Startup Competition

Why hosting 2018 TechCrunch Shenzhen Startup Competition?

As part of the startup community, we want to make sure that everyone gets a chance to fulfill their dreams. We’re inviting startup teams from all around the world to show us what the’ve got. We are also inviting successful CEOs, founders, and VCs to give competitors advice and guidance on how to get your startup ready to hit the ground running.

Competition notes

Who can join?

Tech, media, and telecommunications startups

What we’re looking for:

Innovative products, new ways of tackling solution, No “Copy to China”
Software and intelligent hardware
Companies that have little to no media exposure

Registration and benefits for shortlisted companies:

  • Signed up Start-ups

1)Signed up startups will get 2 tickets for TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018 (two day tickets)
2)Signed up startups can take part in VC MEETUP

  •  Online Top 50

1) Semifinalist startups will get a discount exhibition booth for TechCrunch Shenzhen
2) Semifinalist startups will get 2 tickets for TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018 (two day tickets)

  • Finalist Top 3 start-ups from 3 categories and the champion of the Great Bay HongKong Competition

1)Startups getting through to the final competition(9 total)can present their products to the audience, media, and VCs on stage of TechCrunch Shenzhen 2018
2)A free exhibition booth for TechCrunch Shenzhen
3)Exclusive interview from TechCrunch China and TechNode
4)TechNode FA Services
5)Exclusive path of VC MEETUP PRO
6)The Winners will be offered a StartupCareTM insurance contract with 500,000 coverage provide by our partner The CareVoice


*The purchase of a Startup Alley booth and startup competition’s free booth are separate. If you already purchased a booth but are accepted as a finalist, we will refund the cost of the booth.

Free tickets for competition and booth can be used twice.

Competition Categories

  • Blockchain
  • New Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Big Data

Competition Timeline

Startup Competition HealthTech In Partnership with Merck 19th November
Time Agenda
12:00-13:20 Registration
13:20-13:30 Opening Remarks
13:30-14:00 Keynote Speech

Sophie Sun, Vice President, Merck China Innovation Hub,

Merck Strategy and Transformation China

14:00-16:40 12 Teams Pitching (7mins Presentation+6 mins Q&A)
16:40-16:55 Judges Deliberation
16:55-17:10 Announcement of Results & Group Photo Taking
17:10-17:40 Networking
Startup Competition Finals  20th November
Time Agenda
9:00-9:25 Startup Team Register; Jury Arrival
9:25-9:30 Opening Speech
9:30-12:30 Demo (7 mins Presentation+5 mins Q&A)
12:30-12:40 Jury Discussion
12:40-13:00 Awards & Ceremony
Startup Competition Champion Demo  20th November
Time Agenda
16:30-16:40 Blockchain Champion Demo
16:40-16:50 New Retail Champion Demo
16:50-17:00 Big Data Champion Demo
17:00-17:10 Merck Stage-HealthTech Champion Demo

Startup Competition Q&A

Find the result

Make sure you leave the correct email address and phone number. We will notify you promptly.

After pass the first selection

After our confirmation, please prepare your product and PPT. We will arrange several rehearsals to ensure the best effect.

How to Contact

Any other questions, please email to would feed back in 24 hours.

How to apply the booth

Please contact for any questions of Startup Competition, we will reply you in a short time.


  • Dr. Toa Charm
    Dr. Toa Charm Chief Public Mission Officer, Hong Kong Cyberport
  • Ray Liang
    Ray Liang HSBC Bank (China) Company Limited, Branch Manager Shenzhen
  • Gallen  Leung
    Gallen Leung Senior Manager, Incubation Programmes at HKSTP
  • Johnson Zhang
    Johnson Zhang CEO of Guangdong Financial High-tech Zone "Block Chain+"Financial Technology Industry Incubation Center
  • Wang Jinjing
    Wang Jinjing Managing Partner of Shenzhen China Merchants Startup Capital (Limited Partnership)
  • Mr. Zheng Yigang
    Mr. Zheng Yigang General Manager of SPD Silicon Valley Bank (‘SSVB’), Shenzhen Branch
  • Kelly Liu
    Kelly Liu Partner at WestSummit Capital
  • Sophie Yao
    Sophie Yao China Regional General Manager, Fenox Venture Capital
  • Sun Lihua
    Sun Lihua Founder of Decent
  • Lin Cong
    Lin Cong Venture partner of Roots Capital

Venture Capital


Strategic Cooperation Partner




2018 Shenzhen Competition Application Form

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