AI and Robotics Venture Day
17 March, 2019 - AI and Robotics Venture Day Shenzhen

IE Ai and Robotics Venture Day Shenzhen

Technology is evolving faster than ever. Trends such as advanced robotics, cloud computing, big data, smart grids, and Artificial Intelligence are radically changing the business and social landscape, reshaping the nature of our cities and economies, and changing the boundaries of what is possible and what is not. Such technologies bring enormous challenges to society, in terms of job-creation, security and sustainability, but at the same time provide the potential to help solve social challenges including the quality of healthcare and education, resource allocation, energy conservation and reduction of waste.

With the aim of facilitating that process, IE School of Human Sciences & Technology (HST) and the CUHK, Shenzhen CIDE are launching the first Social Challenge Tech Venture Day in Shenzhen, China. The Challenge will provide a cutting-edge, highly competitive program designed to identify and support start-ups that have the ability to use AI, Robotics or other advanced technology to solve current social issues and challenges.

In the coming months, we will select 10 from up to 100 start-ups based on their originality, financial viability, and ability to have a positive impact on major Social Challenges, education, healthcare, resource allocation, smart cities, resource allocation, energy conservation, waste reduction, social issues and other challenges.

Finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their projects to a selected audience in Shenzhen composed of investors, government officials, business pioneers, and representatives of key industries. They will also have the chance to meet world-leading experts in their field and receive advice, insights and best practices.

Our goal is to create real networking and investment opportunities for those entrepreneurs that have ideas that can truly address these needs and social challenges.

The Competition

  • Criteria to Apply

     Who can pitch?

    We are looking for top Startups working on tech sectors such as advanced robotics, cloud computing, big data, smart grids or Artificial Intelligence among others.

    Start-ups must also meet the following criteria:

    • Innovative – product/service, business model, and/or route to market
    • Scalable – international commercial potential & scalable business model
    • Team – relevant skills & experience mix
    • Market – clear & large market opportunity
    • Status – must have full time dedicated team and product/service in the market with early traction (stakeholders and/or users)
  • What's the prize?

    For 2018-2019´s Venture Days, the winner of the Startup Competition will have access to a 50% scholarship for one of the IE High Impact Online Programs (HiOP). The winner will choose the program they prefer, and the scholarship will apply to the entire winning Startup team (up to a limit of 10 team members). The winner startup will have a term of 6 months from the Venture Day celebration to enroll in the program. More info about the HiOPs here.

    Additionally, the 5 finalist Startups will have access to a 30% scholarship for one of the IE High Impact Online Programs (HiOP). The 5 finalists will choose the program they prefer and will have a term of 2 weeks from the Venture Day celebration to enroll in the program.

    In addition, the winner of each Venture Day is given the chance to pitch on IE’s stage in the South Summit in order to win a full Pass to the Event (Access to the investor Den, conferences in all stages, one on one meetings and matchmaking service with investors and big corporations, etc) taking place in beginning of october 2019. 

    What is the South Summit? 

    South Summit is the Leading Event from the South, connecting the most innovative entrepreneurs with the most important investors in the world and the corporations seeking to improve their global competitiveness through innovation. Keynote talks and debates with worldwide innovation leaders, meetings with the largest business angels and VC firms, Startup Competition with the best success stories and Business & Networking opportunities in every corner. Every year, more than 650 investors, 3000 startups and more than 12500 people participate to the South Summit. For more information:

    What does that imply for my startup ? 

    The wining startup of the Tech Venture Day Shenzhen will be invited to Madrid on IE Business School’s campus for a 4 days acceleration program in order to prepare their pitch for the South Summit.

    They will then be pitching with the winner of each & every Venture Day organized worldwide.



Lane Becker

Strategist, 18F

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Speakers & Investors

Profile - Nacho Mateo Nacho Mateo

Chief of Investor Relations of IE Business School

Profile - Lane Becker Lane Becker

Strategist, 18F


Hans Munthe-Kaas

IE Entrepreneurship

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Hans Munthe-Kaas

IE Entrepreneurship