• XNode @Bpifrance Innogeneration with Georges Haour

    October 17, 2017

    "On October 12, Xnode participated in one of Europe's largest events on entrepreneurship. The "innogeneration day" took place in Paris, with several thousands of participants: entrepreneurs, managers, investors, government officials, academics, etc...

    Numerous workshops and presentations were (very well) organised, allowing tremendous amount of learning, as well as networking. The organising institution was BPI, the powerful French bank and adviser to SMEs and startups. Our contact there is the efficient Ms. Stéphanie Hammett.


    Xnode had a booth at the conference, which attracted many visitors A presentation of Xnode was made by our "Ambassador" in Europe, IMD Professor Georges Haour, who lives in Geneva. As a result, a number of start ups are already in contact with Xnode, in order to develop/start business by taking advantage of the innovative and vibrant scene of Shanghai"

  • Marty joins XNode


    March 17, 2017

    With 25 years of turning business innovation into revenue, XNode is proud to present Martin Daffner as the newest member of our dedicated team. Martin will be at the helm of XNode’s new focus on the Corporate Innovation scene as our Senior Innovation Architect.

    Martin has spent the last 20 years of his glittering career living and breathing innovation and he will prove to be a vital asset for XNode’s future. His credentials are nothing short of brilliant: from working as an innovation practitioner for firms such as Procter and Gamble and Avery Dennison, to creating his own consulting practice in 2012 and working with firms like CISCO, Intel, Inchcape, and TE Connectivity, helping to build their innovation capability. In 2013, Martin’s work with CISCO as their Senior Innovation Architect was awarded the HBR/McKinsey M-Prize for “Innovating Innovation”.


    Martin also has extensive experience developing innovation in the Chinese market having spent the last 10 years of his career working in China creating new capability development tools to drive business growth for startups and companies.


    Apart from his work with companies and startups, Martin has also taught at some of the world’s most renowned universities and is the current Director of Innovation at Hult International Business School in Shanghai. He is also Faculty Supervisor and Professor of Design Thinking and Lean Startup at Jiaotong University and ShanghaiTech University.

  • UTSEUS - Pitching Contest

    Utesus - Pitching Contest

    January 19, 2017

    At the Pitching Contest held on 19 January at XNode, International students presented their pitch and threw some light on the prototypes of their products. The event was a result of a 5-month long program called "Language, Culture and Innovation for Entrepreneurship". It has been designed for international students of master level or professionals.

    The first team presented the idea of twin bracelets, wearable tech aimed at couples. It is being planned to be IoT enabled and will be connected through Bluetooth. The idea is to keep in touch with each other. Touching the bracelet will send vibrations of different kinds of intensity to the other wearer.


    The second team presented the idea of a smart helmet which will send vibrations and light up as a way to caution and give varied directions to the cyclist. The team has built a prototype which is light weight and can be used by anyone.


    Both the products are aimed for Asia market as of now.


    The event was organised by UTSEUS, Sino European School of Technology of Shanghai, the first joint engineering school training 1200 Chinese students and more than 120 international students every year. UTSEUS is a higher education collaboration between Shanghai University and three French Universities of Technology: Université de technologie de Compiègne, Université de technologie de Belfort-Montbéliard, Université de technologie de Troyes.

  • StartupDelta & Prince Constantijn van Oranje are promoting the Dutch Startup Ecosystem

    November 24, 2016

    Constantijn van Oranje, Prince of the Netherlands visited XNode on November 24 to promote the country’s startup ecosystem ‘StartupDelta’. The ecosystem helps to garner, connect and strengthen the country’s thriving startup eco-system, a place to grow innovative companies.

    He was accompanied by a delegation of eight promising Dutch startups: Agren New Energy, AtMall.com, Bambi Medical, European Water Stewardship, Simbeyond, Sound Insight, The Hyve, Widget Brain and Erasmus Centre for Entrepreneurship.


    These startups are ready to step in the Chinese market and are actively looking for potential partners, investors and customers.

    Several overseas and local XNode startups presented their adventure of setting up a business here in China. Two of the Dutch entrepreneurs based in Shanghai talked about their experiences of creating a successful environment for their business to grow here.

    The prince’s visit was aimed to build bridges between China and Netherlands by creating the country as a gateway to enter Europe for Chinese companies. He pointed at the commonalities between the two nation which is a drive for innovation and technological advancements. He further talked about collaborations with Chinese and Dutch startups.


    Prince Constantijn and Consul-General Anneke Adema further met with the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Commerce that invited the Netherlands to be the Guest Country of Honor for the China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair (CSITF) in April 2017 and presented an invitation letter to Prince Constantijn to attend CSITF. They discussed innovation policies and opportunities for collaboration on startups and entrepreneurship.

  • XNode is Pleased to Announce a Strategic Partnership with HighTechXL

    April 21, 2017

    XNode is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with HighTechXL, a well-known and successful European accelerator. Together, we aim to establish an Open Innovation hub for both corporates and startups alike in Shanghai, China. This is made possible by promoting and leveraging on XNode’s and HightechXL’s high-quality resources.

    HighTechXL was founded in 2015 in Eindhoven, the Dutch technological town; surrounded by more than 140 companies, including but not limited to companies such as: Microsoft, Philips, Qualcomm and IBM. By collaborating with corporates in this region, HighTechXL has developed a 3-month acceleration program specialized to support hardware startups to go from the prototype phase to successfully entering the market. To date, HighTechXL has accelerated 56 teams and achieved a survival rate of 73%. The team has raised a total of $40.5 million dollars in investment, 22% of which have achieved successful expansion.


    Our mission through the partnership with HighTechXL is to help corporates do real open innovation. There are two approaches to our Corporate Innovation Program: the Outside-In approach and the Inside-Out approach. Both approaches help corporates to accelerate and reduce the time it takes to enter the market and start an internal transformation journey.


    XNode has a wealth of resources relating to entrepreneurs, mentors, experts, investment institutions, and research and government resources. One of the ways which XNode helps innovative startups succeed, is through closely connecting them with renowned corporations. At the same time, it deeply engages entrepreneurs, academic and government resources to create a unique innovation ecosystem.


    On the other hand, HighTechXL has a matured innovation methodology. It aims at assisting both entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs to develop skills, learn correct methodologies and utilize effective tools to help them turn ideas into reality. We believe that these conjoin forces have what it takes to launch real open innovation in China.


    Since the establishment of the partnership, XNode and HighTechXL have jointly accelerated a series of innovation projects. We are currently helping big companies such as Pernod Ricard, BMW, and Sodexo to successfully partner with startups. We are also helping to transform employees’ ideas within Intel, Oney, Unilever and Philips into reality.


    We believe that innovation is the solution to the enormous challenges of the world and we will do everything we can to help anyone and everyone with a passion to see change.


    It all starts with an idea.


    For more details, please visit HighTechXL official website (https://www.hightechxl.com)!

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