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Business  7, Apr 2014

Orange Japan brings startup accelerator programme to Seoul and Taipei

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Applications to handpick five to six startups in each of the two places will open this mid-May. The programme will launch in September

A session with Robert Laing, Founder, Gengo at Orange Fab (Japan)
Image Credit: Orange Fab Asia

Orange Japan, the Japanese subsidiary of French telecom conglomerate Orange, today announced that it will be bringing its startup accelerator programme Orange Fab to Seoul, Korea and Taipei, Republic of China. This piece of news comes shortly after the firm’s update about entering Asia with Orange Fab in Tokyo, Japan two months ago.

Having started with its first batch of eight startups, the firm will hold its first Demo Day in Tokyo this May and another one in Paris, France this June. As for startups who might be interested in applying for Seoul and Taipei, applications will be opened this mid-May. The programme, on the other hand, will launch in September, in conjunction with season 2 in Tokyo.

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Orange Japan noted in an official statement that the firm will be selecting five to six startups to participate in the three-month programme in Seoul and Taipei respectively. Prerequisites to join the programme include having an existing product, which should either be in advanced beta phase, or have already launched.

In conversation with e27, Hiroshi Nishikawa, Partnership Manager, Orange Labs Tokyo said, “… We think the programme is going pretty well, as planned at this moment.”

In the next season, the firm will put even more effort in finding relevant and suitable contacts within the Orange group for each startup during the screening process. “Through the first programme, we learnt (more) about our organisation than before, so I believe the next season will be smoother,” he added.

Elaine Huang

Elaine Huang

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