The International Cooperation and Development Fund (TaiwanICDF) initiated the “2021 Development x Innovation x Sustainable Competition – Impact Frontier Lab (IF Lab)” to increase the scope of Taiwan’s official development assistance (ODA) and to support our diplomatic allies in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. With this aim in mind, we invited Taiwan’s enterprises and civil society organizations (CSOs) to brainstorm and to participate in Taiwan’s international aid efforts using their innovative technologies and services together.
This year, the TaiwanICDF has recruited impact “pioneers”, through the IF Lab, to focus on the developmental needs of Taiwan’s allied countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, including economic development, climate change, women’s empowerment, and capacity building. We have asked the participants to apply their products and expertise to propose feasible business models, and we will provide professional training, co-creation sessions, and peer-learning to incubate their creativity and facilitate more enterprises and organizations with the potential to provide development and aid to the corners of the world. Their innovative solutions will take root in Taiwan’s allied countries and showcase Taiwan’s efforts and impact on the world.
2022-12-22 2021 Impact Frontier Lab Final Presentation will be held on January 14, 2023. Do you want to know the results of the pioneer team’s action? Please click on the event registration link: www.accupass.com/go/iflabexhibition
2022-3-5 The Impact Frontier Lab Program Demo Day ended successfully today! Congratulations to Hyweb Global Technology, DOMI Earth, and Just Go Enterprise for being selected as the PIONEERS!! Also, cheers for Agriforward, who won the special judge’s prize! The four finalists above will implement their programs in our allied countries in Latin America and the Caribbean! You can watch the live stream of the Demo Day HERE.
2022-2-26 Now, you can also make an impact by VOTING FOR THE TEAM!! Before the last team’s presentation on our Demo Day, you can vote for your favorite team and help them win the pioneer prize! Click this LINK to support the most innovative and potential program!
2022-2-16 We welcome you to join the Demo Day now! The event will be held at the Creative Forum of Taiwan Design Research Institute from 13:30 to 18:30 on March 5th. Besides the final pitch, we will also have an exhibition of 10 teams’ projects. You can know about our social innovation programs by these 2 different ways! Click THIS LINK to sign up now!!
2022-2-09 Acceleration Lab- 6th Training Session: This session included two courses, one was focusing on climate change and its business opportunities to discuss the resilience of business model to climate change, and the other was on Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) development and its business opportunities to find the solution to their financial difficulties.
2022-1-26 Acceleration Lab- 5th Training Session: This session included two courses, one was focusing on smart agriculture and its business opportunities to emphasize importance of easy interaction with local farmers, and the other was on communication skills for international aid to stress the needs of satisfaction among multi-stakeholders.
2022-1-19 Acceleration Lab- 4th Training Session: We invited Dr. Ko, an expert in the Social Value Associate on Social Resource on Investment (SROI) from Ocean Affairs Council, to assist participants in anticipation of the correlation between the investments and impacts through reviewing their proposals.
2022-1-12 Acceleration Lab- 3rd Training Session: We invited Professor Huang from National Chengchi University to share how to build sustainable business models through a case study. Besides, we also invited representatives from Microsoft Taiwan and Cathay General Hospital to share their experiences in digitalization and business opportunities. To encourage and provide their insights on international aid to the participants, the Deputy Secretary-General Alex Shy of the TaiwanICDF joined the workshop and advised each team.
2022-1-5 Acceleration Lab- 2nd Training Session: We invited counselor H.F. Chen from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to share the concept of bilateral cooperation and development. Also, we invited the chief strategy officer, Calvin Lai, from National Taiwan University to give us a workshop in design thinking.
2021-12-22 Acceleration Lab- 1st Training Session: We have the Secretary General from TaiwanICDF, Timothy T. Y. Hsiang, to share the experience and strategy on Public-Private-People Partnership of TaiwanICDF in today’s session. In addition, W. Chou, the vice counselor from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs talked about her experience of participating in promoting innovation in Silicon Valley. She encouraged the teams to connect with international innovation development, let the world see Taiwan! Please check what we have learned today!
2021-12-6 We officially announced the result of the first phase competition on the TaiwanICDF website! Congratulations to the ten finalists!!
2021-11-23 The first phase competition of the Impact Frontier Lab will be held on Dec. 1st.
2021-10-26 Impact Frontier Lab Launch Press: “The 2021 Development x Innovation x Sustainable Acceleration Program – Impact Frontier Lab” has officially launched!!
