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7th dscup international entrepreneurship pitch

North America And North Europe Regions

OVERVIEW

  • Started in 2013 with over 5,000 projects and incubated over 300 projects
  • Pitch for innovative companies and entrepreneurs
  • A high-quality and broad “Entrepreneurship+” platform that connects US-based innovators and entrepreneurs with international investors, corporations, and strategic partners
  • Total funds: 1.8 billion USD
  • Total award cash prizes: up to 300K USD

APPLICATION PROCESS

The pitch is free and open to the whole world and aimed at university students and outstanding entrepreneurs.

APPLY

NOW-NOV.6, 2019

Apply online or send your BP to: DSCUP@v2v-inno.com

SELECTED

NOV.6-9, 2019

Selected by Judges and Experts

CHICAGO PITCH

NOV.23, 2019

10 companies will be selected to pitch in Chicago V2V SUMMIT

FINAL PITCH

DEC.12, 2019

3 companies will be selected to pitch in China to win $140K+ Cash prizes

INDUSTRIES OF FOCUS

AI/INTELLIGENT MANUFACTURING

NEW ENERGY/ENERGY CONSERVATION

NEW MATERIALS

HEALTHCARE

INTERNET+

CULTURE CREATIVITY

PITCH REQUIREMENTS

STUDENTS/POST GRADUATES

  • We welcome both students and post graduates
  • Be newly established team or the company was registered after March 31, 2019
  • Have preliminary business model and business plan
  • Have more than 3 core team members;
  • Be independent
  • Be able to pitch in Chicago V2V Summit (11/23/2019)
  • North Europe teams are not required to pitch in Chicago
 

ENTREPRENEURS/
YOUNG PROFESSIONALS

  • With a company registered before March 31, 2019, and less than 5 years
  • Has good business model and business plan
  • Products or services address significant market needs
  • In need of A or pre-A round of financing;
  • Be original and innovative, with international viability
  • Be able to pitch in Chicago V2V Summit(11/23/2019)
  • North Europe teams are not required to pitch in Chicago

PRIZES AND AWARDS

11/23/2019 CHICAGO PITCH AWARDS
  1. Up to $1,200 Cash prizes or private sponsored trip to meet experts/investors in the United States;
  2. Certificates;
  3. Participate in the sponsored trip for the final in China (From any U.S. city of China, including: round-trip flight, hotel);
  4. Media coverage and promotion;
  5. Expansion support services.
12/12/2019 FINALS PITCH AWARDS
  1. Grand Prize (One Team):Cash award: 1,000,000 RMB;Office space: Free 100 m2 office space (can be registered);Energizing gift: 7 Accelerating Packages;Total value: 2,192,000 RMB.
  2. First Prize (One Team) :Cash award: 100,000 RMB;Office space: 5 free office seats (can be registered);Energizing gift: 7 Accelerating Package.
  3. Second Prize (Two Teams):Cash award: 50,000 RMB;Office space: 5 free office seats (can be registered);Energizing gift: 7 Accelerating Package. 
  4. Third Prize (Four Teams):Cash award: 30,000 RMB;Office space: 5 free office seats (can be registered);Energizing gift: 7 Accelerating Packages.
  5. The most Innovation and Creative Prize (Six Teams):Cash award: 5,000 RMB;Office space: 5 free office seats (can be registered);Energizing gift: 7 Accelerating Packages.
  6. Honorable Mentions (Ten Teams):Office space: 5 free office seats (can be registered);Energizing gift: 7 Accelerating Packages.
        7.Accelerating Package:
  • Entrepreneurship workshop:Provide systematic entrepreneurship workshops to discuss risks and challenges in entrepreneurship processes.  Famous business mentors conduct one-no-one tutoring sessions;
  • Investment and financing connections:Provide investment and financial services by the investment funds of Dongsheng Science Park and the partner venture investment institutions;
  • Policy consultation:Provide policy consulting services, especially on returning students/professionals benefits, tax benefits, and foreign affairs;
  • Brand promotion:Provide media promotion, brand promotion and other additional services, including long-term follow up and media reporting;
  • Resources connections:Provide project implementation and commercialization services, such as organizing field visits to relevant companies and organizations, coordinating resource connections in capital, taxes, working spaces, local government policies, and so on in different regions to ease the landing of the project team;
  • Office Space Support:Dongsheng Science Park will select 20 high-potential projects and provide them with rent-free office space for three months;
  • Talent Recruitment and Development:Provide assistance in visa application and local living.  If needed, provide recruitment service and talent development training.

KEY POINTS OF PITCH ASSESSMENT

Founding team

The core team is stable, and the competencies are complementary and can support the business needs.  The ownership structure is clearly stated, and can support the business growth.  

 

Business model

Business Model, if any, including the profit model, is clearly described, and the corresponding Business Plan is developed with clearly defined milestone objectives and deliverables.  For early startups, where the business model is still under development, the potential business model(s) is described and discussed.

Products and markets

The unique advantage of the subject product or service is clearly described, and demonstrated through application examples, if possible.  The customers and market needs for the product/service are clearly identified.  Potential market capacity of the product/service is analyzed, with anticipated growth rate.

 

Finance and risk

Financial analysis for the business is done, and the key business metrics are clearly described and discussed.  Major risks for the business, including technical risks, market risks and financial risks are described with risk management and mitigation plans.

 

Creativity

The innovativeness of the product/service or any aspect of the business is clearly explained.  Describe any IP or potential IP developed so far.  

ON-SITE JUDGE

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Budi Kusnoto

Professor, Program and Clinic Director of Department of Orthodontics, University of Illinois at Chicago

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Alan K. Hauser

CDx Precision Health Group | Strategic Business Development SVP

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Louis Carter II

Founder/ CEO/ President / Chairman of Environmental Engineering Org, Inc.

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Christopher Nyren

Founder of Educated Ventures

 

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Ye Ling

Adjunct Professor of BI Norwegian Business School

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Shawn He Yuxun

Managing Partner of NewLight Capital LLC.

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Ammad Nafasat

Chief Executive Officer of Flayyre

ON-SITE PITCHING COMPANIES

Chicago Pitching Winners

1ST Place

2ND Place

3RD Place

ONLINE JUDGE

1

Dr. Claudio Lim

Leader in advanced energy and telecom/IT

2

Yotam Ariel

Founder in an energy startup with operations in 15 countries

3

AUSTIN SUN

 Senior Data Architect and Manager of data engineering department

7

Rania Hoteit

 Social impact leader with recognizations 

5

Weimin Xiao

Manager in the next-generation sequencing lab

4

Jerry Strub

Global Senior Sales and Marketing Executive & Board Member

8

Kurt Young

 Founder and CEO of Mokuni LLC

9

Dr. Nathan

 Director for healthcare commercialization in the Technion 

10

Jimmy Joseph Massaad

Head of US Markets and Innovation Challenges at Born Global LLC

13

Jie Yang

Project manager in Beijing Holdings Limited

14

Bo Lee

Investor, Entrepreneur

12

Paolo Privitera

  CEO, CMO, COO and CTO in several companies

15

Andrew Dewey

 President of a small hedge Fund

16

Tom Schapira

Founder and General Partner

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Wu Weimin

Consultant editor of World Scientific Publishing Company, Fermilab physicist retiree

ONLINE PITCHING COMPANIES

Online Pitching Winner

APPLY ONLINE TO WIN $ 140K+