This year’s exhibition brought together thousands of visitors and highlighted innovative solutions from international startups across various sectors, from sustainable fashion to AI-driven finance.
Now in its third year, Meet Greater South is a startup-focused exhibition that showcases and champions Southern Taiwan’s innovation ecosystem. For two days every August, the event in Kaohsiung connects a wide range of stakeholders, including start-ups, local and central governments, universities, established industry players and investors.
Organized by a technological media Business Next and its startup platform Meet Global, this year’s expo, held on August 25 and 26 at the beautiful Kaohsiung Exhibition Center, was attended by officials such as Kaohsiung City Mayor Chen Chi- May, National Development Council Minister Kung Ming-hsin and Samuel Goffman, deputy head of the Kaohsiung branch of the American Institute in Taiwan.
More than 10,000 participants visited the hundreds of stands showcasing the latest technologies and innovations from leading private companies and R&D organizations. Virtual reality, AI, green energy and sustainability were key themes this year. Some highlights included solutions relevant to Taiwan’s nascent offshore wind industry, drone development, innovative healthcare, ESG, multimedia and Web3.
In addition to the 232 Taiwanese companies participating in Meet Greater South, this year’s event also brought together 38 startups from 10 countries around the world. International interest in the startup event has grown over the years, an encouraging sign that Taiwan is making its mark on the global startup scene.
Here are some of the foreign teams that stood out:
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Aviantech’s founders were dismayed to discover that after graduating from renowned universities, they were spending more than half their work time on mindless administrative tasks, like reminding managers to approve actions to be taken. and respond to emails. What if these tasks could be managed more efficiently by software?
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FundFluent, Hong Kong
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FundFluent leverages AI to centrally aggregate funding information, enabling small businesses to find the right financial help in their active markets. Since useful information is often stored on websites that are inaccessible and difficult to find – or even available online – it can be difficult to find the right source of funding. FundFluent aims to improve the survival rate of entrepreneurs and start-up businesses by removing the challenge of finding and accessing financial support.
Lebo Robotics, Japan
Installed several kilometers from the coast or at height, wind turbines are expensive and complicated to maintain. Repairs become potentially dangerous for technicians, who must climb 100 meters or more into the air to reach the wind turbines.
Inspection robots designed by Lebo Robotics can access, view and inspect damage to turbine blades, allowing technicians to assess the situation safely from the ground. The company also provides paint and materials to repair and protect damaged blades, ensuring a continued supply of clean energy. Wind energy giant Siemens Gamesa – the world’s second largest turbine manufacturer – is one of this startup’s clients.
Luceda Photonics, Belgium
Luceda Photonics specializes in the development of software for the design of photonic integrated circuits. The company’s suite of tools can be used to produce component designs for the telecommunications market, self-driving cars, quantum computing and sensing. Luceda Photonics also offers experts who can help designers create and validate compact model libraries, process design kits (PDKs), and reusable design toolkits.
Paka Electric, Taiwan/United States
Paka Electric, based in Taichung but founded in the United States, has designed a cargo-ready off-road electric motorcycle for the North American outdoor adventure market.
CEO Andrew Hall previously worked for a company that makes rugged bikes for use in rough and unforgiving terrain. He decided to combine this experience with his engineering design experience in the supply chain hub of central Taiwan to create his Taiwan-based electric motorcycle brand. Hall is one of the recent winners of the Dragons’ Chamber Taiwan, a Shark tank-an inspired pitch competition for immigrant entrepreneurs based in Taiwan.
Peel Laboratory, Japan
In keeping with the theme of sustainability at Meet Greater South, Japanese startup Peel Lab successfully transformed pineapple leaves into vegan leather. This tactile, durable yet soft-to-the-touch material can be used to make handbags, wallets, bucket hats and even car seats.
In addition to manufacturing its own products, the company also works with corporate clients to design ethical pineapple-based leather goods, including seating at the St. Regis Bangkok’s Sushi KiShin restaurant. Peel Lab also produces bamboo yoga mats.
Spaceship, Hong Kong
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Find more startups in Taipei
For those who can’t wait for next year’s Meet Greater South, its bigger sister event, Meet Taipei, will be held between November 30 and December 2 at the Nangang Exhibition Center. For more information, visit the event website at meettaipei.tw.