Swiss startups conquering Asian markets

Following the success of the first and second editions of venture leaders China, venturelab is happy to announce the third edition of the program in 2016. venture leaders China is a unique 10-day business development program to explore the Chinese market potential for your startup. An exclusive opportunity to be part of a top entrepreneurial team, accelerate your business growth and showcase Switzerland as a leading country for innovation.

10 carefully selected high-tech entrepreneurs will get a unique chance to give their technology and business a commercial boost, thanks to venture leaders.

A high-powered jury will select 10 most promising startups. The 10 winners will travel to Shanghai, Beijing , Shenzhen and Hong Kong, where they will attend a unique entrepreneurial and business development program. Organized in partnership with swissnex China, Consulate of Switzerland, venture leaders consists of numerous opportunities for face-to-face discussions with leaders of the high-tech community. It offers a focused and intense program designed to provide participants with a maximum impact on their personal, business and network development.

venture leaders program – ten intense days in China

  • Presentation to experts and investors per industry sector
  • Startup visits
  • Knowledge workshops with experts in business development, IP, corporate affairs etc.
  • Advanced entrepreneurship training
  • "Execution workshops" focusing on developing your company, "hands on"
  • Group feedback sessions
  • Multiple networking events with the high-tech entrepreneurs' scene
  • Flexibility for personal business development activities during the whole stay

The venture leaders China-Flyer 2016


Open the Flyer

Program for the winners' team

April – May 2016
Call for applications / registrations

June 13th, 2016
Registration deadline

Program for the 10 winners

September 2016
Kick-off event in Switzerland

October 24th to November 3rd, 2016
Trip to China: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hongkong.

Intense dive into the Chinese, thanks to a program comprising:
  • Private pitching and feedback sessions with top Technology investors.
  • Pitching and networking events with investors and industry leaders at all cities.
  • Review and discussions with experts about Chinese market penetration, financing strategies, internationalization, and more.
  • Social networking events with Chinese business ecosystem.

More about the previous venture leaders China

Every year venture leaders selects a team of top entrepreneurs helping them to accelerate their international growth. You want to know more? Read what our previous participants John Miles, CEO of Space3D and Wulf Glatz, CEO of greenTEG have thought about the program, and get to know them in video. You can also follow the venture leaders' experience on Twitter and Facebook.

Discover the venture leaders China 2015 team and 2014 team! Many of them are pushing for accelerated growth and made it  to the TOP100 Best Swiss Startups. Join the proud members of the venture leaders forming the "Swiss startup national team" and  view all the former 300+ venture leaders China and USA.

Meet the venture leaders China

Program Connectors

Only the best qualify for venture leaders. Are you one of them?

  • “venture leaders accelerates your company to go global and broadens your view. It is a great opportunity to learn from people doing business there successfully and also to exchange approaches with other Swiss startups.”
    Martin Zahnert VP Engineering of Dacuda
  • “Chinese market is complex and open-minded. It absorbs the new technology, ideas, and investment with passion. 'To be present' is the No. 1 learning for me from this trip.”
    Yun Luo founder and CEO of plus MAT AG
  • “The venture leader program in China is a real eye-opener.”
    Salvador Garcia Zalduegui co-founder of iRewind