90% OF START-UPS FAIL.

BE THE 1 IN 10.

Join us at Expand, and get the right partner to guide you along the way.

WHAT WE DO

Expand is a technical accelerator, that provides long-term tailored services to deep-tech start-ups. We bridge the gaps start-ups have; providing guidance throughout the journey.

So if you’re a new-venture with just an idea, or even up to series A funding, needing strong technical strategy and business assistance, then you’ve come to the right place.

We are mentors and experts who are as committed to you for the long-haul. We combine our years of experience and our network of resources together, to give you the best chance of success. 

That’s what makes us your best partner.

OUR PERFORMANCE

91%

ACTIVE COMPANIES

Our portfolio consists of 22 start-ups that we’ve helped, with the development of their vision, creation of Minimum Viable Products, digital marketing, and funding.

60%

FUNDED BY 3RD PARTIES

We work with our clients to transform their business proposition, making it more attractive to investors.

23%

COMPANIES SEEDED BY EXPAND

We share an ambitious vision with the companies we support. On occasion co-investing to provide early round funding to help launch our partners off the ground.

20%

PUBLIC GRANT ACCEPTANCE RATE

We have deep connections into specific public grants, proven by the fact that our partners have a 1 in 5 chance of succeeding.

The China Bridge

Helping companies expand across borders

BACKGROUND

With a population of 1.38 billion and over 34 million registered companies, the fast moving Chinese market provides massive potential, but it comes with a lot of potential pitfalls. If you are looking to enter into this challenging market, it is crucial to carefully choose the right partner. Be ready to embrace change.

We’ve been working with new-ventures, SMEs, and MNCs, gaining unique experience in navigating the market. Our strong ties to local partners and regional government help you get the best resources available.

So if you’re looking to move into China, get in touch, and we’ll guide your way. 

WHO DO WE HELP?

FOREIGN COMPANIES MOVING INTO CHINALanguage isn’t the only barrier, you must adapt your business. We understand the culture, the venture building, and the IP creation within this market. Your relationships will define your success here, so let us help you build those relationships.

CHINESE COMPANY GROWING INTERNATIONALLYWe bring you directly into the heart of the western market, support you from the moment you identify your goals and as you execute each single action plan.

 

TRANSFER OF TECHNOLOGYInnovation has become a two-way street. We bring the best technology together from the west or the east, helping both sides excel. 

OUR SERVICES

START-UP ADVISORY BOARD

We extend the traditional advisory board to a myriad of strategic counselling activities and high-level tactical operations assistance, including: technology selections and implementations, research and development, full product management, marketing, corporate communication, business development, business registration, and finance.

TEMPORARY MANAGEMENT (MaaS)

Start-ups cannot afford to hire experienced C-levels. Our solution is Management as a Service, where we offer affordable and flexible C level executive functions.

Start-ups should focus their hiring towards younger talent and junior D-level staff, that can learn and grow under the guidance of the senior management.

This HR strategy maximizes the early stage budgeting and internal staff potential. 

KNOW-HOW & TECH TRANSFER
Start-ups should focus on their Unique Selling Points. Not everything should be built from scratch. We identify areas of common or basic functionality where we can implement existing processes or technologies.

We assess your core technology and help you build an ambitious roadmap.

R&D is an expensive time consuming process, we reduce these costs by helping you acquire existing know-how from scientific institutions.
 

We have built an extensive scientific network in AI, Robotics, IBPM, AIOT, Autonomous Cloud, Blockchain, AR, VR, NLP, New Retail, Smart Mobility, and other cutting-edge technologies.

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY

Digital science is shaping the future of business. We support start-ups with R&D programs, patent applications, white and scientific papers, public grants and subsidies for innovation applications, scientific assessment and validation, as well as scientific board setup.

Our extensive network of over 100 major technical and R&D partners worldwide.

THE EXPAND TEAM

Founded in 2016 and operated by global senior experts across different industries: ICT, Digital Industry and Digital Science. Our headquarters are in Hong Kong and have branches in China, Italy and USA.

Davide Calì

CEO/CTO
Italy & Shanghai

Matthieu Blanchet​

CMO
France & Nanjing

Kiel DiGiovanni

COO
USA & Shanghai

Vincenzo Cartelli

CRO
Italy & Catania

Chris Jones​

CPO
UK & Shanghai

Fiona Shang

CCO
China & Silicon Valley

Nikhil Porwal

CFO
India & Shanghai

TESTIMONIALS

[Expand] are like a combination of YCombinator and Accenture... it's a long time due, and companies need their strategy and support to grow.
Expand had a massive impact in the trajectory of our start-up, they helped us pivot our business strategy and create our new technical roadmap. I highly recommend others to engage Expand, and find out what benefit they can bring to you.

OUR PARTNERS