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The 2020 NCKU Dream-Come-True Carnival Startup Week was held at the NCKU Future Venue and the square in front of the Venue on November 6th and 7th.  The two-day event focused on technology matchmaking and the entrepreneurship ecosystem.  Representatives from various enterprises were invited to attend the industry-academia forum to kick off the event, and founders of startups shared their experience learned in their entrepreneurship journey.  The event had 80 technology and startup teams from NCKU to showcase the results and progress of their research and development efforts.
 
Deputy Minister Dar-Bin Shieh and Department Director Chun-Yi Tu of the Ministry of Science and Technology, special committee member Chien-Te Wu of the Economic Development Bureau of Tainan City Government, Principal Jenny Su of NCKU, Director Woei-Jer Chuang of the Innovation Headquarters and also the assistant principal of NCKU, Secretary-General Clark Su of Taiwan Angel Club and several enterprise representatives and valued guests attended the event.
 
Deputy Minister Dar-Bin Shieh of the MOST pointed out: "The spirit of innovation is an important driving force for the development of economy, technology, and society.  Its cultivation can further commercialize technologies and transform them into startups.  For the overall economy, innovation can promote socioeconomic metabolism.  For individuals, entrepreneurship is an opportunity for self-realization, and is also a stage for exerting one's true potential."
 
The NCKU Dream-Come-True Carnival Startup Week this year is the first large event held by the NCKU Innovation Headquarters since its official launch in August.  In addition to the announcement of results from startup teams conducted on the Demo Day, there is a display of technologies and matchmaking forums and presentation sessions over two days to showcase the results and progress of the technological research and development efforts of NCKU and startup teams.
 
Chair Professor Woei-Jer Chuang, director of the Innovation Headquarters and also the assistant principal of NCKU, said that in the past the NCKU Startup Week was mainly to promote the startups developed by both professors and students.  The Startup Week this time, hopes to create more collaboration opportunities with enterprises in addition to promoting startups.  Many alumni are also invited to the homecoming event held during the university anniversary to make NCKU's efforts in technology and startups known to every corner of Taiwan.
 
Chair Professor Woei-Jer Chuang said that back in the day, Taiwan's education system did not emphasize encouraging professors and students to explore opportunities in startups. The newly consolidated Innovation Headquarters will focus on this initiative, which is also the direction that NCKU should take in the future.
 
The previous Startup Week events at NCKU all presented results in conjunction with the Dream-Come-True program at school.  The program has been in operation for three years and helped eight teams establish their startups.  This year, the program has nurtured three teams to form their startups.  For example, the Sumoga team, which develops games on environmental education, has completed the first stage of game development with the grant from the Dream-Come-True program and connected with the U-Start Plan for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the Ministry of Education to establish its gaming software company, Educality.

The founder of Sumoga is Juliana Kriskova from Slovakia.  She said that back then, she formed the team of Sumoga based on being a sustainable movement game, which aimed to develop interactive games on environmental education to convey environmental protection.  The games target school-age children from 9 to 12 years old, and the company seeks to incorporate the games into schools' teaching systems.
She said that the team could complete the first stage of game development with the grant from the Dream-Come-True program at NCKU before getting connected with the U-Start Plan for Innovation and Entrepreneurship of the Ministry of Education to establish its gaming software company, Educality.  This is also the first time in three years since the establishment of the Dream-Come-True program that a team is headed by a foreign student who later on establishes a startup at NCKU.

On the first day of the Dream-Come-True Carnival Startup Week, Assistant General Manager Sunny Li of the ASE Technology, Director Chih-Wei Chang of the R&D center of CPDC and Assistant General Manager Yong-Qing Shen of Nan Pao Resins Chemical were invited to the industry-academia forum to share their opinions on the topic of "Key Success Factors to Industry-Academia Collaboration."  The event venue also featured technologies showcased by teams and a matchmaking forum with industry practitioners, and more than 40 technology teams from NCKU participated attended the event.
 
The Demo Day event on the next day focused on the activities of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Southern Taiwan.  Entrepreneurs such as Ronald Yu of Autopass, Roy Chang of uMeal and others shared their journey of entrepreneurship at the event.  About 50 startups, either still in-campus or are spinoffs of NCKU, also organized an exhibition featuring fun activities to interact with the guests and other teams at the site.

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