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Qingdao 2019: Cheers to Beer, to Entrepreneurship and to Innovation!

If you have never tasted or heard of “Tsingtao beer”, you are not a true beer lover. “Tsingtao Beer” is produced by Tsingtao Brewery Co. Ltd., which was founded in 1903 by German settlers in Qingdao, China. As the birthplace of Tsingtao beer, “Qingdao” is not only a paradise for beer lovers but also a paradise for innovative entrepreneurs.

Tsingtao beer

Located in the southeast coast of Shandong Peninsula, Qingdao is the capital as well as the economic centre of Shandong Province, with a total area of 11,282 square kilometres. As an essential coastal central city and coastal resort tourism destination in China, an international shipping hub in Northeast Asia and a major nodal city of the “One Belt, One Road (OBOR)” Initiative that connects Asia with Europe, the regional GDP of Qingdao has reached 11.15 billion CNY in 2019, attracting 169.69 billion CNY foreign investment.

In recent years, Qingdao has been vigorously implementing the innovation-driven strategy, striving to build Qingdao into an important innovation centre in the east coast of China, a highland full of talents and a paradise for innovative entrepreneurs. Qingdao has actively introduced high-quality higher education resources at home and abroad, with 29 universities including the University of Cambridge, Tsinghua University and Peking University. The total number of talents in Qingdao has exceeded 1.6 million. Many well-known foreign enterprises and research & development institutions have established in Qingdao.

Qingdao National High-Tech Industrial Development Zone

If you're an innovative entrepreneur, here we are pleased to introduce you a competition that is co-hosted by CENTI Group, Qingdao National High-tech Industrial Development Zone and Qingdao Hi-tech Venture-capital Investment Co.,ltd —— “2019 Qingdao High-tech Zone Lanebest International Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competition @London & Berlin”. This competition will collect innovative entrepreneurial teams and start-up companies on a global scale.

This competition offers a total of $306,000 cash prize, directly government lead funding up to $9.2million and rental support up to $0.7 million. It is a China-Europe start-up challenge that allows you to present your business and develop cross-border networks globally, gain business insight of China and the Chinese market, and get access to Chinese investors and funds.

If you are interested in participating in the competition and pitch for global exposure, you can visit: for more information.


CENTI Group (China-Europe Networks of technology and Innovation) is a cross-border platform connecting European technology start-ups and SMEs with the Chinese market. We work with investors, governments and tech enthusiasts around the world to help companies with their Fundraising, Market Expansion, Property Management (innovation spaces, incubators). Through our core services, we have created one of the largest eco-system/networks between Europe and China (and greater Asia) that is now facilitating the transfer of technology, ideas, and talent between the continents.

If you want to know more information about big Chinese corporates and Chinese market, please contact us ( and join CENTI MEMBERSHIP for more benefits.



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