Anchor Taiwan — Your Key to Success in Asia

Anchor Taiwan
6 min readAug 14, 2017

Asia. Everybody’s heard about the opportunities, everybody wants to see it, but it’s daunting. Where do I begin? Will language be a problem? How do I get into the business ecosystem or adapt to the culture?

I took the long road in getting my start over here. Originally coming over to study Mandarin, it was a new world. I knew nobody and had no idea how to start or where to go. It took me a significant amount of time to learn the ropes of how business around Taiwan and China worked. Where could I get connected into the business world? Where do I find the networking events that will propel my career? How do I navigate the culture? It’s a daring plunge that not everyone is willing to take!

Taipei, Taiwan at dusk

Enter Anchor Taiwan: Be Asia Ready

What if I had a platform that would save me time and confusion in all of this? Say 你好 (nĭ hăo) to Anchor Taiwan. A turnkey solution to business and culture in the Greater China region. If such a bootcamp existed when I first started my adventure in the far east, I would have saved months of time and money learning the ropes!

Launch party hosted by our partner, PurpleCow Startup Association

We started this project with the idea of accelerating your success and growth in Asia. The concept of 关系 (guānxì) or “connections” here is on a whole other level than in the western world. Finding and connecting with the right people will take up most of your time when you could be getting shit done and working on those relationships! But what if you were to be put in the right spots at the right times? Time is money, friend!

So… What does that even mean?

Imagine if you could live and co-work with a group of exceptional people in the heart of Taipei for 30 days stress free in style. You may have an epic project you’re working on, you may be studying mandarin in the hopes of securing your newest opportunity, or you may be looking to build trusted partners for your next hardware start-up — whatever it may be!

Anchor Taiwan puts you in the shoes of a local and gets you connected. A centrally located apartment (this is the real deal, no hotels/hostels here!) with an innovative co-working space topped off with events across a wide variety of industries and partners.

Fireside chat with a TEDx speaker over a couple of Taiwan beers!

Experience an innovation tour to major manufacturers at the heart of the ecosystem. Have you ever heard of Foxconn? No? Well I bet you’ve heard of the iPhone and surprisingly it doesn’t grow on trees! They’re Apple’s biggest manufacturing partner! It might be pretty cool to get to know those guys.

How about more networking, professional development, and innovation events than you can wrap your head around? That should give you the “in” you need to succeed in this thriving metropolis! Don’t worry, you don’t have to sacrifice all your sleep — we want you to do you!

30 days later? You’ll feel like it’s your second home!

Anchor Taiwan’s June 2017 batch on a curated island adventure! Location: Zhuilu Old Trail, Taroko Gorge

Invest in your success! What’s included?

The cost of a month of unforgettable business opportunities, cultural immersion, and growth will only run you an investment of $2,500 US which includes all of the awesome logistics below. Get on it!

→ High-end private accommodation in a centrally located apartment.

→ Innovative co-working space

→ Community Events & Activities

→ Welcome Package (Easycard for bus/metro, sim card, and a survival guide)

“But, couldn’t I just do this solo and spend less?”

We believe Anchor Taiwan is a huge value adding bootcamp for a multitude of reasons in addition to those listed above:

  1. Time saving convenience: The one thing you can’t get more of! Logistics are taken care of in style; you don’t have to worry about setting up an apartment or a hotel, arranging a co-working space, or any of those other things that you don’t want to be bothered with your first time here! Focus on what matters.
  2. An epic community: We are huge on building a group of motivated people that bring killer vibes and support to your 30 days of growth! Who knows? You might meet your next best friend or business partner! We make sure everyone’s a good fit and will add to our awesome vibe.
  3. Amazing partners: Do you want to start manufacturing or prototyping using Asia’s cutting edge ecosystem? How about getting connected into the culture and creativity scene here? Simply looking to understand the market? No matter what you’re after — we have trusted partners that will get you flying in no time. We can even start the process before you get here so you can hit the ground running.

What’s a Taiwan? Why would I go there?

Something I often heard when I first came here — you mean Thailand? No! Taiwan is one of Asia’s best kept secrets.

The Anchor Taiwan June 2017 batch living life on the edge!

Are you into hiking? Take the metro or a quick 30 minute bus into the heart of the mountains from Taipei. There’s over 100 of them over 3000m.

How about surfing or beaches? There’s more than 1200km of coastline — and the east coast has untouched waves. But let’s try and keep that a secret!

Started from the bottom now we here!

How about food? It’s one of the most affordable foodie havens! A plethora of night markets will never steer you wrong.

Is culture your thing? Taiwan has a rich culture that will leave you wanting more. Temples in the middle of a bustling city or high up on a mountain, they flourish here and there’s no sign of them disappearing! How about aboriginal tribes that have kept their way of life? It’s hard to find an experience like this elsewhere!

Some of your favorite things probably come from Taiwan too. Ever had a bubble tea? How about entered the world of virtual reality with HTC Vive, rode a Giant bicycle, or used an Acer or Asus laptop? Now that’s pretty cool!

Not to mention, it’s right in the heart of it all…

Easy access to anywhere in Asia!

Upcoming batches & major events happening in Taiwan!

→ September 9 — October 8, 2017 | WCIT 2017, SEMICON Taiwan, E-Commerce Expo Asia

→ November 11 — December 10, 2017 | Meet Taipei Startup Festival, Golden Horse Film Festival

→ January 6 — February 4, 2018 | Events coming soon!

So what are you waiting for? It’ll be the best move you’ve ever made!

Karen T. Lin, a member of Anchor Taiwan June 2017, giving a speech on UI/UX at a collaboration with MOX, an SOSV accelerator.

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Written by: Colin Steil, Growth Manager, Anchor Taiwan



Anchor Taiwan

Anchor Taiwan is your turnkey solution to succeed in Asia: entrepreneurial residency, co-investment network and more.