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Cultivating Innovative Ideas at the Practical Creativity Center
NTHU’s Practical Creativity Center was established last year by the Tsing Hua Entrepreneur Network (TEN) as a place for students to cultivate their ideas and hone their entrepreneurial skills. Set up with funds raised by NTHU alumni, the Center has generated lots of interest, and during its first year of operation has established eight entrepreneurial teams.
 
TEN is composed of NTHU alumni who use their entrepreneurial experience to help NTHU students make their creative ideas bear fruit.
 
Sharon Liao, chairwoman of the TEN Incubation Corporation and one of the founding members of the Center, said that its main purpose is to guide students in developing practical applications for their creative ideas.
 
 
The Center has two venues on the NTHU campus: the Creativity Café (room 208 in the Lee Tsen Min Building, also known as the Green Energy Teaching and Research Building), and the Creativity Garage (room 518 in the Innovation Incubation Center). The former serves as a lively place for exploring ideas, networking, and forming partnerships; the latter is mainly for such advanced work as writing business plans, discussing business models, finding resources, and locating funding.
 
The Quarter to TEN Platform, which was established by the TEN for students as an interdisciplinary communication platform, regularly hosts brainstorming sessions for student groups as the Zai Wu (載物) College in the Creativity Café.
 
In March of this year the first entrepreneurial team was established at the Creativity Garage, and at present there are a total of eight teams: UniFire, Frismo, Let We Care, 1Strainer, AGeek, Youzipu, Cellscout.biotech, and Sista Closet. Once a new team registers, the Garage holds a matchmaking event so that each team is matched up with two mentors.
 
The Garage has recruited a pool of 43 volunteer mentors from amongst the membership of TEN and NTHU’s EMBA program. Some mentors provide guidance in such broad areas as regulations and finance, while others offer expertise in such specialized areas as semiconductors, biotechnology, and the Internet of things. Based on their rich experience, the mentors guide the team members through the maze of entrepreneurship.
 
The Garage also organizes entrepreneurial workshops focusing on such topics as marketing, building a brand name, product design, and funding sources. In addition to acquiring basic entrepreneurial knowledge, participants engage in interactive discussions and learn various approaches for solving the problems encountered while setting up a business.
 
Liao said that she is looking forward to increasing numbers of people participating in the Center’s activities, and that the Center is currently working on further integrating various resources so as to make NTHU an even more friendly environment for entrepreneurship. The Garage will soon begin recruiting its second batch of teams, and welcomes all interested students to participate.
 
The house warming party celebrating the Creativity Café’s first anniversary.

The house warming party celebrating the Creativity Café’s first anniversary.

The Creativity Garage located in the Innovation Incubation Center.

The Creativity Garage located in the Innovation Incubation Center.

Mentors and students meet at the Creativity Garage.

Mentors and students meet at the Creativity Garage.

A brainstorming session at the Creativity Garage.

A brainstorming session at the Creativity Garage.

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