Startup Tour

The Pioneers are heading to China! After inspiring tours to the Silicon Valley, Boston and New York, London, Tel Aviv, Berlin and Munich the PionierGarage is visiting Shanghai. In 2016 we are curious and excited to visit a start-up region in China. We are full of energy to find out about the entrepreneurial scene in Shanghai and to get in touch with a variety of interesting and inspiring people. During the 10-day tour, we are visiting a number of startups, venture capitalists, entrepreneurial organisations and educational institutions.


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15 students from the PionierGarage, the university group for entrepreneurship at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany, are going to visit one of the world's most significant tech and startup regions: Shanghai To find out more about our entrepreneurship club at Germany's leading technical university, head over to our homepage or contact us on info at to become part of the tour as a supporter, partner, sponsor or Startup/VC to be visited. We're looking forward to meeting inspiring people!


Andreas Cordes

Industrial Engineering and Management, KIT

How do start-ups organize themself? What tools, techniques and structures are used? Does it alter with the size?

Peter Grittner

Computer Science, KIT

I am very interested in Machine Learning and how those techniques can be applied to solve real world problems.

Philip Kessler

Computer Science Master, KIT

I am currently working on a fashion app which helps you to decide what to wear. You can check it out at Before I did an intership in Silicon Valley at Daimler.

Sören Maucher

Industrial Engineering and Management, KIT

I am really curious to see if there is a differences between China-based and Germany-based start-ups.

Colin Weitmann

Computer Science, Media and Communications, Hochschule Karlsruhe (HSKA)

I am curious how it is to be a founder in Shanghai. Are the possibilities and difficulties different from the ones in Germany?

Sebastian Böhmer

Industrial Engineering and Management, KIT

What personality do the founders have? In what stage of live are they starting their own company? I am looking forward to find out about those and many more question.

Fabian Falck

Industrial Engineering and Management, KIT

I have been living in China before and now I am curious to return to meet some start-ups.

Florian Abel

Mecanical Engineering Master, KIT

I am looking forward to meet interesting people, listen to their stories and get inspired. As a Engineering student I am especially interested in product start-ups.

Junjún Wan

Information Technology Master, KIT

I am from China and currently studying in Karlsruhe. I am looking forward to get many insights and explore with my german friends the chinese entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Kim Eisenmann

Industrial Engineering Bachelor, KIT

I am curious about the start-up scene in China. Having new insights and getting in touch with inspiring people is my ambition. I´m in the process of founding by myself.

Louis Schäfer

Mecanical Engineering, KIT

Already taking every chance such as visiting Chinas Hightech Startups to be able to found ones own venture one time.

Samuel Denis

Mecanical Engineering, KIT

I know that i want to found a start-up myself so i want to get as much insight, inspiration and motivation as possible.

Sven Häuser

Economics, KIT

I am very interested in product start-up. I like the idea to produce and deliver something physical. Currently I am in the process of founding myself.

Ralph Henn

Phd Student, KIT

In my thesis I am interested about entrepreneurial ecosystems. Shanghai is the perfect place to learn more about one of the leading entrepreneurial ecosystems.

Alexander Kaiser

Industrial Engineering and Management

I did already a few start-up tours with PionierGarage and now i am curious to see Shanghai. Currently working on Magma Form to make easy customizable products possible.