Start Alliance goes China

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Come with us to China

Start Alliance goes on a delegation trip with Berlin startups to Shanghai this year for a second time. From November 26th - 30th 2018 you will have the chance to explore the startup ecosystem of Shanghai and get a better insight into the Chinese market and its economic circumstances. Furthermore the program offers to meet many high-ranking representatives from the Chinese tech- and startup-scene.


Why should you apply?

Chinese startup scene has developed a lot in past years to become the second biggest startup economy by investments. In this year there is a chance of China overtaking the US in this aspect. "Chinese tech startups raised a whopping US$43.4 billion in funding in the first half of 2018, according to Tech in Asia’s database. That sum puts China on pace to absolutely smash its fundraising record this year. China’s tech startup industry has broken its own funding record for at least five consecutive years now, and 2018 now looks highly likely to continue that trend. Chinese tech companies raised US$58.8 billion in 2017. Amazingly, the H1 2018 number doesn’t include Ant Financial’s landmark US$14 billion funding round. The Alibaba spin-off is more of an established corporate entity than a startup, so it doesn’t get factored into our startup numbers. But if you did include it, it would push the total above US$57 billion, nearly as much as the 2017 figure."  -Tech in Asia

What's in it for you?

During this delegation trip the startups will have the opportunity to explore the possibility of expanding into the Chinese market while engaging with the local startup ecosystem and making connections with accelerators, VCs, startup CEOs and other high-ranking industry experts.
You will learn refreshing insights during panel discussions on how to start in China, you will watch awesome startup demos and get cool pitch opportunities. Also, the program includes networking events, lunch & dinner keynotes and site visits at interesting startups. That way, startups can test the Chinese market and connect with the local startup scene and its main actors without any commitment.

Conditions of participation

This event is designed for startups from Berlin that are beyond the idea/prototype stage and have already successfully launched in their domestic market

It could be right for you, if your startup is interested in:

  • Expanding into the Chinese market
  • Looking for international partners
  • Seeking to raise capital internationally (esp. in China)
  • Recruiting international teams (esp. in China)

What's included?

Accepted startups will receive for free:

  • main program participation
  • preparation meeting in Berlin
  • transfer between agenda points
  • multiple pitch possibilities
  • business coaching
  • site visits
  • several group activities

Please note that travel expenses (flights & hotel) are not covered. We will suggest cheap flights.


The agenda will include many different events such as:

  • welcome event (briefing, dinner)
  • cultural program
  • meetings with local startups, corporates and investors
  • panel and pitch event


Has this program raised your interest? Apply by October 17th 2018:

apply until october 17th