HICOOL Global Entrepreneurship Competition

The HICOOL Global Entrepreneurship Competition was created with entrepreneurs in mind. Our theme is “Envision the future”. We aim to find global startups who are looking to enter the China market through its innovation and venture capital hub – Beijing. The top 100 startups will be awarded with cash prizes up to USD $280,000.


The competition will invite top Chinese investors, experienced mentors, and leading entrepreneurs to provide full-scale entrepreneurial guidance for the participating projects, creating a multi-dimensional, and diverse international entrepreneurship model. Competition partners include top Chinese Tech giants such as Alibaba, Baidu, Xiaomi, ByteDance, and top tier investors including Sequoia Capital, IDG Capital Partners, and Northern Light Venture Capital.


Brinc is partnering with HICOOL to support the Regional Semi-Finals Pitch Contests in Germany and Japan. We’re looking for the best startups in each country. The top 20 startups will be selected to pitch in the semi-finals, while the top 10 finalists will be flown to pitch at the Finals in Beijing on September 9th – 10th.


First Prize
1st - 5th place
  • Cash prize of RMB 2 million / USD $280,000
Second Prize
6th - 20th place
  • Cash prize of RMB 1 million / USD $140,000
Third Prize
21st - 50th place
  • Cash prize of RMB 500,000 / USD $70,000

Winning Prize (51st – 100th place) – Cash prize of RMB 200,000 / USD $28,000

In order to receive the cash prizes, you will need to register your business in Beijing. The organizers will provide free business registration services.

Other prizes include an all expenses paid trip to Beijing, China and 3 years free office space in Beijing.

Competition requirements

We’re looking for the best startups in Germany* and Japan who are looking to expand their businesses to Beijing, China. Startups need to be focused in one of the following categories:

  • Artificial Intelligence

  • Big Data

  • Financial Technology

  • Medicine & Health

  • Next Generation Information Technology

  • New Energy

  • New Materials

  • Smart Equipment

  • Cultural Innovation

*Startups in neighboring countries to Germany are welcome to apply.

Apply now

If you're interested in joining our competition, click the link below to submit your application.