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Our Playbook for Entering China


Niklas Fip

February 11, 2021

China is a game worth playing… if you know the rules.

Many of the founders we meet and digital tech startups we invest in have strong international ambitions… and for good reason. Global expansion is a crucial business development strategy to promote growth. While the US is the typical “next step,” China, as one of the largest economies in the world, is an attractive market for startups, too.

But despite this potential, a European founder who just dives head-first into the Chinese market will likely find themselves overwhelmed by completely unfamiliar market forces and cultural business practices, wasting time and money in the process. In short, many European founders find it difficult to understand the rules of the game for the Chinese market.

So we prepared some food for thought and first ideas for you to consider as you take your first steps to enter the Chinese market.

The Playbook

To get a clearer picture of the structure of the Chinese market and to clarify what you have to take into account when expanding there as an early-stage startup, we teamed up with Luisa Eggers who wrote her master thesis on “How European Tech Start-Ups Should Enter the Chinese Market” during her time at Speedinvest. Together, we drafted a playbook for any European B2B founders who are considering an expansion into the Chinese market.

Authored by Niklas Fip, a member of the Speedinvest Industrial Tech team, with contributions from Andy Schwarzenbrunner. The future of industry is digital and green. Europe is entering a new industrial era driven by transformative technologies, new business models and the common goal of decarbonization. They invest in startups pushing Europe into the future. So whether it’s re-imagining Manufacturing, Construction, Energy, Logistics or Mobility, our strong connections to the industrial world and firm understanding of these sectors supports our founders in building a more sustainable and innovative Europe.

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