involved stakeholders from various backgrounds including NGOs, industries, policy makers and women-led start-ups from the APEC economies to share their experiences and opinions regarding the latest trend of fundraising. It has shown the world that SMEs from the APEC economics stayed strong to the goal of enhancing the capabilities of women entrepreneurs.Empower Women, Empower FutureThe workshop began with opening remarks delivered by Ms. Yi-Ling Chen, Secretary General of Economic Affairs, R.O.C.. She highlighted the key concept of "La Serena Roadmap for Women and Inclusive Growth"is to minimize the barrier for women startups and to create a gender-friendly entrepreneurial environment.A keynote speech given by Ambassador Ms. Kelley E. Currie (AMBASSADOR-AT-LARGE FOR GLOBAL WOMEN'S ISSUES, United State Department of State) and Ms. Eva Chen, Co-founder and CEO of Trend Micro Inc., together they are sharing how United Nations helps developing women entrepreneurs and the developing trends of women-led startups. Afterwards, a discussion about the market expanding and funding for women entrepreneurs will be hosted by Ms. Pei-Ti Hu, Deputy Director General of SMEA, MOEA, joining her by Ms. Christine Nakamura, Vice President, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Ms. Fei Yu, Head of Taiwan and Hong Kong, Facebook. Mr. Thang Huynh, Co-founder of InnoLab Aisa, and Ms. Yu-Fen Wong, Chairperson of J.S POWER CO., LTD.APEC Women-led Start-Up Accelerator InitiativeIn the PM session, 14 startups participated the Women-led Start-Up Accelerator from biomedical, agricultural, information technological and care taking industries will join the Demo Day competition, each startup will have their presentation assessed and suggested by the panels, led by Jane Li, Head of Channel Sales, Taiwan & Hong Kong, Google, Ms. Revital Shangental, CEO/founder, Anemone Ventures, and Ms. Teresa Yang, Senior Advisor, K.T. Li Foundation for Development of Science and Technology.With 9th Women Entrepreneurship Award 2020 ceremony, a road show will be set up to present the achievements of the award-winning women entrepreneurs in 1919 Creative Center, Taipei, Taiwan.SMEA will continue supporting and empowering women entrepreneurs in every aspect. It is believed that a more inclusive and gender friendly business environment would be the foundation to boost another highlight of global commerce.For further details, or to arrange possible media interviews, please contact:Ms. Pei-Ti HuDeputy Director General,Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, MOEA02-2366-2202bdhu@moea.gov.twMs. Hsin-Yi TsengSection Chief,Small and Medium Enterprise Administration, MOEA02-2366-2257thy@moea.gov.tw

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