On September 14, three tech startups walked away with awards from the Shenzhen edition of TechNode’s hardware battle, held in partnership with Changjiang Graduate School of Business, X-elerator, Indiegogo, HAX, ParticleX, WeWork, ABeam Consulting, NOS Accelerator, and Maicaijing.

The top companies have been invited to the Grand Finals in Shanghai next month, where cash prizes (up to RMB 50,000) and other perks await. Courtesy of our partners, the three teams also received opportunities to meet with advisors from Changjiang Graduate School of Business’ MBA program partnership with MIT, HKUST, and UC-Berkeley, and a complimentary three months’ admission into Tsinghua SEM’s X-elerator program.

At the Shenzhen competition, the top three went head-to-head with six other competitors, pitching their business ideas before a panel of four experienced judges. Presiding over the battle were Wu Jie, founder and CEO of NOS Accelerator; Chirayu Wadke, partner at Seedplus’ IoT and Connected Devices; Ji Ke, program director at HAX; and Gong Bei, assistant program director of the Changjiang Graduate School of Business’ innovation and entrepreneurship MBA.

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Bailey Hu

Bailey Hu is based in China’s hardware capital, Shenzhen. Her interests include local maker culture, grassroots innovation and how tech shapes society, as well as vice versa.