Apply now: Shanghai Start-up Class 2018

DC-Hub supports German Start-ups and SMEs to build up a China competency. The program will pay for the 2018 class´s winners return flights, co-working seats in Shanghai, access to the DC-Hub network, events, and workshops. The class will take place from September 2nd, 2018 to September 28th, 2018.

The submission for the 2018 class 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 on July 10th, 2018 in Leipzig. We will inform the finalists after sighting the applications.

The 6 winners of the pitch competition (1-2 people per company) will fly beginning of September, 2018 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.)

Facts & Timeline:

  • Who: German Start-ups and SMEs that are interested in China as business opportunity
  • Deadline for submission: June 24th, 2018
  • Choice for pitches: June 29th, 2018
  • Pitches: July 10th, 2018, from 9 am onwards
  • Trip to Shanghai: September 3rd, 2018


  • July 10th, 2018, from 9 am onwards
  • Pitches and Q&A in English
  • Business model 1min
  • Why you want to go to China? 1min
  • What is your goal to reach in China (especially in this 2 – 4 weeks)? 1min
  • Q&A after every pitch 5min
  • International jury with science and business background
  • To level the playing field and give every team the same chance, the pitch is limited to exactly 3min!

Benefits / You will get for free:

  • Flight to Shanghai (economy, direct, return Frankfurt – Shanghai)
  • One seat per person at People Squared (P2) co-working for as long as 4 weeks in the city center of Shanghai (3.-28.9.2018)
  • Pocket money of 564 Euro to pay for e.g. hotel, food

Program in Shanghai:

  • Workshops and Events by P2, J.A.M Universal, German Chamber Shanghai
  • Networking
  • Help to achieve your goals set for this class

What you need to submit:

  • Factsheet, max. 2 pages & Pitch deck
  • Short creative reason why your company should go to China
  • as a PDF / use the following contact form

Applications closed


Leipzig University
International SEPT Program
Ritterstr. 9 – 13
04109 Leipzig

Phone: +49 341 – 97 39763


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