China Fintech Tour Broadens Perspectives and Facilitates New Connections for Endeavor Entrepreneurs from 11 Countries

From a crypto-currency exchange company from Mexico to digital remittance company from South Africa, a diverse group of 23 Endeavor Entrepreneurs representing 11 countries convened this September in China for a five-day tour of the fintech entrepreneurship ecosystem across three cities.

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Throughout the week, entrepreneurs attended meetings with 13 companies and three venture capital funds, and had the opportunity to hear from more than 20 local business leaders in intimate settings, designed to broaden Endeavor Entrepreneurs’ knowledge of China’s market and its unique advantages and challenges, spur meaningful discussions, and facilitate new connections within the ecosystem and with one another.

Highlights included a visit to Alibaba, where founders heard from Alibaba Vice President of Global Initiatives Brian Wong and Ant Finance Associate Director of International Investments Andrew Zheng, and a session with Kelly Zheng, Vice President of Strategy at CreditEase, one of the top three fintech companies in China, which specializes in small business and consumer lending, as well as wealth management for China’s rapidly growing population of high net-worth investors. Entrepreneurs also met with Greg Gibb, Co-Chairman and CEO of Lufax, China’s largest internet finance company.

“I was most was most impressed by the level of ambition these guys have. We’ve lost that in Europe,” reflected Giovanni Dapra, of Moneyfarm, an European leader in Digital Wealth management. “They inspired me to think bigger.”

During these meetings, entrepreneurs had the chance to dive deep into the market, gaining new perspectives into topics such as how China’s market size has influenced local-grown companies’ scale, the power of data, the culture around speed of innovation, and what role the government has played in shaping the entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Attendees left the week with fresh ideas to apply to their companies in their home markets, a greater understanding of how to conduct business in China, and strategic local connections — and ultimately strengthened their own connections with one another.

“I was impressed by how much knowledge the group had. It was a reminder of the knowledge and power of Endeavor’s network,” said Bitso Co-founder Daniel Vogel, who traveled from Mexico to attend the tour. “Spending time with other EEs didn’t factor into my decision to come to China, but in hindsight it was one of the most valuable parts of the trip.”

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Juan Esteban Saldarriaga
Vice President at Alianza FinTech Iberoamerica | Co-Founder Rapicredit | ColombiaFinTech.co
24.4
5
2
Edwin Zácipa
Executive Director at Colombia FinTech | Managing Partner MiBank.co | Founding Member FinTech IberoAmérica
20.4
17
3
Diego Molano
Consultor internacional en temas de TIC e innovación
19.4
18
4
David Velez
Founder and CEO at Nubank
17.0
27
5
Martin Schrimpff
Co-Founder of Zinobe | Founder of PayU | Founder Pagosonline.net
15.6
32
6
Ángel Sierra
Director Ejecutivo en Asociación FinTech e InsurTech de Chile | Member of Alianza FinTech Iberoamerica
14.8
39
7
Paula Cardenas
Business Manager at AEFI | Founder Member FinTech IberoAmérica
14.5
42
8
Clementina Giraldo
FinTech & AgTech in Latin America
11.8
60
9
Juan Francisco Schultze-Kraft
Board Member – Vicepresident at Colombia FinTech | PayU Legal
11.4
63
10
Daniel Rojas
CEO & Co-Founder at Rocket.la
10.1
69
11
Alan Colmenares
Digital Transformation Enablement – Latam at Microsoft
7.3
89
12
Laura Gaviria Halaby
Global Head FinTech Acceleration at Citi | Chief Acceleration Officer at TheVentureCity
6.3
101
13
Diego Alejandro Guzman Guevara
CEO and Co Founder at Bankity
6.2
104
14
Andres Ramirez Sierra
CEO at Banlinea LATAM
6.2
105
15
Daniel Navarro
CEO & CoFounder at NIMMÖK
6.1
109
16
Fernando Sucre
CEO at ComparaMejor
5.9
110
17
Andres Villaquiran
Founder & CEO Alkanza
5.3
119
18
Carlos Castañeda Olaya
Open innovation leader at Accenture | Country Manager at Wayra
5.2
123
19
Marisol Camacho
Director of Corporate Relations at Bancóldex | Director of Mindset at iNNpulsa Colombia
4.6
131
20
Felipe Valencia
Partner at Veronorte
3.7
143
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