AI & Smart Manufacture in Nanjing

From 23.-25. June 2019 11 German startups made their way to China to visit Nanjing for the Semi-Finals of the AI & Smart Manufacture field. As a side event of the Nanjing Tech Week the startups pitched their products and ideas in front of a crowd of investors and corporates, which resulted in three innovative German startups winning the pitch-competition and proceeding to the Finals on September 12th in Shanghai. After the pitch competition the startups took part in a matchmaking with Chinese investors and corporates and were able to establish a lot of connections and generate valuable leads. Next stop was the tech-hotspot Hangzhou, where the delegation visited the impressive Hightech Industry Park to get to know interesting Chinese startups including WeDoctor and to go through another round of pitches and matchmaking. The roadshow continued to Shudou and Tangzhen, a city in which more than 300 German businesses established their offices on China mainland, an important step to successfully enter the Chinese market.

You want to expand to China, make a lot of valuable contacts or get to know the Chinese startup-ecosystem? Apply now!

Winners of the AI & Smart Manufacture Semi-Finals

Our Tips for China

  • It is all about the partners

    Chinese investors and companies want trust. Find a Chinese partner to gain credibility and build a network.

  • Have people on the ground

    Doing business in China only works if you have a seat in China Mainland, this will give you extra credibility that you are taking your business ambitions in China seriously.

  • Find your first Chinese customer

    Chinese companies will want to be certain that your business proposition will also work in a Chinese setting. They often invest if you already have a Chinese customer.

  • Regional patriotism is strong in China

    In China business only works with government so build up close relationships with the local authorities. This will help your case alot.

  • Adapt your pitch for China

    Chinese investors pay special attention to team-background and awards.

David Link
Director Innovation & Production, nevisQ

„The InnoAlliance Innovation Competition helped us to better understand the Chinese business culture. We got valuable insights about the innovation driven developments in China that disrupt all kinds of industries. We could feel and see that in every nook and corner!“

Impressions Nanjing