SPARK Accel by Taiwanese American Citizens League

SPARK Accel by Taiwanese American Citizens League

SPARK Accel is a virtual accelerator and community for Taiwanese American founders. We seek to inspire, educate, and accelerate the growth of the entrepreneurs and the businesses they lead. SPARK Accel is an initiative under the Taiwanese American Citizens League, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of Taiwanese Americans.

SPARK Accel by Taiwanese American Citizens League

SPARK Accel is a virtual accelerator and community for Taiwanese American founders. We seek to inspire, educate, and accelerate the growth of the entrepreneurs and the businesses they lead. SPARK Accel is an initiative under the Taiwanese American Citizens League, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of Taiwanese Americans.

About the Organization:

SPARK Accel is a virtual accelerator and community for Taiwanese American founders. We seek to inspire, educate, and accelerate the growth of the entrepreneurs and the businesses they lead. SPARK Accel is an initiative under the Taiwanese American Citizens League, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of Taiwanese Americans.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Texas

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

0-5 Years

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Texas

The Issue:

The Taiwanese American community and the impact that we have made on society are often unknown or misattributed due to political reasons, identity confusion, and little institutional support. As a result, we have found it challenging to contribute our skills and be recognized for it as a member of the Taiwanese American community. The lack of publicity leads to fewer recognizable Taiwanese American role models, which imprints the message in the younger generation that "they cannot do this." In addition, we strive to break the "bamboo ceiling" for Taiwanese Americans and the misconception that we are not fit to be leaders. Finally, we are dedicated to mitigating the fear of risk taking, which is still culturally embedded in our community. Making a big impact requires taking risks.

The Solution:

SPARK Accel provides a platform that celebrates Taiwanese American entrepreneurs -- both successful and notable ones as well as first-time founders. We seek to build and strengthen the Taiwanese American entrepreneurial community, so that we can deliver a larger impact on the broader community (regardless of race and ethnicity). Furthermore, we support Taiwanese American founders and want to ensure that they operate and are seen as leaders. By building a supportive community around them and providing some financial support, we encourage first-time founders to take risks that they otherwise would not.

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