Startup Grind is hosting #SGPitchBattles this year in August!
Here at Startup Grind Beijing, we are calling out all the entrepreneurs to participate in this Pitch Battles, and we have prepared awesome prizes for you!
Step 2: Virtual Pitch Battles
This step is limited only to the 5 Entrepreneurs that are shortlisted. The Startup Grind Beijing Virtual Pitch Battles will be happening on 26th August 2020, 7 PM (GMT +8) on Zoom. Each entrepreneur must deliver three minutes of live/virtual pitch with 1.5 minutes rebuttal (rebuttal is optional).
Our judges will evaluate your pitch following the criteria provided by the Startup Grind team, and we will select the top 3 Pitches to be the winners.
The Prizes for winning Startup Grind Beijing Local Pitch Battles:
Step 3: Startup Grind Global Pitch Battles
Startup Grind HQ will select Top 10 best pitches from around the world to compete on Global Pitch Battles in September 2020. If you are selected, you will be presenting Beijing to compete with the other nine entrepreneurs from around the world and have a chance to win a full list of amazing prizes from Startup Grind, such as - extended startup membership, cash prizes, social media mentions from SG, etc
The agenda for Global Pitch Battles is yet to be confirmed. However, please view below for the detailed agenda of Startup Grind Beijing Virtual Pitch Battles.
Date: Wednesday, 26th August 2020
Time: 7PM (GMT +8 | China Standard Time)
Please register to watch & vote for your favorite pitch: https://startupgrind.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_gGrvypHsR36CoxdTK51bjQ
Step 1: Please read the requirements and make sure that you are eligible to participate
Step 2: Upload your video on Youtube, and Please register through this google form. Link here: https://forms.gle/QkG5sBPpT9fJTUsSA. We understand that some entrepreneurs may not be able to access google based platforms in China. Thus, if you have any issues or any questions related to this Pitch Battles, please reach out to our teammate; Madeleine at email@example.com.
The link for live-streaming the pitch will be sent out through Startup Grind Beijing’s WeChat official account, Instagram, facebook, and WeChat group. Thus, please stay tuned by following us on our social media channels:
Please reach out to Madeleine through email at Madeleine@startupgrind.com.
Golden Feather New Technology Co., LTD
Baozza Food & Beverage, LTD.
QRTIGER | 二维彩虹
Founder & CEO
Chubing Li graduated from Peking University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in English literature, and received her Master’s degree in Global Affairs as a Schwarzman Scholar at Tsinghua University. She is co-founder and COO of Golden Feather New Energy Technology Co., Ltd, a Chinese startup focusing on the R&D, production and sales of next-generation batteries. She is committed to providing innovative clean energy solutions by promoting, consolidating, and commercializing hard technology.
Loren is a serial entrepreneur who has founded 4 companies, including two F&B ventures: Baozza and Q Mex Restaurant Group. Previously an investment banker for 9 years, Loren first began his long China journey in Harvard’s East Asian Studies department and is passionate about building and scaling companies that bring joy to people.
Wahed Ahmadzai is the co-founder and COO of YOOFU International Culture Education, and Founder and Director of UIBEIAA Alumni Business Club. Through ABC, Wahed has organized the largest career fair for foreigners in Beijing, aimed at creating a stable job portal for international students and providing job opportunities to more than 500 students and expats.
As an entrepreneur at YOOFU, one of the most sought after education companies in Beijing, Wahed and his team have collaborated with more than 30 different embassies, schools and leading education companies to nurture future talents of China, and create a cultural bridge between China and the world.
Currently, Wahed is an MBA candidate in UIBE, and sharing his six years of experience in China as an entrepreneur, cultural consultant, community builder, and trainer through a series of webinars, workshops, and seminars. Wahed fluent in six languages, won many entrepreneurship competitions and completed different investment rounds for multiple ventures
Ilya is an Israeli, Beijing based entrepreneur, fluent in Chinese and passionate about language education.
Benjamin Claeys is an architect that has been over 13 years in Asia, his passion lays in tech and building products and solutions with like minded people who enjoy a creative process of rethinking existing and new concepts. He loves building good teams of passionate people that bring a product to the next level.
People Growth Team Lead
Jonas Wolf fuels Yodo1's growth by hiring and developing outstanding talent while fostering our entrepreneurial culture and the scale-ups transition into a remote work company. He and his team are always looking for outstanding talent. We highly value great communicators, avid learners and entrepreneurially minded heroes for roles such as BD, AI and data science, project management, software engineers and many more (https://www.yodo1.com/en/careers/).
An entrepreneurship enthusiast for 12+ years, he started his first business while in university.
In China, Jonas evangelized the co-working industry for naked Hub (acquired by WeWork for a reported ~400mn USD). Since then he developed and led the APAC business for AngelHack helping clients to reach their innovation objectives through facilitating Hackathons and Intrapreneurship workshops.
Jonas' core strengths are inspiring and energizing others, creative problem solving, and entrepreneurial thinking. He loves to coach people to become even better entrepreneurial leaders and successfully launch new ventures.
He is passionate about the power of community, ideas, and technology to solve problems and improve the lives of billions. Jonas contributes to impact initiatives through Startup Grind Beijing & the World Economic Forum related Global Shapers Beijing Hub II. He is honored to be a Forbes China 30under30 Social Entrepreneur.
