Taiwan to boost its tech image

Taiwan is one of the world’s biggest semi-conductor suppliers. But competition with mainland China’s tech industry is becoming fiercer every day. Tech industry leaders are asking for bold steps from the government to revive Taiwan’s reputation.

Taiwan is home to many semi-conductor industry players, from computer maker Asus to smartphone brand HTC. According to a report by the South China Morning Post, Taipei is trying to boost its credentials as an innovation and engineering hub. At the recently held world-renowned Computex trade show in Taipei, nine Taiwanese start-ups have been put in the international spotlights. These nine, said to have global business potential, have been given a special exhibition area this year to raise their profiles.

The head of the Taipei Computer Association, co-organiser of Computex, urges the Taiwanese government to do more to support tech start-up firms in Taiwan, more specifically in the area of financing and marketing. Many local start-ups have to look for alternative sources of financing, like crowd funding. One of the well-known start-ups, Mozbii, last year raised US$45,000 through crowd funding for what is called the ‘world's first colour-picking stylus’ for computers. A sensor on the stylus captures the colour of any object it is pressed upon, and then replicates that colour when touched on a tablet screen.

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