Due to the Corona Virus, the Federal Foreign Office currently recommends not traveling to China. We will therefore suspend the planned Shanghai Startup Class in April / May until further notice. All activities planned in Germany continue as planned (e.g. pitches).
DC-Hub supports German Start-ups and SMEs to build up a China competency. The program will pay for the 2020 class’s winners return flights, co-working seats in Shanghai, access to the DC-Hub network, events, and workshops.
The submission for the 2020 class (4th Batch) is now open to Start-ups and SMEs from Germany. All applicants will undergo a first round of selecting the finalists for the pitching competition in March, 2020 in Leipzig. We will inform the finalists after sighting the applications.
The 6 winners of the pitch competition (1 person per company) will fly end of April 2020 with DC-Hub for 4 weeks to Shanghai. (The return date to Germany can be planned individually according to your schedules, minimum stay in Shanghai is 2 weeks) Continue reading “Apply now: Shanghai Start-up Class Batch 4”
“To summarize, the time here with DC-Hub was very well invested in terms of catching up with the startup scene in Shanghai, getting to know about China and E-commerce and last but not least getting a deeper understanding about the development, drivers and culture of the biggest nation in the world.” Dr. Doreen Max, Blugento GmbH.
The third Batch of the Shanghai Startup Class, organized by DC-Hub, took place in Shanghai from 9th September to 9th October 2019. Once again, startups from all over Germany had applied, of which the following the jury selected to be part of the batch: Blugento GmbH, landopay, NetLume by idatase GmbH, Track your offer and Symate GmbH. The startups had the chance to dive deeply into the Shanghai startup and innovation ecosystem and got the opportunity to engage with the international key players of the scene. Again, AHK Shanghai provided the startups with an overview of the Chinese market and the current overall situation. Still, AHK Shanghai remains one of DC-Hub’s closest partners for the Shanghai Startup Class. Moreover, the startups visited the Tongji University’s German Institute to participate in a lecture about machine learning in China together with CDHK Urbanixx Shanghai Master Programme students operated by TU Berlin.
This 3rd batch celebrated the 1st anniversary of the Australian based Blockchain Centre Shanghai before getting treated by Shanghai Kempinski Hotel for a breakfast meeting with one of Shanghai’s most influential and famous business personalities, Rüdiger Hollweg, the General Manager of Kempinski Shanghai. He gave insights into Shanghai businesses and unravelling stories.
Besides many workshops and meetings with several international investors, the startups also had the chance to meet with China Accelerator Shanghai and SOSV to gain insights about investments in China.
Dr. Doreen Max from Blugento GmbH talks about her experience: “A big difference [to Europe] is, how people adopt innovations and how they deal with new technological developments. In terms of that, they are already ahead of us. They e.g. teach already little children about blockchain and programming. AI, 5G and blockchain are the big buzzwords here. Also when it comes to governmental objectives and people on the streets are adopting new tech stuff faster than we do. The Chinese follow the trial and error approach, while we are often trying to go the „perfect“ way.”
Leonora Beyhl from landopay said: “Each of our sessions provides unique insights and different perspectives on the key challenges faced by companies entering the Chinese market. These insights will undoubtedly save us many headaches and cost in our Chinese expansion. […] Additional to the meetings, we valued the startup relevant workshops, e.g., financing and funding. These workshops, along with the unwavering support from Steve, Martin, and Maedeh, made this trip incredibly worthwhile.”
Further, Bob Zheng, the founder and owner of the CoWorking Space P2 in Shanghai, took the time to sit together and talk about how he built his Chinese CoWorking Space company that operates currently 30 locations in Greater China with more than 20,000 active users.
“It was very delightful for me to have P2 Coworking as a central working environment. Doing essential activities of the Daily Business was thus ensured. Also, working in P2 also gave me an interesting insight into the local startup culture.” stated David Haferkorn from Symate GmbH.
While being in Shanghai, the Shanghai Startup Class’s participants met not only many key players but also other international and local startups. They were able to exchange views and insights as well as learn and get inspired by peers to help them move forward in their endeavours back in Europe or possibly internationally. “Gaining a greater understanding of the different cultural and business practices was a key driver to our participation [in the startup class]. We were certainly not disappointed; the team from DC-Hub were incredible; they were so generous with their knowledge and time.” Leonora Beyhl, landopay.
