Shenzhen today is what Silicon Valley used to be in the past 10 years: the window into the future.

The city on the Pearl River Delta stands like no other for the dynamics of China. Just a small fishing village near Hong Kong 40 years ago, Shenzhen is now the most modern metropolis in the country and home to 15 million people who have moved to the „City of Dreams“ in recent years to take part in the legendary boom. 22% of China‘s high-tech exports come directly from Shenzhen. Huawei, Tencent, BYD, DJI have their headquarters in the city, whose skyline easily compares to many other cities. 100% of all city buses and taxis in the city are electrically powered and every day new start-ups with ideas around the Internet of Things and digital business models are emerging.

„A very inspiring week! The well balanced mixture of meetings with successful corporates, accellerators, start-ups, as well as personal encounters with founders have provided a diverse insight into the ecosystem. A tour far beyond my expectations!“
Harriet Wirth, KfW
"Where German companies still struggle with "Management by Excel", companies in Shenzhen are fully transformed. Tech and digital is thought and lived - fast, modern, decisive. Peter and Jerry are the perfect hosts for such a tour, organizing packed, varied days with pinpoint accuracy. Thanks a lot for this great experience!"
Arndt Kühne, Founder Basilicom
„Those who only know China from Western media or stories will find it difficult to understand where this country currently stands and what path it has taken“.
Rüdiger Tröndle, Union Invest
„Definitely not an adventure tour off the peg, but very personally put together by the organizers“
Moritz Avenarius

Each Shenzhen Exploration Tour is compiled in an updated version. The tours start and end in Hong Kong. In Shenzhen, visits to large companies such as HUAWEI, BYD, NIO, DJI, PING AN are on the agenda, as well as meetings with founders and entrepreneurs at private dinner events. We meet Chinese representatives of the generations Z, Y, X to understand what apps they have on their smartphones and how they use them. We visit accelerators and VCs to understand the intricacies of the local start-up ecosystem and experience tours through specific shopping malls and new retail concepts, as well as the famous Huaqiangbei electronics market, which is the heart of the extremely short hardware innovation cycles. The groups consist of about 15 participants each. In addition, exclusive company trips can be organized, for example for employees or customers.

Next Dates

CANCELED - due to Corona Virus Crisis
CANCELED - due to Corona Virus Crisis
CANCELED - due to Corona Virus Crisis
Details on request
Mid October 2020
CANCELED - due to Corona Virus Crisis
Peter Kabel
Jerry Klayman

The Shenzhen Exploration Tours are organized by the Asian E-Commerce Alliance and accompanied by Peter Kabel (Serial Entrepreneur, Investor in Asian Start-ups and Full Professor at HAW-Hamburg) and Jerry Klayman (Consultant, Author and Investor, living and working in Shenzhen for more than 20 years).