Epoch Foundation (Garage+ Incubator)

Joining the Epoch Foundation ( in 1998, Ms. Chao’s roleas a president is to build connections between Epoch and the world renownedinstitutes, 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 “Young Entrepreneurs of the Future (YEF)” program( in 2003, promoting domestic entrepreneurial education and activities that keep pace with international trends. Over the past years, YEF has gained a high reputation among Taiwan’s universities and industries. YEF 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+(, focuses on early stage technology-based startups in IOT, computing, healthcare & MedTech, and new agriculture. Garage+ has facilitated 435 startups, including 216 teams from worldwide, and reached 75% successful funding rate.