Taiwan 2018

Get a chance to Win your FREE acceleration ticket to France !

Apply by May 24th

Selected startups will pitch on June 5th afternoon at Taiwan Tech Arena in Taipei and the winners will be sponsored to go to France in November.

YEi Start in France, started in 2005, is an acceleration programme from the French Ministry of Foreign affairs, designed to help foreign deeptech startups to develop their project in France and grow their business in Europe.

It provides an intensive training in Paris and one free immersion week in France that will allow laureates to benefit from of an extensive customized business network and connections with the best resources in France in their fields. 

The competition accepts applications from startups incorporated in the US, in Italy, in South Africa, South Korea, Finland... and Taiwan!

In 2018, we are proud to receive a major support from Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST), so we are able to sponsor 6 taiwanese startups in 2018!

The Programme

This year YEi Taiwan will select 6 innovative deeptech startups from Taiwan and introduce them to YEI Start in France acceleration program. Each of the selected Taiwanese startup will be sponsored for a trip to France for one person from Nov. 5 to Nov. 9, 2018 to follow an immersive customized programme (seminars, B2B, networking, pitch, visits...).

The covered expenses include:

One roundtrip ticket (economy class) to Paris from Taiwan

Hotel costs for one person including breakfast: 6 nights in Paris and another French region

Transportation between Paris and the other French region for one person (as recommended by YEi Start in France);

The meals when included in a reception organized by YEi Start in France


Criteria of eligibility:                            

Less than 30 employees

Less than 2M USD turn over in 2017

Any technology fields (deeptech)

Technological startups, which would benefit from partnering with French companies / research organisations

Motivated entrepreneur willing to spend one week in France (cofounder or CEO / Taiwanese or French only)

Mature startup: at least with a prototype or a working app/service (from TRL5).

Taiwan based company (HQ)

Previous YEi laureates are not elligible

Timeline 2018:

April 16th: Applications open

May 24th: Application deadline

May 28th: Announcement of the preselected candidates who will participate in the final (online jury, see below)

June 5th afternoon: Final selection based on Elevator pitches in Taipei (final jury). Announcement of the 6 winners

Taiwan online selection jury members

#IoT, Soft/hardware

Karl Audaert


#Invest in France


Business France

#Retail, VC

Laetitia Lim

Compare Asia (Taiwan)


Richard Fuh

Taiwan Tech Arena

#ICT, IoT, New space

Pascal Viaud


#IoT, Hardware

Philippe Tzou


#Biotech, Medtech

Laurent Le Guyader

Ministry of Foreign Affairs

#Fintech, Blockchain

Jean-Hervé Pommereau

CACIB Taiwan

#Frontier Technology

Edgar Chiu

SparkLabs Taipei


Arthur Chen

BE Capital


Jessie Hsu


#IoT, Biotech, ICT

Anita Hsieh


Application are now closed