Meet the 10 rockstar startups at TAIRA's accelerator programme
These startups are applying AI and robotics technologies in a spread of sectors, including agriculture, education, healthcare, IoT, manufacturing and more.
Last Friday, 10 AI and robotics startups from Taiwan, Japan, Canada, India, Singapore and Germany battled it out to become the top dog of TAIRA’s first accelerator programme.
TAIRA is a government-led initiative launched this year to fast-track AI and robotic startups, by providing them with resources to develop their products and facilitate early engagement with potential clients amongst the enterprises in the Southern Taiwan Science Park.
In its inaugural run, TAIRA attracted and pre-screened over 100 international and domestic startups, brought in 23 regional AI and robotics finalists and featured 13 multinational corporation partners and mentors at its accelerator programme, including NVIDIA, Microsoft, IBM, TSMC, Delta, Advantech; and more.
LEADERG INC., a Taiwan-based startup providing AI robot solutions, emerged winner of the accelerator’s Final Pitch event. The company is an AI robot design house that developed its own AI educational software called OpenR8. In a nutshell, it enables users with non-technical backgrounds to design and adjust modularized and graphically represented algorithms.
“The idea of LEADERG AI ZOO was inspired by the needs of society. Industries have been manufacturing robots and machines that reduce the need of manpower drastically. However, we understand the importance of employment and demand of high-level talents to implement and integrate AI into businesses; hence, the development of OpenR8 — to give every individual and company in Taiwan a chance to catch up with the rising tide of AI technology and applications,” said Li, founder of LEADERG INC.
Following its win, LEADERG INC. will receive US$100,000 in grants and resources from the Taiwanese government to further develop and market its product to global markets with support from the Southern Taiwan Science Park, which includes access to its prototyping lab, opportunities to work with participating enterprises, accommodations and co-working space use.
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