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Top 18 Startups in Taiwan in 2024

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There’s no doubt that the startup scene in Taiwan is unique.

The country has created dozens of successful startups, over the years.

Some of them are already worth billions of dollars.

So whether you’re looking to start your own business, or just interested in learning about fast-growing startups from Taiwan, here’s an extensive list of 18 startups founded there.


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1) Numbers Protocol

Numbers Protocol

Numbers Protocol is a software firm that offers a data traceability solution that ensures data integrity and history.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 2019
  • Founders: Bofu Chen, Sofia Yan, Tammy Yang
  • Industries: Content, Data Integration, Information Technology, Mobile Apps, Privacy, Software
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding: $1,420,000
  • Funding rounds: 10
  • Number of investors: 9 (Binance, LongHash Ventures, Protocol Labs, Kevin Lin, Steve Chen)

You can find their website here.

2) Acer

Acer

Acer is a global hardware and technology business based in Taiwan.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 1976
  • Founders: Carolyn Yeh, George Huang, Stan Shih
  • Industries: Computer, Consumer Electronics, Hardware, Information and Communications Technology (ICT)
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $150,594,138
  • Funding rounds: 1

You can find their website here.

3) Perfect

Perfect

Perfect is a cosmetics startup that provides a platform called the Perfect Console that allows manufacturers and retailers to publish their own products.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Alice Chang
  • Industries: Beauty, Consumer, Content Creators, Cosmetics, Mobile Apps
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $75,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 7 (Goldman Sachs, Alibaba Group, China Creation Ventures (CCV), Cyberlink Corp, Extol Capital)

You can find their website here.

4) Gogoro

Gogoro

Gogoro intends to develop consumer technologies that will enhance how energy is distributed and used in the world's most populated cities.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Horace Luke, Matt Taylor
  • Industries: Automotive, Electric Vehicle, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Last Mile Transportation, Transportation
  • Number of employees: 501-1000
  • Funding: $480,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 9 (Temasek Holdings, Engie, Panasonic, Sumitomo Corporation, Generation Investment Management)

You can find their website here.

5) KKday

KKday

KKday is a global e-commerce travel company that links tourists with unique local experiences.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 2014
  • Founders: Ming Chen
  • Industries: E-Commerce, Leisure, Tourism, Travel
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $107,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 6
  • Number of investors: 12 (Monk’s Hill Ventures, AppWorks, CDIB Capital, Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund, MindWorks Capital)

You can find their website here.

6) ITutorGroup

ITutorGroup

ITutorGroup offers students and business professionals personalised and tailored learning experiences.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 1998
  • Founders: Eric Yang, Jerry Huang, Ming Yang
  • Industries: Consumer Software, E-Learning, Education, Internet, Language Learning
  • Number of employees: 1001-5000
  • Funding: $315,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 8 (Goldman Sachs, Temasek Holdings, GIC, Qiming Venture Partners, CyberAgent Capital)

You can find their website here.

7) 91APP

91APP

In Taiwan, 91APP is a major omnichannel commerce solution provider, offering retailers their own shopping app and website.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Steven Ho
  • Industries: Apps, Brand Marketing, E-Commerce, PaaS, Retail, SaaS, Software
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $9,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 5 (AppWorks, CID Group, Jan Hung-Tze, 91Capital, Paul Lin)

You can find their website here.

8) 17 Media

17 Media

17 Media is a mobile application that allows users to stream live video and share material in real time.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 2015
  • Founders: Jeffrey Huang, Joseph Phua, Tai "Popo" Chen
  • Industries: Apps, Photo Sharing, Real Time, Social Media, Video, Video Streaming
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $108,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 13 (Vertex Ventures, Golden Equator Ventures, Le Sports, AppWorks, Infinity Ventures Japan)

You can find their website here.

9) 17LIVE

17LIVE

17LIVE is a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering artists and entertaining the world.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 2017
  • Industries: Internet, Media and Entertainment, Video, Video Streaming
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $51,500,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 8 (InnoVen Capital, Pavilion Capital, Vertex Growth Fund, Stonebridge Capital, Stonebridge Ventures)

You can find their website here.

