On March 15th, 2014 Dr. Geoffrey Bell, Associate Professor in the Shanghai MS-EM program, brought his students to Chinaccelerator (a member of the Global Accelerator Network), which is the first mentorship-driven seed funding program in China. The event showcased 10 successful entrepreneurs who each spoke for 10 minutes, with several elevator pitches interspersed between the presentations. The event included IT/media professionals such as David Li from the Xinchejian Hacker space, Stephen Wang at Rotten Tomatoes and Gang Lu from TechCrunch Asia.
Students listened to stories about the successes and failures of running start-up companies in the emergent media industry.
The accelerator program is committed to helping entrepreneurs who are innovating at the cutting-edge of information technology to create successful, scalable and investable start-up companies. Participating in Chinaccelerator gives startups enormous validation and access to the best, brightest, most experienced network of mentors which will be with them to help curate and cultivate every aspect of their business.
The program also provides the chance to pitch early stage investors during the Beijing Demo Day, where the founders will take their products live and graduate through to being ready to raise money on a larger scale.