Pursuing an inclusive and sustainable economy with innovative technologies, products, and services for vulnerable groups, including women, indigenous people, and citizens living in rural areas.
Improving educational accessibility and coverage through innovative technologies.
Building resilient cities and responsive capacity to climate change to benefit economic development while building a sustainable environment.
Increasing the productivity of agriculture to improve farmers’ livelihoods, and enhancing agro-processing techniques to boost the local agriculture industry.
DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION
• October 18, 2021 to November 12, 2021 23:59 (Taipei: GMT+08:00)
Please fill in the online application form (https://www.surveycake.com/s/2wBq4).
Upon receiving your application, the organizer (TaiwanICDF) will send you a confirmation letter with a link to upload the abstract of your proposal.
To complete the application process, please upload your proposal as a PDF file before 23:59, November 12th, 2021 (Taipei Time, UTC+8).
Evaluation Criteria for first phase of the competition
Innovation 25%: Does the proposal include new insights and propose innovative solutions? Does the proposal utilize innovative products, technologies and/or services?
Effectiveness 25%: Can the proposal solve the core challenges of Taiwan’s diplomatic allies? What are the short-term, mid-term and long-term impacts of the project?
Efficiency 25%: Does the organization have the capacity to implement the project? Is its budget reasonable?
Practicability 25%: Does the proposal have a sustainable business model? Does the organization have a reliable financial source or any previous successful practice?
Competition Phase 1 Evaluation Process
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Honduras: There is a huge gap between urban and rural areas in Honduras. Importing agricultural machinery to enhance agro-business efficiency and developing agro-products (such as avocado derivatives) and their markets are necessary for Honduras. In addition, Taiwanese enterprises and organizations have the potential to assist the rural economy by promoting the traditional and unique culture of Honduras, due to its indigenous culture, textiles, and pottery, which are attractive to international tourists.
Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis: The tourism industry is a keystone of the national development vision of St. Christopher and Nevis. However, tourism to the country is still underdeveloped. Taiwan has had a successful experience applying the cultural and creative industries to tourism over many years. Taiwanese enterprises are able to apply Taiwanese models to improve the processing techniques for agro-products and create brands with local features. In addition, they could also assist SMEs with the provision of loans or technologies.
Haiti: Charcoal is Haiti’s primary fuel, but the process of charcoal production continues to damage the forests. Even while the country’s forest coverage rate has fallen to 5%, Haitian’s still choose charcoal, causing significantly greater environmental damage, rather than using the higher-priced gas fuel. Rice is the main food crop in Haiti, and converting rice straw into biofuel is practical and has long been studied in Taiwan. It would be a remarkable and breakthrough if the techniques of converting rice straw into biomass fuels could be applied in Haiti.
Belize: Since many rural villages in Belize are far away from the main water pipelines, local water corporations are unable to extend their services to those places. However, according to the Belize National Weather Service, rainfall from June to November in Belize is enough to cover local use if a rainwater storage system is constructed in rural villages. The TaiwanICDF hopes Taiwanese enterprises and organizations can combine local infrastructure and water purification systems to improve the accessibility of clean water resources in Belize.
Saint Lucia: The TaiwanICDF is cooperating with the government of Saint Lucia on the Project for ICT in Education. However, the local primary and secondary schools as well as public libraries lack digital libraries and managerial systems, slowing the development of digital education and e-learning. Moreover, students’ written and artistic works are not effectively preserved or shared, an obstacle to the effective accumulation of experience and learning. There is a need for businesses and CSOs to find innovative solutions to these weaknesses.
Federation of Saint Christopher and Nevis: The Saint Kitts and Nevis government is putting more emphasis on educational technology resources for local elementary and middle schools and is focusing especially on mathematics and applied science. By promoting informatization and digitalization, and equipping them with educational technologies and resources, the TaiwanICDF expects to help more students align with global trends and widen their horizons.
Guatemala: In Guatemala, indigenous women suffer from gender and racial inequality in work opportunities and wages. The Taiwanese enterprises and organizations could develop assistance in integrating community resources and lowering the barriers for women entrepreneurs with the provision of various gender-friendly business opportunities.
Paraguay: In response to COVID-19, Paraguay is improving digitalization among its industries. The TaiwanICDF has launched the Project to Strengthen Capacity to Support Development of MSMEs in Paraguay, in order to expand and accelerate the growth of the fashion industry and its development. The TaiwanICDF encourages Taiwanese enterprises and organizations to bring over more digital resources and virtual tools, such as virtual fitting rooms and other marketing tools for a better online consumer experience.