JOSEPHINE CHAO – Taiwan

President,
Epoch Foundation (Garage+ Incubator)

Joining the Epoch Foundation ( www.epoch.org.tw ) in 1998, Ms.Chao’s role as a president is to build connections between Epoch and the world renowned institutes, such as MIT IMD, and UC Berkeley. Ms.Chao helps the foundation to bridge up-to- date technology and innovations between academics and industries to facilitate industrial development with the mission of promoting economic prosperity in the Asia Pacific region.

To nurture the next generation’s global vision and ability to compete, Ms.Chao initiated “the Epoch School” program (https://school.epoch.org.tw/)in 1998, promoting domestic entrepreneurial education and activities that keep pace with
international trends. Over the past years, Epoch School has gained a high reputation among Taiwan’s universities and industries. Epoch School has had a great impact on more than 3,000 qualified young entrepreneurs. They either devoted themselves as professionals to companies or NGOs, started up over 60 companies, or even focused on academic research, all making their contribution to the society. In 2008, Ms.Chao took one step forward and launched an incubator
program, Garage⁺ (http://www.garageplus.asia/) focuses on early stage technology based startups in IOT, computing, h ealthcare & MedTech, and new agriculture. Garage+ has facilitated 300 startups, including 139 teams from worldwide, and reached 75% successful funding rate.