About China Trip

If you are a hardware founder, you absolutely have to make the trip to Shenzhen, which is responsible for producing over 90% of the world's consumer electronics. The South China integrated supply chain allows for the efficient manufacture of low-cost, high quality hardware products. This curated trip will teach you the ins and outs of mass manufacturing, as well as best practices on how to engage a contract manufacturer. 

"The Silicon Valley of Hardware" - Wired Magazine

"The Global Gadget Capital" - TechRadar

This trip is ideal for hardware founders who are finalizing their prototype and looking to initiate mass production in China.

We also partner with other accelerator programs and community groups who are looking to push their hardware startups to the next level.

We look forward to hosting you in China soon!


China Trip Includes

Manufacturing 101 Kick off at Brinc HQ in Hong Kong with an overview of our programs and intro to our founders, followed by a 1:1 on manufacturing and the role of a contract manufacturers.

Manufacturing 101

Kick off at Brinc HQ in Hong Kong with an overview of our programs and intro to our founders, followed by a 1:1 on manufacturing and the role of a contract manufacturers.

Low Volume Factories Hardware founders find our Tier 3 “startup friendly” contract manufacturers particularly valuable as they are more flexible on MOQ requirements and are excited about IoT products!

Low Volume Factories

Hardware founders find our Tier 3 “startup friendly” contract manufacturers particularly valuable as they are more flexible on MOQ requirements and are excited about IoT products!

High Volume Factories We give startups a taste of what China is really capable of from a manufacturing standpoint. As your business scales, China can support virtually unlimited production volumes.

High Volume Factories

We give startups a taste of what China is really capable of from a manufacturing standpoint. As your business scales, China can support virtually unlimited production volumes.

Best In Class Trade Shows We typically schedule trips around the largest consumer electronics trade shows in the world, namely Global Sources and HKTDC. It's a great opportunity for startups to foster relationships with buyers from around the globe.

Best In Class Trade Shows

We typically schedule trips around the largest consumer electronics trade shows in the world, namely Global Sources and HKTDC. It's a great opportunity for startups to foster relationships with buyers from around the globe.

Knowledge Sharing What has become known as “bus therapy” is where the group will deep dive into one of the attendee’s products and troubleshoot / brainstorm solutions to potential issues. We cover everything from manufacturing to sales and marketing.

Knowledge Sharing

What has become known as “bus therapy” is where the group will deep dive into one of the attendee’s products and troubleshoot / brainstorm solutions to potential issues. We cover everything from manufacturing to sales and marketing.

Sprawling Electronics Market The group will visit Huaqiangbei electronics market where you will have an opportunity to source components as well as purchase low priced finished products. This is the market you hear about all over the news!

Sprawling Electronics Market

The group will visit Huaqiangbei electronics market where you will have an opportunity to source components as well as purchase low priced finished products. This is the market you hear about all over the news!

Doing Business In China Apart from manufacturing, you will learn basic Chinese etiquette and how to conduct yourself when dining with factory managers. These important relationships often have a quantifiable impact on contract negotiations.

Doing Business In China

Apart from manufacturing, you will learn basic Chinese etiquette and how to conduct yourself when dining with factory managers. These important relationships often have a quantifiable impact on contract negotiations.

Networking Events You will have an opportunity to mingle with the Brinc family and wider Hong Kong startup ecosystem. Hear firsthand why Hong Kong is the preferred location for hardware entrepreneurs and make connections that last!

Networking Events

You will have an opportunity to mingle with the Brinc family and wider Hong Kong startup ecosystem. Hear firsthand why Hong Kong is the preferred location for hardware entrepreneurs and make connections that last!

China Trip Photo Album

China Trip FAQs

What do I need to do to prepare for the trip?

We will send you a checklist of what you need to plan for prior to travel. But, we do advise attendees to look at flights immediately to ensure they can make it. Flights can be very cheap if you get them ahead of time. So take a look and check back with us on your application status.


What can you expect?

From experiencing the hustle and bustle of HK to the electronics market of SZ to networking with IoT founders, be prepared for an immersive IoT experience. Oh, not to mention being tired… Asia is super fast paced. Get ready!


What will Brinc provide?

All we ask is for you to fly down and find adequate lodging – we will take care of the rest (including giving you recommended housing and discounts wherever possible). The rest of the trip is included (the buses, the meals, networking events, China Invitation letters for Visas, SIM cards, etc.).

 


What stage should I be in?

If you intend on building a hardware startup, we encourage you to come to China sooner rather than later! That being said and due to the high demand for the trip, we are looking for founders that at least have a first version of their prototype and have a dedicated team working on the project. 


What should you bring?

  • Come with your ideas, prototypes and a lot of questions!
  • More seriously, check the weather forecast. During the fall, it can be very hot, but it could also become cool quickly (plus, everyone blasts air conditioning, so you’ll need something warm when you go inside, but nothing heavy). If you burn easily, you may need a hat depending on the time of year.
  • Bring comfortable clothing. No reason to dress up. We’re all startups here and when you’re in the markets and factories, just make sure you have closed toed shoes (no flip flops).
  • If you’d like to change money before you come, it’s not a bad idea to have some Hong Kong Dollars and Chinese RMB or Yuan. You can get it here by exchanging your local currency, but don’t assume your local bank or ATM will work here. It does most times, but better safe than sorry. Lots of people take cash here. Using credit cards is not common everywhere (plus, you don’t want to get smashed with international credit card fees if you don’t have those covered as part of your card).
  • If you have any other questions please feel free to reach out to us. We want this trip to be as enjoyable as possible. 

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