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swissnex China June 2019 Newsletter      EVENTS NEWS RECAP | PARTNERS |SNX NETWORK
June 11 - 13 | Shanghai New International Expo Center / PwC Shanghai Innovation Center

#SWISSTECH PAVILION at CES ASIA 2019, the largest consumer electronics show in Asia, will be joined by 22 top #SWISSTECH startups looking for collaboration partners, funding opportunities and to enhance their visibility in the Asian market. The 300m² #SwissTech Pavilion is primely located at the main entrance. A separate exclusive pitching event will be held with multi-$B investors.
Learn more and register for the pitching night ➠

EVENTS | Our events in Beijing, HK, Shanghai Shenzhen, Dalian
VENTURE LEADERS CHINA |  Meet the Swiss National Startup Team!
June 24 - July 4 | Beijing, Dalian (WEF), Shanghai, Shenzhen & Hong Kong

For the 6th consecutive year, swissnex China is proud to co-organize with Venturelab a bootcamp tour & pitching roadshow with 10 top Swiss startups that will span 10 days and 5 cities in China. The roadshow offers the startups unparalleled exposure and insight in China, along with learning about growth opportunities, how corporate affairs work, pitching to investors and getting insights from experts. Learn more  ➠
EVENT |  Drone GP Race @ Swiss Innovation Week
June 14 | Embassy of Switzerland in China, Beijing| Stay tuned for LIVESTREAM

In collaboration with DGP, swissnex China will be organizing the first ever drone race at an Embassy during the Swiss Innovation Week at the Embassy of Switzerland in Beijing. The exhibition race will unfold during the evening as the track race will be illuminated by LEDs lights, allowing the audience to experience a thrilling spectacle of light and speed. The race will connect top Swiss and Chinese pilots for a friendly drone race competition.  Learn more  ➠
FIRESIDE CHAT|Opportunities and Challenges in the Chinese MedTech Landscape, ft. Dr. Urs Mattes
June 4|swissnex China

For this edition of the Fireside Chat in collaboration with SwissCham and UZH Alumni Shanghai Chapter, we welcome Dr. Urs Mattes, Director Asia-Pacific at Cendres+Metaux SA., who will tackle the topic of Medtech specialties. He will take the opportunity to elaborate on a case study from the dental industry and conduct discussion with the audience. Throughout his time in China Dr. Mattes has been Board Member of several medical and non-medical Swiss companies. Learn more and register ➠

CAFE DES SCIENCES|Engineering Microbes as Living Sensors, ft. Mario Andrea Marchisio
June 20|swissnex China

Co-organized with Chronus Art Center, swissnex China is presenting the 6th Café des Sciences Lecture with the focus on Synthetic Biology. Prof. Mario Andrea Marchisio, Post-Doctor graduated from ETH-Zurich, will give us a glance at his research on engineering microbes as living sensors. Prof. Marchisio’s research tries to bring together computational methods and wet-lab techniques for the design, modeling, and implementation of biosensors in the baker yeast S. cerevisiae. Learn more and register ➠

NEWS & RECAP | The latest scoop from swissnex China
STARTUPS CALL|Venture Leaders Fintech Hong Kong
November 3-9|Hong Kong|Application Deadline: June 6

Final Call for Venture Leaders Fintech Hong Kong: 10 Swiss Fintech startups will head to Hong Kong from November 3-9 to explore the Asian market. The program will include participation at the Hong Kong Fintech Week (the world's first cross-border financial conference), private and public pitching opportunities, support of business development activities and networking / coaching with local startup experts. Venture Leaders Fintech Hong Kong is co-organized by Venturelab and swissnex China
Learn more and apply  ➠

May 24|MOCA, Shanghai

SWISS ALUMNI CHINA 2019 took place on May 24 at MOCA, People's Garden, in the heart of Shanghai. This year’s edition was the largest of its kind: over 270 guests from 23 Swiss Public Universities registered for the event, some travelling all the way from Beijing, Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Taiwan, Chengdu and even further for the occasion. 7 Heads of Shangai Alumni Chapters were given the opportunity to take the floor and provide updates. This gathering was a great opportunity for Swiss Public University Alumni to stay connected, exchange job perspectives and be informed of the latest news from swissnex.  Learn more ➠
RECAP|Tamedia Digital Media Innovation Study Tour
April 1 - 5|Shanghai,Beijing

From April 1-5, swissnex China had the pleasure of organizing a 5-day Chinese digital media innovation study trip for an executive delegation from Tamedia Group / 20 Minuten, for the purpose of better understanding the new media ecosystem in China, discuss and exchange best practices with their Chinese counterparts, and to take a deep dive into China’s innovation ecosystem. They had the opportunity to visit traditional media companies, new media startups, digital media giants, startup accelerators and a media college with state-of-the-art facilities.  Learn More  ➠