Interested to take part? Apply now for Batch 4:
Batch 4 starts on April 15th, 2020. Apply now for under dc-hub.de/apply or contact: email@example.com for further information.
DC-Hub ist eine professionelle Plattform, die einen Business- und Innovations-Austausch zwischen Deutschland und China auf Arbeitsebene ermöglicht.
Die Organisatoren laden zum Deutschland-China Start-up Forum am Donnerstag, 24. Januar 2019 im Basislager Coworking und der LVZ Kuppelhalle ein. Ab 10 Uhr gibt es verschiedene Workshops zu chinaspezifischen Themen. Ab 17 Uhr stellt das DC-Hub Team dem interessierten Publikum das Konzept des Projektes vor, geladene Speaker aus China geben Input für internationalisierungsinteressierte Unternehmer und die Alumni der Shanghai Start-up Class 2018 teilen in einer Podiumsdiskussion ihre Erfahrungen in China. Im Anschluss gibt es einen Austausch bei traditioneller chinesischer Tee-Zeremonie. Continue reading “Germany-China Start-up Forum”
Visiting China as a start-up? Six young companies accepted the challenge this autumn and participated in the Shanghai Start-up Class 2018 (SSUC18) which was organised by the Leipzig-based accelerator programme DC-Hub.
“We were thrilled that so many great start-ups were interested in our programme and applied to participate and the selection process was very difficult for our jury”, stated DC-Hub project leader Steve Uhlig, “being able to support such a diverse group of start-ups from all over Germany, each with their own goals and aspirations, is an important aspect of our programme.”
All participants of the SSUC18 agree that they learned a lot for themselves personally and the companies: “Matching the rapid pulse of the city of Shanghai in China, DC-Hub planned a packed schedule.”
After exciting pitches of the Shanghai Start-up Class 2018 finalists at the Basislager Coworking Leipzig with a live circuit to Shanghai, our international jury selected six teams who now have the chance to test out their business ideas on the Chinese market. The business ideas presented by the best teams ranged from innovative medical devices, through practical solutions for the automotive industry, to smart applications for process optimization for the manufacturing industry. Continue reading “Pitches Shanghai Start-up Class”
DC-HUB kicks off & opens for submission: “Accelerate” German Start-ups to China
On March 28, 2018 we reached the first major mile stone of the DC-Hub project: The DC-Hub Kick-Off Event in Leipzig, Germany. With 5 speakers and over 60 participants we are very happy about the reception. Building up to this one evening we had worked hard to get everyone together and arrange partners, speakers, a host and support from many more. Continue reading “DC-Hub Kick-off Leipzig”
DC-Hub is a professional platform that enables a business and innovation exchange between Germany and China at work level. The organizers invite to the official kick-off event on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 in the Basislager Coworking. Starting at 7 pm, the participants present the concept to the audience, successful German-Chinese entrepreneurs present their stories. Afterwards, all participants are invited to get together and networking at a traditional tea ceremony.
German startups and companies who are interested in China as a possible sales market or potential manufacturing facility for their products can participate in the national tender. The selected teams will receive an extensive workshop program in their home country. After intensive preparation, the participants fly to exciting Chinese start-up cities, for example to Shanghai, Beijing or Shenzhen. On site, they get support by DC-Hub team and cooperation partners, receive a desk in coworking spaces, get integrated in events of the startup community and get to know investors, government representatives and potential cooperation partners.
Opening by DC-Hub (University of Leipzig, International SEPT-Program)
Presentation and possibilities
Key Note (German-Chinese entrepreneur)
Keynote speech (China expert)
Best practice examples (entrepreneurs already successful in China)
Funding Opportunities (Economic Development of the City of Leipzig)
Get together and Chinese tea ceremony (Konfuzius Institute)
FOR : German start-ups and SMEs, for which the Chinese market is interesting
DC-Hub will Brücken bauen und Vorurteile abbauen – eine Schnellstraße für Start-ups aus China und Deutschland. Der Grundstein für die Umsetzung wurde im vergangenen Dezember 2017 gelegt: Die deutsche Delegation um Projektleiter Steve Uhlig und Yi Zhang (Uni Leipzig), begleitet von Marco Weicholdt vom Basislager Coworking Leipzig und Martin Gothe vom deutsch-chinesischen Unternehmen J.A.M. Universal organisierten das erste Netzwerktreffen deutscher und chinesischer Partner in Shanghai.