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經濟部中小企業處推動新興產業加速器促成工研院與美WSGR及亞歷桑納大學簽署合作意向書

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經濟部中小企業處推動新興產業加速器

促成工研院與美WSGR及亞歷桑納大學簽署合作意向書

共同推動創新創業

台灣育成能量傳捷報,今日(4/8)在經濟部中小企業處的見證下,工研院與美國亞歷桑內州立大學創新中心、WSGR(Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati)於美國波士頓簽署合作意向書,未來三方將攜手合作,將國外能量帶入國內,提升中小企業全球競爭力,不但將國外的經驗導入台灣,且將為台灣中小企業搭起國際橋樑,為國內產業找尋更多的出海口。

對此林美雪副處長指出,我國中小企業佔比高達97.63%,其特性在於強韌的企業生命力及營運彈性,但過去因為中小企業的資金及能量規模較小,現在我們希望透過政府的力量,結合產學研的努力,延續去年之育成加速器三大機制-業師(Mentoring)、資金(Funding)、國際育成網絡(Networking),本年度透過推動新興產業加速育成計畫,建立於歐美、亞洲及新興市場之國際育成平台,以和加速新興產業國際化網路連結;藉由彼此搭建的國際網絡平台,連結人才、資源、市場,創造商業媒合機會,營造雙贏的局面。

工研院產服中心表示,從過去工研院育成中心的經驗得知,中小企業在經營上最需要資金、國際網絡建立以及有經驗的產業前輩指導,所以這次在經濟部中小企業處新興產業加速育成計畫的架構之下與美國亞歷桑內州立大學創新中心、WSGR(Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati)簽署合作意向書,就是希望可以導入國際育成中心的經驗,一方面建構導入國外資金及商機媒合的平台,另一方面也將邀請國外的產業前輩為台灣中小企業指導,以加速新創產業的育成及國際化。其中WSGR將會無償性建立並加強工研院及工研院育成架構下之中小企業在智財專利的布局,並且將提供國際性智財策略之相關諮詢,讓台灣中小企業在進入國際市場時可有更完善的專利保護網。

WSGR合夥人(Partner)Michael Hostetler也表示,台灣中小企業在大中華之商業生態系統中具有舉足輕重之地位,我們很高興這次可以與工研院共同簽署合作意向書,也期待未來我們在專利智權的專業服務可以擴大至大中華以及更廣大的亞洲市場。我們除了將會基於合作意向書建立並加強工研院於專利智財上的布局外,也將提供WSGR在募資方面之經驗,以協助拓展台灣中小企業之創新及創業能力。我們有信心透過此次合作,將更激勵美國與台灣企業之間密切的合作,為雙方的產業增添更多的機會與市場能量。

Press release from Small and Medium Enterprise Administration

April 8, 2013

Under the witness of the Small and Medium Enterprise Administration (SMEA), the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) signed a Letter of Intent with the ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati (WSGR) in Boston, Massachusetts. In the future, the three parties will work together to strengthen the global competitiveness of Taiwanese small and medium enterprises (TSMEs) by importing foreign experience and bridging the international enterprises and TSMEs.

"In Taiwan, up to 97.63% enterprises are SMEs, which are characterized by robust enterprise vitality and operating flexibility. Recognizing the insufficient funds and smaller scales of TSMEs in the past, we hope that, with the aid of the government, the collaborative efforts from industrial and academic sectors can go on with the three mechanisms- mentoring", "funding' and "networking" under the "Incubation Accelerator" last year. The goal for this year is, via a "New Business Incubation Accelerator Program", to establish international incubation platforms for the US and European markets, Asian markets and emerging markets as well as to expedite networking for startup internationalization. By means of the international networking platforms combing talents, resources, market, we can create business matching opportunities and result in a win-win." Deputy Director General of the SMEA, Miss Lin, said.

According to the ITRI Commercialization and Industry Service Center, what TSMEs need most in regard to their operations are funding, establishment of international networking and guidance from experienced professionals. Therefore, we expect that this collaboration with ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center and WSGR (Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati) under the framework of the SMEA Incubation Accelerator Program will capitalize on the experiences of other international incubation centers, build a platform for encouraging foreign funding, and provide mentorship to TSMEs from international industry experts so as to accelerate startup incubation and globalization. Particularly, WSGR will not only develop and strengthen IP positions of ITRI and the Taiwanese small and medium enterprises under the ITRI incubator framework but also will provide counseling with respect to international IP strategies, all on a pro bono basis, thereby allowing the enterprises to obtain more comprehensive IP protection when entering international markets.

"Taiwanese small and medium enterprises play a vital role in the Greater China business ecosystem," said WSGR partner Michael Hostetler. "We are pleased to enter into a letter of intent with ITRI and look forward to expanding our high-quality legal services in Greater China and the broader Asian market. We will not only develop and strengthen IP positions based on the LOI but also provide WSGR's experience in funding processes to help develop the innovative and entrepreneurial capabilities of TSMEs. We are confident that this collaboration will further encourage closer partnership between US and Taiwanese enterprises and create more opportunities and market momentum for both sides."