Taiwan to expand start-up delegation for CES 2019

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Taipei, June 19 (CNA) The Taiwan delegation to attend the 2019 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) to be held in Las Vegas from Jan. 8-11, 2019, will be made up of representatives from 40 local start-up companies, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) said Tuesday.

The plan is to start contacting interested start-ups immediately, a process that will continue until July 30, according to the ministry.

MOST led a delegation made up of 32 technology start-up representatives to CES 2018 earlier this year where they organized a national pavilion called Taiwan Tech Star at Eureka Park, showcasing Taiwan's tech capability to visitors from around the world, said Chiu Chiu-hui (邱求慧), an official responsible for science parks at the ministry.

This was the first time Taiwan had a national pavilion at CES, which was held from Jan. 9-12, 2018 and Taiwan Tech Star was a big success, Chiu said.

For example, smart robot developer Robotelf Technologies Co., and iXensor Inc., a medical device company, won the Innovations Award and Best of BabyTech Award at CES 2018, while Taiwan Main Orthopaedic Biotechnology Co. secured the chance to cooperate in clinical trials and obtained international capital for future development at the show, Chiu added.

This year, the ministry has decided to expand the delegation to include 40 start-ups, Chiu said.

According to regulations, startups are allowed to showcase their products for a maximum of two consecutive years at the Eureka Park marketplace, but their first exhibit must reach the market after Jan. 1, 2018 and be an electronic consumer product rather than an OEM or ODM product, the ministry said.

A list of those selected to be part of the Taiwan delegation will be announced Sept. 28, according to the ministry.

(By Chu Tse-wei and Evelyn Kao)

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