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Saturday, March 26, 2016

INNOVATEChina 2016 Business Plan Competition

INNOVATEChina 2016 Business Plan Competition FINALISTS released!

This year's INNOVATEChina competition final will be held in the CEIBS Shanghai campus on March 26, 2016, with a total of  16,000 USD cash prizes for the winning teams.

Six teams have entered the final round competition of INNOVATEChina 2016. They are:

  • InstaBAO from Duke
  • KAPS from INSEAD
  • Pay & Leave from IESE
  • SCI MONSTERS from Oxford
  • Yale Dito from Yale 

The guest speakers include:

  • Mr. Jorge TAPIA, Deputy CEO, Santander Asia Pacific
  • Dr. SUN Tao, Senior Director of Risk Management, Ant Financial Group(蚂蚁金服)

The jury includes:

  • Prof. Bob YANG, Professor of Finance, CEIBS
  • Mr. Miguel Solana PITA, Head of Innovation, Santander Asia Pacific
  • Mr. XU Xin, Managing Director, Fosun Capital(复星创富)
  • Mr. Michael ZHAO, VP of Product Management, MasterCard
  • Mr. HU Dan, Founder, Paymax(买单侠)
  • Mr. KANG Liang, CEO Special Assistant, WaCai(挖财)

Please Click Here or scan the QR code shown right for more information and reserve a seat for the final.

Established in 2008, INNOVATEChina is the global business competition hosted by the current class of MBA students of China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), one of the leading business schools in the world (Ranked #1 in Asia and 11th in the world by Financial Times MBA ranking 2015).

Students from top global business schools are invited to take part in a business competition that aims at discovering tomorrow’s innovators. Through intense teamwork on business challenges and opportunities, we create a platform for interaction and intellectual discussion, and hence make a groundbreaking impact for the business world.

INNOVATEChina has consistently attracted great talents to its stage with recent topics like “Disruptive Innovation” sponsored by Vanke and Baidu in 2014 and “We Win With WECHAT” sponsored by Tencent Wechat in 2015.

INNOVATEChina 2016: Internet Financial Services in the New Era

  • INNOVATEChina 2016 focuses on the heated topic in business and the changing social and economic environment. Sponsored by Santander Bank and supported by Ant Finance Group, the 2016 INNOVATEChina theme is “Internet Financial Services in the New Era”. Finance is the blood of economy, the innovation on finance will never end. Presently, “Internet Plus” is the key words for China’s economic upgrade. In line with its motto “China Depth, Global Breadth”, CEIBS is providing a platform for future entrepreneurs and business leaders around the world to identify innovative business model ideas that  to combine internet and financial services.
  • Digitization is dramatically impacting the way financial institutions do business with their clients. Disruption is taking place in payments, investing, lending and other areas at the core of financial services. Both incumbents and new entrants are reinventing how financial products are delivered to citizens and businesses. The newer generations are demanding new ways to do banking. 
  • More than just a competition, INNOVATEChina aims at establishing a platform to connect the innovative minds of global business schools with the vast experience of business experts and venture capitalists in China to introduce wise financial services to the industry.






Yidan CHEN / China
Yidan Chen has nine years of working experience in the financial industry. She has been Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) since 2011. 
In her last job she was the head of risk department at ICBC Spain and was responsible for the risk management of all financial activities of ICBC Europe in Spain. In previous years, she had worked as senior risk analyst at BBVA and senior consultant at KPMG Advisory. She specializes in credit risk management, such as credit risk modeling, stress test, risk regulation, loan approval, risk metric estimates, etc. She also participated in several M&A projects and has expertise in assets valuation for these kinds of projects. She was a guest professor of CIFF Business School in Madrid. Yidan is currently pursuing a MBA degree from CEIBS and she is the vice president of Finance Club CEIBS. She is an external consultant of a fintech startup based in ShangHai.
In her personal life, she is passionate with running, skiing, playing tennis and reading. She is a marathon runner.

