Bridge to China

Market Decoding Program by Humboldt-Tech Bridge

We help science-based startups to develop
China competences and networks

Bridge to China

Bridge to China is your first step to do business with China. The program enables science-based startups to understand their opportunities and risks.

The wholistic approach offers participants a structured guidance to develop China competences in three steps:

Step 1 – November 2021
  • Attend free 1on1 Mentoring and Business Seminars

  • Learn about Chinese business and culture
Step 2 – December 2021
  • Pitch at an international Online Conference

  • Win your ticket to China
Step 3 – tba 2022
  • Come with us to China (Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai) and get a first impression of the market

  • We help you build a network in China

  • Free use of incubator space in Shanghai

Program requirements

For whom?

Must have

  • You are a German start-up with potential to scale in Asia
  • You have a scientific or university background
  • Most important – you are motivated and up for China

Good to have

  • Your prototype is ready (TRL 4+) or even first customers
  • You are incorporated for 2 years
  • You have patent filed or registered
  • all program services, including mentoring, workshops and office space covered

  • travel & accommodation expenses supported

Who we are

Bridge to China is a program by Humboldt Tech Bridge GmbH.
Humboldt-Tech Bridge was founded as a joint venture between science and industry.

We combine expertise in consulting and establishing research-based startups and many years of experience expanding business to China.

Our Partners and Network


Ming River
November 25, 2021 | Hybrid Workshop
Workshop on Chinese drinking etiquette & Baijiu tasting

Alcohol, business and Chinese culture have always had an intimate relationship. Matthias Heger, co-founder of Ming River, introduced us to the dos and don’ts of Chinese drinking etiquette and we had the pleasure of tasting different Baijius.

Asia Berlin Summit
October 10, 2021 | Asia Berlin Summit
1. Birthday at Asia Berlin Summit 2021

This year we celebrated our first birthday at the AsiaBerlin Summit 2021 and hosted a satellite event on “AI startups solving industry challenges”. Our aim was to explore, how science-based AI Startups in China and Germany are solving industry challenges and how to build a digital bridge between the AI Campus Berlin and Shanghai’s Zhangjiang AIsland.

We had wonderful guests and speaker: Rasmus Rothe (Merantix), Zhao Dong (Zhangjiang Group), Tina Klüwer (K.I.E.Z.), Thomas Strottner (brighter AI), Scott Zhang (Neolix) and Grace Che (Conti Tech China).

Sabine Yang-Schmidt Yiran Li
August 24, 2021 | Podcast Launch
Podcast Launch: Bridge to China

With our brand new podcast show “Bridge to China” we want to answer the most pressing questions European founders have regarding China. For that we interview people with vast knowledge and long-term experience with China, those are entrepreneurs, investors, politicians, scientists, journalists and other China-experts.

In our first episode we spoke to Sabine Yang-Schmidt and Yiran Li, both are representatives of the Berlin Business Desk China of Berlin’s Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises with an office in Beijing.