Erik Ackner

startups · accelerators · technology

About Me

I'm an experienced entrepreneur, event organizer and startup community builder from Germany, based in China since 2010. I'm helping China's startup community and ecosystem to thrive and connect with the rest of the world. I'm doing so in three ways: firstly by starting my own businesses (UrTurn: event agency, SHIFT: LOHAS community, Startup Generation: entrepreneurship thinktank); secondly by representing and organizing global startup communities and events such as Startup Grind, Startup Weekend, Slush and Fuckup Nights in China; and lastly by running startup acceleration programs at Startupbootcamp China. At SBC, I'm responsible to scale local and international tech startups in China where I assist with business development, connecting and advice. Being a creative entrepreneur and community builder from Germany, I have a MA double-degree in Chinese-European Business and Economy from both Germany (Berlin School of Economics and Law) and China (South-Western University of Finance and Law) and focused since 2010 on studies, communities and business in China. I'm specifically interested in the global startup and tech development in comparison with the astonishing speed of change in China. Acting as an ambassador for innovation, youth entrepreneurship and new tech applications, I have been hosting and speaking at many international events all over China, Korea, Germany and the US. Some of the events include: Examples are Korea Startup Festival (Nov. 2017 Seoul), Startup Grind Director Retreat (Feb. 2018 Silicon Valley), Founder Talk (Jan. 2018 Chengdu), Pechakucha (May 2018 Chengdu), TEDx Open Mic (Apr. 2018 Chengdu), Pirate Summit ( Jun. 2018, Cologne), Impact Hub (Jun. 2018, Dresden) and Slush Shanghai (Sep, Shanghai).