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Foundation helps bring first ever MIT Beyond Food Bootcamp to Taiwan

TAIPEI - The Hao-Shi Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology cooperate to bring a crash course for potential entrepreneurs in the food industry to Taiwan.

The MIT Beyond Food Bootcamp, to be held in Hsinchu County from Sept. 10 to Sept. 15, is the first time the institute holds an MIT Bootcamp on a specific field, Anson Chiu, CEO of Hao-Shi Foundation, pointed out.

The MIT Bootcamps are highly selective - usually with an enrolment rate of around 5 percent - the targets applicants from all over the world. According to MIT, the Beyond Food Bootcamp will focus on sustainability, transparency and health, exploring the breadth and diversity of the food life-cycle journey from growing food sustainably, food innovations, health and wellness and all the way to waste and recycling.

The bootcamp comprises intense courses and events that help potential entrepreneurs to experience the steps of starting a business from identifying a problem, finding a solution and turning that solution into a viable business. It is so intense there will probably be little sleeping involve in the duration of the bootcamp, Chiu said.

Shiu explained that the Beyond Food Bootcamp came to fruition after the Hao-Shu Foundation took it vision - to help create innovative and sustainable food/farming businesses and to help young people start their own business - to the MIT. MIT is a cradle for innovators and food startups are some of the hottest enterprises in recent year so it is a natural match.

MIT will send a strong team of lecturers, entrepreneurs and MIT Bootcamp alumni to the Taiwan event. The Hao-Shi Foundation, on the other hand, grants scholarships and other forms of help to the 11 Taiwanese candidates selected for the Beyond Food Bootcamp and provides logistical assistance for the event.

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