A Smashing Success for venture leaders China 2015

Organized by venturelab and swissnex China, ten selected Swiss-made tech startups just finished a 10-day intensive journey to Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen in October this year. For most of them, it’s not only a wonderful study tour as their first time to China, to the Far East , but also a unique opportunity to get first-hand experience and to learn about its culture by interacting with the locals face to face.

venture leaders China 2nd successThe three above mentioned cities, from the North China to the South China with 2000 km distance in between, are selected for the fact that each of them symbolizes China’s politics, economy and culture. For each stop, business-oriented activities were intensely organized, with contribution from domestic and expats coaches, speakers who offered valuable comments and advice to each member of the venture leaders China group. Everyone’s schedule was composed of business match-making meetings in the daytime, and then networking events in the evening, aiming to establish more contacts in the Chinese business community.

Collaborated with local partners, swissnex China organized 11 workshops and events by engaging around forty experts participated as coaches. Over 500 local and foreign entrepreneurs were invited for networking.  A series of pitching events were designed to help the startups gaining more visibility and attracting the local potential partners. venture leaders China group members all understood that doing business in China is never easy. However, the massive market demands, the dynamic flow of changes, the emerging robust innovation power, let alone the rise of investors chasing global investment opportunity, all these elements have inspired our venture leaders to look at this fast-developing country that mixed with vigor and complexity in an open-minded view.  What they saw and experienced was just tip of the iceberg, more commitment is definitely indispensable to validate the leads.  Surprisingly, only half of venture leaders get on board after the program finished in the last station in Shenzhen!  The rest extended their stay and beat each on the speed, explored deeper into the cities with business, far beyond venture leaders radar geographically.  We’re honored to receive some feedback when this journey came to the end. 

Many many thanks to the swissnex team for this enriching and inspiring trip. I believe each of us takes back high values to grow future business!
Arik Zucker
Founder / Qvantec
Bye bye Beijing. Thanks to the swissnex team for organization and the opportunity to come to China! Look like I’ll be back soon. Thanks to venture leaders colleagues for the good fun we had..
Thomas Fessard
Founder / Spirochem
Thanks to everyone in charge of organizing the trip. Well done! I am very happy to have the chance to know many great people and places!
Hans-Anton Keserue
Founder / RQmicro
venture leaders China has been an amazing journey for the all group, a big thanks once more!
Jordi Montserrat
Co-managing Director / venture kick
A big thank to Jordi, Beat, all the swissnex staffs and the ones I forgot for having organised such a trip.
Benoit de Combaud
Founder / CombaGroup
What a great opportunity for our Swiss startups!
Beat Schillig
Managing Director / IFJ Institut für Jungunternehmen

The entire swissnex team is happy to see that so many ambitious Swiss entrepreneurs enjoyed this super intensive fact-finding & business validation tour, showcasing Swiss technology and innovation in China, but in front of an international community with diverse backgrounds. At the same time, the venture leaders have realized that their competitors are not only the Chinese local startups, but also counterparts from other foreign countries who have been diving in the Chinese market for a long time. Well, as it’s always said, it’s exactly the right time to come to China!

For more pictures of the trip, please visit our online gallery.