The Young Swiss Challenge

I can definitively confirm: here in Shanghai, life is moving fast! Today, let’s have a deeper look at our event from last week: The Young Swiss Challenge!

This event took place at swissnex China in Shanghai- of course! Alessandra, a very good colleague responsible for the young Swiss in China ( and me, for swissnex, organized this funny workshop and pitching session with the topic…

Entrepreneurship and realistic daily problem solving!


The goal of this event was to get to know three young Swiss entrepreneurs I met for my master thesis, learn about their stories and activities and finally help them solving some of their daily challenges. Our hosts were:

Integrated Chinese Life (ICL), a one stop agency for a great experience in China – represented by Bastien Dumont

SaucePan, a new healthy meal preparation solution – represented by Simon Vogel and Wolfgang Illing

The freelance designer Jean-Philippe Bonzon (JPBD).

They are also quickly presented in my LinkedIn post:


Swiss students in China, Chinese and Swiss alumni were the biggest part of our audience.






We were very happy to have the participation of Gabriel, Armend & Boris from the HES-SO Western Switzerland who stopped by on their way to the summer school at the Zhejiang University. We also had guest stars! We had the immense honour to have the participation of Arnaud and Junjun Bertrand, who studied in Lausanne and are founders of HouseTrip, the fastest growing holiday rental website in Europe!








Bertrand (first photo, right) and Junjun (seconde photo, left) participated at the workshop as “normal” group members; their inputs were really appreciated! Each team was given a specific challenge and only 30 min to come up with the most creative and innovative ideas. After a great buffet, we were ready to hear the 2min pitches of our 8 teams!


The tree young entrepreneurs were really happy to hear the amazing ideas coming from our audience and they found the event very useful and interesting. Each team was also given a feedback so that everyone could gain some experience out of this workshop! Congratulations to the first three winning teams, who won some vouchers to order healthy food with Saucepan!
















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