Digital Mission China Fintech 2017

Unlock the potential of Fintech in China. Join us for this week-long entrepreneur mission to Shanghai and Beijing and discover the speed, sophistication and innovation for yourself.

Digital Mission China Fintech 2017 is designed to connect leading Fintech startups, advisors and investors with their peers in China. This week-long trip to Shanghai and Beijing will provide a deep-dive into China’s Fintech ecosystem exploring the speed, sophistication and rapid disruption taking place.

Unique Experience

Spend a week with your peers on an expertly-crafted programme unlocking the secrets of China’s Fintech ecosystem.

Expert Insight

Meet, learn and network with China Fintech experts, analysts, commentators, Fintech entrepreneurs, banks and regulators.


Immerse yourself in the dynamism of China’s Fintech scene, come away energised and ready to explore the opportunities

Build Your Network

Return home with a fistful (or two) of quality contacts from future clients, investors, partners and team members.

Market Entry Strategy

Develop your approach to the Chinese market with a unique chance to explore how, why, where, when and indeed, if your company should tackle this market.

Grow Your Profile

Pitch, present, network and build awareness with some of the leading Fintech influencers and investors in China.

Why China?

Fintech in China, when measured by total investment received, potential customer base, the volume of digital payments, or any number of other metrics, is the largest center of fintech globally.

The combination of economic growth and technology development have enabled the creation of an rapidly growing and sophisticated Fintech ecosystem. Tech giants are creating financial institutions from scratch. Ant Financial & Tencent with $93bn of assets, currently hold 20% of current account deposits. VR & AR integrations are flourishing.

In China, the rise of Fintech was marked by filling unmet needs in the financial sector whilst in the West, it grew from disrupting existing business models with companies like Transferwise change the way consumers send money, whilst Betterment has transformed consumer investing. 

Each system’s needs  are different and so are the opportunities for fintech firms themselves. Understanding their nature and bringing the two groups together offers insight into innovations that companies can apply and unlocks an array of opportunities.

The China Fintech mission will create an ecosystem around fintech in China through events, platforms, roundtables, pitch sessions and discussions designed to strengthen and promote innovation in the financial industry.

Draft Programme

The mission programme is developed by our expert mission team and tailored to meet the objectives of the delegates taking part in the mission through a collaborative process. It’s worth noting that the programme will develop right up until departure, and sometimes during the trip itself as opportunities present themselves.

Sat 20 & Sun 21 May - Travel

Fly to Shanghai. Acclimatisation.
Welcome drinks & mission briefing

Mon 22 May - Shanghai

China Market Briefing
Fintech disruption roundtable
China Fintech mixer

Tue 23 May - Hangzhou

Fast train to Hangzhou
Meetings with startup banks
Return to Shanghai for dinner

Wed 24 May - Shanghai

Company visits
Fintech startup networking
Travel to Beijing

Thu 25 May - Beijing

Beijing Fintech briefing
Fintech startup meeting & briefing

Fri 26 May - Beijing / Travel

Company visits
Return travel

Optional weekend extension with cultural trip and free-time for sightseeing, etc.


What's Included?

  • Consult with Digital Mission team to plan objectives
  • Pre-mission briefing webinar
  • Comprehensive mission programme in Beijing & Shanghai
  • Travel & accommodation in China including ground transport, hotels and transfer from Shanghai to Beijing
  • Doing Business in China masterclass covering business, culture and practicalities of Chinese business
  • China Fintech market briefing
  • Face-to-face meeting with Fintech influencers
  • Networking with fellow mission delegates
  • Company visits & roundtable discussions
  • Networking with China’s Fintech ecosystem
  • Insight from ex-pats who have done business in China
  • Legal, tax, immigration, real estate and HR briefing
  • Post-mission debrief in London / by webinar
  • SMS briefings/alerts throughout the mission
  • Translators available at meetings
  • Inclusion in Digital Mission brochure inc. translation
  • Discounted translation for your promo materials

What do you need to cover? Good question. Delegates are responsible for booking their international flights, airport transfers, applying and paying for visas and subsistence costs.


Who should attend?

Startups, scale-ups, professional service firms, investors, regulators and financial services companies in the following sectors should join China Fintech mission:

  • Banking & personal finance
  • Credit & lending solutions
  • Online wealth management
  • Compliance & risk management
  • Blockchain & cryptocurrency
  • Cyber security
  • Data analytics and visualisation
  • Mobile payments
  • Foreign exchange & currency transfer
  • InsuranceTech

For corporates, investors or professional service firms interested in joining the mission, there’s a specially-crafted package just for you. Fill out the corporate enquiry form and we’ll get right back to you.

Digital Mission Organisers


Chinwag develop and host entrepreneur and innocation missions and events to prepare digital and fast-growing tech firms to develop their global expansion plans. Chinwag has run over 25 trade missions in sectors as diverse as Adtech, Robotics, Space & Satellite Applications and Fintech working with over 300 leading technology firms and government agencies from the UK, the US and Korea.

Catch London provides consultancy and strategic development including a focus on Fintech innovation, growth & investment with leading global players in blockchain, payments, P2P & InsurTech. This includes leading banks, regulators, tech, AI, data, education & insurance companies in China, APAC and EMEA.

China Investors Club offers a bespoke place where the traditions and business of China and the City of London blend. Our research team provide tailored solutions for City firms seeking access to in-bound Chinese investors. Club membership gives you priority access to networking with Chinese business leaders, entrepreneurs and High Net Worth Individuals seeking to invest.

Digital Mission Pricing

The trips are designed for founders, CEOs and members of senior management from startups, scale-ups, corporates, investors and government. A limited number of places are available on the trip and are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis to qualifying organisations.

For startups or scale-ups, there’s just a short form to fill out and we’ll be in touch. For larger organisations, please get in touch to confirm your place on the trip and discuss the opportunities to get involved.

Interested in sponsoring the Digital Mission China Fintech 2017? Marvellous! It’s terribly cost effective and funds are used to support delegates from startups and scale-ups. Drop us an email to discuss.

Obligatory small print

  • All of the above costs include one delegate per company
  • Costs exclude VAT, and international travel which each delegate is responsible for
  • Additional delegates from each company will be charged at a 20% discount
  • Contribution to costs must be paid in full to confirm a place on the Digital Mission
  • Delegates are responsible for their own travel insurance
  • Delegates are responsible for arranging their own visas and any associated charges
  • Details of the activities during the Digital Mission are subject to change
  • Refund policy: 50% of mission fee up to 14 days before mission, sorry we can’t offer refunds less than 14 days before the trip
  • Startups/SMEs have fewer than 250 staff and less than €50m turnover. Academic staff must be able to prove their credentials.
  • Larger firms are defined as having 250 or more staff and/or turnover of €50m or more


Nice feedback on our other Digital Missions…

“The mission was a perfect combination of preparation, peer networking, and exposure to funding sources.  Our exposure to an additional wide range of potential venture capital, private equity, and corporate investors has helped to bring the final phase of our funding process to a head.”

Richard Maton


“You just continue to ‘wow’.”

“More startups should know about what you guys offer – it’s magic.”

Stealth Startup

“I am very grateful to the organizers for providing a quality investment platform. Through the mission, I have found and approached two very good very good projects.”

Peter Deng

Goldman Sachs

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