On 10 March 2023, NSTDA and the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) teamed up to launch Thailand Science Park & depa Acceleration Center, or TD-X Center. The celebration was attended by executives of both organizations, including NSTDA President Prof. Dr. Sukit Limpijumnong, depa President Assist. Prof. Dr. Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin, depa Senior Executive Vice President Mr. Chatchai Khunpitiluck, depa Executive Vice President Dr. Chinawut Chinaprayoon, NSTDA Executive Vice President Dr. Janekrishna Kanatharana, and NSTDA Vice President Asst. Prof. Dr. Weerachai Arjharn.
TD-X Center is a joint initiative led by NSTDA and depa with a mission to accelerate the growth of startups and SMEs through a platform and an ecosystem that provide support in rapid prototyping and a network of experts drawn from the public and private sectors to empower enterprises to achieve sustainable growth.
Prof. Dr. Sukit Limpijumnong remarked that NSTDA is pleased to collaborate with depa to launch TD-X Center. The new center will unleash the potential of NSTDA researchers and infrastructure to support startups and SMEs – both of which are the engine of economic growth, creating jobs and driving productivity. TD-X Center is committed to offer a platform and an ecosystem that will accelerate innovation process of startups and SMEs and thereby enabling them to launch innovative goods and services in domestic and international markets and build sustainable businesses in the new economy.
TD-X Center brings together expertise from partners in both the public and private domains to accelerate the growth of SMEs and startups by providing assistance, consultation and services in a wide range of areas, including product design, prototype production, standardized test, market validation, business incubation, and business expansion. With expertise curated from prominent public and private entities, TD-X Center will help enterprises turn ideas into products faster with features and functions answering to the customer needs.
“The launch of TD-X Center is the first step of long-term partnership between NSTDA and depa to unlock the power of digital transformation to accelerate economic recovery and achieve business sustainability,” concluded Prof. Sukit.
Assist. Prof. Dr. Nuttapon Nimmanphatcharin remarked that depa’s prime mission is to promote digital industry and innovation. Rapid prototyping that TD-X Center offers will greatly benefit digital startups, a key driver of the economy and society amid a host of new challenges.
“I believe that this partnership will play a vital role in transforming Thailand into a full digital economy, resulting in sustainable economic growth and vibrant markets for investment,” said Dr. Nuttapon.