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09 Jan 2012
Pitch, Recruit, Build and Fund at Startup Weekend Beijing, January 13-15
by Andy Mok, Red Pagoda Resources
Calling all entrepreneurs!
If you're an entrepreneur involved in building your own business, I thought you'd like to hear about our next Startup Weekend Beijing.
As you know, the landscape in China is littered with foreigners who tried to launch Internet businesses here. Very few have succeeded. That's why we are delighted to have Fritz Demopolous, co-founder and CEO of Qunar, as one of our judges at our next event.
Qunar raised its Series A in 2006 and is currently among the three top travel sites in China. In June 2011, Baidu announced that it invested US$306 million in Qunar while allowing it to remain an independent entity.
Here are the details of our next Startup Weekend Beijing.
Startup Weekend Beijing: Pitch Your Idea to #1 Laowai in China Internet! (hat tip to Kai Lukoff at techrice.com for catchy headline)
Startup Weekend Beijing is going to be held January 13-15th at the Holiday Inn Express Dongzhimen on 1 Chunxiu Road. Organized by Red Pagoda Resources, this event will draw talented developers, UI/UX designers and product managers and challenge them to bring an idea to launch over the course of the weekend.
Beginning Friday night, attendees will get 2 minutes to pitch their ideas and teams will form around the selected ideas. In the following 54 hours, teams will work together to turn their idea into a product to pitch to a room of investors and a judging panel will select a winning team. The confirmed judges are Fritz Demopoulos, CEO and Co-Founder of Qunar.com, Xiaojun Li, Partner at IDG, and Robbi Jiang, Investment Director at BlueRun Ventures .
Prizes include an exclusive opportunity for the winning team to pitch AngelVest.
Previous winners include Apricot Forest,a mobile health start up that is now funded by BlueRun Ventures; and WoDaChe, a social carpooling application, which is now backed Dave McClure’s 500Startups.
Startup Weekend Beijing is made possible by the generous support of its sponsors including our Platinum Sponsor SingTel Innov8, SingTel Group's corporate venture capital fund, with its own set of decision making, approval and funding processes and an initial fund size of S$200 million.
If you missed out last time, make sure you make it out this time!
For more information
as well as the registration link, go to www.startupweekendbeijing.com
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