商學院創業創新創業辦公室(OIE)為帶動校園創新風氣及提供最新產業資訊，於10/19週三晚間偕同商學院參與式教學及研究發展辦公室，共同舉行創業家講座，邀請來自泰國法政大學教育與學習科學學院的Dr. Putthachat Angnakoon(以下稱Dr. Paeng)客座演講，與政大同學分享今日泰國的新創環境和整體生態系，並介紹三個迅速崛起與發展的新創科技教育平台，讓同學對泰國新創教育界有更多瞭解。
「在疫情推動下，科技教育界的創投資金量，近三年正以每年70%的大幅成長，是疫前時代的三倍。」Dr. Paeng提及，在疫情時代的遠距教育市場需求大增，並隨著視訊與線上教育方面的科技持續突破與創新， 全球科技教育市場正蓬勃發展，其中企業獨角獸(意指估值10億美元以上但未上市的公司)數量更以中國及印度兩國為首，而泰國的教育新創平台也如雨後春筍般創立與發展，也帶動了各有關產業界的改變及發展，包含：創投與募資產業、新創孵化器機構、學術界、科技業、政府公部門等等。 整體而言，科技教育新創生態系這幾年正持續快速變化與發展。
「新創的旅途並非一場衝刺，而是漫長的馬拉松」最後Dr. Paeng總結道，在面對疫情時代的變化，以及科技與教育和各領域的變化，「新創」不單是創業家依靠洞見找出市場痛點，並結合多方資源以為產業及市場提供價值，更是在帶領團隊和為世界帶來影響力的過程，Dr. Paeng也期許政大同學們能多多利用身邊資源，並培養新創家的思維，以期在將來職涯過程裡能找到和創造屬於自己的一套傳遞價值給社會的方式。
NCCU Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) had held the Lecture of Entrepreneur on the evening of 10/19, bringing up the trend of innovation and also the latest industry information. We invited Dr. Putthachat Angnakoon (hereafter referred as Dr. Peng) from Thammasat University, Faculty of Education and Learning Sciences, Thailand, for a guest speech, sharing with the students of NCCU the start-up environment and overall ecosystem in Thailand, and introduced three rapidly-developing EdTech platforms, for our better understanding of the EdTech start-up environment of Thailand.
"Driven by the pandemic, the amount of venture capital in the EdTech sector has grown by 70% per year in the past three years, which is three times than the pre-epidemic era." Dr. Peng mentioned that the market demand for distance education has significantly grown, and with continuous breakthroughs in genres of technology, the global EdTech market is booming. Also, the number of unicorns (companies valued at more than $1 billion but unlisted) is even greater, especially in China and India.
EdTech start-ups in Thailand have also sprung up, driven by the development of related industries, including venture capital and fundraising industries, start-up incubators, academia, and technology industries, government departments, etc. On the whole, the ecosystem of EdTech has continued to change and develop rapidly in recent years.
Professor Peng then shared three Thai EdTech start-ups cases, from the founders' background to their personal experiences of discovering the pain points of the education market. Each founders targets different problems arising from the existing industrial structure in today's rapidly changing educational environment, and create new business models to solve the problems through their own unique thinking.
The first is the "InsKru" education platform that provides teachers with sharing of inspirational teaching ideas. By integrating the resources of education-related institutions in Thailand's industry. InsKru integrates professional academic fields and innovative education fields, becoming Thailand's leading educational platform, a popular online community for educators.
As for “Vonder” is a game-based learning chatbot software that advocates “learning while having fun”. By integrates learning content with gamification, Vonder created an interactive learning medium for users to learn with entertainment. Vonder also designs two distinctive versions for companies and schools, one for the recruitment of human resources department and the other for the learning of students in classroom , which made Vonder won wide acclaim and a high return rate of users in Thailand.
Lastly, “EdVISORY" integrates AI technology and cooperates with the human resources departments of more than 20 international companies, realizing “intelligent remote interview” by the AI. Vonder's AI service provides companies rapid and effective determination of whether the interviewee shows the suitable capabilities and characteristics in the response process. Also, with AI data analysis for interviewees’ resume meets, Vonder has gradually won its place in the demand for human resource in Thailand
"The journey of new innovation is not a sprint, but a long marathon." In the end, Dr. Peng concluded that in the face of changes in the era of the epidemic, as well as changes in technology, education and various fields, “Innovation" is not only about entrepreneurs relying on insights to find out pain points in the market and integrating resources to provide value to the industry but also in the process of leading the team and bringing influence to the world. Dr. Peng also encouraged NCCU students to make more use of the resources around them and cultivate entrepreneurial thinking to find and create own set of ways to deliver value to the society.