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Mayor Visits Shops, Voices Support for Industry Innovation

Mayor Ko Wen-je paid visits to Shi Zi Xuan pastry store and Camangi Corporation on December 24 to examine the results of the city government’s program to help small and medium enterprises as well as business establishments transform themselves.
Shi Zi Xuan, a traditional bakery now in the hands of the third generation, has undergone a facelift to recreate the nostalgic atmosphere of the 1930s. The retro style interior design aims to attract young customers and pass down traditional pastry culture. To show his support, Ko tried his hands at making desserts and experienced the hard work and fun from the process.
Camangi Corporation, on the other hand, is the first company to have been granted the highest subsidy—NT$5 million--from the “Project of Subsidies & Incentives for Taipei Industry.” An established textile manufacturer, Camangi has successfully extracted collagen from fish scales and incorporated the substance into apparel fiber using nanotechnology. The feat earned the company an invitation to the 2015 World Expo in Milan.
The two examples are part of the city government’s bid in 2015 to inject creative energy into industry. A total of ten stores and companies have been selected and received assistance from Department of Economic Development, be it professional advice on brand marketing or image reshaping.
According to the mayor, Taipei boasts a favorable environment for entrepreneurship. Would-be entrepreneurs are encouraged to seek consultation services through StartUP@Taipei platform (http://www.startup.taipei/)(Chinese).
More information on the city’s subsidy programs can be found at www.industry-incentive.taipei (Chinese)