Swissnex Shanghai

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 (www.youngswissinchina.com) and me, for swissnex, organized this funny workshop and pitching session with the topic…

Entrepreneurship and realistic daily problem solving!

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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: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=73e7808c7d30abf40aa740dfc&id=0ea142e5ec

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

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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! http://pwc.blogs.com/fast_growth_companies/2014/11/trip-of-a-lifetime-we-meet-arnaud-bertrand-co-founder-of-housetrip.html.

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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!

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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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Laurence @ Swissnex Shanghai

As we know, China is moving very fast. At Swissnex too, a lot happens! Let’s have a look at the next important event that will take place in Shanghai between Swiss and Chinese entrepreneurs and learn to know 2 up-coming Swiss start-ups I interviewed!

Next event!

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The lift Conference will take place for the second time in Shanghai, and the preparations are in full swing. I am convinced that the Swiss night will be a big success, as it is a good opportunity to discover the technologies of tomorrow, share knowledge and network with some of the brightest Swiss and Chinese minds.

Guest stars of the month, emfab and ScanTrust

I had the chance to interview two Swiss start-ups who are growing and considering Asia and specifically China in their development plans. Do you know them? Check that small summary; they will be fore sure well-known soon!

2Emfab is a young start-up run by two engineers from the ETH Zürich since a year.

It offers its customers technical consulting services for the design and engineering of mechanical systems, electrical circuits and micro-systems. The team elaborates functional solutions for companies’ technical challenges.

Something makes Emfab very special in our eyes: the team is made of one Chinese man and one Swiss woman; this cultural complementarity allows them to be strong on both markets. Both partners know the importance of being patient in building a trustworthy relationship with the Chinese fabrics and how precise they have to behave to be recognized from Swiss customers.

Thanks to their high quality service, tailored manufacturing solutions, short delivery times and competitive prices, they are on a good way to continue on the success wave they are surfing on at the moment.

3Also at the beginning of their success story and after closing a $1,2 million round of initial seed funding led by AngelVest Group and SOS Ventures, ScanTrust is another Swiss start-up who has to be known ! Based at the EPFL Innovation Park, it has a branch in Shanghai with a team of 15 people and had previously joined the CTI market entry camp in China.

The basic idea of ScanTrust is to offer a platform based on the world’s first copy-proof. Therefore, by using this service through a smartphone-app, the producers, distributors as well as the final customers can easily authenticate and localize goods across the whole value chain.

See you soon for further news about life in Shanghai!

Laurence @ Swissnex Shanghai

Ni Hao! Or hello! A lot of events happened since I arrived in Shanghai a month ago!

First highlight, for sure, the Solar Impulse Swiss Day at the Southeast University in Nanjing. This event attracted not less than 10 Medias and 700 students followed it.

During this event, I presented the HES-SO and the master program with a major in entrepreneurship in Fribourg to the audience. The students were impressed of our program and asked many questions!

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During my first month in Shanghai, I was also took part in great events with Swissnex. It was a pleasure to attend the EMBA students from Fribourg, to participate at the European days at FuDan University as well as at the SwissWeek in Shanghai, for example.

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I am already excited about the rest of my stay!

Laurence