Entrepreneurship is a calling, said Bernard Chan, Founder, ALPHA Camp, a Taiwan-based 10-week accelerator programme that aims to help people launch new careers in the startup scene.
But that call cannot be answered if budding entrepreneurs do not have a certain set of skills needed to build a product. These skills can range from web development to digital marketing to basic networking. Fortunately for founders-to-be, these skills can be picked up at various startup schools.
ALPHA Camp, for example, is one such place. Started in March 2013, the programme will be graduating its second batch of participants this Saturday. Each batch has about 10 to 20 people, said Chan, who added that he wishes to see it grow to an ideal size of 30 one day.
In addition to launching recruitment efforts for its third batch of students, Chan told this author about a brand new ‘Million Dollar Scholarships Program’ (in NTD, which converts to about US$33,341) supported by a number of venture capital firms and startups like Pinehurst Advisors, WritePath, EZTABLE, and Cherubic Ventures.
This upcoming programme will support 10 students for ALPHA Camp’s web/iOS development courses, and two students for the programme’s marketing and growth courses. For the record, the former will cost NTD 48,000 (US$1,601) per student and the latter will cost NTD 32,000 (US$1,067) per student.
One thing to note is that most classes will be conducted in Mandarin. Chan explained, “Classes in English are not very effective here.” However, he did express interest in having students from other countries in the region, like Singapore and Malaysia.