Taiwan’s foreign business community
Taiwan has a vibrant foreign business community with people from all over the world. You can make new business connections and get to know the lay of the land from people who perhaps have been in your situation.
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There are many chambers of commerce for companies from various geographical areas and business segments.
Which one to join?
The different chambers have different mixes of services and activities.
The European Chamber of Commerce (ECCT) and the American Chamber Commerce Taipei (AmCham) are the two leading foreign business organizations for communication with the Taiwan government.
Every year they assemble and present to the government the opinions from their members about rules and regulations that they think should be changed.
ECCT – Position Papers
AmCham – White Papers
Each chamber have committees you can join that deals with specific industries or issues like alcohol, healthcare, or better living.
All of the chambers have networking events or classes where you can meet new people, connect with decision makers or educate yourself or your employees.
A few times a year, the chambers together organize a joint event called an All Chamber Happy Hour. As long as you are a member of one of the Chambers, you are welcome to attend this event and have the chance to network with people from all the chambers.
It takes one to know one: the people who understand entrepreneurs the most are entrepreneurs. Founder Squad is a network 100% composed and organized by active entrepreneurs selected for their commitment to help each other. Every month, they hold structured, members-only meetings where they address their most challenging business situations together.
The French Chamber of Commerce Taipei (CCIFT) concentrates on SMEs from all over the world. They not only offer networking opportunities and workshops, they also have their own business center where any startup or small business that would like to find a foreign community in Taiwan can rent a small office or a desk.
Trade offices and embassies
Some of the other well known chambers are:
American Chamber of Commerce in Taichung
American Chamber of Commerce in Kaohsiung
British Chamber of Commerce in Taipei
Australian and New Zealand Chamber of Commerce
Japan Interchange Association in Taipei
Japan Interchange Association in Kaohsiung
Korean Chamber of Commerce in ROC
Canadian Chamber of Commerce Taiwan
Swedish Chamber of Commerce Taiwan
Austrian Taipei Society
There are several websites, online communities and Facebook groups where you can get more information about entrepreneurship in Taiwan and meet like-minded people.
Taiwanease is a community online and offline for foreigners in Taiwan.
Forumosa is the oldest online community for foreigners in Taiwan.
Start a Business in Taiwan is a website and International entrepreneur community organized by Elias Ek, the author of the book How to Start a Business in Taiwan and his company Enspyre. Since 2005 they periodically organize events for entrepreneurs.
If you are living in Kaohsiung you might want to join this Facebook groups of entrepreneurs, many of them International.
Another important part of the foreign community is the Foreign Community Center. They concentrate on the well-being of people and families and provide a lot of fantastic services like counselling and coaching.
Coming to a new country and culture is not always easy, the Foreign Community Center can help to assist the transition.
The Red Room
The Red Room is an English-language non-profit community for positive and creative people like performers and entrepreneurs. Red Room is organized by a fantastic team of volunteers that attract a crowd of 100-150 to listen to and appreciate anyone with something to share. Attend, listen, participate and charge up your creative powers!