CKGSB’s China Start Program Going From Strength to Strength
June 20, 2018

The fourth China Start program for European entrepreneurs has been successfully completed with another cohort of professionals back at home and re-energized about the prospects for engaging with the China market.

Taking place in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, this year’s program comprised of lectures from CKGSB’s world-class faculty, company visits to JD, Techcode, Fosun, Tencent and 3Nod, networking with potential business partners in China and live pitching investment sessions, attended by some of China’s wealthiest investment companies, representatives and angels.

The June 2018 edition of CKGSB’s China Start program included company visits to, Techcode, Fosun (above), Tencent and 3Nod

With the Chinese government’s ever-increasing desire for Western technology, CKGSB’s presence in Europe has identified the abundance and diversity of innovation and entrepreneurship, but, equally, the lack of understanding about how to successfully integrate Western businesses into China. CKGSB’s China Start program offers a solution for those who want to understand the Chinese market, grow their business, receive funding and partner with businesses and investors in the Chinese venture ecosystem.

​China Start is a five-day China immersion program for start-ups and growth companies to learn China-specific knowledge, network with potential local partners and pitch for Chinese investment. It also provides excellent opportunities for ambitious entrepreneurs considering a China entry in order to make the most of what the world’s largest market has to offer.​

CKGSB Europe Chief Representative and China Start Program Director Ji Bo

“China Start provides an elite standard of China insights that will help participants understand China, as well as industry-specific knowledge that is essential for successful integration into China,” says Ji Bo. He continues: “CKGSB’s influential international alumni base will develop participant’s networks and partnerships with China’s industry leaders, helping your business to meet the most relevant people. The programme features investment pitching sessions with China angel, VC and PE investors that can offer participants the possibility to acquire a substantial investment. Setting up a business in China has never been so easy!”

Dozens of influential Chinese investors attend pitch events for the China Start participants, many of whom secure funding deals while on the course.

Each edition of the China Start program features investment pitching sessions with Chinese angels, VC and PE investors that can offer participants the possibility to acquire a substantial investment, as well as company visits to network and partner with top-notch industry leaders in the Chinese venture ecosystem.

More than 100 participants have now completed the China Start training program, drawn from 23 countries worldwide, including Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA.

Metavrse CEO Alan Smithson and his teenage daughter Abi – herself an entrepreneur – both attended the China Start program in June 2018.

Those students also hail from well over a dozen industries, including clean technology, AI, energy, fintech payments, mobile gaming, blockchain, healthcare, agriculture, social media engagement, fashion, mobility, e-commerce logistics and web design.

Typical participants on the China Start Program are high-potential, globally-minded executives, entrepreneurs and investors, who see their team or organization’s future strategy closely aligned with the growing opportunities presented by China, as well as individuals who have the hunger to acquire China-specific knowledge, global network and investment.

China Start participants receive world-class teaching from some of CKGSB’s best professors, including Founding Dean Xiang Bing (above)

In addition to gaining access to and meeting with some of CKGSB’s alumni – a group that collectively controls one fifth of China’s most valuable brands – participants also engage with professors, guest speakers, company representatives, investors and each other in order to help develop their own China network and making expansion to China that much easier.

“Make the most of this fantastic educational development opportunity, and take advantage of CKGSB’s unrivalled China insight and knowledge,” adds Ji Bo.

To find out more about CKGSB’s China Start program or to enroll for the next edition, please click here.

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