Elias Ek, Ensprye co-founder and CEO
Elias Ek is passionate about helping Taiwan by enabling foreign entrepreneurs. He is the author of the book, “How to Start a Business in Taiwan” http://startabusinessintaiwan.tw/ and organizer of many entrepreneur events over the last 17 years. He is the co-founder and CEO of B2B Marketing firm Enspyre http://www.enspyre.com/ and co-founder and COO of Smart Hotel IoT start-up Docceo http://docceo.com/.
In 2005, Enspyre organized the first ever seminar for foreign entrepreneurs. Mr. Ek is now active with the French Chamber of Commerce and other groups, like the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, to support foreign entrepreneurs. He also consultants with the Taiwan and Taipei Governments regarding entrepreneurship in general and especially foreign entrepreneurs. In 2011, Enspyre, Yushan Ventures and Taiwan Professional Group brought Startup Weekend to Taiwan.
Mr. Ek is from Sweden, but moved to the US in 1994, studied in Japan 1996, and since 2000 lives in Taiwan.
Revital Shpangental Golan, Anemone Ventures founder and CEO
Anemone Ventures is a management consulting firm supporting technological start-ups and SMEs entering Asia. With in-depth industry knowledge, strong focus on innovation and technologies Anemone Ventures enables its clients to broaden their technological offerings and capabilities. Anemone Ventures’ reach has brought forward partnerships, co-developments, sales growth and strategic alliances in diverse technological sectors.
Originally from Israel, Revital lived and worked in Asia since 1999 and has extensive experience with all aspects of establishment and roll-out of business entities in Asia including Singapore, South Korea, HK and Taiwan. Intrigued by the opportunities of bringing innovation and new technologies to Taiwan, Revital founded Anemone Ventures in 2009. Revital is also a governor on the American Chamber’s board and a co-chair of the American Chamber’s Technology Committee. Revital holds a BA in Economics and an Executive Master’s degree in Finance from the City University of New York.
Kelvin Sun, Vice President WI Harper Group
Kelvin is focused on investment in Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) Sector. He is actively involved in identifying and evaluating investment in Mobile Internet, IOE, and software/hardware integration space. Prior to WI Harper, Kelvin was responsible for leading Global Business Development and Technical Marketing for Cloud-Computing startups, overseeing and creating new business opportunities. Kelvin also had more than 10 years of experience in Semi-conductor, Mobile platform and Telecom industry during his career in Ericsson and varies projects from Enterprise ERP, IT consulting to city-wise Taipei WiFi deployment and other new technologies.
Kelvin received his bachelor degree in Information Technology specialized in Management Information System from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Rupert Cao, Deputy Director for Trade and Investment at Canadian Trade Office in Taipei
Mr. Rupert Cao joined the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in 2009. Previously he was Vice Consul and Trade Commissioner responsible for Sustainable Technologies, Education and S&T at the Consulate General of Canada in Guangzhou and Vice Consul and Trade Commissioner responsible for Investment, Financial Services, Mining and Advanced Manufacturing at the Consulate General of Canada in Shanghai. At headquarters in Ottawa, he undertook assignments in the Office of the Minister of International Trade, the Invest in Canada Bureau and the Trade Policy Negotiations Division for Asia.
Prior to joining the Government of Canada, Mr. Cao worked as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers in the mining and financial services practice. He obtained a HBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.