The Number One



Business Exploration Track:

Scale Your Business & Tech to the World’s Largest Market for Cleantech & Enterprise Software

Nordic-China Hi-Tech Weeks (HTW)  is an annual Tech-Scaleup Market & Matchmaking Exploration program for Nordic B2B tech-scaleup companies looking to scale their business and technology to China and Asia.

Selecting thirty Nordic companies to join a seven-day x 2 program to China in the autumns of 2021+2022. Including preparations before the 7-day programs. Thirty companies join one of three delegations to either Shenzhen, Shanghai or Beijing.

HTW2021 will be arranged digital/virtual. All selected companies for 2021 will be guaranteed a sponsored spot for the 2022 delegations traveling to China.

HTW is arranged & supported by: Nordic Apiary, Nordic-China Startup Forum, Nordic Innovation House Hong Kong, The Ministry of Commerce China

How to apply:

You apply by registering online in Startupincluder. Here you will provide details about your company and technology and upload pitch decks. Your company will be screened and selected online by June 20. You might also be invited for an online meeting. Application deadline is June 10. The earlier you apply the higher your chance of selection is.

To increase your chances of selection we advise you to join one of 9 pitching sessions (webinars) from April 8 – June 10 (contact to inquire and join a pitch session).

Application process:

  • HTW2021 applications close on June 10 (23:00 CET)
  • Screening applications period June 10-20
  • 30 selected companies are invited to confirm participation on June 20
  • Selected companies need to pay commitment fee €200/company by June 25 upon receiving invitation
  • Preparations for China program begins for confirmed companies from July 10

Who Can Apply:

Minimum Viable Company (MVC): 

  • You are a tech company seeking to scale your solution to global growth markets
  • You have a Business-2-Business model with proven technology, customers and revenue
  • Selection is based on the scalability of your technology, not the size of your company (startup-scaleup-SME)
  • Your company is registered and operates from Northern Europe: The 5 Nordic countries (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland) and the Baltics (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania)

Technology & Industry:

  • Your company have developed an innovation enabled by technology
  • You can have a fully developed and operational technology, or you can also be in early R&D stage but with first investment onboard
  • Your technology is within the following industries: Cleantech, Biotech, New Material, Agritech, Smart City, Smart Manufacturing, Enterprise Software, Industry 4.0

What You Get if Selected:

Virtual Program 2021 and Physical Travel 2022: Virtual 7-day Matchmaking & Market Exploration Program Autumn 2021. Physical 9-day Matchmaking & Market Exploration Trip to China Autumn 2022.

Three Delegations – Ten companies / Delegations Going to One of Three Destinations:

  1. Beijing & Jingjinji Area
  2. Shanghai & Yangtze River Delta
  3. Shenzhen & Greater Bay Area
  • Fully covered domestic sponsorship for two people from your company in 2022. This includes the domestic booking planning arrangements and cost coverage of hotel, cost coverage transportation in- and in-between Chinese cities in China, food and event entrances. We purchase and book everything for you. You will not receive cash or reimbursement. Note that you need to cover and purchase the flight tickets to- and back from China.
  • One personal local NCSF Chinese Business Assistant in China. To support you with translation of pitch decks, conduct marketing, logistics & planning, meeting language interpreter. General assistance.
  • Your company will be featured and marketed in articles, news and social media in both China and the Nordics before, during and after the program if you are selected.
  • Nordic Apiary China Business & Investment Case Evaluation
  • Nordic Innovation House Hong Kong Promotion Assistance
  • IP Control in China Workshop (Webinar before 9-day China program)
  • Chinese Business Culture Workshop (Webinar before 9-day China program)
  • Two-day participation & exposure in one of 3 events (x2 in 2021 & 2022):
    • Shenzhen China Hi-Tech Fair (CHTF) 11-15 November
    • Shanghai International Import- & Export Fair (CIIE) 5-10 November
    • Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) August/SeptemberTBD
  • Visa invitation letter

Why a Nordic Tech Company Should Apply:

China is a huge, complex and competitive market. Just knowing where to start can take years and involve significant investment. Before undertaking such an investment, it is wise to first make an initial exploration of what your options and opportunities are. This is where HTW offers you the most resource efficient- and risk-free way to do this.

Questions & Contact:

For general questions & requests please contact:

Increase Your Chances of Selection:

Join A Local Nordic Pitch Session!

From 8th of April until 10th of June nine pitch sessions will be held in nine Nordic cities in all five Nordic countries. You can join any pitch session no matter which country or city your company is from.

Click on each event above to email the organisers and ask to join!

You will pitch four min why you think your company and technology should go to China and receive six min real-time feedback, advise and questions from four Nordic and Chinese investors and experts. Note that the pitch session is not a competition. Your performance can help convince us that your company should be selected.

For general inquiries about the pitch sessions and how to join, please contact your local/regional NCSF team or

Apply Now!