Meet our Dragons

 

Elias Ek, Co-founder and CEO Enspyre

Enspyre provides Phone Answering and B2B Telemarketing services. He is also a director of the French Chamber of Commerce in Taiwan.

Mr. Ek is from Sweden but moved to the US in 1994. Since then he has also lived in Japan, and is since 2000 living in Taiwan.

In 2013 he published the book How to Start a Business in Taiwan (http://startabusinessintaiwan.tw/) to help foreign entrepreneurs and SMEs in Taiwan.

 

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Revital Shpangental Golan,  Anemone Ventures founder and CEO

Revital moved to Asia in 1999 and has since worked and lived in Singapore, South Korea, HK and Taiwan. She has chosen Taiwan to be the base for her business and family.

Revital founded Anemone Ventures Ltd.,in 2009, with the mission to bring cutting-edge technologies and innovation into Taiwan to increase the local corporations’ competitiveness and to upgrade their position in the technology value chain.
Anemone Ventures is a business development consulting company that supports technological start-ups and Small Medium Enterprises to enter Taiwan and engage with Taiwanese corporations seeking innovative technologies.

Prior to opening her own company, Revital served at the Israeli embassy in Singapore in the Commercial and Defense sections; she held the General Manager position of Berlitz International in South Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and was the Asia Sales Director for a mobile marketing startup company.

Revital is a frequent speaker in business classes in Taiwan universities including: National Taiwan University, National Chengchi University, Fu Jen Catholic University, Kaohsiung Normal University, Ming Chuan University (International MBA, School of Management). She also holds a professor rank position at Providence University in Taichung (Global MBA, International College).

Her speeches topics mainly address entrepreneurship, women in leadership, joining the workforce, and cross- cultural business practices.

Revital aspires to promote Taiwan’s startup ecosystem and encourage entrepreneurs to pursue their vision. She is a mentor to many startups and often facilitates startup and technology events. 

Revital is also active in promoting diversity in the workplace. She is currently holding the chairperson position of the Women in Business Committee at the British Chamber of Commerce in Taipei.

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Fred Chak, Founder B&F Advisory

Fred is a serial entrepreneur and international speaker. His company had been featured on media such as BBC, The Economist, Wired, Forbes, Techcrunch, CNBC, and more. Apart from being awarded the most disruptive start-up by the British Royal Family, they are also voted by the public as one of the game-changers of wearable technology for 2017 and 2016 and has won the Red Dot award for best design concept award, iF award and Intel’s people’s award.

Fred’s roots are in London, with a focus in Innovation and Design. Starting out as an artist, curated art and fashion shows at the Tate Modern and ICA. Fred moved to commercial world working as a Executive Producer launching products such as the Google Live case for Google, and tech projects for clients such as Adobe, AT&T, Calvin Klein, Google, HP, IBM, Intel, Jaeger LeCoultre, McLaren, Mercedes Benz, Nokia, Samsung, Sony and Toshiba and more. Fred’s work has won over five dozen international awards, including Reddot best of the best, D&AD Yellow pencil, Webby Awards, FWA hall of fame and LA Movie Awards.

Fred has also headed positions at several reputable charities such as the being on the board of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Championship Sport WDSA, as well as being the Chairman of the Slough district Scouts in UK.

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Etienne Maré, Grillmasters Founder

Etienne has been involved in the food and beverage industry in Taiwan for many years. He started Grillmasters out of frustration at not being able to source specific food products in Taiwan. Grillmasters began importing what was needed and then producing what he needed locally. This grew into a restaurant (The Fu Bar) on Fulong beach and eventually a catering company (Deliciously Different Caterers). Etienne also works as a kitchen consultant to hotels and restaurants.

Etienne has started three small businesses in Taiwan and understands the specific difficulties that small startups face in the Taiwan market very well. He has been a vocal supporter of positive changes to make Taiwan more open and easier to operate in.
Etienne is originally from South Africa and has been in Taiwan for 17 years. Before coming to Taiwan, he worked in IT support.  Etienne was a senior support engineer for Dimension Data in Johannesburg.