Sometimes while walking around Beijing on a nice sunny day, a bright startup idea pops into our minds. We then start to think how cool it would be, what it would look like, how much money you could make and if you could be the next Instagram that sells to a Facebook for $1 Billion! But after some time, the idea starts to fade and eventually it amounts to lost brain energy and potentially a future “I thought of that!” moment.
But what if there was a forum or workshop to share these ideas, bounce them around with like minded entrepreneurs’ and see how far you can take it into reality? That’s why instead of hosting another keynote speech/panel discussion we are experimenting with a workshop called ‘Ideas MeshUp Workshop’.
Held at Big Bang Café in Guomao, a start-up co-working space, the day will run like this. Firstly, Peng Ong, Partner of GSR Ventures and former serial entrepreneur and co-founder of Match.com and Interwoven (NASDAQ:IWOV) will give short presentation about his journey as an entrepreneur. Then it’s time for the fun to begin, with the interactive workshop. Participants will split into small groups and start to share and brainstorm a new concept for a mobile app that will make life easier in China. It could be anything! During the thinking time, Peng and the TechNode team will mingle and give feedback. At the conclusion of the brainstorming session, teams will be required to present their idea and explain what problem they are trying to solve, how the mobile app would work and what it looks like. Peng will then judge who he deems has the best concept to turn into reality and giver general feedback.
The goal of the day is not to create or build a working demo, but instead come with a solid idea which can then be studied more closely or taken to another event like Startup Weekend to actually build a demo version of it. The workshop is important because, sometimes ideas in isolation die too quickly. If you have had an idea for a while and just need to shape and sharpen it more in a fun way, this workshop is for you.
Here are the details:
Date: Saturday May 5th
Location: Big Bang Café (Near the CBD Cultural Sports Square, CBD Jian Wai Soho, 39 East Third Ring Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing)
Cost: 100 RMB (online pre-registration) or 150 RMB at the door – both types are paid at the door in cash and includes snacks and drinks