We are a crossborder innovation platform to grow urbantech companies in China & beyond
GreaterBayX is a cross-border innovation and investment platform that unleashes the potential for technology, innovation and IP under the grand theme of “urban tech with impact.”
GreaterBayX is a joint force of investors, corporate and innovation partners to help mature technology companies with exceptional potential do business across borders. Our team has not only run innovation programs and invested globally and in China, but also successfully built businesses in the region. This unique set of experience enables us to create exceptional value together with our partners and advisers. We have been there, done that and we are now here to help you do it right. Our collective intelligence rocks.
In 2019, we launched our inaugurate GreaterBayX scalerator program anchored by mobility within the broader urban tech theme. Together with our corporate partners, GreaterBayX has selected from around the world eight mobility-related growth stage companies as the program’s finalists to participate in a six-week long remote acceleration process and embark on a two-week roadshow in the Greater Bay Area. This is how it all started.
Following the successful completion of the highly effective and innovative GreaterBayX program, a number of the GreaterBayX selected international scale-ups decided to expand their operation to Hong Kong or moving significant R&D and business development capabilities to the Greater Bay Area. This gave us the confidence to keep growing even throughout the pandemic, focusing on opportunities within Mainland China. In 2023 we have returned to our core activities and are excited to contribute to the development of cross-border opportunities.
Eight growth-stage mobility scale-ups from Australia, China, India and Europe were selected based on their technological ingenuity as well as the sustainability and ethical impact they have generated to enter the inaugural GreaterBayX Scalerator program.
Scaling in China is tough for everyone and we know that well as we’ve been there, done that. GreaterBayX is here to make this hard job easier, as we have assembled a team and network that are experienced in facilitating investment and business between China and the rest of the world. We aim to be the trusted partner any business would want to have.
Capital is not only crucial in quantity, but also in quality. That is especially true in cross-border growth that we specialize in. We provide access to our multi-partner network and connection with numerous sources of venture capital with the goal to fast track high-potential business growth with the right mix of strategic investors in the urban tech scene.
Backed by Tsinghua
Tsinghua, often dubbed as the MIT of China, is the #1 university in the country. GreaterBayX is associated with TusHolding, the investment, technology and innovation arm of the institution that runs science and technology parks and venture funds. It has also launched thousands of enterprises successfully, with dozens listed and merged or acquired.
We open the door to a trustworthy environment in partnership with leading enterprises, investment funds, city governments and the leading science and technology parks. We have the people with us that have grown Uber, LinkedIn and Evernote in China, the team that brought Tesla to Europe and many others.
Well positioned in the Greater Bay Area
The Greater Bay Area (GBA) is the biggest megacity in the building. It consists of 11 cities, 3 legal jurisdictions, 4 official languages and offers endless opportunities. These cities are rapidly integrating and growing with their combined GDP of USD 1.5 trillion expected to triple over the coming 15 years. It is also designed to be both the innovation center of China and the conduit with the rest of the world. GreaterBayX has built an extensive presence in this fast-growing region.
Where East meets West, Hong Kong has been ranked as the freest economy in the world for 25 years in a row. The city is one of the biggest financial, trading and logistics hubs in the world and has seen a recent surge in innovation activity and ecosystem growth. It is also #1 for IPO placements.
The gaming capital of the world, generates more revenues than Las Vegas. The city is not only about hotels and casinos, but it is also serious about diversifying its economy through innovation and technology and it heavily invests in infrastructure.
Considered to be the innovation capital of China, this metropolis was just a village 30 years ago. Shenzhen now has a population of 15 million, a fully electric bus and taxi fleet, some of the largest tech companies in the world and a thriving ecosystem.
The oldest and largest city in the region has been moving up the value chain and growing rapidly over the last decade. As a highlight, Guangzhou is adding 12 new metro lines to its current system of 19 in the next 3 years.
This is very high on agenda not only in China, but for all progressive cities, mobility and tech companies all over the world. We are looking for existing, successful solutions that can be applied across borders and organisations.
We are going through the period in history when literally everything is getting connected, especially in an urban context. With the advent of 5G technologies, we are looking for pioneering, scalable and efficient solutions across the board.
The cornerstone of human development, urbanisation and mobility is energy. We are looking for solutions with smarter, more efficient and cleaner use and production of energy across the board.
There are no cities, no urban development without infrastructure and China has been a key global investor in related projects. We are looking for solutions that save cost, cut CO2 emmissions and create efficiencies.
The opportunities of China and the Greater Bay Area are obvious for everyone, but they are hard to grasp. Whom to trust? Where to start? What are the legal implications? What about IP? GreaterBayX is designed to make business easier for overseas entrepreneurs. This is a safe environment with simple answers to hard questions thanks to a group of amazing partners.
By 2050, there will be 2.5 billion more people living in cities than today. How we build and operate urban environments today is not going to be efficient, sufficient or sustainable with those numbers. We want to facilitate the growth and proliferation of technologies and innvoation that can positively contribute to this process.
We are looking for startups with technology and innovation that can positively impact the process of urbanisation. We use ESG metrics in our selection process, because we believe this is the right thing to do and we also believe this makes a good business.
GreaterBay Ventures & advisors specialises in technology and innovation that can positively impact urbanisation. Based in the Greater Bay Area, we excel in cross-border venture development.
TusMaker Global Network is an international innovation and investment service platform, associated with Tsinghua University, China’s MIT and one of the TOP 20 university in the world.
Co-Founder & Director
Joanna, a Brown graduate, is founder of TusMaker Global Network and Managing Director of Tus- International (00872.HK), GP of HBCC Investment, a Nomura alum. Her focus and expertise is cross-border investments and facilitating growth in China.
Roadshow & Operations Manager
Anders was born in the US with Chinese origins. After graduating at Yale, he moved to China, became an entrepreneur and exited multiple businesses across sectors. Based in Guangzhou, he is committed to help others accomplish success.
Marketing & Partnership Manager
Jan was born in Shanghai, and educated in Hong Kong and the US. She is an accomplished communicator in bridging the information gap between China and the world through utilization of traditional and new media.
Marissa is a born and raised Shenzhenese, trilingual and a Tencent alum. She has expertise in technology, consumer and media trends in China and a unique understanding of the Greater Bay Area. She is a part-time vlogger and art consultant.
Maureen has more than 20 years of management and equity investment experience in the TMT field. She has invested in more than 40 projects over the years to help local and international companies become a success in China.
Tony Á. Verb
Co-Founder & Director
Tony – originally from Hungary – has lived between Asia and Europe for 12 years. He is a serial entrepreneur & venture capitalist with a focus on urbantech, a Greater Bay Area expert and a WEF Global Shaper. He also produces films with social impact.
Hong Kong – Macau Coordination
Emily – originally from Chengdu of Sichuan province – is specialized in cross-culture communication and cross-border innovation management. As a Hong Kong PolyU graduate, she has living and working experience both in China and Hong Kong.
Leading corporate partners
We are very proud to have worked with a world-class, diverse and complementary group of companies. As a multi-partner platform, GreaterBayX multiplies the potential for the participating scale-up companies to find an ideal partner or investor. The leading corporations we have previously partnered include:
World class advisors & mentors
We have a strong network of experts, partners and mentors across the field of tech, smart cities, mobility, and cross-border innovation and investments. We work closely with them to bring relevant insights, identify the best companies locally and find the best opportunities globally.