From 20th to 27 th September, BigBooster, through two intense Booster Camps, took its Alumnis in the heart of the Shanghai and Shenzhen ecosystems, and selected 10 Chinese startups to join the Booster Camp Europe in Lyon.
“This first successful edition of BigBooster in China demonstrates the relevance of our international approach, based on immersion, exchange, sharing of experience and the mobilization of key players in local innovation” Vincent Hamelin, Vice Chairman BigBooster in charge of Asia.
China Booster Camp: Alumni of seasons 1 and 2 involved
Startups from the top 20 of the categories “Bio & Health”, “Informative Tech” and “Global Impact: Biosfer Teslab – Diabeloop – FineHeart – Forcity – Hydrao – Neolys Diagnostics – Rheonova medical – Sylfen Asia, have been immersed in major players in innovation in Shanghai and then in Shenzhen through the organization of several meetings, workshops and individual exchanges with partners, investors and mentors, experience with start-ups operating in the Chinese market.
Among our contributors, we can name : Frédéric Verwaerde (Groupe SEB), Thibaut Grégoire (Schneider Electric), William Jiang (Sanofi), Nicolas Ducray (Cathay Capital), Vincent (Zongton capital), Ruifen Xu Aurelien Rigart (IT Consulting), Zhao Xingyun (Pegasus), Fabien Pfaender (Smart city lab / UTSEUS), Qian Cai (Baxter) and Stephane Vernede (Enwise).
The Alumnis also had the chance to share the experience feedback from several French entrepreneurs in China: Laurent Le Pen (Omate), Loic Kobes (Cool Hobo), Kim Pen (Workshop and Weprod), Bruno Martin (Lincko) , Cécile Israel (Easy Bacchus).
A solid process of immersing startups was also led by incubator and accelerator visits in collaboration with the French Tech of Shenzhen & Shanghai and the support of the Chamber of Commerce.
François Eudes Ruchon, Marketing Manager at Sylfen, said: “Having witnessed the most dynamic areas of innovation in China, with speeches by local experts in their fields, and the most innovative Chinese startups is a unique experience.”
“Understanding how business takes place in China from a professional and cultural point of view was unique! I definitely encourage future BigBooster candidates to be part of such a partnership! “says Arnaud Mascarell, CEO of FineHeart.
“It was an ideal context to establish the first contacts with a large number of players for which ForCity hopes to obtain valuable advice for its development in China. Last but not least, the enthusiasm and encouragement of the entrepreneurial effort was a very energetic experience for all. “says Mélanie Clerc – Forcity.
A strong commitment from BigBooster’s partners in China
Our global partner China EMlyon Asia and Tianan Cyber Park, thanks to their knowledge of the Chinese market and with the notable support of the French Tech of Shenzhen and Shanghai, our global partners in China and the active support of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, and the Lyon Metropolis, developed tailor-made programs and content specifically designed for Chinese and European startups to address their development issues in the Asian and European markets. All of them took part in privileged exchanges, characterized by sharing, efficiency and goodwill.
“BigBooster China was a crash test that showed that BigBooster is an excellent program to accelerate business, create links and learn by sharing. In addition, I think China has great potential to become an indispensable spot for BigBooster and I look forward to seeing the next. ” says Dr. M. J. Greeven – Shanghai EMLYON Business School.
“After two days of extensive information exchanged at the BigBooster Shenzhen session in Longgang Tianan Cyber Park, it is important to emphasize the importance of the Booster Camp in terms of sharing resources and experiences : it is truly a “bridge” that will connect and connect effectively 4 continents around innovation “Liu MingChang – Tianan Cyber Park.
Young Chinese entrepreneurs selected to discover Europe
This step also made it possible to recruit young Chinese companies who will take part in season 3 of BigBooster which will start on November 14 with the Booster Camp Europe in Lyon. Five startups were recruited respectively by city.
Shoulder pad project
Longevity design house
Virtual Skiing Coach
“We have received a lot of advices and hope to maintain the link created during this meeting to help each other grow and progress together” shares Chen Guangyu, Chinese startup OWIKY.
“The event was very challenging, but really helpful, as mentors and alumni helped us to optimize the overall business model and presentation. It was a local competition, with an international approach, super cool! ” Henzer Guo, IPS startup.
Launch of season 3 with the announcement on 12 October of the selected for the Booster Camp of Lyon Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes from 14 to 16 November 2017.
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