2017 is off to an amazing start as we kickoff the global road trip. G-Startup is building on the huge success of 2016 to ensure 2017 will be MAJOR! We started with a vision to launch and support the best global startups through our influential network and GMIC conferences. We never dreamed that our G-Startup Worldwide alumni would go on to raise $11.6 billion! Each day, we add value to our founders by introducing them to leading investors and technology executives from around the world.
Hans Tung, Midas List VC with GGV Capital and an early-stage investor in both the US and China (Xiaomi, Airbnb, Wish, Misfit, Music.ly, etc.) has been a part of GMIC and G-Startup year over year because of our “ability to pull together executives, founders and investors from all around the world. And now with an early-stage fund and co-investing alongside seasoned VC’s in each market, it only makes sense.”
More investors are joining forces with us! G-Startup Worldwide has partnered with 500 Startups to find high potential startups at GMIC Beijing and to invest at least $100,000 into the first place winner ($50k from our GWC Innovator Fund and $50k from 500 Startups)!
Judges for the event include:
– Jenny Lee, Managing Partner, GGV
– Ya-Qin Zhang, President, Baidu
– Anna Fang, CEO and Partner, Zhen Fund
– Kui Zhou, Partner, Sequoia Capital
– Shoucheng Zhang, Founding Chairman, Danhua Capital
– Barrett Parkman, Partner, GWC Innovator Fund
– Dave McClure, Founder, 500 Startups
– Anu Hariharan, Partner, Y Combinator
– Hans Tung, Managing Partner, GGV
– Harry Man, Partner, Matrix Partners
– Phil Chen, Advisor, Horizons Ventures
– Edith Yeung, Partner, 500 Startups
– Raymond Liao, Managing Director, Samsung Next Ventures
*More to be announced
Our judges are joined by a number of tech leaders who will also be at GMIC Beijing this year:
– Wei Cheng, CEO, Didi Chuxing
– Kai-Fu Li, CEO, Sinovation Ventures
– Lucy Peng, Co-Founder, Alibaba and CEO, Ant Financial
– Bin Lin, President, Xiaomi
– Zhang Ya-Qin, President, Baidu
– Zhang Shoucheng, Professor of Physics, Stanford University
– Mark Ren, COO and President, Tencent
– Fu Sheng, CEO, Cheetah Mobile
– Wang Gaofei, CEO, Weibo
– Wang Jian, CTO, Alibaba
The top 15 startups will pitch to thousands of tech leaders and professionals on stage at GMIC Beijing on April 27. The first place winner will receive a $100,000 investment and a free trip to Silicon Valley to compete in the G-Startup Worldwide Global Finals for an additional $250,000 investment. The Top 25 of G-Startup Worldwide at GMIC Beijing will also receive a free demo booth to show off their startup to tens of thousands of attendees at GMIC Beijing.
Additionally, G-Startup is excited to partner with Facebook’s successful startup program, FbStart, to help entrepreneurs around the world access resources and scale their business. G-Startup Beijing’s Top 15 will automatically be accepted into Facebook’s FbStart program. Benefits include Facebook ad credits, free partner services, user testing support, and mentorship from Facebook’s product managers and engineers.
Are you ready to be the next Didi or App Annie? Apply for G-Startup Beijing before April 2 (Startups in China apply here). High potential, early stage startups (<$2m raised) from any country can apply. Applications are open for our Jakarta, Sao Paulo, Pebble Beach, Silicon Valley, Hong Kong and Bangalore events.
G-Startup Worldwide is a global startup competition held around the world to find high-potential, early stage startups, invest in them, support them with a global network and enable them to change the world. The G-Startup Worldwide program invests over $1,000,000 in startups annually. G-Startup Worldwide is hosted at each Global Mobile Internet Conference (GMIC) in 2017 including Beijing, Bangalore, Tel Aviv, Mexico City, Tokyo, Jakarta, Sao Paulo, Seoul, Hong Kong and Silicon Valley. The local winners of G-Startup Worldwide at selected competitions receive investment. The winner also receives a free trip to Silicon Valley to compete to become the G-Startup Worldwide Global Winner and receive an additional $250,000 investment! All regional winners have the opportunity to automatically be admitted to Facebook’s FbStart program and a boot camp with Google Launchpad Accelerator. Any eligible startup from around the world may apply here.
GMIC, the Global Mobile Internet Conference, hosts mobile executives, entrepreneurs, developers, and investors from around the globe and across platforms to build partnerships, to learn from industry thought leaders, to better understand mobile technology trends, and to shed light on how mobile is positively changing the world. GMIC is the official home for G-Startup Worldwide competitions. For more information, please visit http://www.thegmic.com/.
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