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Are You China Ready? Startup Contest 2018

China is the world’s largest market and you need to start thinking about it now! THero and Brinc are bringing this global contest to 10 cities across the USA, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions in 2018 to see if you have what it takes to make it in China! The competition hopes to encourage entrepreneurship and innovation and help to bridge local startups from around the world to China.

The THero Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition is hosted by the People’s Government of Tianhe District, Guangzhou Science Technology and Innovation Commission, Guangzhou Industry and Information Technology Commission, and organized by the Bureau of Science, Technology, Information and Industry of Tianhe District, the Administration Commission of Tianhe Science Park, Guangzhou Science Technology and Finance Service Center,and of course… Brinc!

Who Can Apply?

Any startup or team can apply as long as you have a prototype of your device, service, app, or algorithm, and want to bring it to market in China!

Locations

Semi-Final Pitch Contests will be held in the following cities: Berlin, New York, Paris, San Francisco, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Tel Aviv, and Toronto. Event details to come soon. 

Final Pitch Contest will be held at the Guangzhou International Innovation Festival in Guangzhou, China. 

Important Dates

  • August 1st - Applications open.

  • September 15th - Applications close. 

  • September 16th - 22nd - First round selections are made - REMOTE

  • September 22nd - 30th - Second round pitches to judges - REMOTE

  • September 30th - Finalists from all cities announced. 

  • October 1st - November 11th - Semi-Final Pitch Contests held in participating cities. 3 startups from each city will be selected as Semi-Finalists. 

  • December 4th - Final Pitch Contest held at the Guangzhou International Innovation Festival where the 27 Semi-Finalists will make their pitch to win the GRAND PRIZE

Prizes

  • GRAND PRIZE - USD $25,000

  • SEMI-FINALISTS

    • ALL EXPENSES PAID (Flights & Hotels) trip to Guangzhou, China.

    • A grant to cover your setup company setup costs in China.

    • Exposure to Chinese government officials, local investors, and distribution partners.

    • Hands-on training with Brinc prior to your pitch in Guangzhou. Learn how to make your pitch stronger to a Chinese audience, how to work with Chinese distributors, how to sell on China's most popular platforms like WeChat, JD.com, Alibaba, and more.

    • PLUS, potentially a couple of extra secret mini-trips... more to come later 😉

Applications are currently CLOSED. Sign up below to get notified when applications open for next year’s contest.


Organizers

 
 

The THero ‘Are You China Ready?’ Startup Contest is hosted by the People’s Government of Tianhe District, Guangzhou Municipal Science and Technology Bureau, Guangzhou Municipal Industry and Information Technology Bureau, and organized by the Bureau of Science, Technology, Information, and Industry of Tianhe District, the Administration Commission of Tianhe Central Business District, the Administration Commission of Tianhe Science Park, Guangzhou Science Technology and Finance Service Center and Brinc.

Brinc is an early-stage accelerator program and fund with a portfolio of79 startups across IoT, Drones, Robotics and Food Technology. Headquartered in Hong Kong, Brinc has regional offices in Guangzhou (China), Barcelona (Spain), Poznan (Poland), Manama (Bahrain) and Kochi (India). Outside of their investment activities, Brinc’s service division helps international startups manufacture in China through their network of startup friendly factories / component suppliers and internal production management capabilities.


Partners


Show us that you’ve got what it takes to make it in China!

Applications are currently CLOSED. Sign up below to get notified when applications open for next year’s contest.


If you have any questions, feel free to talk to us now.