“Make It In China” Startup Contest 2019

Application Deadline – August 15th, 2019

China is the world’s largest market and manufacturing hub and you need to start thinking about it now! THero and Brinc are bringing the ‘Make It In China’ Startup Contest to 9 cities across North America, Europe, and Asia Pacific regions to see if you have what it takes to ‘Make It In China’! The contest hopes to introduce startups to China’s manufacturing ecosystem to establish strong supply chains with local partners so they can scale their product manufacturing successfully.

Apply now for the chance to pitch at our Regional Semi Final Pitch Contests in 9 cities: Berlin, New York, Paris, San Francisco Bay Area, Singapore, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, and Toronto.

The Top 3 startups from each Semi Final will be chosen to participate in the finals in Guangzhou, China on November 2nd, 2019.

Contest Requirements

Any startups looking to enter the China market is welcome to apply. Startups will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Innovation and creativity
  • Impact of their technology/product
  • Displaying what value working in Guangzhou / The Greater Bay Area can have for their business
  • Readiness to manufacture in China



Finalists (Top 27 startups) will receive:

  • An all expenses paid trip (Flights & Hotels) to attend the Guangzhou International Innovation Festival in China
  • Up to USD $65,000 in Brinc Services discounts to help support establishing your supply chain in China, ramping your manufacturing and production management
  • Top 10 teams receive a grant worth USD $15,000 CASH in a new China bank account if they incorporate a branch office in Guangzhou, Tianhe
  • Top 10 teams receive a rent reimbursement that covers up to USD $15,000 if they rent space in Guangzhou, Tianhe within 12 months of the 2019 Make It In China Finals
  • Exclusive benefits from Alibaba Cloud, Indiegogo, WeWork LABs China, Dingyi Consultant for local legal setup/taxation, and more

Regional Semi Finalists (Top 90 startups) will receive:

  • USD $5000 in Brinc Services discounts to help support your manufacturing needs e.g. manufacturing management, sourcing, and more (Not valid for Finalists as additional discount)

Contest Timeline
June 9th – Applications open
August 15th – Applications close
August 16th – 31st – Application review
September 1st – Finalists from all cities announced
September 2nd – October 11th – Regional Semi Final Pitch Contests
October 12th – October 31st – Travel logistics finalized for teams
November 1st – 7th – ‘Make It In China’ Startup Contest Finals & one full week of events, exposure, training and learning how to make it in China

Kick Off Events – Contest Information Sharing
June 25th – Tel Aviv, Israel
June 26th – San Francisco, USA
July 25th – New York, USA – RSVP
July 27th – Sydney, Australia
July 31st – Singapore – RSVP
July 31st – Berlin, Germany – RSVP
August 6th – Tokyo, Japan
August 8th – Toronto, Canada

Learn more: https://www.brinc.io/community/contest/makeitinchina