Italian Scale-Up Initiative in China 2017 – Final Phase


September 18th – 22nd, Beijing


The Italian Scale-up Initiative in China (ISIC), a pioneer project organised by Tech Silu, China-Italy Chamber of Commerce and ThinkIN China, is about to reach the peak that will act as the springboard for Italian startups towards China. ISIC is where Tech Italian Scale-Ups meet Key Chinese Stakeholders to succeed together.


The initiative begun in April with a call for Italian innovative startups interested in expanding their business to China, and reached a key milestone after two selection phases: more than 50 applicants were screened by a Selection Committee, made by a member of each of the organisers; the resulting best 10 scale-ups were reviewed by the ISIC2017 Judging Panel, composed by nine of the most relevant Chinese investors, and key stakeholders.


D-Orbit, and X-Next resulted as the winners of ISIC2017, chosen to foster their disruptive technologies into the Chinese market.


Some leading figures of the Chinese and Italian startup ecosystem joined ISIC2017 as main partners and sponsors: Zhongguancun Innoway, the innovation and startup hub of Beijing, as Chinese partner, hosting the pitching event on the 18th September; Etihad Airways, as airline sponsor; Caixin Globus and StartupBusiness as media partners.


These key actors made possible the set-up of the final stint of ISIC2017: its program will begin on the 18th September with the event at Zhongguancun Innoway. During the event, the Best3 scale-ups will do their pitching in front of investors and will undertake 1:1 meetings with several players of the Chinese financial market.


The week will continue with a series of strategic follow-up meetings between the CEOs of D-Orbit, X-Next, and several relevant members of the Chinese VC and tech communities to spearhead a successful landing into the Chinese Market.


The journey will culminate on 22nd September with the Ceremony Awards at the Embassy of Italy in China, Beijing, where the scale-ups will receive their prizes; it will be also a relevant moment for an insightful networking with the Italian business community of experts, as well as Chinese investors and stakeholders.


Thanks to ISIC2017, for the first time the Italian tech ecosystem will be a central part to the official Innovation event of the Chinese Government: The National Mass Entrepreneurship and Innovation Week. The goal of the organisers is to provide the scale-ups a concrete opportunity to explore the potential of the Chinese market, boosting the Sino-Italian startup ecosystem, while contributing in shaping the Italian image into the Asian Country.


Luca Rossettini, CEO of D-Orbit, explains why this experience is so important during their expansion phase: “One of the most important markets that will dominate the next decade is Asia. China is not just an opportunity to grow our business but also the best from where positioning our unique technology worldwide. I feel privileged to have the opportunity to visit this country in the next days.” 


Read the entire press release here


Caixin Globus is the media partner of the event, check the promo video of the initiative here



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