Founder and Partner
Co-Founder, Investor and Board Member
Mountains of Imagination
Biman Najika Liyanage is a researcher, Inventor and a serial entrepreneur who has co-founded several technology ventures in Beijing,Taiwan ,Hong Kong and Sri-Lanka with a gloabl footprint in Advance Technology Development. Biman specializes in smart material-based wearable technologies with a special focus in graphene and digital twin technolgies .Biman also cofounded Wonder Technologies focuses on the non invasive methods for affective analyzing vocal biomarkers present in depression and learning disorders.
Biman was the valedictorian of his graduating classes of 2012 and 2015, where his postgraduate studies in Information and Advanced Signal Processing at Beihang University focused on Synthetic Aperture Radar Imaging for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Biman Joined Microsoft Research Asia in Beijing working in machine learnign and data mining.Biman has won numerous awards that include TechCrunch’s startup competition, Red Dot design award, FengRu Cup, Global Innovation Challenge and Durex’s Design Challenge organized by a range of world-class institutions and archived More than 20 patents in the area of smart material-based wearable technologies and respiration monitoring and affective computing.
Biman has worked in areas in innovation that range from UAV sensor design , Fashion technology, 3D food printing. Biman has collaborated with multiple Fortune 500 companies like Microsoft, Intel, Tencent, Porsche, Daimler and Xinhua News, In advance technology services delivering over 800+ projects.
His work has been featured in national and international media including Tech crunch , Mashable CRI, CCTV, The Nation and Forbes amongst many others.
Biman held a TEDxBeijing talk on the topic ‘Innovation is Easy’ in 2015 and was selected as one of the 200 future leaders from St Gallen Symposium in Switzerland 2016. He was also nominated for the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia for the Class of 2017 as well as Forbes China Class of 2017 in the field of Healthcare and Sciences. Biman is also a the Curator for Global Shaper in the Beijing Hub an initiative from the world economic forum and a board member for the NGO ‘Business for Better Society’ Furthermore Biman also serves as a Ambassador for She Loves Tech and cofounder of UrbunX Tech Accelerator for UNHabbitat in Nirobi Kenya supported by the world bank group.During his free time we works as a visiting lecturer in renowed universities teaching about innovation and rapid prototyping.
James started his career as an early employee of Microsoft Japan and led the subsidiary’s rise to the first billion-dollar revenue subsidiary of a software company in history. After his nearly 15 year corporate career which culminated in a role as CEO of a NASDAQ listed software company, James decided to become an entrepreneur and started RTM Asia.
Currently based in Beijing, James has co-founded 3 companies in China in the last 5 years. The first, Yodo1, is now the largest private publisher of mobile phone games in China. https://www.yodo1.com/en/
The second, yoli, is the innovative new way to learn English or Mandarin all in WeChat; bringing the study anywhere, anytime Uber-style model to language learning. http://tutor.yolichat.com/
The third, The Belt and Road Advisory (BRA) seeks to educate the world about China's Belt and Road Initiative. The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is history’s largest infrastructure and trade route build out and is impacting the lives of billions of the world's inhabitants. Via events, expert analysis, blog, and podcast BRA delivers this knowledge to both Chinese and English speaking audiences. Furthermore, BRA is building a blockchain-based database of people, projects, products and institutions in the Belt and Road countries.
A lifelong lover of people, culture, languages, reading and writing; James has published a best-selling business book in Japanese. Currently, James writes regular articles in Chinese and English for BRA, a number of international media outlets, LinkedIn, Medium and his own WeChat account and various other media.
James believes teaching others is the final step in the learning process. To that end, he is a frequent speaker on television, large events and conducts workshops all over China on entrepreneurial topics. Many of his ideas, best practices and advice can be found in his new book "The Tao of Startups"
James is also a professor at the University of International Business and Economics in Beijing. From the Spring Semester 2019, he will be teaching an undergraduate course entitled Entrepreneurship 201
For more information see James' LinkedIn profile :
The Tao of Startups (English)
Effective Email Communication in English (Japanese)
"The Tao of Startups" presented at ChinaAccelerator 8x8 Beijing Conference, March 23, 2018
"Why Should Children Learn Coding" at the Xi'an Global Programmer's Festival, October 24, 2018
Martin Barnes - founder of Mountains Of Imagination
I am a crocodile wrestler - well that's what being the father of twins under 3 feels like.
I also help you enjoy your future pitch or presentation because now in 2020, having the skills and confidence to present effectively in-person or online is essential.
From 16 years in Beijing, I have helped leaders of multinational companies, startup founders, and students present their ideas and brand story with clarity and impact.
My agency Mountains Of Imagination provides team training, leadership coaching and consulting services, so you make memorable impressions with your audience and get results.
Do you enjoy presenting?
Startup Grind Beijing
Born and raised in Indonesia, Madeleine moved to Beijing in 2013 to pursue her bachelor's degree in Marketing and master's degree in Customs Administration. Today, She's serving as the co-director for Startup Grind Beijing. She is also involved in the Startup Grind Greater China's S-W-A-T team as Head of Marketing. While working as Marketing and Business Development for Influence Matters - a strategic PR and Marketing consultancy helping international B2B tech startups, scale-ups and SMBs succeed in China.
Madeleine is passionate for marketing, design and content development. Some of her work includes “Entrepreneur Spotlight” series for Startup Grind Beijing and Startup Grind Greater China - where she interviews entrepreneurs from Beijing and China community. She is also the mastermind behind “8 Questions” where she interviews directors and co-directors of Startup Grind Greater China region.
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