This community is growing rapidly and various events and initiatives are being organized to help it achieve the following objectives:
The first aim of the Shenzhen French Tech Hub is to unite its members by involving them in a community working for innovation. “French Tech Afterworks” are organized on a monthly basis, which enables local French entrepreneurs and like-minded newcomers to mingle together and share tips about the Shenzhen ecosystem. Every quarter, the French Consulate also organizes site visits (Club R&D) in local French innovative companies… French startups are also encouraged to participate in events organized by local networks such as Startup Grind and Startup Salad to engage further with local entrepreneurs.
Second objective: to support French start-ups settling in Shenzhen and to provide all the useful tools for their development. Shenzhen is one of the key stops of Business France’s immersions programs (French Tech Tour, Impact China). The French Chamber of commerce and industry in South China also organizes regular events with potential investors. And the French Tech Hub’s community set up a yearly “open pitch” session where young startup managers come to pitch in front of a panel of more experiences peers (next session : May 2017).
Last but not least, the Shenzhen French Tech Hub aims at boosting the visibility and international appeal both of French startups and of the French ecosystem for local entrepreneurs. Our community aims to act as a bridge to help French startups set a foot in Shenzhen and also assist Chinese startups and incubators land in France and emulate local incubator Tian’An Digital City, which recently took the decision to open a platform in Yvelines (Paris region).
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