陈一丹,9年的金融从业经验, 自2011起为国际特许金融分析师(CFA)。

Niklaus MUELLER / Switzerland
Niklaus Mueller is an international lawyer and admitted to the Swiss Bar. He worked at Credit Suisse and at international law firms based in Zurich, Paris and Shanghai. He specialized in M&A cross-border transactions, international investment law, regulation & compliance and dispute resolution with a particular focus on the financial industry.
Niklaus serves on the Board of Director of two family businesses and is Vice-President of the Entrepreneurship Club CEIBS. He is passionate about entrepreneurship, unconventional ideas and traveling the world.

NIklaus Mueller是一名拥有瑞士律师执照的国际律师,他曾就职于瑞士银行以及一家国际法律公司,横跨苏黎世、巴黎和上海。他对于金融行业的跨境并购、国际投资法律以及法规非常有经验。

Arpit MISHRA / India
Arpit Mishra has 7 years of work experience in Risk analytics and Risk management in Financial Industry. He has worked on consulting projects in four countries in helping banks comply with international risk regulations. He is a certified FRM since July 2015.
Arpit is an engineer by education, a risk consultant by profession, a techie by nature and an entrepreneur by heart. He is very keen about Internet Finance industry and have been working with a startup in Shanghai.
Beyond work, he loves traveling, hiking and movies.

Arpit Mishra在银行业拥有7年以上风险分析及管理的实践经验。他曾在四个国家做过咨询项目,帮助客户达到风险管理方面的监管要求。他自2015年起为金融风险管理师(FRM)。

Han JIANG / China
Han has 3 years' experience in big data analytics consulting working for the firm Opera Solutions. He has been at the forefront of applying advanced predictive analytics in industries such as retail and finance. He participated in establishing major innovations in U.S. and Chinese major firms alike.
Han is currently pursuing a MBA degree in CEIBS. He is Vice-President of the Entrepreneurship Club and is always looking for exciting entrepreneurship opportunities. On a personal note, he loves music and has devoted much of his time to it.

姜汉有着3年大数据咨询的经验,他为一家领先的数据分析与预测性分析公司Opera Solutions工作,在零售和金融行业帮助许多大型中国和美国企业实施了突破性的商业技术革新。

InstaBAO (Duke)

Anil Lalloo
Anil comes from South Africa, where he studied Electronic Engineering at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, and became an Alumni of the Cisco Global Talent Acceleration Programme in 2012. His studies continued at the University of Cape Town Graduate School of Business, and then onto the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University where he will graduate for his MBA this year. Anil has been in the technology sector since the completion of his engineering degree, becoming a specialist in telecommunications and networking at MTN, before going on to join the Chinese technology giant Huawei as a team leader. Anil is passionate about technology, Chinese martial arts, cars and self-development.

Anil 来自南非。他本科毕业于夸祖鲁-纳塔尔大学电子工程专业,并完成了思科公司全球人才加速计划的学习。他现于开普敦大学商学院攻读 MBA,目前在杜克大学 Fuqua 商学院交流学习。自本科毕业至今,Anil 一直从事高科技行业,曾在 MTN 公司任通信与网络专家一职。他在事业中的敬业和执着精神,受到肯定和好评,为他今天职业生涯奠定了坚实的基础。Anil就职于中国科技巨头华为南非公司,担任项目经理。年轻有为的Anil ,爱好广泛,热爱科技和中国武术,对汽车颇感兴趣,致力于自我发展和提升。

 蒋寒 Adela
Adela was a key member of Allianz's trade credit insurance unit in Hong Kong, where she advised international clients on risk management and financing. In addition to insurance, she also worked with major investment banks and law firms at Computershare Hong Kong on many high profile capital market transactions, and further honed her financial skills through her internship with  BOCOM International's investment banking division in Hong Kong. Adela accepted an early offer from Barclays' New York office and has been actively involved in club activities and experiential learnings at Fuqua. She is passionate about ballet, traveling, and mingling with diverse cultures. Adela majored in Physics at CUHK and later received her Master's degree in Economics from HKU。


肖舒月 Susan
Susan has extensive experience in the finance industry. Graduated from Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Susan earned her CPA at KPMG and had been leading annual audit as well as IPO audit projects for various clients. Later she moved on to the investment banking division of First Shanghai Capital Limited, where she focused on small-and-mid-cap companies. This summer, she will be interning at MetLife's global headquarter. During business school, Susan is the cabinet member of Entrepreneur and Venture Capital Club. She is also passionate about skiing and various outdoor sports.


