NCKU’s Angel Fund Helps Students to Realize Their Entrepreneurial Dreams
成大天使金啟蒙學生創業,多元創業計畫獲得助益
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        Two university students who received Angel Fund offered by the Creativity, Innovation& Entrepreneurship Center (CIE Center) at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) setting to chase entrepreneurial dream finally paid off when they recently set up their own business, Fandora, an on-line community for the graphic artists.

        Steven Su(蘇晏良)from NCKU Institute of Computer and Communication Engineering and Adrian Chen(陳俊穎)from NCKU Institute of Physics said that we received training courses from NCKU and the NT$50,000 grant offered by Angel Fund and after we graduated we’re able to develop our own brand, Fandora.

        Fandora was established in October, 2011, and its goal is to help artists to gain profits continuing their creation, according to Su. “People can easily find the works they like and interact with the artists in Fandora.”

        Within two years, Fandora has become a famous brand name and has elected as the Star of Cultural and Creative Industry of the first session by the Ministry of Culture in Taiwan.

        Chen said, “Now, Fandora is the biggest graphic art-based platform in Taiwan, which owns about 2,000 artists, 20,000 members and more than 20,000 art works.”

        “We believe in the power of art. Not everyone can create great art works, and also not everyone have the chance to own them,” according to Chen who added that Fandora offers both artists and general public a chance to be seen and people can show their taste through owning art print products with affordable price.

        Every single sale will become the fund for the artist directly to support them create artworks, Su noted.

        Su and Chen knew each other by participation of student affairs in college. Yet it was until they attended the courses of CIE Center and were inspired by the center’s founder, Professor Harold Szu, the entrepreneurial idea has come to their mind.

        Chen said, Angel Fund was originally built for general business for speeding progress. Hence, in the beginning, they used the whole funding on purchasing equipment.

        However, compared with the other big companies such as IBM and HP which provide similar services, it’s not easy for them to gain trusts from clients. Therefore, they reoriented themselves.

        Su and Chen both appreciated the assistance CIE Center provided to them, so they can reify their ideas and created Fandora, combining the meanings of “Fan” and “Pandora box.”

        The members of Fandora are art-lovers and artists, and so far there are nearly 20,000 members. In the future, the variety of products will be broadened including notebook, book cover, and card etc, enabling customers to create their own personalized product. In present, the monthly income is about 400,000 NT dollars.

        Su said, for now there are 4 partners including 3 graduates from NCKU and 1 from NTU. Concerning future progress, he has faith that their monthly income will be up to 10 million dollars.

        In addition to the success of Fandora, CIE center has assist more than 50 student entrepreneurial projects, which includes some newly-formed companies such as EatMe, Healthlife, and Liwi, and other cases such as Jiongjiong mask designed by student from Department of Physics, children’s dental product design, Chinese-styled creative T-shirt, baseball groves for player Hong-Chih Kuo, Saving From Poverty Project, PhiStorage quantum cloud data system, Evergreen Life-kitchenware for single elders, and Soap Slicer-paper soap dispensers etc.

        用創新、創意、創業等全新思維,為教學注入一股活水的成功大學三創研發中心,啟蒙學生的創業夢,多年紮根終於顯現亮麗成果了。兩位曾接受三創研發中心課程訓練並取得天使金的資助、然後開展創業路的校友成大電通所99級蘇晏良與成大物理所100級陳俊穎,自創Fandora品牌,創業不到兩年,已擦亮品牌,獲選為文化部第一屆文創之星,美夢成真,消息傳回成大,學校師長以及學弟妹們都感到與有榮焉。

        開創Fandora品牌的成大電通所99級的蘇晏良與成大物理所100級陳俊穎,兩人在大學時代因共同參與學生事務而結為好友,但當時並沒有創業想法,直到修習了三創課程,深受三創研發中心創辦人、國際知名學者斯華齡教授的啟蒙,順利獲得三創研發中心天使金五萬元補助後,於是開啟了創業夢。

        陳俊穎說,當初的天使金計畫是為一般企業量身打造高速進行的系統,因此五萬元補助全部投入購買設備,但是相較於IBM、HP等提供同樣服務的大企業,難以取得客戶信任,因此重新思考創業的新方向。

        成大天使金對學生創業的幫助,兩人都覺得深受其惠,現在他們將獨創的概念具體呈現,創造了Fandora這個結合「Fan」以及「Pandora(潘朵拉) box」意涵,匯集藝術展示以及加值販售的社群平台,於100年11月30日正式成立,目的在讓藝術家有足夠獲利後,可以有動力持續創作。

        Fandora匯集了國內近2000名插畫家、超過20,000件創作,提供消費者自行選購圖案,印製成手機殼、T恤等,社群成員則是藝術愛好者以及藝術家,吸引近兩萬名會員。未來還將拓展商品種類,包括筆記本、書衣、卡片等等,都可以由消費者自行選印喜愛的插畫,成為個人化商品,目前月營業額為40萬。

        蘇晏良表示,現在合夥人有3名成大畢業生與1名台大畢業生,對於未來,他有信心可以上看新台幣1000萬元。他期待,成大能夠多多提供諮詢管道,繼續輔導學生創業。

        除了Fandora這個成功案例,綜觀過去,三創研發中心協助學生創業計畫超過五十件,包括正式成立公司的食我部落、澄榕資訊有限公司、LiWi股份有限公司。其他還有物理系的學生開發「囧囧罩」產品、兒童牙醫產品設計、中國風創意T恤設計、郭泓志手套設計、搶救貧窮大作戰計畫、PhiStorage量子雲資料系統、長青生活-獨居老人系列餐廚用品、Soap slicer 紙皂機等等。成大102年度天使金創業計畫評選,5月底已選出8個團隊,分別給予1-3萬元不等的補助,其中不乏亮點計畫,可望再度造就更多明日之星。

        成大三創研發中心於96年8月斯華齡講座教授應邀在成大正式成立,其天使金計畫主要在協助學生培養創意、創新和創業家精神之能力,以及增長學生判斷、分析能力,開啟實際創業機會給予學生體驗,提供生涯規劃之選擇方向,滿足社會所需及豐富學術價值。

        斯華齡講座教授因美國實驗室繁忙,不得已已回到美國,但仍關注三創的發展,不時透過網路視訊加以指導,秉持斯華齡講座教授信念的同仁也沒讓他失望持續推動三創,因此成大三創研發中心所推動的創新、創意、創業課程,不僅成大學生喜歡,名聲也遠播國外,世界各地有許多學校,包括中國的北京大學、復旦大學、清華大學、以及新加坡知名大學都曾來詢問是否可申請、加入成大三創中心的天使金計畫。