One Belt, One Roadshow in China: Scaling the Great Wall of Opportunity

Envestors run regular One Belt, One Roadshow trips that take scale-up companies to China.

Scott Haughton, COO and Doris Zhang, Investment Analyst-China are accompanied by carefully selected portfolio companies visiting a host of corporate venture firms, venture funds, private investors, high-tech science & tech zones.

These roadshows pave the way for high-growth UK technology companies to access the China market through securing strategic investment and market development partners in the key cities of Shenzhen, Shanghai and Hangzhou.  A recent Roadshow had the following itinerary:

Shenzhen Day 1

20 years ago Shenzhen was just a fishing village… Now it’s a Tier 1 City with over 18 million residents, snapping at the heels of nearby Hong Kong for strategic trade importance. Home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange and one of the biggest container ports in the world, the scale, speed of development and infrastructure has amazed the Envestors Roadshow participants and has been the perfect introduction to the scale of opportunity that is China.

Events included a dedicated presentation opportunity hosted by Cocoon Networks at Galaxy World, a science and innovation high-tech real estate facility. The Envestors companies had the opportunity to meet with an audience of 30 VC funds and investors.

Shenzhen Days 2 – 3

Envesstors were invited to showcase our compelling technology investment opportunities. We were formally presented to an audience of 400 VCs, family offices, corporate ventures and private investors. Company propositions were marketed, keynote speeches attended and there was much discussion about Chinese investment into Britain. A fascinating day to study the key trends and opportunities that are available to us in this dynamic market.

Shanghai Day 4

The Roadshow has continued  with all companies making formal investment presentations to senior management of Goldensum, a Chinese Private Equity firm with £10bn assets under management from 300 listed Chinese companies. Considerable strategic interest was achieved and solid foundations built for the companies formally presenting.

Shanghai Day 5

The Roadshow event met with the Tus Stars team in Shanghai. Tus Stars is a subsidiary of TusHoldings, a company owned by Tingshua university, the most prestigious university in China and an organisation that has spun out 500 listed Chinese companies. TusHoldings operates TusPark science and innovation centres across China, seeking to incubate and develop cutting edge technology. Tus Stars is the investment arm of the group and the Envestors companies had the opportunity to visit the innovation centre in Shanghai, in addition to presenting their own opportunities to the Tus Stars team.
Hangzhou Day 6

The Roadshow team caught the impressive CRH high-speed bullet train from Shanghai to Hangzhou for one final event. Attending the Cocoon Networks investment event, hosted by G5 Capital, a major Chinese real estate developer and incubator, attendees had a final chance to present to an audience of VCs, corporate ventures and private investors in the heart of Hangzhou, a rapidly developing Tier 2 city with a population exceeding 12 million, home of Alibaba and commonly referred as the Silicon Valley of China.

Need expert help to get ahead in China?  Please contact Scott Haughton at [email protected]