颜镇钟 Marc
Marc is a first year MBA candidate at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He is active at Fuqua's entrepreneurship community and plays important roles in Entrepreneurship and Venture Capital Club and Design + Innovation Club. Marc is passionate about technology and was named "influencer on internet" by Zhihu. During Fuqua, Marc has co-founded an online career guidance service. Prior to that, he had been a management consultant focusing on human capital management. Marc graduated from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies with a degree in Psychology. He has been supporting the Arsenal and San Antonio Spurs for 15 years, which he believes is worth mentioning.

颜镇钟是杜克商学院 MBA 一年级学生,本科毕业于广东外语外贸大学应用心理学专业。他活跃于杜克商学院的创业群体,并在创业和风投协会以及设计与创新协会中担任要职。他热爱科技,曾是知乎认证的互联网领域优秀回答者。目前,他亦是帮助大学生求职的初创企业"小灶"的联合创始人之一。就读商学院前,他有五年管理咨询从业经验,并专注于人力资本管理咨询。他支持阿森纳队与圣安东尼奥马刺队超过 15 年。


Kangying GU
With four years' product and event management experience in multinational companies, Kangying has accumulated certain knowledge on international business. Kangying also has strong interested in education and creative project.   She has initiated the first magazine to students in EF China and participated development for innovative products in a leading LED firm.

顾康颖拥有四年跨国企业产品及项目管理经验,并在相关领域积累了一定的经验。她对教育及创新产品有浓厚的兴趣,曾经创立EF China第一本面向学生的期刊,并参与某LED领导企业创新产品的研发。

Anson AN
After having obtained the Master degree in Mechatronics Engineering in Denmark, Anson has spent most of his career journey in Automotive industry designing the user interface for in-car infotainment system. Anson is enthusiasm about design research, product innovation and product management. 


Sean has approximately 10-year global experiences in transport consulting industry across China, UK, Saudi Arabia and Australia. His expertise covers a variety of major transport evaluation projects, ranging from masterplans for mixed land-use developments, traffic impact assessment, transport demand forecast modelling, micro-simulation modelling, to economic appraisal and environmental appraisal. His personal interest in finance has led him pass all CFA exams.


Peter LI
Peter has 5 year experiences in fast moving consumer goods industry. His working experience covers strategic sourcing and project management. Peter has a bachelor degree in quantitative finance and economics and is good at strategic analysis and data analysis.

Peter在快速消费品行业拥有五年工作经验,包括战略采购以及项目管相关经历。Peter 拥有数量经济与金融学士学位,并且对战略分析以及数据分析有浓厚的兴趣。

Pay & Leave (IESE)


Ricardo Jorge Monteiro
Ricardo is an economist passionate about racing cars, technology and history. Before MBA, he has worked as investment banker mainly focused in renewable energy.

Decho Wan Xiao
Decho is passionate about technology, reading and travelling. Before MBA, he has worked as a financial journalist and a VP focus on business development in media industry.

Inigo Barea Egana
Iñigo is an aerospace engineer specialist in aircraft systems integration. He is passionate about aircraft, he worked for 7 years at Airbus as a propulsion system engineer, in France. He likes technology and sports. 


Xiyu Ma has worked in financial industry for 4 years. She specialise in commodity trading and economy analysis. Now, she is one of the committee members of Oxford Chinese students Association, managing the entrepreneurship fairs in the association. She is also an amateur ballroom dancer. She was one of the competitors in the 54th Inter Varsity Dance Competition which was held in Blackpool.

