Application deadline: January 22nd

Week 1: March 5 (Austin)

Sprint to SXSW

Networking Skills

Pitch Training



Pre-Primer (Remote)

Intro to STEEP!

Assessing Company needs

Industry specific Mentor



Week 2: March 12 (Austin)
SXSW & Taiwan Spotlight

Dates: March 2nd to March 19th, 2018

Representatives from FIVE Taiwanese startups will be chosen to fly to Austin, TX to attend the STEEP! Networking Primer Program and SXSW interactive conference.





This two-week intensive Program hosted by STEEP! is designed for Taiwanese startups aiming to tap into the US market by helping them boost their personal and professional international network.


Benefits: Selected teams will receive a two-week networking primer hosted by STEEP!, including introduction to company specific STEEP! mentors, programming to enhance your networking skills, followed by participation at the world renowned SXSW interactive conference, and a closing networking event.


The two-week schedule will include 1:1 mentor sessions, lining up of meetings before and during SXSW, networking tips and coaching, complimentary working space and accomodation, $1K USD stipend/team for travel cost, free SXSW interactive badge (worth $1.3K USD), and a closing networking event.


Teams are encouraged to bring one additional team member at their own travel expense and STEEP! will cover housing, work space, and SXSW badge for the additional team member.

Language requirement: The exchange program will primarily take place in English.


Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a Taiwan-based tech startup, with R&D primarily taking place in Taiwan

  • Must have a Taiwanese founder or Co-founder

  • Product must have international potential, with a plan to expand into US

  • Team must have at minimum a working prototype (hardware) or open beta (software) & existing traction

  • Founder or Co-Founder must be able to introduce the product in English

  • Team must already be registered as a business in Taiwan





To ensure the commitment of the startup team member, we will collect a small monetary deposit per person at the beginning of the program. Upon successful completion of the program and the required feedback form at the end of your experience, your deposit will be returned to you in full.

Application Deadline is January 22nd Monday at 2 pm Taiwan Time

Select startups will be scheduled to have an online meeting over Skype with STEEP! between Jan 23rd - Feb 1st for STEEP!

Selected teams will be notified by Friday, Feb. 2nd at 2 pm Taiwan Time.