Are you looking to enter the fast and explosive Chinese market? With its fast exits and incredible market size, China has become the most interesting market to enter for Western startups and enterprises. Join us for an evening of panel discussions and talks to learn from those who are already there, those getting started along with other industry experts, about what it takes to enter the market successfully. If you are a startup with concrete intentions of entering the Chinese market, this is an event you cannot miss.

16.00 – 17.00: Signup & networking
17.00 – 17.20: Opening address by Techcode.
17.20 - 17.40: Fiban
17.40 – 18.20: Keynote “Expanding to China through China Start: How to tap into the Chinese market for growth ” - Bo Ji, Chief Representative for Europe, CKGSB
18.20 – 19.20: Panel - Tapping into the Chinese market for growth Bo Ji (CKGSB) Michael Haralson (TechCode), Helleke Heikkinen (FIBAN), Amir Palmen (SPORTYWE) Steven Balliano (#digirockstars) - MODERATOR
19:20 - 20:00: Networking

About the Keynote speaker:
Bo Ji, Assistant Dean for Europe, CKGSB; Ted Talks speaker
Bo is the Chief Representative of Europe and Assistant Dean for Global Executive Education. Bo oversees CKGSB’s office in London, with the goal of helping European businesses to understand China and successfully doing business in this dynamic market. His primary responsibilities are elite network management and conference speaking throughout Europe.

Bo’s global professional experience has given him a unique perspective to essential factors of China-West relations. Innovation, leadership, management, marketing & sales and overseas study are all topics that Bo is able to deliver world-class, inspiring presentations on. The list of speeches he has made at global conferences is astounding and is sure to not only captivate, but educate the audience.

Bo has a strong background in both global business and executive education. He has led divisions at Fortune 500 companies including Monsanto, Cargill, Pfizer, Wrigley and Mars. He has also taught Executive MBA and MBA programs at top global business schools including MIT, NYU, INSEAD, HKUST and Tsinghua University.

About Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business
Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (CKGSB) is a world-class business school in China that aims to develop current and future leaders with a global vision, a humanitarian spirit and an innovative mind-set. Over the past 14 years, CKGSB has developed into a prominent business school with 45 full-time professors, who have earned their PhDs or held tenured faculty positions at leading business schools such as Harvard, Wharton and Stanford.

More than half of the 10,000 CKGSB alumni are at the CEO or Chairman level and, collectively, lead one-fifth of China’s most valuable brands. Together, their companies shape over $1 trillion in annual revenue, 14% of China’s GDP, which demonstrates the school’s impact and influence. CKGSB has a European office located at 11–12 St. James Square, London.

About the China Start Programme
CKGSB’s China Start programme is a five-day immersion for your business that offers European venture professionals, start-ups and growth companies the opportunity to gain expert China knowledge, enhance global networking and partnership prospects to develop in China’s dynamic market., as well as promote substantial investment interest.

The programme’s purpose is to develop the connection between Europe’s best
entrepreneurs and CKGSB’s prestigious and influential alumni and business network.
Combining CKGSB’s faculty’s original insights with their prestigious alumni network, this programme also offers the opportunity to connect with potential commercial partners and successful investors to give participants the boost their businesses need to kick-start their growth in China. Investors will have the chance to finance UK and EU start-ups during the pitch stage of the programme.

Taking place at CKGSB’s Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen campuses, this programme will also allow participants to visit successful businesses including China’s Silicon Valley in Shenzhen and Beijing. This will help them develop their China network and meet active investors as well as give a live pitch to international institutional and angel investors, and had the opportunity to visit global conglomerates Fosun, Baidu, Tencent, 3 Nord and, etc. China Start is rigorous and fast-paced, designed for entrepreneurs who understand China’s importance in the world of digital and innovative business for the next generation.

Some highlights of the program are the following:
1 week long program
2 China accelerators visits
3 cities: Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen
4 investment pitching opportunities to investors and potential partners
5 company visits including Fosun, JD, Baidu, Mobike, 3NODs, Tencent

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