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Fukuoka and Taipei signed MOU and Join Forces to Revolutionize Asian Startup Landscape (2017-02-08)


(photo credit: Taipei City Government)


In recent years, the cities of Fukuoka, Japan, and Taipei, Taiwan, have made headlines for their joint efforts to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the Asian region. The two thriving cities signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in 2017, marking the beginning of their collaboration and mutual support initiatives for startups. The partnership aims to foster knowledge sharing, support joint projects, and promote each city's startup ecosystem by leveraging their unique strengths and resources.


(video credit: Liberty Times Net)


Strength of Fukuoka City

The city of Fukuoka is positioning itself as a leading startup center in Japan by implementing business-friendly policies, including simplified startup procedures, a startup visa, and tax incentives. In addition, Fukuoka has built a robust network of support organizations, accelerators, and coworking spaces to foster startups. This strategic approach aims to rejuvenate Fukuoka's local economy, encourage innovation, and support the growth of new industries.


Strength of Taipei City

Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, is also working to strengthen its position in the region's startup landscape. Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je has expressed a vision for both cities to become leaders in innovation and venture capital in Asia and to promote economic growth and sustainable development in the region.


Objective of MOU

The collaboration between Fukuoka and Taipei has not only attracted international attention, but also sparked further discussions on promoting innovation and regional cooperation. By integrating the resources of startups and large enterprises, Fukuoka and Taipei are creating a synergistic effect that will promote innovation and economic growth.


Both cities will establish official government contact window, promote each other's inbound program and invite each other to its annual startup/innovation events or pitch competition.


Ultimately, this partnership will advance both cities and make them major players in the Asian startup ecosystem. As Fukuoka and Taipei continue their journey as leading Asian startup centers, we can expect to see more cross-border collaborations, innovative solutions, and groundbreaking projects emerge from this strong alliance.


(photo credit: Taipei City Government)


Media Reports Of MOU on 2017/02/08

Article #1: Japan's Emerging Startup Hub: Fukuoka Leads the Way (English - Taiwan Media)

  • Key Message: Position Fukuoka as a startup hub

  • Summary:

    • Fukuoka, a city in southern Japan, is positioning itself as a new startup hub in the country. To attract entrepreneurs, Fukuoka has introduced business-friendly policies, including simplified procedures for starting companies, a startup visa, and tax incentives. The city also boasts a strong network of support organizations, accelerators, and coworking spaces to help startups grow. By creating a vibrant startup ecosystem, Fukuoka aims to rejuvenate its local economy, promote innovation, and encourage the growth of new industries.

  • URL: https://meet-global.bnext.com.tw/articles/view/39801

  • Name of the Article: Setting an example: Japan’s new startup hub Fukuoka

  • Article Publisher: BNext

  • Publishing Date: 2017-03-17


Article #2: Fukuoka and Taipei Sign MOU to Foster Innovation and Entrepreneurship (English - Japan Startup)

  • Key Message: Collaborate on innovation and entrepreneurship

  • Summary: Fukuoka and Taipei have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote collaboration and exchange in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. The agreement aims to facilitate joint projects and learning opportunities, leveraging the strengths of both cities' startup ecosystems. Through this partnership, Fukuoka and Taipei hope to create new business opportunities, boost economic growth, and drive sustainable development in their respective cities.

  • URL: https://nulab.com/blog/events/fukuoka-and-taipei-forge-new-mou/

  • Name of the Article: Fukuoka and Taipei forge new MOU on innovation and entrepreneurship

  • Article Publisher: Nulab

  • Publishing Date: 2017-02-24

(photo credit: Nulab)


Article #3: Cities of Japan’s Fukuoka, Taiwan’s Taipei agree on mutual startup support initiatives (English - Japan Media)

  • Objective: Strengthen collaboration between Fukuoka and Taipei's startup ecosystems

  • Summary: Fukuoka, a Japanese city, and Taipei, Taiwan's capital, have agreed on mutual startup support initiatives, following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The agreement aims to facilitate knowledge sharing, promote joint projects, and support each city's startup ecosystem by leveraging their unique strengths and resources. The partnership is expected to create new business opportunities and drive economic growth in both cities while fostering innovation and regional cooperation.

  • URL: https://thebridge.jp/en/2017/02/fukuoka-taipei-cities-sign-mou-for-mutual-support-for-startups

  • Name of the Article: Cities of Japan’s Fukuoka, Taiwan’s Taipei agree on mutual startup support initiatives

  • Article Publisher: The Bridge

  • Publishing Date: 2017-02-22


Article #4: Fukuoka City's Next Step in Creating an Asian Startup Hub: Not Just Starting from Scratch, Startups Must Also Collaborate with Large Enterprises (Chinese - Taiwan Media)

  • Key Message: Fukuoka's strategy to create a leading Asian startup hub

  • Summary: Fukuoka aims to become a leading Asian startup hub by not only supporting startups from the ground up but also by fostering collaboration between startups and established companies. By integrating resources from both startups and large corporations, Fukuoka intends to create a synergistic effect that drives innovation and economic growth. This strategic approach is designed to further strengthen Fukuoka's position as a key player in the regional startup ecosystem.

  • URL: https://meet.bnext.com.tw/articles/view/39756

  • Name of the Article: 福岡市打造亞洲新創基地下一步:不只是從零開始,新創也要和大企業結合

  • Article Publisher: BNext

  • Publishing Date: 2017-02-22


Article 5: Taipei and Fukuoka Sign MOU for International Exchange and Cooperation on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Chinese - Taiwan Media)

  • Key Message: Strengthen international exchange and cooperation

  • Summary: Taipei and Fukuoka have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen international exchange and cooperation in the fields of innovation and entrepreneurship. The agreement aims to facilitate knowledge sharing and collaborative projects between the two cities, leveraging their unique strengths and resources in the startup ecosystem. By joining forces, Taipei and Fukuoka hope to create new business opportunities and promote economic growth, while driving sustainable urban development.

  • URL: https://news.ltn.com.tw/news/life/breakingnews/1968551

  • Name of the Article: 北市與日本福岡市簽署「創新創業國際交流合作備忘錄」

  • Article Publisher: Liberty Times Net

  • Publishing Date: 2017-02-23


Article 6: Taipei and Fukuoka Sign MOU: Mayor Ko Envisions Both Cities as Asian Leaders in Innovation and Venture Capital (Chinese)

  • Key Message: Make Taipei and Fukuoka leaders in Asian innovation

  • Summary: Taipei and Fukuoka have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen collaboration in innovation and entrepreneurship. Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je expressed his vision for both cities to become leaders in Asian innovation and venture capital, driving economic growth and sustainable development in the region. The partnership aims to facilitate joint projects and learning opportunities, capitalizing on the strengths of both cities' startup ecosystems.

  • URL: https://www.peoplemedia.tw/news/cd583ed7-72eb-4441-83b7-0f388ddbd23c

  • Name of the Article: 北市與福岡簽備忘錄 柯P:讓兩市成亞洲創新創投領導者

  • Article Publisher: People Media Taiwan

  • Publishing Date: 2017-02-23


Government Resource List by iiiNNO

Below is a list of some of the resources for international team aiming to softland and market access in both Fukuoka City in Japan and Taipei City in Taiwan.


from Fukuoka City

(video credit: Fukuoka City Government)


from Taipei City




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