February 7, 2014, 4-9 PM
Level 39, Canary Wharf, One Canada Square
Strategies for Success in China’s Tech Economy
Challenges for entering and succeeding in China’s large and fast-growing tech market are high but so are the opportunities. China is getting ahead in mobile communications, e-commerce, gaming, payment solutions, LEDs, electric cars, software, cloud computing, the Internet of Things — and more.
Chinese Internet stars Jack Ma of Alibaba, Pony Ma of Tencent and Robin Li of Baidu proved that billions can be made from big-time IPOs and mega M&A deals. Now a new, fiercely competitive generation no longer copies business models from Silicon Valley and other global tech hotspots but innovates.
How can western businesses tap the Chinese market? What are the best ways to launch, market and distribute brands in China? Is partnering with a local business a good idea? How can a China entry strategy help a startup scale to super-size? What are the risks to look out for? What tech sectors hold the most promise? How can startups find a niche and battle the BAT (Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent)?
This second annual Silicon Dragon forum in London provides a roadmap for Silicon Roundabout Tech Entrepreneurs, Venture Capitalists and Angel Investors to profit in the Middle Kingdom.
Lord Wei, Serial Social Entrepreneur introduced by Eric Van der Kleij, head of technology accelerator Level 39 at Canary Wharf
MC:Rebecca Fannin, Journalist, Author and Entrepreneur, Silicon Dragon, and Contributor, Forbes
Venture Capital and Dealmaker Panel
An expert panel of venture capitalists and dealmakers look at the trends in financing startups: what tech sectors are hot in China, how to raise money from expert VCs and corporates to tackle the Chinese market, the impact of angel investors and serial entrepreneurs in China, advice for UK startups scaling the China wall.
David Mott, Managing Partner, Oxford Capital; Mike Powell, Partner and Managing Director, Woodside Capital Partners;
One-on-one Q&As with entrepreneurs and execs at startups and multinationals in China. A snapshot of the challenges, opportunities and milestones in succeeding in the Chinese market, as told by those who have been there, done it!
Arnold Ma, Founder and Digital Marketing Director, Qumin; Nigel Toon, President and CEO, XMOS; Kelvin Au, Managing Director, Metail Asia
Moderators: Andy Clayton, CEO, LNP China; Simon Thethi, Founder, Tech City News; Gareth Wong, Founder & CEO, GamBond & CXO Network
Scenes from Silicon Dragon London 2013