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Thursday, September 1, 2016

Entrepreneurs, Welcome Aboard!

- Opening Ceremony of the 5th China Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme Held

September 1, 2016. Shanghai – After rounds of competition, 48 candidates out of 400 applicants were selected to enroll in the 5th China Entrepreneurial Leadership Programme. They gathered today at our Shanghai campus to kick off their one-year entrepreneurial adventure.

The participants’ profiles vary – they come from 35 industries, 52% in internet-related industries while the others are exploring new opportunities in more traditional sectors. Their average age is 34 years – young as they are, all of them have accumulated rich experience, with more than four years’ entrepreneurial practice on average. A lucky 9% have already got their angel round of funding, 64% are at the Pre-A/A financing stage, and 27% are at the Pre-B/B stage.

In his welcome address to the new batch of entrepreneurs, CEIBS President and Chairman of the E-Platform Prof. Li Mingjun said, “CEIBS’ E-Platform aims to integrate entrepreneurial education, project incubation, and venture financing into a whole ecosystem. I hope every student can make full use of the school’s resources, take what you need, and be inspired by your peers and professors.”

In his address, Assistant President and Secretary-General of E-Platform Dr. Snow Zhou wished the participants good luck. “Starting a business is not easy, it’s a game for the most courageous men and women. But here at CEIBS, you are not fighting alone,” he said.

Honorary President Liu Ji, Professor of Management Practice Gong Yan, CEIBS alumnus and Founder & CEO of Zbj.com Zhu Mingyue, Founder & Managing Director of Chengwei Capital Eric Li, and Vice President & General Partner at IDG Capital Zhang Suyang also attended the ceremony.

David Yu
Janine M. Coughlin