C-star will partner with THE GRID to accelerate the smart retail startups
C-star will partner with THE GRID, the networking hub aiming at connecting the digital platform sphere - all those internet companies, providers of disruptive technologies and digital transformation start-ups - with the physical platform sphere, also known as exhibitions and its companies from those industrial sectors, to accelerate the smart retail startups. Founded in 2017 by Messe Düsseldorf in China, THE GRID links digital innovators with their future markets helping them grow from zero to hero, and vice versa, connects representatives of the classical industries with those disruptors, makers and innovators. THE GRID acts as market gateway, technology hub and collaborative platform for liaison and matchmaking. Together with its ecosystem partners like maker spaces, co-working operators, incubators, accelerators and innovation boosters, THE GRID organizes lounges, meet-ups, pitches and conferences where both the digital sphere and representatives of industry segments can mingle, network and share expertise to unleash the power of both worlds for a prosperous future of China.
On April 22nd, C-star will join force with THE GRID and bring together 8 to 10 outstanding startups for the smart retail Demo-pitches night, among which 3 of them can move onto the final round on April 26th at C-star Retail Forum. The winner would receive the fabulous rewards containing the visitor ticket and speaking opportunity at EuroShop.
Warm-up Event：Startup Pitches
Time: April 22th 19:00-22:00
Venue：WeWork (696 Weihai Road Jing'an District Shanghai 200041)
Main Event：Pioneer’s Pitch and Award Ceremony
Time: April 26th 15:30-17:00
Venue: Hall N5, Shanghai New International Expo Center
This competition is open to startups that satisfy the following criteria:
- Smart retail startups
- More than 6-months old (or 3 months with an MVP is available), but < 2 years
- Not yet VC-funded; seed and angel investment under $1M USD
More information about the competition, please contact:
Ms. Michelle Wang
Tel: +86 21 6169 8386
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Ms. Renee Zhao
Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd
Tel: +86-21-6169 8335
Fax: +86-21-6169 8301
Organizers background information
Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd.
Established in 2009, Messe Düsseldorf (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. (MDS) is a subsidiary of Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, one of the world’s top 5 exhibition organizers. MDS is committed to introducing world’s No. 1 trade fairs to China and to providing Chinese and international customers with superior exhibition services. MDS is successfully holding more than 20 leading trade fairs and conferences in China, covering the industries of printing, packaging, wire and tube, plastics, renewable energy, medical devices, retail, safety and health, wine & spirits and caravanning. MDS runs branch offices in Shanghai and Beijing with a workforce of some 70 full time employees. The worldwide outbound exhibition business (trade shows in Düsseldorf, Germany and other leading Messe Düsseldorf Global Shows) is organized by Messe Düsseldorf China Ltd. (MDC), serving Chinese exhibitors and visitors with superior customer service from its Hong Kong branch office. Find out more at www.mds.cn.