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Calling for Pitch: 2024 HICOOL Global Entrepreneurship Competition

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Calling for Pitch: 2024 HICOOL Global Entrepreneurship Competition


China's largest startup event is now calling for founders in Germany!

Started in year of 2020, the HICOOL Global Entrepreneurship Competition is the largest and most important annual startup event in China. Founders from the globe are going to showcase their innovative projects to top VC investors and business angels, battling for 140 prizes across 7 competition tracks. Top teams from each track will each win 2 Million RMB (~250,000 EUR) first prizes, plus various networking and business matching opportunities with Chinese investors, corporates as well as fellow entrepreneurs world-wide.

Competition Timeline
The application to the Germany division is now officially open. The submission deadline is 2024.04.15 and the Grand Final battle with a global startup expo is scheduled in Q2 2024 in Beijing, to which global finalists will be invited to pitch on-site. The good news: China requires now no visa for German travelers staying less than 14 days. It's your best chance to pitch top Chinese VCs face to face!

Tech Tracks
7 following Tech Tracks are open this year for both startups in early phase "Maker Stage", or more advanced phase "Growth Stage" if you have already a registered legal entity in China:

  • AI / VR / FinTech
  • Medicine & Healthcare
  • New Generation Information Technology
  • High-end Equipment
  • CleanTech / New Materials
  • Cultural Creativity
  • AgriTech / FoodTech

Your nationality, location or experience with Chinese market does not matter: teams in different tracks and stages will compete in corresponding groups and hence have a fair battleground for everyone.

How to apply?
Simply visit the official event platform at to complete your application online. The registration and preliminary rounds are 100% on cloud and there's no physical event venue.

In case you have already registered in the HICOOL platform, but encounter issues this year, you can go to the "My Project" page and click "Modify the Invitation Code", input the invitation code for Germany Division " 36kr " - Our support team will be then able to allocate your application in the backend and get back to you.

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