The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) led a delegation of 26 companies with over 30 participants from its regions to COMPUTEX Taipei 2023, the second-largest trade show dedicated to the information and communications technology (ICT) industry.
The group was formed of 26 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and high-potential startups from the Bank’s flagship Star Venture programme, with over 30 participants from 12 of the 38 economies where the EBRD invests joining both the COMPUTEX and InnoVEX events. This selection of companies specialise in a wide range of products and services within the ICT Industry. EBRD visitors also had the chance to connect with other entrepreneurs and exchange industry insights.
Participation in the trade show was supported by the TaiwanBusiness – EBRD Technical Cooperation Fund.
Facilitated by the Bank’s Business Matching and Development programme, which promotes international business exchange and knowledge transfer, the global exhibition aimed to raise the profile of SMEs pioneering digital technologies for innovation and sustainable solutions.
In addition, the programme promotes the business matching activities of SMEs in ICT, helping them access international know-how, gain new skills, and establish successful cross-regional business networks and partnerships to become more competitive.
ICT, a rapidly growing sector in the EBRD’s regions, presents strong business development opportunities for SMEs. High-tech enterprises drive innovative solutions to emerging global challenges and have an important role to play in fostering a diversified, sustainable economy that encourages competitiveness and access to foreign markets.
Three companies were selected from a pool of ICT pioneers to exhibit their business at the EBRD’s pavilion in InnoVEX and pitch their technologies to manufacturers and prospective buyers.
Among them were “CyberTalents” from Egypt, an end-to-end talent platform to assess, upskill, and hire cybersecurity talent; “easySales” from Romania, which champions a technology that enables merchants to integrate e-commerce platforms with marketplaces, billing software, and couriers or fulfilment centers in minutes and without coding; and finally “InAccel” from Greece, which provides FPGA-based acceleration solutions for data centers and cloud providers, enabling high-performance and cost-effective computing for AI/ML, HPC, and big data workloads.