Empowering the startup ecosystem in Taiwan

Qualcomm Innovate in Taiwan Challenge – 2021

About the Qualcomm Innovate in Taiwan Challenge

The Qualcomm® Innovate in Taiwan Challenge (QITC) 2021 is a continuation of an initiative by Qualcomm, run by its affiliate Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), that was started in 2019 to support the development of Taiwan’s ICT ecosystem by identifying and nurturing innovative, new small and medium-sized companies and products. This Qualcomm initiative is a collaboration with Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA) to support the growth of Taiwanese startups in areas such as 5G, cellular connected IoT, machine learning, smart cities, and multimedia with our mobile platforms and technologies.

Building upon Qualcomm’s longstanding support of Taiwan’s ICT ecosystem, QITC contributes to Taiwan’s "Asian Silicon Valley" – part of the national policy vision of “Digital Nation, Smart Island”. Qualcomm aims to facilitate the integration of international and Taiwanese innovative ideas and technologies developments to boost innovation in Taiwan, enable new ICT industry dynamics in Taiwan, and raise the competitiveness of Taiwanese start-ups on the global stage.

In addition to a grant available to each selected startup, the Challenge offers coaching and technical training, provides access to world-class engineering resources for product development, and encourages startups' protection of inventions through patent filing.

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Mar 4, 2021


Qualcomm Innovate in Taiwan Challenge

Program Benefits in QITC 2021


Financial Grants to Support Incubation: Up to 10 shortlisted companies will each be eligible to receive a grant of USD 10,000 to support incubation, with additional prize money awarded to the top three finalists at the conclusion of the incubation period.


Patent Filing Incentive: Each startup will be eligible to receive USD 2,500 for each utility patent application filed with either the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) or Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) which relate to proposals for QITC 2021 (at the prevailing exchange rate). Limited to two patent applications per startup. Please see official rules for full details.


Access to Accelerator Program Services: Qualcomm, with partners such as Taiwan Tech Arena (TTA), will offer workshops and training on a range of topics such as operations, customer development, competitive analysis, product management, global market entry strategy, mastering the pitch, and fundraising. Frequent coaching and mentoring sessions from subject matter experts in these areas will be offered to interested startups.


Ongoing Technical and R&D Support: Qualcomm will offer technical support to all startups at no additional cost, which will include business and technical guidance, laboratory access, as well as problem-solving support from local Qualcomm teams.


Qualcomm Innovate in Taiwan Challenge 2021 is a single cycle incubation from May to November 2021.

  • Application Phase (January through March 2021): Roadshows to introduce the program and online submission of ideas/products. For details of roadshows, please visit the roadshow registration website.
  • Shortlist Selection (April 2021): Up to 10 teams will be selected through a jury process and will each be eligible to receive a grant of up to USD 10,000 during the Incubation Phase.
  • Incubation Phase (May to November 2021): Shortlisted companies will be eligible to receive the grant and patent filing incentives, and receive support during the incubation period including seminars from subject matter experts, technical support from Qualcomm, and assistance from Intellectual Property specialists.
  • Finale (December 2021): One winner and two runner ups will be selected by a jury of industry leaders and receive cash awards of USD 125,000, USD 100,000 or USD 75,000 respectively.

Note: the above timeline may be subject to change.

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