RECAP|Future of Money 2019: New Technologies in Financial Services
April 23|Orient Securities Tower, Shanghai

On April 23, we had the immense honour to organize for the President of the Swiss Confederation Mr. Ueli Maurer the Future of Money: Brilliance in Fintech event. Mr. Maurer was accompanied by two delegations of official and financial dignitaries. Among the delegations were the State Secretary, three Ambassadors, the President of the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority FINMA, the Chairmen of SIX and SwissBanking and high-ranking representatives from all sectors of the Swiss financial world. Learn More  ➠

RECAP|VR_I: A Contemporary Dance Piece in Immersive Virtual Reality
May 9-12 / 15-18|Chronus Art Center (CAC), Shanghai

Organized by swissnex China, VR_I: A Contemporary Dance Piece in Immersive Virtual Reality was brought to the Chinese audience for the first time. Throughout the 8-day performances from 9-12/15-18 May, VR_I has received over 500 spectators at Chronus Art Center, located in M50, the renowned art & design district of Shanghai. The Director and Choreographer of VR_I – Gilles Jobin and his touring team also had their first contact with the Chinese audience. Learn more ➠

RECAP|Towards a "New Innovation" for a more sustainable society
May 9|Dongguan University of Technology, Dongguan

Professor Claudio Roberto Boër from SUPSI, Senior Advisor of swissnex China, brought a unique scientific lecture to the students in the Sino-French lecture hall at GDUT, based on the theme of Research and Search: A quest for a "new innovation" for a more sustainable society , focusing on mechanical engineering technology, sustainable development and innovation in today's society, and the frontier and future trends of international advanced manufacturing technology. 
Learn More  ➠

RECAP|Café des Science: New Perspectives on VR
May 23|swissnex China

On the occasion of the Asia Tour of VR_I, a contemporary dance piece in immersive virtual reality, Gilles Jobin, Director & Choreographer of the work was invited to present at the 5th Café des Sciences Lecture, together with Gauthier Dubruel, Business Director and co-founder of UbiSim, the first VR training solution for nurses. Around 50 attendants had the chance to meet with both speakers and network with the professionals in VR field. Nearly 900 audience watched the online live streaming of the talks. Learn More  ➠


Are you a young, ambitious and self-driven young graduate looking to boost your career? Join our dynamic team in Shanghai!

Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Junior Project Manager (Internship)
6 months| Deadline:  Jun 30, 2019| Start: Sep 2019 | Apply  ➠

Interdisciplinary & Special Projects, Junior Project Manager (Internship)
6 months| Deadline:  Jun 23, 2019| Start: Aug 2019 | Apply  ➠


WELCOME! Frans-Emmanuel Bengtsson
New Junior Project Manager / HEC Lausanne Ambassador

Frans-Emmanuel is a Swiss citizen born in Geneva in 1994. Since his early childhood he has grown up in an international environment, speaking French, English and Swedish at home. Frans-Emmanuel completed a Bachelor degree at HEC Lausanne in management and is looking forward to graduating in 2019. He will then obtain a Master degree in Management, Strategy, Organization and Leadership. Finally, Frans-Emmanuel is also a big music enthusiast and enjoys meeting new people.

EVENT| On May 20 we were delighted to host Maxwell Biosystems, a ETH-spin-off startup based in Basel that took part in the Innosuisse Market Entry Camp in China. They launched in Shanghai their next-gen product "MaxTwo", a CMOS-based multiwell HD-MEA platform, with a scientific workshop where the audience were provided a hands-on experience with the new product. Learn More  ➠

FRIEND FROM THE NETWORK| In June we look forward to the visit of our colleague Laura Acosta, Project Manager at Science & Technology Office of the Embassy of Switzerland in Korea!

  • RANKING  In the newly-released IMD World Competitiveness Ranking, Switzerland has been rated as Europe’s most competitive nation, and coming fourth worldwide in the annual global ranking of the Lausanne-based IMD Business School. Switzerland ranks first in the university and management education, health services and quality of life categories. Learn more  ➠
  • NEWS  ETH Zurich now has its first unicorn spin-off startup - one that exceeds one billion dollars in estimated value prior to an IPO: GetYourGuide is an online travel platform for booking activities, tours and tickets to attractions. Learn more  ➠
  • RANKING  3 Swiss universities amongst Ten Top Innovative Universities in Europe: In the Reuters ranking of the 100 most innovative universities in Europe, Switzerland has 3 institutions in the top ten: EPFL, ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich. Learn more  ➠
  • INTERVIEW Mark Greeven of IMD Business School shares his thoughts with CNN Money Switzerland on Why China is a Great Place for Startups. “China is a hard market,” but don’t let that put you off. He says that the freedom to fail there means that start-ups can try out new ideas. Watch the interview  ➠

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