| 2006 Plans to provide enterprise advice to the cultural innovation industry
Most industries that are labor-intensive and science and technology intensive, are very easily imitated, and unable to maintain their competitive advantage for long. Enduring competitive advantage can only be created within an economic system that is founded upon a rich culture. But such a system requires innovativeness as its core skill in order to lend momentum and value to economic development.This is why the cultural innovation industry has become an important indicator of national competitiveness all over the world.
In 2005, the National Youth Commission was widely praised for adopting the cultural innovation industry as the sector in which to organize its competitive activities in youth entrepreneurial planning. For that reason, in 2006, it will prepare a complete Cultural Innovation Industry Advice Plan, in order to continue to instill in young people the entrepreneurial spirit of that industry. It hopes, by so doing, to create a rich combination of young people’s creative, business, scientific and technological, and artistic culture, in order to forge from Taiwan’s economic environment a new, uncontested market and achieve the goals of economic growth and improvements in the quality of life.
Two. Putting the strategy into effect.
(I) Establish a framework for a complete Cultural Innovation Industry Youth Enterprise Advice Plan (as in Figure 1)
(II) Enterprise education stage: Hold Youth Enterprise Plan Competitions to raise young people’s entrepreneurial interests and aspirations.
(III) Enterprise cultivation stage: Cultural Innovation Industry Youth Enterprise Advice and Cultivation Plan
- Research and study camps on the process of enterprise planning competitions. Turning creativity into actual products. Post-competition study and development.
- Establish platforms for the exchange of enterprise information.
- Advise young people at universities and junior colleges on the establishment of enterprise study associations on campus.
- Hold youth enterprise seminars.
- Hold specialist youth entrepreneur cultivation classes
- Integrate advisory counselors with the enterprise advice network as the backbone of the cultivation stage
(IV) Enterprise Advice Stage
1. Seek Cultural Innovation Industry Youth Enterprise Investment Funds, to assist young people in actually starting businesses.
2. Post-start-up advice and tracking.
Three. Specific measures.
I. Enterprise education stage
Enterprise enriches life. Culture lends substance to society. Innovation not only creates business opportunities, but is also the very basis of business competition, the key to business operations. The fusion of the cultural industries and innovation, moreover, will assist with driving the creative and aesthetic economy, which brings added value to culture. That is why the cultural innovation industry is an important item in the Challenge 2008 national development plan.
To accompany the introduction of this policy, the National Youth Commission uses its limited resources to bring young people and creativity together; In 2005, to raise entrepreneurial interests and aspirations among young people, it held Cultural Innovation Industry Youth Enterprise Plan Competition activities and chose as their themes, “the music industry” and “product design,” both of which are youth-intensive. It will continue this year to hold these competitions, and will produce a comprehensive plan incorporating the initial enterprise education stage, the intermediate enterprise cultivation stage, and the follow-up advisory system in order to make the advancement of the youth cultural innovation industry as comprehensive as possible. The hope is to inject the ingenuity of innovation into our cultural assets, to breathe new life into culture, to enable the cultural industry to claim new entrepreneurial territory.
(I) Cultural Innovation Industry Youth Enterprise Plan Competition Activity Series One — the music industry.
This series is planned to proceed from school campuses and expand outwards towards the business world, and is aimed mainly at current university and junior college students. It is still conducted in accordance with the three stages shown in Figure Two, namely: enterprise competition, research and study camps, guidance from professional experts, as well as stage by stage handling of enterprise competitions, plus follow-up advice (seminars, specialist classes and industrial experience provided throughout the administrative areas of Taiwan). It aims to find greater business resources to be exploited, to increase participation by practitioners, and to create all the more business possibilities.
(II) Cultural Innovation Industry Youth Enterprise Plan Competition Activity Series Two — Native Trends
In line with the Executive Yuan’s Six Star Plan for a Healthy Community, recruit young people of 35 years of age or under to take part in competitions either on their own or as part of a team. Encourage young people and students to cherish their native place, to return to their native places to set up businesses, to realize policy goals of enterprise on the spot.
Target participants are young people of 35 and under. Activities are conducted in the following three stages: research and study camps, guidance by professional experts, and stage by stage handling of enterprise competitions, with relevant follow-up advice also provided (seminars, specialist classes, and industrial experience, provided throughout the administrative areas of Taiwan). Competition content is comprised of elements of local, Taiwanese culture, as indicated by current trends, and young people are advised to exert their creativity, study business management skills, and develop traditional, local products that have vitality and spirit, to create a commodity-based, vibrant, local economy, to inject the water of life into the cultural innovation industry.
II. Enterprise cultivation stage
Provide accurate information about starting a business and about business trends, in order to minimize future business risks and maximize success rates, using a comprehensive and diverse Cultural Innovation Industry Enterprise Cultivation Plan to do so.
- Research and study camps on the process of enterprise planning competitions. Turning creativity into actual products. Post-competition study and development. During the competition process, apart from providing actual funding to assist participating teams with the transformation of their creative ideas into actual products, and organizing visits by young people — during the study camps — to cultural innovation businesses to enable them to learn about how the industry actually operates, the National Youth Commission, once the competition is over, will provide mediation where possible to enable those of the prize-winning teams which wish to do so to gain practical learning and creative experiences with businesses. In addition, while competition activities are being publicized, the participants from 2005 will be invited to do the rounds promoting the scheme by speaking of their own experiences, increasing the reach of the events.
- Establish platforms for the exchange of enterprise information. Establish information about enterprise teachers, materials, product databases, enterprise investment funds, to provide youngsters with entrepreneurial direction, to assist the best of the teams participating in the Commission’s enterprise competitions to expand their sales, to encourage youngsters to transform their creativity into enterprise, and provide investing businesses or other organizations with opportunities to engage in enterprise partnering activities.
- Advise young people at universities and junior colleges on the establishment of enterprise study associations on campus. Advise at least 12 institutions about establishing enterprise study associations, providing teachers and curriculum information, to the benefit of the functioning and sustainable operations of such associations and realization of the goal of instilling enterprise awareness.
- Hold youth enterprise seminars. Adopting the seminar theme of “Future development of the cultural innovation industry,” invite enterprise associations established with the National Youth Commission’s advice, participants in enterprise planning competitions, cultural industry experts, scholars, and business leaders, to conduct specialist lectures and seminars enabling business figures and young people to engage in discussion, to exchange ideas among themselves, to advance exchanges of entrepreneurial ideas concerning the cultural innovation industry among young people, enabling them to take on board the practical experiences of entrepreneurs.
- Hold specialist youth entrepreneur cultivation classes. Establish practical, advanced classes, for participants in the 2005 or 2006 cultural innovation industry youth entrepreneur enterprise planning competitions, members of enterprise study associations, or young
Updated Date 06-04-27