Josephine Chao

Josephine Chao

Vice President, Epoch Foundation

Joining the Epoch Foundation (www.epoch.org.tw) in 1998, Ms. Chao’s role as a vice president is to build connections between Epoch and the world renowned institutes, such as MIT, IMD, and UC Berkeley. Ms. Chao helps the foundation to bridge up-to-date technology and innovations between academics and industries to facilitate industrial development with the mission of promoting economic prosperity in the Asia Pacific region.

To nurture the next generation’s global vision and ability to compete, Ms. Chao initiated the “Young Entrepreneurs of the Future (YEF)” program (www.entrepreneurship.net.tw) in 2003, promoting domestic entrepreneurial education and activities that keep pace with international trends. Over the past years, YEF has gained a high reputation among Taiwan’s universities. In 2013, ten Taiwanese universities offered official credits to students who participate in YEF. Since its inception in 2003, YEF has had a great impact on more than 2,000 qualified young entrepreneurs. They either devoted themselves as professionals to companies or NGOs; started up over 20 companies, or even focused on academic research, all making their contribution to the society. In 2012, Ms. Chao took one step forward and launched Garage+ (www.garageplus.asia), which is an incubator and focuses on early stage start-ups in Technology, Healthcare & MedTech, Design & Life Style, and Agriculture industries. Ms. Chao has provided entrepreneurs in Taiwan and abroad with an integrated platform of diverse resources ranging from entrepreneurship courses, mentoring, human-resource matching to seed funding over the last 12 years.

Before Ms. Chao joined Epoch, she worked in communications and public relations for over ten years, serving as a consultant for government, industry, and charitable organizations.