Innovation and Incubation Center
The Innovation and Incubation Center, orginally established as the Enterprise Incubation Center, creates a low-cost environment for small and medium-sized enterprises to enhance their competitiveness. The Center provides entrepreneurs with direct access to SOM faculty’s expertise in marketing, human resources, finance, and other business-related fields. Since the establishment of the Center in 1999, 96 enterprises have been successfully incubated, and 19 are currently in process. It has won several incubation center awards in the past few years.
- In 2013, the Enterprise Incubation Center (EIC) was awarded the top prize in the “Best Incubation Center for Women Entrepreneurs” category.
- In 2012, the EIC was awarded the second prize in the “Best Incubation Center for Non-Conventional Young Entrepreneurs” category.
- In 2011, EIC garnered “Outstanding Incubation Center” award as well as “the Most Popular Incubation Center” award. The awards mentioned herein are granted by the Small and Medium Enterprise Administration in the Taiwan Ministry of Economic Affairs.
Finance Research Center
The Finance Research Center, operated by SOM faculty, provides consulting services to local firms and organizations, and fosters synergy between academic resources and business practices. By offering high quality services, the Center has been engaged by regional clients for consulting. Through successful projects, the Center helps to promote the brand name of SOM while providing an important link between the SOM and the community. During 2009-14, the Finance Research Center received total government funding of USD 837,700, resulting in 10 peer-reviewed papers, 4 patents, as well as 11 tools for perspective companies
Enterprise Service Center
In Spring 2015, the SOM established the Enterprise Service Center to connect students, faculty and local community. The Center is a window for faculty members to take on consulting projects with local companies and to engage students while they work on such projects. Two consulting projects were conducted with the support of the Center:
- The Hakka Cuisine Award: For this event held with the Taoyuan City Government, under the supervision of Dr. Chen, Hsiu-Li, 15 students took part in developing proposals and performing at the event. In the process, students learned to deal with scheduling, planning, operational problems, and tried to bring about innovative solutions to make the event successful.
- Opening a Restaurant in Quanzhou, China: The students worked as a team, under Dr. Wan, Tung-Hsuan’s supervision, to consult for a company in Quanzhou, China, to launch a new restaurant. Eight senior students stayed in China for around 40 days to develop and implement projects on recruiting, financial planning, and marketing entry strategy. The restaurant opened in September 2015