60 international investors, members of the Four Years From Now (4YFN) Investors Club, congregated for the first time with the Asian entrepreneurial community at the Mobile World Congress Shanghai (29 june – 1 july). This group of investors where primarily from Asia and Europe and include Spain’s Francisco Badia (Impulse2row), Christopher Maynard (H2A Ventures) and Juan Álvarez (Seed&Click), among others.

4YFN promoted a tour to foster relations between these communities among Shanghai’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. On Tuesday, June 28, 25 members of 4YFN Investors Club visited Chinaccelerator, Asia’s leading acceleration programme, and Xinchejian, China’s first hackerspace, a coworking community to carry out technological and computer projects. On June 29, coinciding with the opening of the Congress, the activity moved to Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC), where investors were able to participate in multiple pitching sessions by companies and startups in attendance, in addition to other networking activities.

Showcase for 100 startups

4YFN touched down in Asia with its own 3,000 m2 space designed as an exhibition space to held 100 local and international startups, most of them representing the Health, Entertainment and Tourism sectors. Among them there was Blitab (Austria), a company that developed the first tablet featuring a braille code reproduction system for the visually impaired, Unamed (London), creators of the first autonomous drone for postal service operators at the global level, and Safe Charts (Singapore), an encrypted communication platform that won the Asia finals of the Global Mobile Challenge and competed in the world finals of the contest held at the last 4YFN in Barcelona.

The exhibition area also featured the following delegations: the European Young Innovators Forum, Hong Kong Cyberport, Jordanian Pavilion, Shenzhen Pavilion, Tencent Pavilion, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., Silk Ventures and Chinaccelerator, among others.

Activity programme

The Shanghai edition of 4YFN revolved around three main areas of activity. First, it boasted an extensive line-up of talks by professionals who are experts in innovation, entrepreneurship and the latest digital trends. Confirmed speakers include Yossi Vardi, Honorary President of 4YFN; Ignacio Martinez Trujillo, Managing Director Innovation and Global Development of LaLiga; Saket Modi, CEO of Lucideus Tech, serial entrepreneur and member of Forbes Asia’s “30 under 30” list; Bessie Lee, CEO of WPP China; and Adam Lashinsky, Editorial Director of Fortune Brainstorm Tech and Asst. Managing Editor of Fortune.

Attendees were also able to attend a broad range of workshops, including: ‘How to Do Business in Silicon Valley, Europe and China: Pros and Cons’, by Eneko Knorr, Founder and CEO of Ludei; ‘Angel Investment in Spain and Europe’, by Juan Álvarez, CEO of Seed & Click; and ‘How to Pitch the Press in Europe’, by Tilo Bonow, CEO of PIABO.

Finally, 4YFN Shanghai included a Founders&Investors pitching area where all the entrepreneurs and startups at the event can present their projects to investors, companies and other attendees. This area also hosted other activities such as the MobileMonday China Startup Competition 2016 Finals. The startup with the most disruptive digital project had the chance to participate in the “Mobile Innovation: The Startup Pitch Challenge” session, which was held on Thursday, June 30 as part of Mobile World Congress Shanghai conference programme. 4YFN also opened up its main stage to the competition’s five most innovative projects, which were able to present their creations and win a space at 4YFN 2017 in Barcelona.