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CENTI Online China-Europe Startup Challenge @Dalian

Date: Early July(TBC)

Event Introduction

2021 Overseas Innovation Week focuses on high-level and scarce talents from home and abroad who "have core technology and play a core role" to help the high-quality development of Northeast Asia Science and Technology's innovation, entrepreneurship and venture capital center.

This is an important part of the project of overseas students and cutting-edge talents returning to China to start their own business. The application for this project has been fully launched


Landing Supports

Entrepreneurial carrier

The three-level incubation chain of crowdsourcing space-incubator-accelerator has helped 150 enterprises to obtain social capital of 1.233 billion yuan. 15 national-level crowdsourcing spaces and the Union Creative and Uni-tech accelerator form a complete entrepreneurial ecology, and Microsoft's "Dalian Industrial Internet of Things International Accelerator" helps enterprises to precisely connect with Microsoft resources.​

Human Resources

There are more than 145,700 employees, 537 national and provincial talents. Dalian University of Technology, Dalian Maritime University, Northeast University of Finance and Economics, Dalian Medical University, Dalian University of Foreign Studies and other universities have 5 independent software schools, and the proportion of bilingual students in Japanese, Korean, English and Japanese reaches 59%.

Scientific Research Resources

Dalian University of Technology, Dalian Maritime University and other 12 universities, with 9 national engineering (technology) R & D centers, 8 national key laboratories, 44 provincial key laboratories, 2 new R & D institutions

Capital Supports

There are 121 financial and insurance institutions, and a complete system of financial services such as angel investment, venture capital (VC), private equity (PE), technology banks and guarantee institutions. During the "14th Five-Year Plan" period, the total scale of guiding funds will reach 3 billion yuan, and 30-50 sub-funds will be established in cooperation with social capital for industry, entrepreneurship, mergers and acquisitions, and angels.

Who can apply?


Master's degree or above from overseas or experience in research and development management in overseas universities, research institutes or famous enterprises


Have independent intellectual property rights and internationally leading proprietary technology, the project should be in line with the key industrial direction of the high-tech industry.


If the enterprise has been established in Dalian High-tech Zone, the registration time is after January 1, 2020.

How to sign up

Step 1

Online registration
*Fill out the registration form the website and sign up

Step 2

Initial Evaluation
*All application materials will be submitted to the government of  Dalian for review

Step 3

Online Roadshow

*The roadshow will run online an the selected projects will sign agreements with the government

Roadshow Schedule:Early July(TBC)



- $28,972 Start-up capital

- $20million potential funding

- $1006 trip reimbursement


- 1000,000 CNY start-up capital

- Up to 10,000,000 non-repayable grants

  • Services that CENTI provide
    - Provide input on Chinese business plans, such as company location, corporate structure, business development strategy, etc. - Market research and initial pitching to strategic investors and organized trips to Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Hong Kong for face to face meetings, assist in talks with investors whilst accompanying the CEO. - Introduce additional value-add partners such as the HKSTP (Hong Kong Science and Technology Park), Weifang High-Tech park (home to major tech corporates such as Goertek) and Zhangjiang High-Tech Park (the leading industrial in Shanghai). - Negotiate with the relevant government departments in China, navigating the complex legal and culture systems. - Provide additional operational support, such as setting up the WFOE (wholly foreign owned enterprise) structure and acquiring talents in the early stages. - Build up the client’s Chinese pitch deck, tailoring to the Chinese market.


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