Taiwan startups win 8 awards, secure deals at CES 2019

People arrive at the Las Vegas Convention Center to attend the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Sipa USA(Sipa via AP Images)

TAIPEI Jan. 13 (CNA) — Startups from Taiwan won eight awards and secured orders or business opportunities worth more than US$60 million at the recently concluded 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, one of the world’s top tech exhibitions, the Ministry of Science and Technology said Sunday.

2018 was the first time an official delegation from Taiwan attended CES. This year’s delegation to the trade exhibition, which was held Jan. 8-11, was made up of 44 technology startups from Taiwan led by Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Hsu Yu-chin (許有進).

The Taiwanese startups manned booths where they showcased technologies in the Taiwan Tech Arena as part of Eureka Park at CES 2019, attracting much attention, according to the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST).

The 44 startups were selected through a dual screening process by CES organizers and Silicon Vally Taiwan Angeles (SVTA), to present a wide range of technologies in Internet of Things (IoT), cyber security and software development, artificial intelligence, smart health care, wearable devices and advanced processes.

SVTA is a non-profit organization made up of a group of seasoned entrepreneurs and investors in Silicon Valley with vast industry experience and extensive knowledge of the business environment in the U.S. and Taiwan.

Among Taiwan’s startups securing orders or business opportunities at the event, Awowo Tech Co., LTD, a company that researches electric drums, received orders worth US$1 million, according to the ministry.

Meanwhile, Gintel Tech, an innovative company that has developed a system for quick monitoring, prediction and pre-warning, notification of sourCES and non-toxic solutions to toxic concentrations of chemicals in aquaculture water secured business opportunities worth nearly US$50 million.

Lubn Inc. which received an Innovation Award at CES 2019, also won the Forward Thinker Award and US$10,000 prize money from Trend Micro Inc’s Trend Forward Capital fund at the event.

Other local companies to win Innovation Awards include Genius Holding Co. Ltd’s Taiwan Branch, mobile video platform OmniEyes and Gintel Tech, according to Hsu.

By Chiu Po-sheng and Evelyn Kao