TIE² - Asian Venture Program

TIE² (TUM Tsinghua International Innovation Entrepreneurship Exchange) offers seed stage TUM high-tech startups the unique opportunity to get to know the ecosystem in Beijing and Shenzhen live on site. There is also the option of taking a day trip to Hong Kong.

TIE² - The TUM Asian Venture Program is an awareness-raising offer for TUM teams to gain insights into the Chinese start-up ecosystem, sense whether the market is potentially relevant for their business ideas and to extend their professional network.

To get to know the Chinese startup ecosystem, participants go through a one-week on-site program. In addition to participating in teaching formats and educational workshops at Tsinghua University, networking events at the Tsinghua Shenzhen International Graduate School are attended, thus providing the opportunity for peer-to-peer exchange.

TIE² - Asian Venture Program 2024

At a glance

Date:  8. – 17. April, 2024
Location: Beijing, Shenzhen, Hong Kong own expens
Places: 5 startups with two team members each (10 people in total)
Application period: 10. Dezember - 04. Februar 2024
Funding: by TUM (with own contribution)

Provided services by TUM:

  • Round-trip to China, domestic flight to Shenzhen
  • Hotel  (1 double room per 2-member team) in Beijing
  • Accommodation on the student campus in Shenzhen
  • Workshops and input session at Tsinghua Universities x-lab, networking activities
  • Workplace in the co-working spaces at x-lab (Beijing) and iSpace (Shenzhen)
  • Partial catering during the program
  • Free transportation to the program points

Personal contributions:

  • Cost absorption for part of the meals
  • transportation costs to self-organized appointments

Conditions of participation:

  • You are a technology-based TUM Tech start-up with a product/service (not "just" an idea)
  • You have validated your core hypotheses with your customers (interviews, pilot tests, study) and defined a USP
  • Your founding team is already complete
  • At least one team member is part of TUM (student:in, scientist:in, employee:r or alumni) 
  • You are not yet founded (unless you are currently EXIST funded)
  • You are pro-active and willing to organize a part of the program yourself (meet mentors, experts, peers) 
  • You are willing to share your experience gained in the Asian Venture Program with other TUM start-ups (e.g. in incubator talks)

Application Criteria:

  • Pitch Deck AND Video Pitch in English (max. 3 minutes)
  • Letter of motivation (max. 1 page)
  • Start-up one-pager/short description (1 page with name, team including competencies, product/service, market and customers). NOTE: The one-pager could be sent to Chinese mentors and experts
  • List of relevant contacts (up to 5 names of potential mentors, experts, customers or investors who are relevant to you in Beijing or Shenzhen


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Application period for the Asian Venture Program: 10.12.2023 - 04.02.2024

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