10) Wondercise

Wondercise

Smart Fitness & Fitness Technology - Wondercise provides users with in-home access to the world's finest Live Motion Match fitness content.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-wan
  • City: Taichung
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Eric Chuang
  • Industries: Apps, Content, Fitness, Information Technology
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $1,500,000
  • Funding rounds: 2

You can find their website here.

11) InfuseAI

InfuseAI

The PrimeHub AI platform from InfuseAI allows businesses to design, train, and deploy AI models 10 times quicker.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 2018
  • Founders: Chia-liang Kao, Liang-Bin Hsueh
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Software
  • Number of employees: 11-50
  • Funding: $4,300,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 5 (500 Startups, Wistron Corporation, Hive Ventures, TopTaiwan, Silicon Valley Taiwan Investments)

You can find their website here.

12) iKala

iKala

The Leading Human-Centered AI Company in Asia

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 2011
  • Founders: Candy Hsu, Frank Gong, Keynes Cheng, Sega Cheng
  • Industries: Analytics, Artificial Intelligence, Cloud Computing, Digital Marketing, Machine Learning, Social Media Marketing, Social Shopping, Software
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $30,300,000
  • Funding rounds: 3
  • Number of investors: 5 (Cherubic Ventures, Wistron Corporation, Gamania Digital Entertainment, Hotung Venture Capital, Pacific Venture Partners)

You can find their website here.

13) KKBOX

KKBOX

KKBOX is Asia's most popular music streaming service.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 2004
  • Founders: Kwan Chiun
  • Industries: Independent Music, Internet, Mobile Apps, Music, Music Streaming
  • Number of employees: 251-500
  • Funding: $104,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 4 (GIC, KDDI, HTC, Chunghwa Telecom)

You can find their website here.

14) Bitfinex

Bitfinex

Bitfinex is a digital asset trading platform that provides digital currency traders and global liquidity providers with cutting-edge services.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 2012
  • Founders: Giancarlo Devasini, Raphael Nicolle
  • Industries: Bitcoin, Cryptocurrency, Ethereum, Financial Exchanges, FinTech, Trading Platform
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding rounds: 1
  • Number of investors: 2 (IOSG Ventures, Arrington XRP Capital)

You can find their website here.

15) CyCraft

CyCraft

Through F/A/S/T (fast, accurate, simple, and thorough) human-AI collaboration, CyCraft forges the future of cybersecurity resilience.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 2017
  • Founders: Benson Wu, Jeremy Chiu, Peikan Tsung
  • Industries: Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Machine Learning
  • Number of employees: 51-100
  • Funding: $8,150,000
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 2 (Pavilion Capital, CID Group)

You can find their website here.

16) Kdan Mobile Software

Kdan Mobile Software

Kdan Mobile is a Taiwanese company that specializes in cloud-based software for workplace mobility.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-wan
  • City: Tainan
  • Started in: 2009
  • Founders: Kenny Su
  • Industries: Internet, Market Research, Mobile, SaaS, Software
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $6,198,878
  • Funding rounds: 2
  • Number of investors: 6 (WI Harper Group, Accord Ventures, Darwin Venture Management, Ian Kung, Ventek Ventures)

You can find their website here.

17) The News Lens

The News Lens

The News Lens is a Chinese-language independent media outlet that covers critical news, social, and political concerns.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 2013
  • Founders: Mario Yang
  • Industries: Digital Media, News, Social Media
  • Number of employees: 101-250
  • Funding: $13,000,000
  • Funding rounds: 5
  • Number of investors: 22 (500 Startups, Kevin Lin, Steve Chen, North Base Media, Walden International)

You can find their website here.

18) portto / Blocto

portto / Blocto

The goal of portto is to make blockchain easy to use for both users and developers.

Details of the startup:

  • State: T'ai-pei
  • City: Taipei
  • Started in: 2019
  • Founders: Hsuan Lee
  • Industries: Blockchain, Developer Tools, FinTech, Information Technology, Internet, Software
  • Number of employees: 1-10
  • Funding: $8,820,000
  • Funding rounds: 4
  • Number of investors: 4 (Animoca Brands, Alameda Research, 500 Startups, AppWorks)

You can find their website here.

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