Ian Liao

CEO

Golface

What does your company do?

Golface is the first company of its kind. We provide the most popular comprehensive solutions to the golf industry. Golface offers golfers in Taiwan and Japan the following solutions:

  • Real-time distance recording
  • A digital scorecard
  • Team competition capabilities
  • Caddy management tools
  • Online reservation capabilities
  • Overseas travel support
  • And more!

Our mission is to become the innovators of a “Smart Golf” service platform. We want to provide golf clubs with the ability to enhance their course management solutions and caddy services. Additionally, we hope to give every golfer the ability to play golf like a professional using Golface’s services.

What problem is your company trying to solve?

We want to assist in improving how golf clubs operate. The industry has such great potential with tie-ins to travel, vehicles, advertising, consumer products, and more. Not to mention how enjoyable the sport is for golfers who love to play. At Golface, we want to make sure everyone gets the most out of the industry.

Why did you choose Fukuoka?

There are so many reasons this city is an excellent place to start a business. I really think that Fukuoka City has the best resources, the nicest environment, and the highest-quality administrative services when compared to every other city in Japan. In addition, the city’s economy is booming and talented people are constantly moving here due to its numerous universities and R&D centers.

What do you think about Fukuoka's startup community?

I think Fukuoka’s startup community is really one of the best clusters of startups I have ever seen (and I’ve visited startups around the world). Not only does it have the best atmosphere, sense of togetherness, and awareness of responsibility, but the community’s core values are consistent across every startup. This provides us with the kindest place to start a business while also getting assistance from Fukuoka’s finest resources.

How has Fukuoka City helped your startup?

From the very beginning of founding my startup until today, Fukuoka City has helped me with everything from getting my Startup Visa to setting up a Japanese bank account. They also helped with the steps I needed to take to properly establish my company. The Fukuoka City staff members are incredibly helpful in every stage of the process. I never felt frustrated or lost while establishing my business, and I can honestly say I really trust in Fukuoka City. They have created a wonderful environment for startups, and I am confident that Golface will thrive here.

What is your advice for people looking to start a company in Fukuoka? Is there anything you wish you had known?

Don’t hesitate! Just get in touch with someone from Fukuoka City’s staff and tell them you’re interested in founding a startup here. If you are reading this message, I promise you that the people, the startup community, and the Fukuoka City Government are incredible and trustworthy. With their encouragement, you will succeed. These amazing people will quickly become your best friends and family in Japan. Their support will make all of the difference for your startup!