HYPE GVA TAIWAN 10th orientation took place at the 2023 TaiSPO exhibition

The Ministry of Education’s Sports Administration and National Yang-Ming Chiao Tung University, in collaboration with the HYPE Global Virtual Accelerator Taiwan, organized the 10th edition of the “Taiwan Sports Innovation Accelerator” (HYPE Global Virtual Accelerator Taiwan) briefing on March 23. The event coincided with the largest international sports and fitness exhibition in Taiwan, the 2023 TaiSPO, and took place on the main stage of the exhibition.

This sports innovation accelerator project is jointly organized by the Ministry of Education’s Sports Administration, Yang-Ming Chiao Tung University’s Industry Accelerator and Patent Development Strategy Center, and the HYPE Sports Innovation Foundation from Israel. So far, it has completed nine training programs, with a cumulative investment amount of 800 million New Taiwan Dollars. It has successfully nurtured nearly a hundred innovative teams from both domestic and international backgrounds. Recently, it was featured in the “2023 Global Sports Technology Trends Report” by SportsTechX, a renowned German sports technology digital analysis platform, highlighting Taiwan’s progressive presence in the international sports innovation scene.

The briefing for the 10th edition of the accelerator was held in conjunction with the 2023 TaiSPO exhibition. The exhibition, with a history of 40 years as the “Taipei International Sporting Goods Show,” focused on sports and fitness, sustainable living, and smart technology this year. It recognizes the global trends in fitness and sports technology and aims to connect with new types of international market opportunities. In addition to the main stage collaboration during the briefing, the project also gathered eight graduate teams from previous editions to showcase their innovations, tapping into the innovative potential of international exhibitions.

The 10th edition briefing at TaiSPO’s main stage featured Professor Huang Ching Yao, the project director, Judy, the project manager, Hermann, Deputy Director of Taiwan Mobile, Alfred, founder of Sports BIJI, and Darren, Director of Ideal Venture Studios. They approached the project from different angles, providing comprehensive information and content to attract the participation of over 70 attendees, creating a successful and vibrant event together.

The event also featured the participation of Mbranfiltra, a graduate team that recently won the CES Startup Award, and Uniigym, an online fitness platform with numerous accolades. They shared the unique features and advantages of their projects from the perspective of graduate teams. Additionally, the founders of SportxAi (Taiwan), Dartle (India), and Bolt Sports (Canada), representing graduate teams, recorded videos to recommend the program, further strengthening and maintaining the global sports innovation ecosystem.

The Sports Administration of the Ministry of Education stated that as the Sports Innovation Accelerator project enters its fifth year, the program’s curriculum has become rich and mature. The six-month training program actively enhances the opportunities for sports technology innovation teams to connect internationally, bringing in international energy and assisting teams in gaining exposure on the international stage.