Yang Ji is a current MBA student in Saïd Business School (University of Oxford) and specialised in finance. She has worked in Hong Kong and Mainland China as an auditor for several years to help business doing IPO due diligence or annual audit of financial statements for companies listed in Hong Kong or Singapore. She has experiences for over twenty industries in different cities. She also worked in asset management field as an independent financial advisor to give investment and portfolio management advises to individuals and corporations. She is keen in investing in private sectors and helping business to enhance their social impacts.

Neeraj Dhanothia started his career as an entrepreneur and has 7 years of experience building businesses in India. He has started ventures in infrastructure in the public sector, distribution of telecom products and logistics and supply chains management. For the last 4 years, he has been working with a social enterprise working on creating entrepreneurs across rural India and then providing them with a bouquet of socially relevant products to sell in their communities and earn a living. He is keenly interested in the social aspect of business and in creating networks that tie communities and common interests across geographies.

Yale Dito (Yale)

Kaisi Li is a second-year MBA student at the Yale School of Management, and a Venture Capital Consultant at the Yale Entrepreneurship Institute. This past summer, he interned at Bank of America Merrill Lynch's Investment Banking Division in New York, covering financial technology companies. Prior to SOM, Kaisi worked at China Investment Corporation in Beijing, and Deloitte in Toronto. Kaisi holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from the University of Toronto, and is a CPA in Canada.


Laura Li is a second-year MBA student at the Yale school of Management. At Yale, Laura specializes in technology marketing and behavior science, and is a student consultant advising Yale student ventures on various business issues. Prior to MBA, Laura was an investment consultant in London advising corporate pension funds on investment strategy and implementation. Laura is a CFA charter holder and also holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Economics and Operational Research from University of Warwick in the UK.


Shuxing Deng is a second-year MBA from the Yale School of Management. Last summer she interned at Casey Quirk Associates, a management consulting firm focusing on asset management in New York. Prior to SOM, she was a sustainability engineer working in the green building industry in the US. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Environmental Sciences/ Economics from Peking University, and a Master Degree in Environmental Science and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.

邓蜀星是耶鲁大学管理学院二年级的MBA学生。去年夏天,她在纽约Casey Quirk Associates的管理咨询公司实习,专注于资产管理。SOM之前,她是一名专注于美国绿色建筑行业的工程师。她拥有北京大学环境科学及经济学学士学位和卡内基梅隆大学环境科学与管理硕士学位。

Zhang Zhang is a second-year MBA student at the Yale School of Management. He has four years of finance and technology experience from Fidelity Investments as a product manager and business analyst. He moonlights as a tinkerer and hacker for various startups, and has a passion for solving problems with technology. Zhang has a BA in Economics with General Honors from the University of Chicago, and is a CFA Charterholder.


Santander is a leading bank worldwide with a well-diversified presence in more than 23 countries and more than 117 million clients in the Eurozone, the UK, Latin America and the US. It is the largest bank in the Eurozone and eleventh in the world by market capitalization, with attributable profit of 5.8 billion euros.

Banco Santander’s commercial model aims to satisfy the needs of all types of customer: individuals with different income levels, companies of any size and different sectors of activity, private companies and public institutions. The developing of lasting and sustainable relations with them is the Bank’s main objective.

Innovation has been one of Santander’s hallmarks since it was founded. On many occasions the Bank has revolutionized the financial sector with new products and services. Santander is currently undergoing a digital transformation in order to anticipate and respond to customers’ new with innovative and attractive solutions in areas such as online banking, mobile banking, mobile wallet and digital payments.

Santander Universities

Banco Santander is the largest investor in education in the world (Varkey/UNESCO report – Fortune 500). This initiative is backed by Santander Universities which has 1,200 collaboration agreements in place with universities and institutions worldwide.  In 2015, Santander granted 35,702 scholarships, financial aid for study and professional practices. More information: www.santander.com/universities.

Ant Group

Ant group was created in 2014 as the Financial Group of Alibaba, focusing on services to consumers and small companies. With Alipay, Zhima Credit, Ant Loans and various other subsidiaries, Ant group aims to create an open ecosystem based on internet technology, to support the financial future of the society.