WHY EXPLORING BEIJING (CHINA)?

Zhongguancun, the Chinese Silicon Valley where talents and money come together

#Startups #VC #Unicorns #TechGiants

We organise learning expeditions in Beijing, the Chinese Silicon Valley, to empower executives to stay ahead in a fast-moving globalised world.

As the country is pushing to restructure its economy and develop a growth model based on quality rather than quantity, the government has invested heavily in the infrastructure to build innovation hubs and technology parks. The most important is Zhongguancun, in Beijing, where are headquartered Chinese tech giants Xiaomi, Meituan-Dianping, Didi-Kuaidi, Weibo, YouKu, global IT companies (Microsoft, IBM, Sony Ericsson, …) as well as incubators, accelerators and startups. There would be more than 60 unicorns in the city. Zhongguancun is really the place where entrepreneurs, engineering talent from the two top Chinese universities and VC money come together, and is often compared to the Silicon Valley.

A unique and inspiring consumer software ecosystem

#ConsumerProducts #SocialMedia #O2O #MCommerce #Marketing

Because of the Great Firewall, the country has created its very own software ecosystem focused exclusively on the Chinese market, which is completely different than ecosystems found elsewhere in the world. Startups have first executed copycats but the speed of change and the scale of tech adoption in China, with a huge market of 800 million internet users (August 2018) and 98% of them using mobile phones, have led these copycats to outpass their original models. They’ve transformed into very unique companies with features that now inspire Facebook and Google. Chatbots have existed on WeChat for years, the New Retail Revolution has started in China, and live streaming commerce, i.e. buying items seen on the screen during live videos, is another consumer trend that inspires the rest of the world.

Global leader in AI research and development, especially driverless cars and robotics

#Robotics #AI #AutonomousVehicles

With a focus on science, technology and engineering, China is outpacing the US in R&D in deep learning and deep neural networks.  The huge volume of user data generated by its mobile savvy population allows its AI programs to engage efficiently with the user. The country is aiming to expand its AI products market to $15 billion, with a focus on the development of driverless cars and robotics.  The objective is to improve the quality of Chinese-made goods whilst upgrading the country’s factories with smart machines.  Baidu, headquartered in Beijing, is comparing on the global scene with Google, Microsoft and IBM for its AI capabilities.  Beijing aims to make scientific development account for 60% of economic growth by 2020.

LET'S DISCUSS YOUR INNOVATION GOALS!

PARTICIPATE TO OUR NEXT OPEN LEARNING EXPEDITION

5 days immersion
in the innovation ecosystem of Singapore
for corporate executives

Learning Expeditions Accelerators:
From 20 to 22 March

Learning Expeditions Fintech:
From 9 to 12 April

Learning Expeditions Smart Cities:
From 7 to 10 May

Learning Expeditions Silver Economy:
From 4 to 7 June

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING OUR OPEN LEARNING EXPEDITION?

NETWORK OF EXPERTS IN ASIA

We connect you to inspiring innovators who matter for you and are ready to share their experience and best practices – from disruptive startups to innovative corporates, digital experts and vibrant communities.

STRATEGIC FACILITATION

We provide a complete experience with workshops and reflection sessions to share insights, foster new thinking and stimulate new ideas.

CREATIVE FORMATS

We create results-oriented, 100% tailored and out of the box learning formats – from Learning expeditions to transformation workshops, innovation events or advisory boards.

HOW DOES A LEARNING EXPEDITION WORK?

EXPERIENTIAL VISITS & MEETINGS

We test out the latest prototypes and engage in open discussions with innovators to get fresh ideas and learn from their experience

TAILORED PROGRAM

We curate innovators who will provide you insights that meet your learning objectives

PARTICIPANTS GUIDES & MEETINGS WRAP-UPS

We prepare all meetings with the speakers, provide you with guides for all participants and a wrap-up report of the tour

FACILITATION

We organize workshops and reflection sessions to share insights from the visits, foster new thinking and stimulate new ideas