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Velodash Inc. matches cyclists with local events and travel destinations. Their goal is to support cycling event creators by reducing administrative tasks and letting cyclists interact with each other on group trips.

Category: SportsTech, Transport & Mobility
Location: Japan, Taiwan

"Explore Local Together" - We're Taiwan No.1 Cycling Event Platform

Velodash is a platform where cyclists and catered-local events are matched up. The first event which utilized Velodash live tracking system is the Singapore National Ride. Since then, Velodash had acquired 65,000 users who created more than 4,000 cycling events, from Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong to Japan. Our goal is to let cycling event creators better deal with the hassle of administration and let cyclists be able to join more unforgettable rides.

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Could you tell us a bit about what Velodash does? Please give a brief description of your company.

Velodash is Cycling and Cycling event platform, through our technology and services connecting people and locals to empower everyone.


Could you describe your entrepreneurial journey so far?

Velodash was started in 2017 in Taiwan, and the service launch was in 2018. When we just started, fortunately, we got a chance to provide our services for the Round Island Bike Adventure to celebrate Singapore’s national day in 2018. In 2019, we launched the Cycling Event management software “Velodash Staff”, which means Velodash could become an all-in-one integrated cycling platform for users and event organizers. We’re not just focused on the Taiwan market, we want to expand all over the world.


Why did you apply to the Startupbootcamp Scale Osaka program?

Because SBC is very famous for being one of the best market entry programs in Japan, foreign startups could collaborate with Japanese companies to do a PoC. In addition to that, we’re focused on the Kansai region, because Kansai is a high potential area for tourism.


How is Velodash working to build smart cities/smart living?

Through our technologies and cycling-related services, we want to make sustainable cities to empower people’s daily lives.


How have you found the experience of going through the program? Are there any challenges in collaboration with large companies?

This was our first time collaborating with large Japanese companies outside of the tourism sector. Actually, we didn’t have much experience collaborating with large Japanese companies before joining SBC. We had challenges in how to communicate with them or understand the decision-making process on their side. Through joining the SBC program, we gained a lot of experience in how to collaborate with large companies. These experiences are like treasures to us, and will help us expand in the future.


What was the most significant lesson learned during the program?

We learned the importance of understanding the structure of partner companies and the person or decision-making process in that company. If we don’t understand this background, it will be very difficult to collaborate with large companies.


What are you looking for to make your next steps?

First of all, we would like to make use of this experience to execute better on future collaborations with companies. Secondly, we are expanding in the Japanese market to make a much better society for the future.

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