Government exhibition showcases indigenous peoples’ startup success

The China Post news staff

The Council of Indigenous Peoples (CIP) Friday opened an exhibition in Taipei celebrating the achievements of startups launched by indigenous people in their local communities. The opening ceremony for the exhibition at Huashan Creative Park was presided over by CIP Minister Icyang Parod. The exhibition featured 20 startups established with subsidies under a CIP program that offered up to NT$1 million in funding for each of the indigenous people’s projects.

CIP also offered their companies consulting assistance, helping them with commercial registrations at the very beginning. It then helped them improve their operations and explore business opportunities. It is a program that not only aims at helping specific entrepreneurs, but also at invigorating the economy at their respective communities, according to the CIP. One of the companies, Kamaro’an, reinvents the indigenous peoples’ traditional arts and crafts to make decorative home accessories. It creates job opportunities in its community using a fair trade business model. It is also an good example of the cultural creative industries, said CIP. Another startup, DoVanWa, is a restaurant offering a creative menu blending local Orchid Island cuisine and Mexican food.